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GRAMMYs Behind the Song: Iggy Azalea Feat. Charli XCX – ‘Fancy’

When your first single from your debut album shoots up the charts, puts the competition in a stranglehold and doesn’t let go for seven weeks in a row, you’ve got reason to brag. And boy, does “Fancy” do just that.

01/05/2015

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GRAMMYs Behind the Song: Jack White ‘Lazaretto’

To the surprise of many, Jack White’s GRAMMY-nominated solo jam “Lazaretto” is based on a hip-hop classic.

01/05/2015

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GRAMMYs Behind The Song: Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’

Watch Pharrell Williams talk about the creation of ‘Happy,’ and how the world’s response has affirmed his faith in humanity.

01/05/2015

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GRAMMYs Behind the Song: Taylor Swift ‘Shake It Off’

When Taylor Swift sat down to write her now three-time GRAMMY nominated hit “Shake It Off,” she wanted to create a song that brought the wallflowers to the dance floor.

01/05/2015

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GRAMMYs Behind the Song: Sia – ‘Chandelier’

‘Chandelier’ is a classic case of a happy accident, a spontaneous flash of inspiration that turned into one of the biggest and most pervasive hits of 2014.

01/05/2015

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GRAMMYs Behind the Song: Paramore – ‘Ain’t It Fun’

Paramore’s song “Ain’t It Fun” didn’t just help Hayley Williams grow up, it also earned her and her bandmates a GRAMMY nomination.

01/05/2015

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GRAMMYs Behind the Song: Meghan Trainor – ‘All About That Bass’

Meghan Trainor is bringing booty back.

01/05/2015

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Behind the Song: Carrie Underwood’s ‘Two Black Cadillacs’

“It’s drama, and it’s dark,” said Underwood about “Two Black Cadillacs,” her ACM Award-nominated song. And, she added, “you have to listen to the whole thing,” because you’ll be “sucked in.”

04/03/2014

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Behind the Song: Blake Shelton’s ‘Mine Would Be You’

Some songs can take a bit of time to really sink in and win over fans as well as the artists. That wasn’t the case, though, with “Mine Would Be You,” the No. 1 hit from Blake Shelton.

04/01/2014

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Behind the Song: Lee Brice’s ‘I Drive Your Truck’

“She couldn’t even say it — she couldn’t say ‘I drive his truck.’ She was like, ‘no, I don’t want to do it today.’ And I was like, ‘oh yeah we are!'”

03/27/2014

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Behind the Song: Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Cruise’

Songwriter Chase Rice and both Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line go ‘behind the song’ and talk about the origins of FGL’s first No. 1 hit “Cruise,” which has been nominated for Two ACM Awards.

03/25/2014

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Behind the Song: The Band Perry’s ‘Better Dig Two’

“It was our first single for our sophomore release, which some say is the most scrutinized piece of music an artist ever puts out,” Kimberly Perry told Radio.com. Now the video for the song has been nominated for an ACM Award.

03/20/2014

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Behind the Song: Keith Urban’s ‘We Were Us’

Songwriter Jimmy Robbins and singer Keith Urban talk about the origins of “We Were Us,” the No. 1 duet between Urban and Miranda Lambert that has been nominated for Vocal Event of the Year at the ACM Awards.

03/18/2014

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Behind the Song: Blake Shelton’s ‘Boys ‘Round Here’

“‘Boys Round Here’ pretty much represents who I am as a human being,” Shelton said of his ACM Award-nominated hit. Songwriter Dallas Davidson and producer Scott Hendricks offer details on the story behind the song.

03/13/2014

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Behind the Song: Miranda Lambert’s ACM-Nominated ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’

“I feel like women in my grandmother’s generation were expected to put on a pretty face and not really show their crazy sides,” Kacey Musgraves said, describing the ideas behind the three-time ACM-Award nominated song she cowrote with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally. “Now, it’s a bit different.”

03/11/2014

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Behind the Song: Tim McGraw’s ‘Highway Don’t Care’

It’s a moody anthem that serves as the closing song on his 2013 album’ Two Lanes of Freedom.’ McGraw was drawn to it’s “timeless” quality.

01/23/2014

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Behind the Song: Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Merry Go ‘Round’

“When we were about to pick the first single I really lobbied for ‘Merry Go ‘Round’ because I’m out there every night and I can tell you, hands down this is the one people are connecting with. I’m really glad that was my first thing to say to the world.”

01/21/2014

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Behind the Song: Hunter Hayes’ ‘I Want Crazy’

“‘Crazy’ was just my way of saying, ‘That’s real love. When you feel like you’ve gone crazy. That’s when you’ve actually gotten something right.’”

01/16/2014

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Behind The Song: Vampire Weekend’s ‘Diane Young’

Frontman Ezra Koenig on about how their hit single from the GRAMMY-nominated ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ went through a rough ugly duckling stage until they figured out that vocal effect—you know the one.

01/14/2014

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Behind the Song: Darius Rucker’s ‘Wagon Wheel’

“When I heard ‘Wagon Wheel’ at my daughter’s high school talent contest, I just thought, ‘Man some day I’m going to cut the song for a record.’ It was one of those lightning bolt things that I can’t even explain.”

01/09/2014

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Behind The Song: Lorde’s ‘Royals’

“I think one of the first lines I wrote from that song,” Lorde told Radio.com, “which was, ‘We’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams,’ was in a diary that I had when I was like 11 or 12, so young.”

01/07/2014

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Behind the Song: Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’

“I am woman, hear me roar.” It’s the simple phrase that Helen Reddy sang in 1971 and 42 years later would inspire Katy Perry, along with her co-writer Bonnie McKee, to write “Roar.”

01/02/2014

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Behind the Song: Sara Bareilles’ ‘Brave’

If Sara Bareilles ends up winning the Best Pop Solo Performance GRAMMY for “Brave,” she owes Sara Quin an Edible Arrangement or at least a thank you card.

12/17/2013

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Behind the Song: Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

One thing is clear: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the most talked about song of the summer and now it’s up for 4 GRAMMYs including Record of the Year. Thicks says it’s all due to Pharrell and a rather racy video.

12/10/2013

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Behind The Song: Miranda Lambert And Blake Shelton’s ACM-Nominated ‘Over You’

If it wasn’t for a telling comment from Blake Shelton’s father, the ACM Award-nominated song “Over You” might never have been recorded. Written by Blake and his wife Miranda Lambert, the touching song is about the loss of Blake’s brother, who […]

03/28/2013

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