Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves Lead CMA Awards Nominations
our editor recommends CMAs 2012: Blake Shelton Nabs Entertainer of the Year; Wife Miranda Lambert Also Wins Big The two-time Entertainer of the Year is in the running for this years’ top prize — alongside Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait — who is in the midst of a two-year The Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour. The nomination was Strait’s 82nd — breaking a tie with Alan Jackson for the most nominations in CMA history. Swift was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (for Red), and picked up a trio of nominations for her “Highway Don’t Care” collaboration with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. PHOTOS: CMA 2012 Arrivals Swift will have to share the spotlight with newcomer Kacey Musgraves, who tallied six nominations as well. The Mercury recording artist was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (for Same Trailer Different Park), Single of the Year (for “Merry Go ‘Round”) and picked up a pair of nods in the Song of the Year category for “Merry Go ‘Round,” as well as “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which she co-wrote for Miranda Lambert. Tallying five nominations was Warner Brothers’ Blake Shelton — who has a chance to repeat last years’ win for Entertainer of the Year. He also received nods for Male Vocalist, Album, Video, and Vocal Event, with the last two nominations coming for his “Boys’ Round Here” single with the Pistol Annies a group that includes wife Lambert. The nominations were announced by Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line — who saw their name announced four times — for New Artist of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, Single of the Year (for “Cruise”), and Vocal Event of the Year for their remix of “Cruise” with Nelly. “A lot of cool things have happened, and we’re very blessed,” Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard told Billboard following the nominations announcement. “We’re hoping to work even harder next year, and keep this thing going.” PHOTOS: Taylor Swift Sees ‘Red’ at Sold-Out Staples Center Show Besides Nelly, another unlikely nominee this year was the legendary Bob Dylan, who received his first-ever CMA nomination in the Song of the Year category for “Wagon Wheel,” which became a hit this year for Darius Rucker. Keith Urban — who releases his new album Fuse today, finished with four nominations, while reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town and Tim McGraw all received three. Having their name called twice during the morning were the Pistol Annies, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson and Lady Antebellum. The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards will be broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville at 8 p.m.
Lucas Till Taylor Swift dated her “You Belong With Me” video co-star Lucas Till for a short time in 2009. After they broke up, the actor told MTV: “We dated for a little bit. But, there was no friction because we were too nice,” he said. “Most relationships work out cause you get along and then you don’t, and then you make up and its passionate, and with us I really just liked her as a friend. Thats the only reason that didn’t work out.” John Mayer Taylor Swift dated notorious ladies’ man John Mayer from November 2009 to February 2010. The breakup left Swift heartbroken and she penned the song “Dear John” about it. Some have speculated that Swift lost her virginity to Mayer, as the brief relationship really did a number on her. Earlier this year, Mayer admitted that he felt “humiliated” when he heard the song, but Swift refused to own up to writing about him. She told Glamour magazine that it was “presumptuous” of him to think she’d write about him. Despite her protests, we all know “Dear John” is about Mayer, and it’s likely “I Knew You Were Trouble” is as well. Cory Monteith Taylor Swift was rumored to have dated “Glee” star Cory Monteith for a few months in 2010. Both played coy and said they were just good friends, but it looked like they may have been friends with benefits, if not actually a couple.