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93.1 Coast Country Dallas & Brenda Nashville Notes: Dierks Bentley up for an Oscar/Little Big Town grabs a HUGE honor

 
It’s just a matter of weeks before we find out if Dierks Bentley could be in the running for an Oscar for Best Original Song.

Even though he wrote “Hold the Light” for the movie Only the Brave, Dierks says it’s taken on an even deeper meaning since 58 people lost their lives at the Route 91 Harvest Festival last October.

“To me, now more than ever, especially after Las Vegas, these are just dark times, man,” Dierks tells The Wrap. “Dark times and heavy hearts. The idea was to hold the light, to find that one little piece of hope. Hold onto that hope of a better time, of what you had and might see again.”

Only the Brave tells the story of an elite group of firefighters who lost their lives while battling a blaze in Bentley’s native Arizona.

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday, January 23. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are also eligible in the same category as Dierks, for “Keep Your Eyes on Me,” the song they wrote and performed for the film The Shack.

This year’s Oscars will be handed out March 4, live on ABC.

 

Little Big Town set to play the 60th Annual Grammys at Madison Square Garden
 

Little Big Town is the first country act to score a coveted performance slot on this year’s Grammys.

The CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year will take the stage alongside the likes of Lady Gaga and Pink, as the show returns to New York City for the first time in 15 years. Broadway legend Patti LuPone will also lead a tribute to composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein.

LBT could take home two trophies this year: they’re nominated for Best Country Album, for The Breaker, and Best Country Duo/Group Performance, for “Better Man.”

James Corden will host the 60th Annual Grammy Awards live from Madison Square Garden. Coverage starts Sunday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS.


Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard takes People inside his first moments with wife Hayley and their daughter Olivia Rose, in the magazine’s new issue.

“It was a pretty wild rush of emotions and I think Hayley felt the same way,” he says of the December 23 birth. “Right when she was born, they put her on Hayley’s chest and wiped her off a little bit and we spent a little time with her. It was definitely a magical moment, and a moment that we’d been waiting for, for a long time.”

Tyler says he couldn’t have been more impressed with Hailey’s strength during childbirth.

“I think it’s something that God doesn’t let men do for a reason,” he laughs. “I don’t know if we could get through it.”

But Hayley admits she’s pretty impressed with Tyler as a father.

“He’s been my helping hand and supportive,” she says. “Everything and more than I ever expected him to do. He’s been wonderful.”

You’ll find more photos and stories from the family of three — and their dog Harley — in People’s latest edition.

Thursday evening in Nashville, LANCO celebrated their first number one with “Greatest Love Story,” a song written solely by the band’s lead singer, Brandon Lancaster.

The chart-topping tune puts Brandon in the same class as Taylor SwiftZac Brown and Jennifer Nettles — artists who’ve reached the pinnacle of the country chart singing songs they wrote by themselves, namely “Our Song,” “Free” and “Stay,” respectively.  

What you may not realize is that’s a rarity these days. In fact, it’s been a decade since anyone accomplished that feat. Brandon admits he had no idea he was setting a new record.

“It’s definitely crazy,” he says. “I think that honestly when I was writing it, I didn’t know how crazy it was… When you get into songwriting, you don’t think, ‘I want to write a song so I can co-write…’ You just have something to say, you have a story to tell and you try to tell it.”

Brandon says lately, it’s occurred to him it’s a phenomenon that could happen to anyone.

“I did write this song before we had a record deal, before we really had anything going for us,” he explains. “And to me, that just kinda proves that anybody — no matter where you are out there — if you have a song, if you have a dream, there could be someone… right now working a job that’s about to get off work and go home tonight and write a song in their apartment and has nothing going for them. And one day, it could be a number one song. So that’s a really incredible and inspiring thing that we’re a part of that.”

LANCO’s debut album, Hallelujah Nights, comes out January 19.