Hubert Sumlin Dies

Hubert Sumlin Dies
GRAMMY-nominated blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin died Dec. 4 of heart failure. He was 80. Known for playing guitar on many of GRAMMY-nominated blues artist Howlin' Wolf's recordings, Sumlin was a member of Howlin' Wolf's band from 1953 until the artist's death in 1976. In 2008 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Sumlin garnered three GRAMMY nominations for Best Traditional Blues Album, his first coming in 1998 for A Tribute To Howlin' Wolf. He was last nominated for a GRAMMY in 2010 for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Live! In Chicago. (12/5)

Madonna To Play Super Bowl XLVI
GRAMMY winner Madonna will be the featured performer during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012. Other musical acts playing recent Super Bowl halftime shows include Black Eyed Peas, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, and U2. (12/5)

Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band Lead ACA Nominations
Nominations for the second annual American Country Awards were announced with 54th GRAMMY Awards nominee Jason Aldean and GRAMMY winners Zac Brown Band in the lead with eight nominations each, including Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for My Kinda Party and You Get What You Give, respectively. GRAMMY nominees Thompson Square followed with seven nominations. GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift and GRAMMY nominees the Band Perry have six nominations each. Additional artists garnering nominations were Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood, among others. The American Country Awards will take place Dec. 5 in Las Vegas. (12/5)

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