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  • Rexha FILE - In this April 15, 2018 file photo, Tyler Hubbard, right, and Brian Kelley, left, of Florida Georgia Line, and Bebe Rexha, center, perform “Meant to Be” at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The song is nominated for single of the year for the Country Music Association Awards. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Friday, November 09, 2018 1:00 am


CMA song, single of year nods announced

Associated Press

The midterm elections are over, but the contest for the year's best country songs is just around the corner at the Country Music Association Awards.

The two categories, song and single of the year, look similar with three songs nominated in both, but the writers behind the hits say these awards are hard to predict.

Nominees include Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's “Meant to Be,” a pop song that became a monster country hit; country songs that went pop like Dan + Shay's “Tequila” and Sam Hunt's “Body Like a Back Road”; a message song for the #MeToo era and of course, drinking songs.

Songwriter-producer and nominee Shane McAnally called the song of the year category a five-way race with no clear leader.

The CMA Awards will air live on Nov. 14.

'Breaking' movie

Bryan Cranston has confirmed that a “Breaking Bad” movie is in development, though he's not sure he's in it.

Following reports that “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan is prepping a two-hour movie connected to the AMC series, Cranston on Wednesday called into the sports talk radio show “The Dan Patrick Show” and confirmed the project is indeed in the works.

Cranston said he hasn't yet read the script and that his character, Walter White, may not even be in it. Cranston said he would “absolutely” return to the character if he was in it.

The two-hour spinoff is set to begin shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in mid-November under the code name “Greenbrier.”

Gilligan's “Breaking Bad” prequel series “Better Call Saul” last month concluded its fourth season.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Charlie Robinson is 73. Actor Robert David Hall is 70. Actor Lou Ferrigno is 67. Singer Donnie McClurkin is 59. Drummer Dee Plakas is 58. Rapper Pepa is 49. Rapper Scarface is 48. Musician Susan Tedeschi is 48. Actor Eric Dane is 46. Singer Nick Lachey is 45. Bassist Barry Knox is 41. Singer Sisqo is 40. Singer Chris Lane is 34. Actress Nikki Blonsky is 30.