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Dolly Parton Launches Virtual Holiday Cards

Dolly Parton and American Greetings announce their latest collaboration, A Holly Dolly Christmas Collection, just in time for the holidays. Spurred by the success of Parton’s initial Everyday Card collection and her SmashUp “Birthday Time” e-card, these holiday cards in collaboration with the global superstar will bring more joy, hope, love and laughter to families around the world.

“Knowing that I can be a small part of making someone’s day a little brighter is such a great feeling, and this holiday season, especially, it helps to know someone you love is thinking about you,” says Parton.

Earlier this year American Greetings announced a multi-year partnership with Parton that includes digital and physical products integrating the legendary singer-songwriter’s music in unique ways. “Birthday Time,” Parton’s SmashUp initial digital ecard offering, has been sent more than 500,000 times since its launch six months ago.

Dolly Parton is the most honored and revered female country singer-songwriter of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA-certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 26 songs reach #1 on the Billboard country charts, a record for a female artist. Recently, her Christmas album “A Holly Dolly Christmas reached #1 on the Country charts. Parton reached #1 on the Billboard Christian Airplay Chart for the first time for her duet with Grammy award-winning Zach Williams of “There Was Jesus,” as well received her first Dove Award for short form video for her collaboration with for King & Country on the song “God Only Knows.” Parton is the first artist to have topped the Billboard’s Adult Contemporary, Christian AC Songs, Hot Country Songs, Christian Airplay, Country Airplay and Dance/Mix Show Airplay radio charts. Parton recently became the first country artist honored as Grammy MusiCares Person of the Year given out by NARAS. She has 46 career Top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years.

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See the Full List of Grammy 2021 Nominations

The 63rd annual Grammy Awards Nominations have been announced, and will be broadcast by CBS from Los Angeles on Sunday, January 31st. Not much else is known about the ceremony, one of the many awards shows taking place as the coronavirus pandemic and its resulting restrictions continue.

After 40 years, the show’s longtime producer, Ken Ehrlich, has retired from the awards, and Ben Winston will be taking over. Ben is best known for his work on James Corden’s late-night show and “Carpool Karaoke”. Trevor Noah, from “The Daily Show,” will host. Performers have yet to be announced.

Check out the nominations below:

Album of the Year
Chilombo, Jhené Aiko
Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition), Black Pumas
Everyday Life, Coldplay
Djesse Vol. 3, Jacob Collier
Women in Music Pt. III, Haim
Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
folklore, Taylor Swift

Record of the Year
“Black Parade,” Beyoncé
“Colors,” Black Pumas
“Rockstar,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
“Say So,” Doja Cat
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now,” Dua Lipa
“Circles,” Post Malone
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion

Song of the Year
“Black Parade,” Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“The Box,” Samuel Gloade and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Cardigan,” Aaron Dessner and Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
“Circles,” Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post and Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)
“Don’t Start Now,” Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa and Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)
“Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)
“I Can’t Breathe,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“If the World Was Ending,” Julia Michaels and JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels)

Best New Artist
Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat
Megan Thee Stallion

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Yummy” by Justin Bieber
“Say So” by Doja Cat
“everything I wanted” by Billie Eilish
“Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
“Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles
“cardigan” by Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Un Dia (One Day)” by J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, Tainy
“Intentions” by Justin Bieber
“Dynamite” by BTS
“Rain on Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande
“Exile” by Taylor Swift and Justin Vernon

Best Pop Vocal Album
Changes by Justin Bieber
Chromatica by Lady Gaga
Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa
Fine Line by Harry Styles
folklore by Taylor Swift

Best Rap Performance
“Deep Reverence,” Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle
“Bop,” DaBaby
“What’s poppin,” Jack Harlow
“The Bigger Picture,” Lil Baby
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
“Dior,” Pop Smoke

Best Melodic Rap Performance
“Rockstar,” DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
“Laugh Now, Cry Later,” Drake featuring Lil Durk
“Lockdown,” Anderson .Paak
“The Box,” Roddy Ricch
“Highest in the Room,” Travis Scott

Best Rap Song
“The Bigger Picture,” Dominique Jones, Noah Pettigrew and Rai’shaun Williams, songwriters (Lil Baby)
“The Box,” Samuel Gloade and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)
“Laugh Now, Cry Later,” Durk Banks, Rogét Chahayed, Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Ron LaTour and Ryan Martinez, songwriters (Drake featuring Lil Durk)
“Rockstar,” Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, Ross Joseph Portaro IV and Rodrick Moore, songwriters (DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch)
“Savage,” Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe and Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé)

Best R&B Song
“Better Than I Imagine,” Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello and Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello)
“Black Parade,” Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk and Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Collide,” Sam Barsh, Stacey Barthe, Sonyae Elise, Olu Fann, Akil King, Josh Lopez, Kaveh Rastegar and Benedetto Rotondi, songwriters (Tiana Major9 and Earthgang)
“Do It,” Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Anton Kuhl, Victoria Monét, Scott Storch and Vincent Van Den Ende, songwriters (Chloe X Halle)
“Slow Down,” Nasri Atweh, Badriia Bourelly, Skip Marley, Ryan Williamson and Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Skip Marley and H.E.R.)

Best Progressive R&B Album
Chilombo, Jhené Aiko
Ungodly Hour, Chloe X Halle
Free Nationals, Free Nationals
____ Yo Feelings, Robert Glasper
It Is What It Is, Thundercat

Best R&B Performance
“Lightning & Thunder” by Jhené Aiko ft. John Legend
“Black Parade”by Beyoncé
“All I Need” by Jacob Collier ft. Mahalia and Ty Dolla Sign
“Goat Head” by Brittany Howard
“See Me” by Emily King

Best Music Video
“Brown Skin Girl” by Beyoncé
“Life Is Good” by Future ft. Drake
“Lockdown” by Anderson Paak
“Adore You” by Harry Styles
“Goliath” by Woodkid

Best Music Film
Beastie Boys Story, Beastie Boys
Black Is King, Beyoncé
We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, Freestyle Love Supreme
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, Linda Ronstadt
That Little Ol’ Band From Texas, ZZ Top

Best Latin Pop or Urban Album
Por Primera Vez, Camilo
Mesa Para Dos, Kany García
PAUSA Pausa, Ricky Martin
3:33, Debi Nova

Best Rock Song
“Kyoto” by Phoebe Bridgers
“Lost in Yesterday” by Tame Impala
“Shameika” by Fiona Apple
“Not” by Big Thief
“Stay High” by Brittany Howard

Best Rock Album
A Hero’s Death, Fontaines D.C.
Kiwanuka, Michael Kiwanuka
Daylight, Grace Potter
Sound & Fury, Sturgill Simpson
The New Abnormal, The Strokes

Best Rock Performance
“Shameika” by Fiona Apple
“Not” by Big Thief
“Kyoto” by Phoebe Bridgers
“The Steps” by Haim
“Stay High” by Brittany Howard
“Daylight” by Grace Potter

Best Alternative Music Album
Fetch the Bolt Cutters, Fiona Apple
Hyperspace, Beck
Punisher, Phoebe Bridgers
Jamie, Brittany Howard
The Slow Rush, Tame Impala

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
Dave Cobb
Flying Lotus
Andrew Watt

Best American Roots Performance
“Colors,” Black Pumas
“Deep in Love,” Bonny Light Horseman
“Short and Sweet,” Brittany Howard
“I’ll Be Gone,” Norah Jones and Mavis Staples
“I Remember Everything,” John Prine

Best Country Solo Performance
“Stick That in Your Country Song,” Eric Church
“Who You Thought I Was,” Brandy Clark
“When My Amy Prays,” Vince Gill
“Black Like Me,” Mickey Guyton
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert

Best Country Song
“Bluebird,” Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“The Bones,” Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz, songwriters (Maren Morris)
“Crowded Table,” Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna, songwriters (The Highwomen)
“More Hearts Than Mine,” Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis and Derrick Southerland, songwriters (Ingrid Andress)
“Some People Do,” Jesse Frasure, Shane McAnally, Matthew Ramsey and Thomas Rhett, songwriters (Old Dominion)

Best Country Album
Lady Like, Ingrid Andress
Your Life Is a Record, Brandy Clark
Wildcard, Miranda Lambert
Nightfall, Little Big Town
Never Will, Ashley McBryde

Best Global Music Album
Fu Chronicles, Antibalas
Twice as Tall, Burna Boy
Agora, Bebel Gilberto
Love Letters, Anoushka Shankar
Amadjar, Tinariwen

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Country Artist Lisa Gentile pays Tribute to her late Father with New Single

Motown producer and songwriter, Mickey Gentile (Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, The Supremes), always knew his daughter’s vocal abilities were beyond her years, but was waiting for that hit song. After hearing Lisa sing “Just When I Thought the Rain Would End” at the piano in their Manhattan apartment in 1988, he immediately booked the prestigious Nola Recording Studios (Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald) and called on the best session players, engineers and mixers in the business.

Marked by contemporary powerhouse vocals with pop arrangements reminiscent of Burt Bacharach, echoes of the Brill Building and Motown soul, this love ballad tells the story of a resilient lover in her last fight to save a disconnected relationship.

“Rain” launched Lisa’s journey as a performer and songwriter and opened many doors, including performing two original songs on the popular network television competition Star Search. Since then, she’s worked with top songwriters and producers including Keith Diamond, Loris Holland, and Robbie Robertson, as well as placed songs in film and television, and released three studio albums.

Now, “Just When I Thought the Rain Would End” makes a comeback as the lead single of Lisa’s highly anticipated fourth studio album Start Flying (Christmas 2020). Remixed and remastered at the famous Dreamland Recording Studios in Woodstock, NY, this updated version features famed drummer and bassist Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates).

“My dad believed in this song more than any song I’ve written. Just before he died he said to me, ‘Get the ‘Rain Song’ out into the world. It’s your best. Just do it for me.’ This is my tribute to him and our bond in music, which gave me the courage to never give up.” –Lisa Gentile

Mickey Gentile passed away in New York City in July 2019.

“Just When I Thought the Rain Would End” available on all streaming platforms now.

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The HMMAs to Honor Kenny Loggins With The Career Achievement Award

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards will present the Career Achievement honor to music luminary KENNY LOGGINS on January 27, 2021 in a hybrid awards show. Widely considered the “King of Movie Soundtracks,” Loggins will also perform during the HMMA event.

The two-time Grammy winner AND Oscar nominated songwriter joins a distinguished list of past HMMA honorees including Smokey Robinson, Diane Warren, Earth Wind & Fire, Glen Campbell, Dave Mason and film composer John Debney.

The Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) is the first award organization to honor original music (Song and Score) in all forms of visual media. The HMMA has historically been representative of the nominations and winners of other mainstream awards shows that occur months later. Past winners include Hildur Guðnadóttir for JOKER, Ludwig Goransson for BLACK PANTHER, Alexandre Desplat for SHAPE OF WATER, Nicholas Britell for SUCCESSION, songs from LA LA LAND, A STAR IS BORN and more.

The HMMA blue-ribbon judges consist of select journalists, along with Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy voters. With over 1000 submissions from around the world, HMMA nominees are chosen in specific genres of music for film, TV and video games including dramatic feature, sci-fi/ fantasy, documentary and animation.

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Chris Stapleton Nabs Back-to-Back ‘Top Song’ Win at 2020 Tunie™ Awards

Echoing his 2019 win, Chris Stapleton and his country ballad “Tennessee Whiskey” won the award for the #1 Played Song at this year’s Tunie Awards Show. Stapleton accepted the award during the FREE-to-watch, virtual Music Awards Show that celebrated the top artists and songs played on Waffle House jukeboxes over the past year.

In addition to Stapleton’s top song award, Lee Brice walked away a big winner with two Tunies – Top Songwriter and Top Collaboration. Brice’s Top Collaboration award recognized his work with Carly Pearce on the song “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”

The show aired Sunday night, November 15th, on, which joined forces this year with Waffle House and TouchTunes to bring the high-energy show to life. The evening’s features included pre-recorded, LIVE performances from several Tunie Award Winners such as Old Dominion, Lee Brice & Carly Pearce, 3 Doors Down, Lauren Alaina, LOCASH and Walker Hayes. Viewers also were treated to exclusive “After Show Party” benefits, concert performances and additional content if they purchased a $3.00 ticket with proceeds going to support the non-profit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

Longtime Southern Rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, made a virtual appearance to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for rocking Waffle House Top Plays for decades with so many Top Hits, and for the group’s deep love for the Waffle House brand.

Kid Rock, another huge fan of the iconic restaurant brand and fan favorite, won the Waffle House Legend Award. “Thank you so much, to the Tunies, to Waffle House,” Kid Rock said. “I’m covered in excitement and that’s not even tongue-and-cheek…. Game Over. I won.”

Winning results were based on the 30-million songs played on Waffle House/TouchTunes Jukeboxes over the past 12 months. Other artists’ wins included:

LOCASH, who recently skyrocketed on the Waffle House charts, won their very first Award as the Breakout Band of the Year for fan favorites such as “One Big Country Song” and “I Love This Life.”
Lauren Alaina, whose strong voice and Top Played songs helped her nab this year’s Top Country Vocalist Award. “This is the most-proud moment of my life,” Alaina said of her win, as she smiled with excitement.
Zac Brown Band has won the Top Played Country Band, while Luke Combs took home the Top Country Artist. Both Zac and Luke were able to join the celebration virtually.
Old Dominion won the coveted Associate’s Choice Award for being the Top Played Artist as selected by Waffle House Associates working at restaurants around the country.
3 Doors Down won for Top Alternative Rock Band, while MercyMe won for Top Christian Band.
The Waffle House Jukebox Top Ten Songs of 2020 are:

“Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton
“Location” by Khalid
“Yummy” by Justin Bieber
“Can We Talk” by Tevin Campbell
“Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd
“Sure Thing” by Miguel
“Heaven” by Kane Brown
“Hotel California” by Eagles
“Love on the Brain” by Rihanna
“Hold On, We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan) by Drake
Madison James reprised her 2019 role as show host, co-hosting this year with Walker Hayes. Hayes also helped premiere the 2020 Waffle Records’ song “Waffle House Girl” with the award show’s Winner of the Scattered, Smothered & Discovered Artist of the year, lvey Asher. The new song will be available for streaming exclusively via the TouchTunes jukeboxes inside Waffle House restaurants.

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