Luke Bryan Opening “52nd Annual CMA Awards” with Performance of “What Makes You Country” with Surprise Guests

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2018 CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee and previous two-time Entertainer of the Year winner Luke Bryan will kick-off Country Music’s Biggest Night™ performing his current single and the title track from his latest album “What Makes You Country” on “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards.” Luke, who has always long championed up and coming artists, has invited some of country music’s rising superstars to perform with him to showcase the many styles and sounds that encompass country music. Tune-in Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8:00 PM/ET (7:00 PM/CT) on the ABC Television Network. Continue reading

Your 2018 CMA Award Nominees Are…

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Country fans, friends and family gathered at Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Bar in Nashville this morning for a special live broadcast that aired on Good Morning America to announce the first round of 2018 CMA Award Nominees. Sugarland, Dan n Shay, and Midland were each honored with a nomination, while Luke Bryan will have to battle it out for Entertainer of the Year against best friend Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton.

2018 CMA AwardsThe 2018 CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 14 via ABC at 8PM ET. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are returning to host for the eleventh straight year. Visit Country Music News Blog for all your CMA Award Updates! Continue reading

Brad Paisley And Carrie Underwood To Co-host CMA Awards Again; Nominees Announced August 28th

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Country Music superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s Biggest Night™ live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8/7 PM CT on the ABC Television Network. The beloved hosts return for the 11th time. Two-time CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, four-time CMA Awards nominated duo Dan + Shay and five-time CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Sugarland will reveal several of the final nominees on “Good Morning America” Tuesday, Aug. 28 live from Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, Bryan’s brand-new restaurant and bar on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. Nominees in select categories will be revealed on the top-rated morning news program. The highly anticipated announcement will also be available via livestream on ABCnews.com/live. Immediately following the show, the remaining categories, as well as the CMA Broadcast Awards nominees, will be revealed live on GoodMorningAmerica.com as well as “Good Morning America’s” Facebook page through Facebook Live and simulcast on “Good Morning America’s” YouTube channel. CMA will then release and post the full slate of all CMA Awards nominees to CMAawards.com and service a CMA Awards Nominees Video Highlights Package (VHP), which includes footage of the nominee announcements on “Good Morning America,” interviews, and music video clips. “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,400 professional members of CMA, which is the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958 and celebrates its 60th anniversary in September. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC is the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021. “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer.

ICYMI: Blake Shelton, Kane Brown, Carly Pearce Among ‘2018 CMT Music Awards’ Winners

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The “2018 CMT MUSIC AWARDS” were held Wednesday night (6/6) at NASHVILLE’s BRIDGESTONE ARENA. ALL ACCESS and Country Music News Blog congratulates winners in each of the following categories: Video Of The Year: BLAKE SHELTON — “I’ll Name the Dogs” Male Video Of The Year: BLAKE SHELTON — “I’ll Name the Dogs” Collaborative Video Of The Year: KANE BROWN featuring LAUREN ALAINA — “What Ifs” Female Video Of The Year: CARRIE UNDERWOOD featuring LUDACRIS — “The Champion” Group Video Of The Year: LITTLE BIG TOWN — “When Someone Stops Loving You” Duo Video Of The Year: DAN + SHAY — “Tequila” Breakthrough Video Of The Year: CARLY PEARCE — “Every Little Thing” CMT Performance Of The Year: BACKSTREET BOYS and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE — “Everybody”

2018 CMT Music Award Nominees

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It’s that time of year again! CMT revealed the nominees and host for this year’s highly anticipated “2018 CMT Music Awards.” Country music stars Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean lead the pack with the most nominations. In addition to recognizing the work of country favorites like Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini, this is the most musically diverse CMT Music Awards to date with nominations celebrating some of the biggest names in pop including Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys and Common. And as if the show needed anything more to make it must-see on TV, CMT has tapped Grammy and Emmy award winners Little Big Town to host. In celebration of blended-genre collaborations dominating all formats, this year’s nominations feature the most eclectic and diverse list to date, spanning the worlds of pop, hip-hop, Americana and R&B. Each winner is selected by the fans with voting open now atCMT.com.   Little Big Town, nominated for three awards this year, is set to host their first-ever awards show when the “2018 CMT Music Awards” premieres LIVE from Nashville next month. With multiple “CMT Music Awards” wins and performances under their belts, the chart-topping and record-breaking group are no strangers to dominating the loudest night in country music.   For the first-time ever, the highly-coveted “Video of the Year” category features pop artists, as Justin Timberlake’s soul searching “Say Something,” featuring Chris Stapleton, and Bebe Rexha’s head-bopper hit “Meant To Be,” with Florida Georgia Line are added into the mix, along with videos from Blake Shelton, Brett Young, Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris, Dan + Shay, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown featuringLauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, and Thomas Rhett. The top five “Video of the Year” nominees will be announced the morning of the show and fans will be able to vote all day and throughout the show on Twitter.   Country superstar Carrie Underwood, who holds the title of most “CMT Music Awards” wins with 17, looks to add to her trophy case and defend her crown against superstars Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean, who are tied with Underwood for the most nominations with four each. Other artists with multiple nominations include “2018 CMT Music Awards” hosts Little Big Town (3), Chris Stapleton (3), Lauren Alaina (3),Thomas Rhett (3), Bebe Rexha (2), Blake Shelton (2), Brothers Osborne (2), Carly Pearce (2), Dan + Shay (2), Danielle Bradbery (2), Justin Timberlake (2), Kane Brown (2), Keith Urban (2), Kelsea Ballerini (2), Lady Antebellum (2), LANco (2), Ludacris (2) and Maren Morris (2).   As a longtime advocate and supporter of the emerging artist community, each of this year’s nominees for “Breakthrough Video of the Year” (Carly Pearce, Danielle Bradbery, Devin Dawson, LANco, Russell Dickerson, Walker Hayes) have been featured across CMT’s multiple platforms and screens as part of its “CMT Listen Up” campaign and/or highly-lauded “CMT Next Women of Country” franchise.   Artists with first-time nominations this year include Andra Day, Backstreet Boys, Bebe Rexha, Carly Pearce, Common, Derek Continue reading

RECORD-BREAKING COUNTRY MEGASTAR, MIRANDA LAMBERT, BECOMES MOST-DECORATED ARTIST IN ACM HISTORY FOLLOWING 2018 AWARDS

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Miranda Lambert made country music history following the 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15th. The country mega-star now stands as the most decorated artist in ACM history with a collective 32 career wins. Lambert won three awards during last night’s show including her ninth consecutive “Female Vocalist of the Year” award and two for “Song of the Year” for her emotionally-raw hit “Tin Man” (songwriter and performer) from her Platinum double-album The Weight of These Wings. “I cannot believe this, I really can’t,” Lambert said. “I love country music. It’s my entire life, and the fact that you all care so much about what I’m doing, I’ll never take it for granted.” Lambert also stunned in the performance of her newest single, “Keeper of the Flame,” which hits radio on April 30th. The single is her latest from the powerhouse double-album, The Weight of These Wings. This summer, Lambert alongside award-winning group Little Big Town, will be hitting the road in their co-headlining, The Bandwagon Tour, which kicks off on July 12th in Charlotte, NC. The tour will travel along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, Southeast andMidwest regions. Live Nation is the national tour promoter for The Bandwagon Tourand please visit MirandaLambert.com and LittleBigTown.com for more information on show dates and ticketing.

Announcing Your 2018 ACM Award Winners!

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Country music’s biggest night returns to Las Vegas to honor the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy and pay tribute to this year’s shining stars of the industry. Stay with us tonight as we update you on the night’s ACM Award winners and best highlights. If a play-by-play is more your style, pop over to CBS’s official site for a more detailed recap of the nights events. ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean — WINNER Garth Brooks Luke Bryan Chris Stapleton Keith Urban FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert — WINNER Reba McEntire Maren Morris Carrie Underwood MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean Thomas Rhett Chris Stapleton — WINNER Keith Urban Chris Young VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR Brothers Osborne — WINNER Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line LOCASH Tim McGraw & Faith Hill VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR Lady Antebellum LANCO Little Big Town Midland Old Dominion — WINNER   NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Lauren Alaina — WINNER Danielle Bradbery Carly Pearce Raelynn NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR  Kane Brown Luke Combs Devin Dawson Russell Dickerson Brett Young — WINNER NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR  High Valley LANCO LOCASH Midland — WINNER Runaway June ALBUM OF THE YEAR Breaker – Little Big Town Producer: Jay Joyce Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville California Sunrise – Jon Pardi Producers: Bart Butler, Jon Pardi Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville From a Room Vol. 1 – Chris Stapleton — WINNER Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton Record Label: Mercury Records Happy Endings – Old Dominion Producer: Shane McAnally Record Label: RCA Life Changes – Thomas Rhett Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett Record Label: The Valory Music Co. SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR “Better Man” – Little Big Town Producer: Jay Joyce Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville “Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt Producer: Zach Crowell Record Label: MCA Nashville “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton Record Label: Mercury Records “Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne Record Label: Big Machine Records “I’ll Name the Dogs” – Blake Shelton Producer: Scott Hendricks Record Label: Warner Bros. SONG OF THE YEAR “Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne Publishers: Universal Music Corp./Sam Hunt Publishing, Highly Combustible Music/I Love Pizza Music,/Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing/Who Wants to Buy My Publishing/Atlas Music Publishing, Anderson Fork In The Road Music/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC, Smack Hits “Female” – Keith Urban Songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Rezolant Music/Plain Jane Songs, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./A Girl Named Charlie (BMI), Smack Hits/Smack Songs LLC (GMR) “Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert — WINNER Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert Jon Randall Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Beat Up Ford Publishing (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI)/SWMBMGBMI/Lonesome Vinyl Music “Whiskey and You” – Chris Stapleton Songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton Publishers: WB Music Corp./New Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Continue reading

2018 ACM Award Winners According to YouTube

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Time to grab a cowboy hat and buckle up for a wild ride! One of the biggest nights in country music is just a two-step away; this Sunday country music fans across the country will gather round to watch the Academy of Country Music Awards.  The highly anticipated event will host country music’s biggest stars, alongside some promising up-and-coming new artists, to honor this year in country music. Who will take home the big awards of the night? YouTube has predicted who will be the winners at this year’s ACM’s based on YouTube video view counts for each of the nominees. See below for predictions on who will take home the awards on Sunday night. YouTube ACM Award Predictions Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan https://www.youtube.com/user/LukeBryan Female Vocalist of the Year Carrie Underwood https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBxZZfQ8R2xtk0YEU1d8l4Q Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Stapleton https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsdXkstc8jFC3zpMYdEz_zA Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRlwyGpIzfhZ6Rdj8mAVyEQ Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTtphRK-UT2pm4oPNy3GeGQ Song of the Year “Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt Single Record of the Year “Body Like A Back Road,” Sam Hunt Vocal Event of the Year Kane Brown Featuring Lauren Alaina – “What Ifs” Video of the Year Dierks Bentley – “Black” *Methodology: US YouTube Music Insights data throughout the eligibility period (November 24, 2016 through December 31, 2017). View counts include official videos, lyric videos, remixes, art tracks and fan uploads. Best New Video calculations are based on the official music video US view counts during the eligibility period.

ACM Teams With Stagecoach Festival For Fan Giveaways

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The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) and STAGECOACH FESTIVAL have teamed up to provide Country music fans with the chance to win passes to this year’s FESTIVAL — set for FRIDAY, APRIL 27th through SUNDAY, APRIL 29th — and next year’s “ACM AWARDS.” Interactive fan activation points will be featured at select ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE events happening FRIDAY, APRIL 13th through SUNDAY, APRIL 15th in LAS VEGAS, leading up to SUNDAY’s (4/15) “53RD ANNUAL ACM AWARDS.” The ACM will also take over STAGECOACH’s INSTAGRAM account for a portion of “ACM AWARDS” weekend to give fans a behind-the-scenes peek at the AWARDS. “I am beyond excited about teaming up with the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC,” said Dir./STAGECOACH FESTIVAL STACY VEE. “Our organizations share a passion for creating quality events and opportunities for artists and fans alike.” Added ACM SVP/Events & Partnerships ERICK LONG, “The ACM is thrilled to collaborate with SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’s preeminent Country music festival, STAGECOACH. It seemed like a logical, natural fit to bring together these two WEST COAST forces to create additional opportunities for our Country music fans.”