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Justin Moore Honored with Armed Forces Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore was recognized with the Humanitarian of the Year award from the Armed Forces Foundation this week at the 10th Annual Congressional Gala in Washington, D.C.

Justin was selected for the honor in large part of his work with the Crown Royal Your Hero’s Name Here contest, which gives servicemen and women the chance to have their name be the title of a NASAR race.

While Justin admits he feels uncomfortable being honored in a room full of soldiers, he says, “I’m thrilled to know that what I do with the AFF has helped, and that it is appreciated by all. Both of my grandpas served in our military and the group, along with my parents, instilled in me what our servicemen and women mean to us.”

Justin’s label mate, Cassadee Pope, was also on hand at the Congressional Gala.

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Luke Bryan to Perform on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has signed on to perform on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Sunday, May 18 on ABC. Imagine Dragons, John Legend and OneRepublic are also set to appear on the show, broadcasting live from Las Vegas.

Luke is up for six trophies at the Billboard Music Awards, including Top Male Artist and Top Country Artist.

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Toby Keith Surprised With Spirit of the USO Award in Las Vegas

Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith was surprised with the Spirit of the USO Award on Monday night in Las Vegas. The presentation happened at the end of the taping for the upcoming TV special ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops.

According to The Tennessean, Toby just finished performing the final song of the night, “American Soldier,” when military personnel took the stage and made the announcement. The honor recognizes Toby for playing more than 200 shows for more than 250,000 men and women in uniform and their families in the past decade.

Toby admits the award caught him off-guard. He says, “I saw a need and a void the great Bob Hope left behind, and no one was filling it, but as hard as Big Dog Daddy tried, I couldn’t bring Marilyn Monroe.”

Toby will be featured in ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops, airing May 20 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Luke Bryan Dominates “Billboard” Music Awards Nominations

AMA/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan got quite a bit of love this morning when the Billboard Music Awards nominees were announced. He’s up for Top Male Artist against the likes of Justin Timberlake, Eminem and Bruno Mars. Luke’s album, Crash My Party, is also nominated for Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Country Album, and Luke is nominated for Top Billboard 200 Artist.

Florida Georgia Line racked up several nods, including a mention in the overall Top Duo/Group category and the Top Country Artist category.

The Billboard Music Awards will take place in Las Vegas Sunday, May 18, and will air live on ABC.

Here are the country-related categories:

Top Male Artist
Luke Bryan
Drake
Eminem
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake

Top Duo/Group
Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
One Direction
OneRepublic

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
Eminem
One Direction
Justin Timberlake

Top Social Artist
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
One Direction
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Country Artist
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Darius Rucker
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Milestone Award Presented by Chevrolet
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
Luke Bryan
Ellie Goulding
OneRepublic
Carrie Underwood

Top Billboard 200 Album
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Drake, Nothing Was the Same
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience

Top Country Album
Garth Brooks, Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Florida Georgia Line, Here’s to the Good Times
The Robertsons, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas
Blake Shelton, Based on a True Story

Top Christian Album
Alan Jackson, Precious Memories: Volume II
Skillet, Rise
Third Day, Miracle
Chris Tomlin, Burning Lights
Various Artists, WOW Hits 2014

Top Country Song
Luke Bryan, “Crash My Party”
Luke Bryan, “That’s My Kind Of Night”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, “Cruise”
Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends, “Boys ‘Round Here”

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Eric Church Launching The Outsiders World Tour This September with Dwight Yoakam

CMAEric Church will launch The Outsiders World Tour September 11 in Bossier City, LA, with special guest Dwight Yoakam appearing on all dates. Newcomers Brothers Osborne and Brandy Clark will rotate in the other opening spot, along with rock act Halestorm.

This trek features a much more high-tech design than Eric’s previous tours allowing fans to experience the show in a full 360-degree view.

Tickets go on sale in select markets April 18. Go to EricChurch.com for details on VIP packages.

Here are Eric’s tour dates:

9/11 — Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
9/13 — St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
9/16 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
9/17 — Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
9/18 — Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
9/25 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
9/26 — Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
9/27 — Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/9 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
10/10 — Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
10/11 — Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center
10/16 — Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
10/17 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
10/18 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
10/23 — Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena
10/24-10/25 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
10/30 — Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling Arena
10/31 — Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
11/1 — Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
11/13 — London, ON (CAN), Budweiser Gardens
11/14 — Hamilton, ON (CAN), FirstOntario Centre
11/15 — Ottawa, ON (CAN), Canadian Tire Centre
11/20 — Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
11/21 — Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
11/22 — Evansville, IN, The Ford Center
12/5 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
12/6 — Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
12/11 — The Arena at Gwinnett Center
12/12 — Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
12/13 — Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena

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