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LAS VEGAS (AP) – More than a few people have suggested to the producers of the Academy of Country Music Awards that they extend the broadcast delay for Sunday night’s show – just in case.

With Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan co-hosting, everyone expects the unexpected – and several off-color, unscripted moments – as country music’s biggest cut-ups collide on stage. A recent interview in Nashville with the two, who’ve given themselves the celebrity couple name “Bluke, ” veered wildly from a discussion of Bryan’s unworthiness to host to crude jokes and Taylor Swift‘s fans.

“I would tell him to be prepared for the onslaught of hatred that will come from Taylor Swift’s fan base if you say any sort of a joke or if she’s any part of a punch line in the monologue, ” Shelton said when asked what advice he’d give Bryan. “By the way, you’re getting all those jokes this year.”

The 48th annual awards show kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday night live on CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The night will be a showcase for country’s men of the moment – and for its two dominant male stars of the last two decades.

Many of the top names in country music will perform or appear, including top nominees Eric Church and Hunter Hayes, but most eyes will be on the marquee meeting of Garth Brooks and George Straight. Brooks and Strait, two of music’s top-selling artists regardless of genre, have never performed together.

They will help honor the show’s longtime producer Dick Clark, who passed away last year. The academy is naming its artist of the decade award for Clark, whose tenure with the show began in 1979.

The moment will be special – and not just for the millions watching at home. It has country’s biggest stars abuzz as well.

“Having George and Garth on stage together at one time on an awards show will become one of the most important pieces of tape in country music history, ” Dierks Bentley said.

Church leads all nominees with seven, while Hayes is up for six awards. Shelton, Bryan and Jason Aldean – country’s top three male stars of the moment – are up for the fan-voted entertainer of the year award – though they’re facing off against academy favorite Miranda Lambert, who is Shelton’s wife, and two-time winner Taylor Swift, a heavy favorite to three-peat given her relationship with fans.

Shelton is arguably country’s most visible male today. “The Voice” coach has a weekly presence on national television, was the recent winner of the rival Country Music Association’s entertainer of the year award and has risen to platinum status again after a mid-career lull that’s a distant memory.

Aldean is country’s best-selling male artist at the moment and Church and Bryan have recently joined him as acts who can fill arenas and reach multiplatinum sales.

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NYTimes Article About 2001 Albums/groups you may have missed

2002-01-03 15:41:28 by handlesoflove

Best of the Obscure Among 2001's Albums
By JON PARELES
Now that every computer and every apartment is a potential recording studio and every musician could be a do-it-yourself independent label, more than 20,000 albums are released each year, more than any single fan, radio station or critic could possibly assess fully. That means that richly deserving music can go unnoticed, drowned out by better-promoted albums or rendered inaccessible because it eludes the easy categorization that could make it marketable. Top 10 lists and end-of-the-year surveys invariably leave music critics dissatisfied, since so many other worthwhile albums linger largely unnoticed: albums on independent labels and, now and then, albums on major labels that were never treated as high priorities

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