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(RNN) - We could forgive you for not knowing tonight is country music's "biggest night," AKA awards night. 

Because, didn't country music's "biggest night" already happen in April? Or June? Or isn't it coming up in December? Weren't the nominees for the "biggest night" released just last week?

Is it the CMA's? Or the CMT's? Or the ACM's? Or the ACA's?

(We have too many country music awards shows, for real.)

The short answer to all those questions is "yes."

Country music is proud of their own. And they celebrate their own by passing out hardware four times a year, not including all encompassing music shows like the Grammys and American Music Awards.

By contrast, hip hop has the BET Hip Hop Awards, Latin music has the Latin Grammys, Christian and Gospel music have the Doves, rock has ... well, rock has the Grammys.

Wednesday's CMA's - or Country Music Awards - is the third of four of country music's awards nights of the year.

And it will be a big night indeed for one Taylor Swift. Swift will become only the second artist ever to receive the Pinnacle Award, given to the artist who "has attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide," in addition to achieving "record sales at levels unique to country music."

The award was originally created for and given to Garth Brooks in 2005.

Swift also has six CMA nominations including entertainer of the year and album of the year.

Her latest effort, Red, is not exactly a country album, channeling more dubstep than twang. And Swift has been gradually moving more toward pop since the days she crooned about teardrops on her guitar. But she has done more for the genre in terms of widening its appeal than anyone else over the past several years.

Newcomer Kacey Musgraves also received six CMA nominations, including best new artist and album of the year for Same Trailer, Different Park.

Performers include Swift and Musgraves, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and youngsters Lennon and Maisy, real-life sisters whose tender harmonies and proficient-beyond-their-age guitar skills first charmed YouTube before charming producers on the country music-centric show Nashville.

The CMA's, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, air at 8 p.m. EST.

Rounding out the hardware fest: The American Country Music Awards on Dec. 10.

Rare Jimi Hendrix footage unearthed

Rare footage of guitar's most proficient player has been unearthed, documenting Jimi Hendrix's performance at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival. 

The video shows Hendrix playing Foxey Lady and was shot by Hendrix's sound engineer. It's part of a two-hour documentary American Masters: Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train a Comin'.

You can see the Foxey Lady footage on Vevo.

The Miami Pop Festival album released Tuesday and features Hendrix's headlining set, including tracks like Red House and Hey Joe.

The documentary and album package celebrates the Hendrix's 70th birthday, which would have been Nov. 27.

Kanye West postpones tour; sues YouTube co-founder

We're beginning to think Keeping up with the Kardashians should be changed to Keeping up with Kanye.

Due to a car accident in which some essential concert gear was damaged beyond repair, many shows on Kanye's Yeezus tour were postponed indefinitely.

According to West's publicist, the truck involved in the accident was carrying the tour's custom-made video truss and a 60-foot LED screen.

They went on to say that the gear is essential to the creative vision of the concert series and that West "will not compromise on bringing the show, as it was originally envisioned and designed, to his fans."

West is postponing the tour until the gear is recreated.

It's safe to say he isn't lying low though. He and Kim Kardashian filed a lawsuit against YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for sharing insider video of West's elaborate marriage proposal to Kardashian on his website MixBit.

However, the couple isn't angry that the public is seeing the footage, they're angry because it was supposed to be exclusive to either Keeping up with the Kardashians or another E! special, according to Fuse.

Plus, Hurley had signed an agreement to refrain from posting pictures or video of the event before he ever even entered San Francisco's AT&T Park, where the engagement took place.

Marvin Gaye's family files countersuit against Robin Thicke

Speaking of lawsuits, Robin Thicke may have had the song of the summer, but it couldn't protect him from the rather thick legal battle he's now facing.

Around the same time Thicke's Blurred Lines was blowing up the charts, Marvin Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music, the owner of some of Funkadelic's compositions, claimed the song is a knockoff of Gaye's Got To Give It Up and Funkadelic's Sexy Ways.

Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. didn't waste any time in filing a pre-emptive suit against Gaye's family, claiming Blurred Lines is starkly different from Gaye's songs - but the battle didn't stop there.

After a few months of silence, the estate of Marvin Gaye is filing a countersuit, saying not only did Thicke rip off Gaye's Got to Give It Up, but his song Love After War infringes on the copyright of another Gaye song, After the Dance

The family is also accusing Thick of having a "Marvin Gaye fixation" and claiming that it extends into even more songs in Thicke's catalogue, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

They are backing up their claims with interviews Thicke did with both GQ and Buzzfeed, where he claimed Got to Give it Up was one of his all-time favorite songs and an inspiration for Blurred Lines.

According to the legal papers, after the lawsuit was filed, Thicke denied any association with Gaye's music in an interview with TMZ.

The suit also claims that the label EMI, owned by Sony-ATV, failed to protect Gaye's legacy.

It's one heck of a legal battle, but the verdict is still out. What do you think?

Here's Blurred Lines vs. Got to Give it Up. And here's Love After War vs. After the Dance.

Gaga streams her album

iTunes Radio is streaming the new Lady Gaga album, ARTPOP, a week before you can buy it.

You can listen to the album here

ARTPOP is Gaga's third major release, and her first since 2011's Born This Way.

New Releases

Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Nov. 5

Il Divo: A Musical Affair - Nov. 5

Celine Dion: Loved Me Back To Life - Nov. 5

M.I.A.: Matangi - Nov. 5

Arcade Fire: Reflecktor - Oct. 29

Kelly Clarkson: Wrapped in Red - Oct. 29

Lily & Madeleine: Lily & Madeleine - Oct. 29

Death Cab for Cutie: Transatlanticism, 10th anniversary edition - Oct. 29

Upcoming Releases

Lady Gaga: ARTPOP - Nov. 11

Kellie Pickler: Woman I Am - Nov. 11

Keane: Best of Keane - Nov. 11

Daughtry: Baptized - Nov. 19

Jake Bugg: Shangri La - Nov. 19

And Finally ...

What can a pool full of frat boys in Boreno do with a few cases of empties?

In this case, recreate the theme song from The Little Mermaid. (No, we aren't making this up.)

The Bottle Boys, aptly named for creating music with bottles, covered Under The Sea on a recent vacay.

If you can't get enough, the Bottle Boys have plenty of other tunes to choose from, including Call Me Maybe.

What we're listening to

Jordan Klassen - Go To Me

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