NASHVILLE NEWS AND NOTES – FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016!

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Sam Hunt is the most-nominated country artist at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, scoring at least one nod in every country category, and two for song. Though he’s not nominated, Blake Shelton will perform his duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani from his new album If I’m Honest that comes out today.  The 2016 Billboard Music Awards air live from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

There will be seven country artists competing in three categories during Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards.  Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, and Carrie Underwood will battle for Top Country Artist.  Those same five will compete for Top Country Album honors and Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett and Chris Young are all nominated in the Top Country Song category with Sam having two songs up for the award.  Tune in Sunday night to find out who wins!

Speaking of Blake Shelton, you can hear him in the new animated “The Angry Birds Movie” that opens in theaters today!  Blake sings a song in the movie and also provides the voice for a redneck pig named Earl!