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Nominations for the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards were announced December 3 by The Recording Academy® and both Randy Travis and James Otto came away with four nominations.

Randy Travis received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Country Album category for his first Country music album in eight years, Around The Bend. In addition, songwriters Ashley Gorley and Bob Regan were nominated in the Best Country Song category for Travis’ “Dig Two Graves” from the same album.

JAMES OTTO tops Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for all of 2008 with "Just Got Started Loving You." Coming in at number two is GEORGE STRAIT with "I Saw God Today," and ALAN JACKSON's "Small Town Southern Man" is at number three. The chart year runs from December 1st, 2007 through November 29th, 2008.

Billboard's Top Ten Hot Country Songs for 2008

In the same week as Blake Shelton releases his fifth studio album, Startin’ Fires, People Magazine has announced him as one of 2008’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in their annual “Sexiest Men Alive” issue. People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” issue hits stands this Friday, Nov. 21.

Shelton says about his appeal in the issue, “A well worn truck. The wussiest thing a guy can do is drive a clean truck. Dents, scratches and mud – that’s manly.”

Faith Hill is set to hit New York City in support of her recently released Christmas album Joy to the World. The 11-song recording, released on Warner Bros. Records, was two years in the making, and features such classics as “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” and the album’s current single “A Baby Changes Everything.”

In true Larry The Cable Guy fashion, the comedian once again will relinquish his Christmas traditions on America when Jack Records/ Warner Bros. Records releases Larry The Cable Guy’s Star-Studded Christmas Extravaganza Tuesday, Nov. 25. The second annual Christmas special, taped at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville will also premiere tonight on CMT at 9:00 PM ET/PT and will re-air throughout the holiday season.

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Blake Shelton’s video for his current single, “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” debuts in the #1 slot on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown that airs this evening at 8pm ET/7pm CT. Though Shelton has had numerous videos on top of the chart this is the first time his video has debuted in that position. “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” was directed by Scott Speer of Picture Vision.

NASHVILLE – Multi-platinum duo Big & Rich are giving fans an exclusive, front-row seat through another galactic journey with the release of Big & Rich's Super Galactic Fan Pak 2 today. Big & Rich's Super Galactic Fan Pak 2 is a CD/DVD collection that captures the earth-shattering live performances of Big & Rich and three previously un-released tracks, "Woodstock," "Everybody's Rockin'," and "Find a Heart."

Warner Bros. multi-platinum artist Blake Shelton will release his fifth album, STARTIN’ FIRES . Records November 18, 2008. The album is produced by acclaimed producer Scott Hendricks (Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson).


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