In case you missed it: Brandy Clark made her Ellen debut this week

Brandy Clark on EllenPhoto: Courtesy "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

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Country singer/songwriter Brandy Clark made her debut performance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday, Mar. 24, performing “Stripes” from her critically-acclaimed album, 12 Stories.  View the performance HERE.   
 
“Performing on ‘Ellen’ was a bucket list item for me, and I was thrilled to be there,” said Clark. “I appreciate her support of new artists and music from all genres, and hope to have the opportunity to return to her show some day.”  

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So it turns out country music already has it’s first openly gay star

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Ever since the day Chely Wright came out as a lesbian and then made such a big deal about country music as a whole not accepting her because of her announcement, I've been on the lookout for someone I thought might just be able to prove that country fans care about good music and not about a person's orientation. 

Yes, it's been my private mission to prove Chely Wright wrong. 

It's not as if I actually care if someone is gay, because I really don't, but rather I've been hoping that someone would come along who could show the world that the country music fan base isn't just a collection of bigoted rednecks who would hate a person simply because they're gay. Unfortunately, Chely, despite being brave in her coming out and I'm sure being a lovely person in real life, didn't help matters at all by documenting on a regular basis how she felt the country community had turned its back on her. 

Since then, NashvilleGab has featured several different stories regarding gay country singers. It's not like we have a gay agenda around here or anything like that, it just isn't a subject that I or any of my other writers shy away from. 

That said, I've still been looking and keeping my ears and eyes open for the time when someone would break through and be popular and talked about and have great music and would just happen to also be gay. 

Turns out that person is already here. 

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Miranda Lambert, ‘Automatic’ – Single Review

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Miranda Lambert is never one to follow trends. She goes against the grain, setting her own pace and carving out her own path. Such is the way with her brand new single "Automatic," the lead-in to her forthcoming fifth studio album. Autobiographical in nature, the midtempo entry is a fond glance "back before everything become automatic" and samples sounds from her previous work.

In the midst of ever-advancing techonology and social media, this track might find many millennials (like myself) reminscing about the good old days before computers, email and texting. Her approach could come off a little stilted, but if you examine the lyrics a bit, she's simply comenting on the state of our world and bringing that into a new generation.

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ACM nominations announced!

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For those of you who get excited for award shows, here's the ACM nominations that were announced this morning. 

Who got snubbed? Who was nominated that shouldn't have been? Feel free to discuss in the comments section. Be on the lookout, I will be running a poll soon to see who you think should win each category. 

The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton and will air Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET on the CBS. 

Nominations (via Music Row) are:

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift 

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ACM Awards 2014 – Nomination Predictions: Who will earn major recognition?

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The ACM Awards nominations are only a few days away (Wednesday, January 29), and I thought it would be a great time to break out my crystal ball and take a stab at predicting the future. Considering Kacey Musgraves has become the industry's new "it" girl, I predict she'll get the most nods.

Coming off the Best New Artist win at the 2013 CMA Awards and two accolades at last night's (Jan. 26) Grammys — she took home Best Country Song (for "Merry Go 'Round") and Best Country Album (for "Same Trailer Different Park") — she is seen as the new shiny female, and rightfully so. Her music is thoughtful, commericially viable without compromising artistic integrity.

Also, I'm sure Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw will get plenty of love.

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