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Country music brings home some rockin’ news

November 30, 2018

ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR: Kelsea Ballerini will celebrate 2019 by headlining “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” event on the West Coast with a number of other artists, including The Chainsmokers, Foster the People, Dua Lipa, Macklemore, Skylar Grey, Ella Mai and Charlie Puth. Ryan Seacrest will host the fiveplus-hour event from New York City, while Lucy Hale will handle emcee duties in New Orleans and Ciara will call the shots from the West Coast. Additionally, Jenny McCarthy will report from Times Square. Performers for the New York City and New Orleans celebrations will be announced soon. Florida Georgia Line, Sugarland, Kane Brown and Thomas Rhett have performed as part of the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show in recent years. “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” begins live from New York City at 8 p.m. on ABC.

UNITY CONCERT: Dan + Shay will headline a Concert for Unity for the Tree of Life Synagogue at Byham Theater in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Dec. 2. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. The synagogue was the site of a mass shooting on Oct. 27 that left 11 people dead and seven injured. Proceeds from all ticket sales will go to the Tree of Life Synagogue to

assist with the effort to rebuild and reopen. FRZY and The Andy Davis Band will also perform. Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers is a native of Wexford, Pennsylvania, which is about 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh.

BILLBOARD COUNTRY: Jimmie Allen’s debut single, “Best Shot,” is living up to its moniker as it clocks in at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart for the second consecutive week. Written by Jimmie, Josh London and JP Williams, “Best Shot” is the first single from Jimmie’s debut album, “Mercury Lane.” Last week, Jimmie joined Darius Rucker as the only African-American country artists to hit No. 1 with their debut singles. Darius, who became a household name in the early 1990s as the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, accomplished the feat in 2008 with “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” which remained No. 1 for two weeks.

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS: The Recording Academy will announce the nominations for the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Dec. 5. Many of the top categories will be announced on “CBS This Morning” at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, with the remaining nominees in the 84 categories revealed afterward via Grammy.com and social media. The final-round voting takes place from Dec. 13 to Jan. 9. 2019. The 61st annual Grammy Awards ceremony will recognize music’s best in the eligibility period from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018. The ceremony will be held on Feb. 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tune in to CBS at 8 p.m. to catch the show.

Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.

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