Welcome to The Boot's News Roundup, a morning rundown of the news country music fans need to know. Read on to learn more about the latest goings-on in the country, Americana, bluegrass and folk genres.
On Wednesday (Jan. 10), , , , , and more country stars were announced as nominees for the 2018 iHeart Radio Music Awards. Three country-exclusive awards — Country Artist of the Year, Country Song of the Year and Best New Country Artist — will be handed out at the annual awards show; a complete list of categories is available on . Hunt is nominated in both the Song of the Year and Artist of the Year categories, as is Thomas Rhett; in the Best New Artist category, , Alaina, , Combs and are all up for the trophy. Scheduled for March 11, the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards will be broadcast from the "Fabulous" Forum in Los Angeles, Calif., at 8PM ET on TBS, TNT and truTV.
While vacationing in Cancun, 's Brad Rempel found himself in the middle of a massive earthquake. The quake, which hit off the coast of Honduras on Tuesday (Jan. 9), was a 7.6 on the Richter scale, which meant that Rempel felt the quake all the way in Mexico. "Amazing trip to Cancun ended last night with our condo shaking like crazy as a result of an earthquake," Rempel on the band's Twitter account. "Thankful to be safe and sound back on American soil."