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Taylor Swift to Receive ‘Big’ Honor From Michelle Obama at Kids’ Choice Awards

Kids definitely know a good song when they hear one, and apparently they know a good philanthropist when they spot one, too. For her many charitable endeavors and contributions, Taylor Swift will be the recipient of this year’s the Big Help Award at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Presenting the prestigious honor to the country starlet will be a widely acclaimed past winner, a philanthropist of a different vocation: First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images / YouTube
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Cute Kittens Want You to Vote for Hunter Hayes as 2012 ACM Awards New Artist of the Year

Hunter Hayes wants to win the 2012 ACM Awards New Artist of the Year honor so bad that the singer and his digital promotion team recruited a quartet of super cute kittens to aid him in his quest and to emotionally blackmail you into voting. They’re preying on your inability to ignore rampant cuteness.

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Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire + More to Appear on ‘The Talk’ for ACM Week

CBS’ afternoon talk show ‘The Talk’ is getting a bit of a country makeover — but only for one week. In honor of the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards, the show, which stars hosts Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen, Leah Remini and Sheryl Underwood, is going country. The hosts will invite a cast of celebrity country acts to come perform, co-host and, well, talk with them during the week leading up to the 47th Annual ACM Awards.

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Frazer Harrison / David Becker / Jason Merritt / Frederick M. Brown / Larry Busacca, Getty Images
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Who Will Win the 2012 ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year? – Readers Poll

Five artists are competing to be named Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 ACM Awards on April 1. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton have all had years worthy of the honor, but only one can bring the trophy home. Your votes will help decide the winner.

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Taylor Swift Responds to Prom Request With Invite to 2012 ACMs

Yesterday (Feb. 23) we reported that Taylor Swift had received a prom invitation from New Jersey high school senior Kevin McGuire, who is currently battling cancer for the second time. On McGuire’s Facebook event page, which now has hundreds of thousands of fans, the teen’s older sister put out a plea asking the beautiful young starlet to take her brother to his high school prom, which coincidentally falls on his birthday. Since then, we’ve all been waiting eagerly to see if and when and how Swift would respond. That wait has finally ended.

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Brantley Gilbert’s a ‘Good Kind of Nervous’ About 2012 ACM Awards Nomination

Should Brantley Gilbert have to give an acceptance speech at the 2012 ACM Awards in April, he tells Taste of Country he’ll pretty much wing it. The singer says he won’t come prepared with notes, or a written list of thank yous.

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Who Were the Big Winners at the Golden Globes?

The 69th annual Golden Globes were awarded Sunday night, with a kinder, gentler Ricky Gervais at the helm.

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2012 ACM Awards New Artist of the Year Semi-Finalists Announced

Today the Academy of Country Music and Great American Country (GAC) unveiled the 2012 semi-finalists for the New Artist of the Year award, which consists of eight artists after the first round of professional voting. This year’s semi-finalist list includes Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Thompson Square, JT Hodges, David Nail, Jerrod Niemann and Justin Moore.

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Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean to Perform at 2012 Grammys

At last year’s Grammy Awards, it seemed like every other “and the Grammy goes to …” was followed by the name of a country artist. With Miranda Lambert‘s ‘The House That Built Me’ doing well and Lady Antebellum‘s ‘Need You Now’ taking the cake in two major categories, it was a star-studded night for country fans everywhere. As the Staples Center prepares to roll out that red carpet once again, the Recording Academy has just announced the first group of performers for the 2012 Grammys, and nominees Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean are on that list.

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Zac Brown Band Feeling Blue About Country Music Awards Losing Streak

The Zac Brown Band were nominated for eight awards at last night’s American Country Awards and five at last month’s CMA Awards in Nashville, plus one award at the American Music Awards. Today, their mantle looks the same as it did two months ago. The band tweeted about their recent run of bad country music awards luck.

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