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Blake Shelton's done it again. The country star has led another singer to victory as a coach on NBC's "The Voice." On Tuesday's season seven finale, Team Blake's Craig Wayne Boyd got the nod over Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison, and Damien to capture the 100-thousand dollar prize and recording contract. The finale marked another showdown between Shelton and Maroon 5's Adam Levine, who coached the other three. Craig is the fourth Team Blake singer to win "The Voice." Shelton's other successes include season two's Jermaine Paul, season three's Cassadee Pope, and season four's Danielle Bradbery.
Craig is a country singer. Over the course of the competition he performed a number of country covers including George Strait's "You Look So Good In Love," Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line," and Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues." The Texas-born Nashville resident says in his Facebook bio that he began pursuing a country music career well before competing on "The Voice." His efforts have included opening shows for Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, and Brantley Gilbert. Craig's debut single, "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face," is available now. He'll make appearances Wednesday on NBC's "Today" and "The Tonight Show."
Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley says he and Tyler Hubbard are "happy to be there to support the troops." And the country star tells the "Miami Herald" they aren't alone. He says whenever they've taken part in concerts honoring the men and women in uniform everybody involved is "just so passionate and loyal," and "it's just a good energy. Florida Georgia Line is among the stars taking part in the WWE's holiday special "Tribute to the Troops," airing on USA Wednesday night. Hubbard says being a WWE event makes it even better. The singer explains that wrestling fans are "awesome and loud and energetic and passionate," while those in the WWE are "amazing and friendly" and "very welcoming."
Blake Shelton is featured on the special as well, along with his fellow coaches from "The Voice." Seth Meyers, Tom Brokaw, and The Kardashians are some of the other celebrities also making appearances at the event, which was recently taped at Fort Benning, Georgia. In addition to Wednesday's two-hour USA Network special, a one-hour edition of the WWE's "Tribute to the Troops" will air on NBC on December 27th.
Shania Twain is spreading the word about domestic violence. The country star has filmed a public service announcement to raise awareness of the issue. Shania continues, admitting that domestic violence isn't easy to discuss but shouldn't be ignored. She encourages victims to "tell someone you trust," and report all incidents to police. The full, minute-long clip is posted on YouTube.
Twain shot the PSA for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. HollywoodReporter.com says it's her end of a deal she made with the law enforcement agency, which allowed her to appear on horseback in a full RCMP dress uniform at the Calgary Stampede last summer. Shania's two shows at the Canadian event marked her first full performances outside of Las Vegas in a decade. And with the concerts Twain became the first artist ever to play two sold out shows on consecutive nights at Calgary, Alberta's Scotiabank Saddledome.
Luke Bryan could have another big awards show night. The singer is the top nominee for the first ever American Country Countdown Awards, airing on Fox tonight (Monday). Luke is entering the event with seven bids in five categories, including Male Vocalist and Artist of the Year. He's also slated to perform during the ceremony, along with nominees Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, and others. The lineup for the two-hour show also boasts Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, and Hank Williams Jr., while Kenny Chesney and Reba McEntire will receive special honors at the event. Florida Georgia Line will be on hand in three capacities -- the six-times nominated duo has been tapped to perform and host the ceremony.
Nominees and winners for the American Country Countdown Awards are based on different statistics, including radio airplay charts, album sales, and digital and tour data. The only exception is Breakthrough Artist of the Year, which is a fan-voted category.
Nominees for the American Country Countdown Awards
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Fan-voted award)