McCreery to be a Presenter at the American Country Countdown Awards

Scotty McCreery is ready for his countdown close-up…

The 21-year-old part-Puerto Rican country crooner and American Idol champion is among the presenters announced for the first ever American Country Countdown Awards, joining hosts Florida Georgia Line at the December 15 event.

Scotty McCreery

McCreery joins a roster that includes Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae and Kip Moore.

Musicians Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell and Chris Young, as well as NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and 2014 National League MVP Clayton Kershaw, actors Terry Crews of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Emily Kinney of The Walking Dead, and Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev will also present.

The show will air live on FOX at 8:00 pm EST and PST with a tape-delay.

The American Country Countdown Awards is based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show of 41 years, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” and will honor country artists based on album sales and radio airplay.

Kenny Chesney will be on hand to accept The Groundbreaker Award and Reba McEntire will accept the NASH Icon Award. Performers will include Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Tickets to the American Country Countdown Awards, are available for purchase here.

The American Country Countdown Awards is produced by dick clark productions.

McCreery Named Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist at the American Country Awards

Scotty McCreery is bucklin’ up all over again…

The 20-year-old part-Puerto Rican country singer, one of’s 21 Under 21 honorees this year, has picked up the second commemorative guitar of his young career at the American Country Awards, which aired live from Las Vegas on Fox.

Scotty McCreery

The former American Idol champion beat out Lee Brice,
 Hunter Hayes,
 Randy Houser
 and Justin Moore to win the Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist award.

Last December, McCreery – whose sophomore album See You Tonight debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart –was named the Artist of the Year: New Artist.

The American Country Award winners are selected by the genre’s fans.

Luke Bryan was among the night’s biggest winners, earning the top prize, artist of the year, about eight months after receiving the same accolade from the Academy of Country Music. The Georgia native also won male artist of the year and touring artist of the year, bringing him to 12 ACA awards in the Fox show’s four-year history.

Here is the full list of American Country Award winners:

Inaugural Worldwide Artist Award
Taylor Swift

Video Visionary Award
Brad Paisley

Artist of the Year
Luke Bryan

Artist of the Year: Male
Luke Bryan

Artist of the Year: Female
Miranda Lambert

Artist of the Year:
Lady Antebellum

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Scotty McCreery

Artist of the Year: New Artist
Florida Georgia Line

Album of the Year
Based On a True Story… Blake Shelton

Single of the Year
‘Cruise,’ Florida Georgia Line

Single of the Year: Male
‘Sure Be Cool If You Did,’ Blake Shelton

Single of the Year: Female
‘Mama’s Broken Heart,’ Miranda Lambert

Single of the Year: Duo/Group
‘Downtown,’ Lady Antebellum

Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
‘I Drive Your Truck,’ Lee Brice

Single of the Year: New Artist
‘Cruise,’ Florida Georgia Line

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration
‘Highway Don’t Care,’ Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

Touring Artist of the Year
Luke Bryan

Great American Country – Music Video of the Year
‘Sure Be Cool If You Did,’ Blake Shelton

Music Video of the Year: Male
‘Sure Be Cool If You Did,’ Blake Shelton”

Music Video of the Year: Female
‘Blown Away,’ Carrie Underwood

Music Video of the Year: New Artist
‘Cruise,’ Florida Georgia Line

Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration
‘Highway Don’t Care,’ Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

Song of the Year (award goes to the songwriter(s):
‘‘Highway Don’t Care,’ Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brett Warren – Recorded by Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban- WINNER

Radio track of the year
Florida Georgia Line – ‘Cruise’

Radio track of the year: New artist
Florida Georgia Line – ‘Cruise’

Radio track of the year: Male Randy Houser – ‘How Country Feels’

Radio track of the year: Female
Miranda Lambert – ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’

Radio track of the year: Group
The Band Perry – ‘Better Dig Two’

Mars to Perform at the Grammys with Rihanna and Sting

Bruno Mars is preparing to feel the sting of a massive Grammy performance…

The 27-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer will take the stage for an all-star collaboration with Rihanna and Sting at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.

Bruno Mars

Grammy officials just confirmed the special performance, but didn’t disclose any further information on the  collaboration.

Mars has previously admitted that his smash hit “Locked Out of Heaven” was influenced by Sting and the Police. Does this mean viewers could see them tackle the song, with Rihanna somehow adding her flair?

The Grammys also announced several presenters for the show: sixteen-time winner and current nominee Beyoncé, nominee Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Lopez, actor Pauley Perrette and Prince.

Others already confirmed for performances on Grammy night include Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran.

The Grammys will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 10 from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on CBS from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm EST.

“The Voice” Contestant Duron Breezes Into the Top 12

Dez Duron is feelin’ America’s love on NBC’s The Voice

Dez Duron

Following his impressive rendition of Hunter Hayes‘ No. 1 country song “Wanted” in the second installment of the show’s Playoff Rounds on Wednesday night, the 22-year-old Latino heartthrob was declared safe after receiving enough votes from the public to advance to the Top 12.

Duron and Sylvia Yacoub got the most public votes on Christina Aguilera’s team.

And when it came down to picking who else to send on to the Top 12, Aguilera had to choose between Latina singer Adriana Louise, Devyn Deloera and De’borah.

“Don’t let anyone or anyone’s opinion define who you are,” said Aguilera before revealing deciding to keep Adriana Louise.

Meanwhile, Team Adam member Bryan Keith Hernandez advanced to the next round after being one of the top two vote-getters, while  Melanie Martinez had to rely on her mentor to advance to the Top 12.

“No one is better than the other, I don’t believe that,” said Adam Levine before choosing Martinez over fellow Latina Joselyn Rivera and Loren Allred.

But Diego Val wouldn’t be so lucky… Cee-Lo Green opted to send Cody Belew on to the next round and send home Val and Mackenzie Berg.

And it was the end of the road for mariachi singer Julio Cesar Castillo. The member of Blake Shelton‘s was among the three at the bottom of the pack, but Blake Shelton decided to send Michaela Page forward instead of Castillo and Liz Davis.

McCreery Receives CMT Award Nomination

Scotty McCreery has landed his first CMT Awards nomination.

The 18-year-old part-Puerto Rican country crooner and American Idol winner scored a nod in the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year

Scotty McCreery

McCreery—who claimed his first ACM award for New Artist of the Year last month—will face off against his American Idol challenger Lauren Alaina, as well as newcomers Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Pistol Annies and Thompson Square.

Here’s a look at the list of nominated videos in the category:

Lauren Alaina —  “Georgia Peaches
Brantley Gilbert — “Country Must Be Country Wide
Hunter Hayes — “Storm Warning
Scotty McCreery — “The Trouble With Girls
Pistol Annies — “Hell on Heels
Thompson Square — “I Got You

Sponsored by Country Music Television, the 2012 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on June 6 on CMT and

Fans can vote now through June 4 to determine the winners online at, on their mobile device at CMT Mobile or the CMT Insider app available on iPhone, iPad and Android.

Victoria’s a Real Doll!

Hazte un lado, Barbie! There’s a new line of dolls on the market and they’re modeled after LaTweena actress & singer Victoria Justice.

The oh-so-chic action figures are based on Justice’s character on her hit Nickelodeon show, “Victorious.” The Tori doll comes with outfits from the show’s “Birthweek Song,” while the “Make It Shine” doll belts out the show’s theme song.

“It’s insane seeing a little mini-me of myself,” exclaims the 18-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/singer. “If you lift up one arm, she sings the ‘Victorious’ theme song ‘Make It Shine,’ and if you lift up the other arm, you hear a crowd cheering applause. It’s really cute.”

Justice’s mini-me dolls, produced by Spin Master, are now available in stores. The Tori Doll is priced at $16.99 and the ‘Make It Shine’ Doll sells for $24.99.

Meanwhile, Justice recently recorded a cover of “Almost Paradise” with rising country star Hunter Hayes for the soundtrack to the new “Footloose” film; and she’s currently filming a movie with comedianne Chelsea Handler.

It’s no wonder Justice was recently named one of’s 21 Under 21 musicians.