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Dierks Bentley Grammy Plans Including Pulling a Kanye; Kelly Clarkson, Bill Clinton Photo Bomb Explained + More: Country Music News Roundup

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The Boot rounds up today’s country music headlines from around the web.

Dierks Bentley wants to pull a Kanye West at the Grammys! Or he’s at least joking that he wants to. The singer-songwriter is nominated for his poignant song, “Home,” but seems certain he won’t win. “Let’s look at the stats. I’ve been nominated for 12, okay? So, I’m pretty used to clapping for somebody else and the camera’s right there. I got that down pretty good,” Dierks laments. “The Grascals are nominated for Bluegrass Album of the Year. I talked to Jamey [Johnson] the other day from The Grascals, and I said, ‘If you guys win, can I rush up there with you?’ Because The Grascals got a pretty good shot. So, if they win, I’m running up there, so I can say I did it, because it’s a tough thing to win one.”

Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert have set the date! “We had, like, two weekends that we were able to do it this year,” the bride-to-be admits, adding, “We have planned it, but we’re not going to tell anybody.” The two singers, both ACM New Artist nominees, got engaged earlier this month. [WYCD]

We’re sending thoughts and prayers to Jake Owen and his family, as the singer’s dad is battling cancer. While few details are known, he seems to be on the mend. “Surprised my dad today at Mayo Clinic in MN,” Jake tweeted on Friday (Jan. 25). “He had cancer surgery on his neck. Doing great.. My love to all that have dealt with Cancer.”

“The whole thing is just personally devastating to me,” Blake Shelton tweeted Sunday, referring to his controversial (and misunderstood) comments about classic country music, which angered one of his heroes, Ray Price. “Still sad that Ray thought I was talking about artists. I was only referring to people who don’t like the new direction country is going,” “The Voice” coach clarified in another tweet. [twitter.com/blakeshelton]

In happier Blake news, his Red River Blue album has been certified platinum, signifying more than a million copies sold. The project spawned the hit singles “Honey Bee,” “God Gave Me You,” “Drink on It” and “Over.”

Keith Urban knows what he’s looking for in an “American Idol” finalist, and that could be a singer from any genre. “It’s somebody who really speaks to me,” explains the show’s first-ever country-crooning judge. “And [someone who makes me] feel all of the humanity and the vulnerability, the strength, the confidence, the conflict, the anger, all of it. For me, a great artist always knows how to convey that.” [CMT]

There have been a lot of laughs over former President Bill Clinton’s so-called “photo bomb” of Kelly Clarkson at President Obama’s inauguration last week. (Watch it in the video below.) The powerhouse singer is pretty sure Mr. Clinton wasn’t trying to steal her spotlight, nor check out her rear view! “He was obviously listening to ‘Don’t Rush’ right before the inauguration,” she jokes, name-checking what she calls her “baby making” duet with Vince Gill. “No … it wasn’t stadium seating where we were seated. We were all standing directly behind, so all of us up on the stage were doing that, they just caught him!” [US 99.5 Chicago]

Lady Antebellum will perform their new single, “Downtown,” on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” tonight. Tune in at 11:35 PM ET on NBC.

Watch a Video on Kelly Clarkson at the Inauguration

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