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Taylor Swift to Receive CMA Pinnacle Award During "The 47th Annual CMA Awards," Airing Wednesday on ABC

CMA will present the Pinnacle Award to Nashville’s own global sensation Taylor Swift during “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” airing live WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 (8:00-11:00p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The Award recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in Country Music. The artist has also attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide. The artist’s talent and presence will have a long-term positive impact on the appreciation of Country Music for generations to come.

“I can’t think of a better opportunity than ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night(TM)’ to present an award of this magnitude to an artist of this caliber,” said CMA President of the Board Ed Hardy. “I’ve known Taylor since she was 16. She came to my office with her Mom to play her music and I was amazed. Taylor’s outstanding career epitomizes the definition of the Pinnacle Award.”

Swift, who writes all of her own songs, has six CMA Awards nominations in 2013 including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (for her six million-selling RED), and three nominations for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban for Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year. Swift now has 21 CMA Awards nominations and seven wins including her first in 2007 for the Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) and two for Entertainer of the Year (2009, 2011), which ties her with Barbara Mandrell for wins in that category by a female artist.

She was previously announced as a performer on the CMA Awards in a star-studded collaboration with Alison Krauss, CMA Musical Event of the Year nominee Vince Gill, CMA Musician of the Year nominee Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer, and percussionist Eric Darken.

The Pinnacle Award was created in 2005 when it was presented to Garth Brooks, the only other recipient.

At age 23, Swift is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album (2012’s RED and 2010’s Speak Now) hit the 1 million first-week sales figure.

With RED, Swift became the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at No. 1 with three consecutive studio albums. RED has topped the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for seven weeks, following Fearless (11 weeks), and Speak Now (six weeks).

With more than 1.2 million copies sold in the U.S. in its first week, RED scored the highest first-week sales debut of any album in more than a decade, had the eighth largest first-week debut in chart history, and marked the second biggest week ever for a female artist. Taylor’s lead single from RED, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” set a new record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman, and for the second-largest sales week overall.

With RED, Swift also set a new worldwide iTunes record for highest ever first-week album sales, and RED reached No. 1 on iTunes and national sales charts in 50 countries, including the U.K., Canada, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Ireland, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia.

In 2012, Swift’s Speak Now album was lauded on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, and Time magazine has named Taylor one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year, her more than 100 industry awards include seven Grammys (she is the youngest winner in history of the Grammy Award for Album of the Year).

Swift, who writes all of her own songs, has career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads worldwide, and her two most recent albums are two of only 18 albums in the entire history of music to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week. She has had singles top both the Country and pop radio charts around the globe, and has thus far scored 13 No. 1 singles across multiple radio formats. She is one of the Top 5-selling digital music artists worldwide, and is the top-selling digital artist in Country Music history.

She is Billboard’s reigning Artist of the Year and holds the Billboard record for the Most Top 10 Debuts in the History of the Hot 100 Chart, the Most Charting Songs from One Album in a Single Week, and the Longest Charting Album on the Top 200 Chart.

This year, the North American portion of Swift’s RED Tour played to more than 1.36 million fans, with 66 shows (including 13 stadium stops), in 47 cities, in 29 states, and 3 provinces spanning 6 months. And, starting in late November, Swift will take her RED Tour, which Rolling Stone dubbed “a massively excellent show,” Down Under, performing stadium shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth, as well as arena dates in Auckland. Swift will be the first solo female artist in 20 years to undertake a national stadium concert tour of Australia. The RED Tour heads to Europe in 2014.

Her SPEAK NOW World Tour played 111 shows to more than 1.5 million fans in sold-out stadiums and arenas in 19 countries spanning four continents in 2011 and 2012. Her 107-date FEARLESS 2009/2010 Tour sold out arenas and stadiums in 88 cities in five countries.

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First Performers Announced For ‘The 47th Annual CMA Awards’

Country Music’s Biggest Night™” is bringing together the biggest names in Country Music with today’s announcement of performers for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards.”

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, reigning CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton, two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban are all scheduled to perform.

Hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) on the ABC Television Network.

Aldean is nominated this year for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Bryan and Eric Church. Aldean is a two-time CMA Award winner with 13 career CMA nominations.

Nominated this year for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Aldean and Church, Bryan has seven career CMA nominations. He was first nominated in 2010 for New Artist of the Year and has been a presence at the CMA Awards every year since. This marks his first nomination for the night’s highest honor, CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Lambert is among this year’s top nominees, with three individual nominations (Female Vocalist of the Year, and Single and Music Video of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart”) and two with Pistol Annies (Music Video and Musical Event of the Year for “Boys ‘Round Here” with Shelton). Lambert is a six-time CMA winner with 25 career CMA nominations.

Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town is nominated in that category again, as well as for Album of the Year for Tornado, and Music Video of the Year for the album’s title track. In addition to their win last year for Vocal Group of the Year, their song “Pontoon” was named Single of the Year.

One of the top CMA Award winners of all time, McGraw has won 12 trophies throughout his career, including two for Male Vocalist of the Year and one for Entertainer of the Year. He is a three-time nominee this year, with nods for Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with Swift and Urban. He has 33 career CMA nominations.

Shelton finds himself tied with Lambert this year with five nominations, including Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Based On A True Story, and Musical Event and Music Video of the Year for “Boys ‘Round Here” with Pistol Annies. Shelton has taken home the Male Vocalist of the Year trophy for the past three years (2010-2012), and is a six-time CMA Award winner.

Swift, a seven-time CMA Award winner, is a top nominee this year with six nominations, including Entertainer and Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for RED, and Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with McGraw and Urban, bringing her total career CMA nominations to 21.

Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Urban is also nominated for Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with McGraw and Swift. Urban has been named Male Vocalist of the Year three times (2004-2006) and is a six-time CMA Award winner with 29 career CMA nominations.

Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 10. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 28 (5:00 PM/CT).

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Las Vegas Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Country Music Fans April 5-8 for "The Week Vegas Goes Country®"

For one fun-filled weekend, fans will find the hottest names in country music on-stage and up-close and personal in the Entertainment Capital of the World for “The Week Vegas Goes Country.” From free concerts to celebrity meet-and-greets, four days of fan-focused events lend to the excitement leading up to the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), which will be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7 at 5 p.m. PDT. Hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan , the ACM Awards honor the best performers and introduce emerging artists in country music.

Brad Paisley will host the Third Annual ACM Fan Jam at The Orleans Arena. This live remote location gives country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be a part of the ACM Awards as Paisley and others take to the stage as part of the telecast. Tickets for the Fan Jam can be purchased through The Orleans Hotel and Casino.

Kicking off festivities, The ACM Party for a Cause Festival and ACM Weekend takes places April 5-6 with top country stars taking to the stage each night.

The ACM Party for a Cause Festival at Orleans Hotel and Casino features The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes as headliners. As part of the philanthropic emphasis, the two-day outdoor music festival will benefit a variety of charities. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the resort.

For the seventh consecutive year, ACM Weekend returns to the Fremont Street Experience. Headlined by Gary Allan and Jake Owen , ACM Weekend features two nights of all-star concerts that are free and open-to-the-public, beginning at 9 p.m. both nights.

Fifteen-time ACM Award-winner, Tim McGraw will tape an all-star concert special, ACM Presents: Tim McGraw ‘s Superstar Summer Night, on Monday, April 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Area. The two-hour concert will feature performances from Jason Aldean , Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift and Ne-Yo. All proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives and the show will be broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network.

Bruce Springsteen Recognized at Pre-Grammy Gala

Bruce Springsteen was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year as stars including Sir Elton John, Katy Perry and Sting paid tribute to “The Boss” before Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

The rocker was the toast of the event in Los Angeles, where top acts including Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Jackson Browne and Alabama Shakes took the stage to cover Springsteen’s greatest hits.

Sir Elton sang a rendition of his track Streets of Philadelphia, while John Legend put a jazz spin on Dancing In The Dark on the piano, and Tim McGraw belted outTougher than the Rest with Faith Hill singing harmony.

Funnyman Jon Stewart, the evening’s host, credited Springsteen with giving a good name to their home state of New Jersey.

He joked, “We don’t have much. We are known mostly as the chief exporter in this country of carcinogens. Bruce Springsteen is all we have.”

The dinner also featured an auction, which Springsteen contributed to by offering a signed Telecaster guitar – and he got into the giving spirit by adding a few bonuses to the package.

He told the crowd, “With this guitar comes one free guitar lesson from me. That’s right. One free lesson. One hour. And a ride in the sidecar of my Harley Davidson. So dig in!”

The instrument sold to an unidentified woman for $250,000, reports the New York Times.

MusiCares provides financial aid and medical care to musicians who have fallen on hard times.