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The ACM Awards Swiftlist: Everything you need to know tonight!

April 19, 2015
(Source: acmawards50.com)

(Source: acmawards50.com)

I’ll write your name, Taylor Nation.

It’s the 50th Annual ACM Awards tonight, and the memories start now. The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar will receive one of the Milestone Awards, in her case for Youngest ACM Entertainer of the Year. She’s expected to attend, unless this is going to be a video thing. She really should be there but we don’t know what we don’t know.

The show airs tonight, April 19, live at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central and tape-delayed for the west coast at 8pm Pacific. If you are watching the live version anywhere else, be aware it’s going be Monday for these cities: 1am on London, 2am on Brussels, 9am in Tokyo and 10pm in Sydney.

The show has got a few landmarks from the Forever and Always Fearless One. Everyone remembers the VMA incident in September 13, 2009. That’s also the year of her massive award sweep at the CMA’s Awards later in November 11, 2009 (see Best Night Ever when I was really, really new to blogging). However, one you probably don’t remember is that Taylor won the Best Album for Fearless at the ACM Awards back in April 5, 2009 before either of those events. Yes, she won Album of the Year for Fearless before that little interruption.

But even before that, she won her first ACM award and one of her first awards ever in 2008, New Female Vocalist. She dedicated that one solely to her mother, Andrea Swift.

Watch on YouTube

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • April 19: The 50th Annual ACM Awards will take place at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, TX and broadcast live on CBS. Taylor Swift will be one of the recipients of the 50th Anniversary Milestone Awards, in her case for Youngest ACM Entertainer of the Year.
  • April 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Female ArtistSong of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Most Talked About Artist and Best Song To Dance To for “Shake It Off” for the 2015 Music Radio Disney Music Awards. The show happens at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California.
  • April 25: Caitlin Evanson performs at Lestat’s West as part of the Adams Ave Unplugged event.
  • April 26: The 2015 Music Radio Disney Music Awards air a 90-minute set on the Disney Channel at 8pm ET/PT.
  • April 30: Grant Mickelson‘s Birthday.

(Sources: 50th Annual ACM Awards)

Video Showcase: Caitlin Evanson is Livin’ In La Jolla

April 12, 2015

What a beautiful sound, Caitlin!

When I moved last year, I got a new bookcase. When Caitlin Evanson gets a new place, she picks up her fiddle, gets Pedro Talarico of Red & Rooster to back her up with a guitar and comes up with a new song. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who can’t put together Ikea furniture in the time it takes for Cait to make a new song, we’re pretty sure her songs will stand the test of time (or longer than my bookcase at least).

Here’s Caitlin and Pedro with “Livin’ in La Jolla”

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And here’s another one from Caitlin, this is “You Only Think Of Florida When It’s Cold”

Watch on YouTube

You can read up on Caitlin on her own Agency Profile: Caitlin Evanson.

Caitlin will be performing at Lestat’s West in San Diego, California on May 15. Also performing that night are Tim Connolly and Kennady Tracy. According to Reverbnation, tickets are available at the door. Update: She is also performing there as part of the Adams Ave Unplugged event on April 25. Thanks to @_Jencita_ for the heads up! :)

(Source: Lestat's West via Kennady Tracy)

(Source: Lestat’s West via Kennady Tracy)

Coming up on the Calendar:

(Sources: Agency Profile: Caitlin EvansonReverbnation)

Beyond The Agency: The original band leader, Al Wilson

April 11, 2015
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(Source: Elizabeth Huett)

(Source: Elizabeth Huett)

You are always remembered, Al :)

There’s not much online about Mr. Al Wilson, the original Secret Agent Man, and the band’s trusty mentor. I’ve met him only a couple of times for a brief moment. He’s always struck me as a very warm and gentle person.

Back on late March, Elizabeth Huett was having lunch with the man himself. She was overly nice to share a picture with the original band leader. Today, April 11, I hope the sun shines and it’s a beautiful day, Al. Stay in touch :)

You can read more on Al on his own page, Agency Profile: Al Wilson.

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • April 19: The 50th Annual ACM Awards will take place at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, TX and broadcast live on CBS. Taylor Swift will be one of the recipients of the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.
  • April 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Female ArtistSong of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Most Talked About Artist and Best Song To Dance To for “Shake It Off” for the 2015 Music Radio Disney Music Awards. The show happens at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California.
  • April 26: The 2015 Music Radio Disney Music Awards air a 90-minute set on the Disney Channel at 8pm ET/PT.
  • April 30: Grant Mickelson‘s Birthday.

(Sources: Agency Profile: Al Wilson)

News Update: Just so you know

April 9, 2015

Hello, Taylor Nation.

Taylor had some news to share today. I’m breaking my rules again because I usually put personal news that involve people outside of the public eye in the private category (i.e. I usually don’t blog about this). However, Taylor considered this important to share with her fans so I thought I’d just basically re-post it.

Hey guys,

I’m writing to you with an update I wish I wasn’t giving you, but it’s important and I’m used to sharing important events in my life with you. Usually when things happen to me, I process them and then write music about how I feel, and you hear it much later. This is something my family and I thought you should know about now.

For Christmas this year, I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor to get screened for any health issues, just to ease some worries of mine. She agreed, and went in to get checked. There were no red flags and she felt perfectly fine, but she did it just to get me and my brother off her case about it.

The results came in, and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer. I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know.

She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they’ve got going on to go to the doctor, and maybe you reminding them to go get checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle… Or peace of mind in knowing that they’re healthy and there’s nothing to worry about. She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight.

Thank you for caring about my family so much that she would want me to share this information with you.
I hope and pray that you never get news like this.

Love you.
Taylor

– Taylor Swift via Tumblr

Unfortunately, I received news like this a long time ago. I lost my own mother to cancer back in 2000. I don’t have any wisdom to share here, except to say make sure you show your affection to the ones you love every day of your life. I just would like to add my support to the Swift family and wish them all the best in the world.

(Photo: FameFlyNet)

(Photo: FameFlyNet)

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • April 19: The 50th Annual ACM Awards will take place at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, TX and broadcast live on CBS. Taylor Swift will be one of the recipients of the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.
  • April 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Female ArtistSong of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Most Talked About Artist and Best Song To Dance To for “Shake It Off” for the 2015 Music Radio Disney Music Awards. The show happens at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California.
  • April 26: The 2015 Music Radio Disney Music Awards air a 90-minute set on the Disney Channel at 8pm ET/PT.
  • April 30: Grant Mickelson‘s Birthday.

(Sources: Taylor Swift via Tumblr)

Taylor Swift gets 14 nominations for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards!

April 7, 2015

She’s the eternal overachiever, Taylor Nation.

The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar has 14 nominations for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. They’re 14 nominations in 13 categories. Wait, you might say – thinking I made a typo, you can’t have more nominations than categories! Well, you can… if you are nominated twice in the same category. Here we go:

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Singer Taylor Swift accepts the award for 'Top Billboard 200 Album' onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • Top Artist
  • Top Female Artist
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist
  • Top Hot 100 Artist
  • Top Digital Songs Artist
  • Top Radio Songs Artist
  • Top Social Artist
  • Top Streaming Artist
  • Top Billboard 200 Album for 1989
  • Top Hot 100 Song for “Shake It Off”
  • Top Digital Song for “Shake It Off”
  • Top Streaming Song (Video) for “Blank Space”
  • Top Streaming Song (Video) for “Shake It Off”
  • Billboard Chart Achievement Award (presented by Samsung Galaxy) Fan-voted

Yes, that’s not a typo. Taylor has two videos nominated for Top Streaming Song (Video). Someone really, really wants Taylor to come to their show. She totally can do it, she is in Las Vegas, NV for the Rock in Rio USA on May 15.

On a side note, the artist who has won more BBMA’s ever is Garth Brooks with 19 awards (not all of them at the same time). T-Swizzle would need to win seven awards to match him and eight to become the artist with more BBMA awards. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, she doesn’t have to break all records in one night. Although, if there was an artist to do that, who else?

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards are broadcast live from MGM Grand Central Arena in Las Vegas, NV on ABC on May 17 at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central. No word on when voting starts for the Billboard Chart Achievement Award yet, but we’ll let you know for sure :)

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • April 19: The 50th Annual ACM Awards will take place at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, TX and broadcast live on CBS. Taylor Swift will be one of the recipients of the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.
  • April 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Female ArtistSong of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Most Talked About Artist and Best Song To Dance To for “Shake It Off” for the 2015 Music Radio Disney Music Awards. The show happens at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California.
  • April 26: The 2015 Music Radio Disney Music Awards air a 90-minute set on the Disney Channel at 8pm ET/PT.
  • April 30: Grant Mickelson‘s Birthday.

(Sources: Billboard)

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