GARTH BROOKS is officially coming out of retirement. He told ROBIN ROBERTS on "Good Morning America", quote, "You know what, let's announce it. We're going on a world tour in 2014." He also appeared on "The Talk" and said it's going to be a three-year tour . . . and that it'll make everything else he's ever done "look small."
Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves are the leading country nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards with four nominations each. T scores a top all-genre nod for Album of the Year for Red, while Kacey is among the all-genre Best New Artist nominees. Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw have two nominations each. Other country nominees include Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, The Civil Wars, Little Big Town, Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Jason Aldean. The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 26th in Los Angeles.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift - Red
BEST NEW ARTIST
BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
Lee Brice - "I Drive Your Truck"
Hunter Hayes - "I Want Crazy"
Miranda Lambert - "Mama's Broken Heart"
Darius Rucker - "Wagon Wheel"
Blake Shelton - "Mine Would Be You"
BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton - "You Can't Make Old Friends
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban - "Highway Don't Care"
Kelly Clarkson f/ Vince Gill - "Don't Rush"
"Civil Wars - "From This Valley"
Little Big Town - "Your Side of the Bed"
BEST COUNTRY SONG
(award goes to songwriters; artist name in parentheses)
"Begin Again" - Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift)
"I Drive Your Truck" - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary (Lee Brice)
"Mama's Broken Heart" - Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves (Miranda Lambert)
"Merry Go 'Round" - Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne (Kacey Musgraves)
"Mine Would Be You" - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan (Blake Shelton)
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Jason Aldean - Night Train
Tim McGraw - Two Lanes of Freedom
Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
Blake Shelton - Based on a True Story
Taylor Swift - Red
Eric Church’s next album, The Outsiders, is Billboard magazine’s new cover story. In an online preview, Eric opens up about recording the collection in an old East Nashville church with his longtime producer Jay Joyce. Eric says, “Jay had to become an ordained minister to purchase the church, and anybody who knows him knows that that’s its own joke –- it tells itself.” The new issue of Billboard hits newsstands Saturday (12/7), while "The Outsiders" cd lands on February 11th.