Taylor Swift ready to battle Zac Brown Band at the CMA

Daybreak’s latest afternoon stroll through the world of pop-culture finds Taylor Swift looking at a viable CMA competitor, a not-so-kind review of Real Housewives, an angry Susan Lucci and much more.

WHILE WONDERING WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE DIXIE CHICKS: Per the Hollywood Reporter, “The nominations for the 45th annual Country Music Association Awards were announced on Tuesday morning -- and Zac Brown Band snagged the most with seven. Taylor Swift, a former entertainer of the year winner, will vie for the top prize again (she is the only female artist nominated in the category), in addition to her five other nominations.”

BRAVO? NOPE: Per the L.A. Times, “There's nothing that a little cosmetic surgery can't fix, including, apparently, suicide. The only meaningful statement Bravo could have made after the suicide last month of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” spouse Russell Armstrong would have been to cancel Season 2, which depicts, among other things, the collapse of the Armstrong marriage. That, of course, was not going to happen — any hint of responsibility would have been taken as an admission that being on television has become an attractive nuisance, like an unfenced swimming pool.”

LABELING IS SO SHALLOW: Per Rolling Stone, “Starting in two years, the rights to classic albums by some of rock's biggest acts, including Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town, Billy Joel's 52nd Street and the Eagles' The Long Run, could revert back to those artists. The change threatens to upend the music business – putting more cash in musicians' pockets and less in those of the labels.”

BREAKFAST CLUBBING: Per TMZ, “Anthony Michael Hall was arrested by one of his neighbors -- after allegedly going on a loud and violent tear around his Westside L.A. condo complex. TMZ has learned Hall's neighbor made a citizen's arrest after the actor allegedly tore up plants, yelled at people in the complex, and pounded on doors.”

HE’S THE RIGHT PICK: Per PerezHilton, “The family of Amy Winehouse will opening up for the first time since her death by doing their first interview for Anderson Cooper's new talk show, Anderson. The interview (to air Sept. 12) will include conversations with Amy's parents Mitch and Janis Winehouse, as well as her brother Alex and her boyfriend Reg Traviss.”

YOU DON’T MESS WITH ERICA KANE: Per the New York Post, ““All My Children” star Susan Lucci unleashes her fury about the cancellation of the long-running ABC soap in a blistering epilogue just added to the paperback edition of her book, “All My Life: A Memoir.” Lucci, who has played Erica Kane since 1970, blasts ABC Daytime head Brian Frons and describes how she personally berated him, saying, “I think our being in this position is the result of some very bad decisions by you.”

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Per the AP, “Regis Philbin says he'll retire from his talk show on November 18. The veteran TV personality made the announcement on Tuesday's edition of "Live with Regis and Kelly" as it began its 24th season in national syndication.”

SPECIAL CAKE?: Per E!, “Happy birthday, Charlie Sheen! The former Two and a Half Men star turned 46 over the weekend and celebrated with his two little men, Max and Bob, and both former wives, Brooke Mueller and Denise Richards. The birthday boy, his twins and Brooke hit an L.A. outpost of the Italian eatery Buca di Beppo for a festive dinner Saturday night, where Charlie was serenaded and surprised with a special cake.”

FUNNY: Per the Onion, “Promising to cover the event responsibly and with the kind of delicate restraint it deserves, the nation's cable news outlets announced Monday that while they would be devoting some airtime to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, they "certainly wouldn't be going overboard with it." According to the news providers, they only intend to devote 15 minutes of coverage to the anniversary, tops,”

VERY RICH LONER: Per Vulture, “As a singer and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham has produced some of the most well-loved and commercially successful songs in the history of pop music. But he still considers himself an outsider. “The fringe is where my heart is,” he told us.”

REALLY SUPER-BIG, BIG, BIG NEWS: Per Us, “Sorry, Jennifer Love Hewitt: Ben Flajnik is still looking for Ms. Right, and he's officially landed his own TV series to do it. As first reported by Us Weekly, Flajnik, 28, is set to star in the next installment of The Bachelor, ABC confirmed on Tuesday. The Sonoma winemaker's next shot at love debuts on ABC in January 2012.”

NICE WRITING: Per the New York Times, “In the local vernacular, the Telluride Film Festival is known as The Show. Each screening — of an Oscar aspirant, a restored classic, a provocative documentary, a slow and quiet piece of cinematic art — is its own show, but so is this town itself, a silver-mining outpost high in the San Juan Mountains long ago converted to an oasis of western-bohemian chic.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood