Old Dominion Returns to ACMs with Performance on 52nd Award Show

FROM PLAYING HOUSE PARTIES TO COUNTRY’S BIGGEST STAGE  OLD DOMINION RETURNS WITH A PERFORMANCE ON  THE “52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™”  LIVE FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS, SUNDAY, APRIL 2 ON CBS It’s been a long road from playing house parties for pocket change to performing on the “52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™”, but Old Dominion, 2016’s ACM New Vocal Group of the Year and a 2017 nominee for Vocal Group of the Year, is ready. On Sunday, April 2, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the five-piece band of songwriters returns with a performance of their new single, “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart,” on this year’s show airing on CBS .  “Last year our performance was 90 seconds,” says Old Dominion lead singer Matthew Ramsey. “It was over in a flash. We walked off stage and I got a little wobbly-kneed as it all sank in,” he adds, recalling their first big break. “Winning the trophy for New Group our first year out was such an honor, but to be nominated for Vocal Group of the Year for a second time and have the opportunity to perform our new song, it really feels like we are on a new level. To be able to deliver the message of this song to an audience of this size means more than we can possibly express. It truly is a career high point.” Proving that they are not your average country band, Old Dominion combines old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit into musical magic, and has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in the format, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound resulting in three Top 5 singles, including two No. 1s. They released their first full-length album Meat and Candy, which Entertainment Weekly called a “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut,” in 2015. Success soon followed and Old Dominion released their Platinum two-week No.1 “Break Up With Him” and RIAA certified Gold hit “Snapback” prior to their third single “Song For Another Time,” which also reached the top chart position. The group released their new single, “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart,” on March 10, giving fans their first taste of new music from the band’s upcoming sophomore album expected for release later this year. After claiming the ACM New Vocal Group prize in 2016, they spent the summer on Kenny Chesney’s Spread The Love Tour and followed that with their headlining Meat and Candy Tour, with 15 of the dates tapped as Stagecoach Spotlight: Old Dominion Meat and Candy Tour; the first-ever tour produced by the award-winning Stagecoach Music Festival and celebrated sold-out attendance on all dates. In addition, they picked up additional nominations in 2016 for CMA New Artist and Vocal Group of the Year as well as Favorite Due or Group – Country for the 2016 American Music Awards. This spring, they joined Miranda Lambert on her Highway Vagabond Tour. Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers. Hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, The Continue reading

Your 2017 ACM Awards Kelsea Ballerini Watch Guide!

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The 2017 ACM’s are upon us and this year it’s all about Kelsea Ballerini, including a  special encore performance from “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Video of the Year” nominee Kelsea Ballerini airing exclusively on Xfinity right after the ACMs, check out the details below. Before the ACM Awards: Brush Up On This Year’s Nominees: Check out the official list of 2017 nominations at ACMawards.com/nominees to brush up on your country knowledge prior to the ACMs. Behind the Performance: If you have Xfinity TV, you can indulge in your passion for country music by accessing exclusive ACM content, including a behind the scenes look at preparations for Kelsea Ballerini’s encore performance, as well as archival clips from prior ACM Awards shows. You can also check it all out online at Xfinity.com/ACMawards. Watching the ACM Awards – Sunday, April 2nd: Red Carpet Pre-Show: The exclusive red carpet coverage will live stream exclusively on Twitter @ACMawards, beginning at 3pm PT/6pm ET. LIVE Television Broadcast: Tune into CBS on Sunday, April 2nd at 8pm ET/delayed PT to watch the ACM Awards broadcasted live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley returning to co-host. NASCAR on Stage: NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace, Jr. and Elliott Sadler will trade in their driving gloves for an official results envelope as they will take the stage to present the Video of the Year Award presented by XFINITY. Fans can follow @XFINITY on Twitter as Sadler and Wallace, Jr. will take over the handle on Sunday afternoon to provide behind the scenes content from their view on the Red Carpet and leading up to the presentation. After the ACM Awards: Exclusive Encore Performance: Immediately following the television broadcast, don’t miss an encore performance by “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Video of the Year” nominee Kelsea Ballerini, available exclusively On Demand for Xfinity TV subscribers. She’ll be performing her new song “High School” off her upcoming album, so don’t miss this preview of Kelsea’s next hit!

2017 ACM Award Nominees!

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This morning, the nominees were announced for the 52ndAcademy of Country Music Awards, taking place on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airing on the CBS Television Network (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT). Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to host for the second consecutive year. TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON CBS, SUNDAY, APRIL 2, FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS Keith Urban Leads with Seven Nominations; Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris Each Receive Six Nominations; Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw Each Receive Five Nominations; Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton Each Receive Three Nominations   [bctt tweet=”52nd @ACMawards nominations announced today! Don’t miss #ACMawards LIVE April 2 8pm on #CBS ” username=”CMNBlog”] Nominations were announced today for the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to host for the second consecutive year. The ACM Awards® are produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Ten-time ACM Award winners and multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum announced the nominees in five categories, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, and Vocal Group of the Year live today on “CBS This Morning.” “Entertainment Tonight” hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier announced additional nominees on ETonline.com. Keith Urban leads with seven nominations in five categories, including his seventh for Entertainer of the Year and 10th nod for Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban is nominated twice, as both artist and producer, in the Album of the Year category for Ripcord.  He received an additional two nominations, for both artist and producer, in the Single Record of the Year category for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which is also nominated in the Song of the Year category. Seven-time Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert received six nominations and is once again nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.  Lambert received her fifth nomination in the Album of the Year category for The Weight of These Wings. Lambert’s “Vice” received nods in the Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year categories.  Also, she received two nominations for “Vice” in the Song of the Year category, as both artist and songwriter. First-time ACM nominee Maren Morris earned six nominations in four different categories. Morris received nominations in both Female Vocalist of the Year and New Female Vocalist of the Year categories. She is also nominated twice for Album of the Year, as both producer and artist, on HERO.  Morris is twice nominated as both artist and producer in Single Record of the Year for “My Church.” Reigning Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line leads group nominations with five nods, including their fifth Continue reading

Live From Las Vegas: The 52nd Annual ACM Awards!

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The Academy of Country Music announced today that the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. This marks the first time the show will broadcast from T-Mobile Arena. The Academy of Country Music® announced today that the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®,  will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. This will mark the first time the show will broadcast from T-Mobile Arena. The 52nd ACM Awards, honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more to be announced in the coming months. [bctt tweet=”Just announced! 52nd @ACMawards will air LIVE from Las Vegas’ @TMobileArena April 2 at 8pm on #CBS!” username=”CMNBlog”] Details about The Week Vegas Goes Country®, including information on the ACM Party for a Cause® events, activities, and official ACM after parties, is forthcoming. For event updates, ticket on-sale dates and hotel information, please check back often.

Winners Announced for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ JASON ALDEAN NAMED ACM ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR MIRANDA LAMBERT WINS FEMALE VOCALIST FOR THE RECORD-SETTING SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR DOLLY PARTON PRESENTED WITH THE TEX RITTER AWARD FOR COAT OF MANY COLORS Tweet: Winners Announced for the 51st @ACMawards – Country Music’s Party of the Year® LAS VEGAS, NV (April 3, 2016) – Winners have been announced for the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE tonight on the CBS Television Network from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The industry named Jason Aldean as Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor. Aldean has been previously nominated four times in this category. Dolly Parton was presented the Tex Ritter Award to recognize the success of Coat of Many Colors. The Tex Ritter Award is presented to recognize a motion picture that featured country music and received major exposure. Parton and pop superstar Katy Perry joined forces for an unprecedented duet performance live on the telecast. Chris Stapleton won Male Vocalist of the Year for the first time. As previously announced, he came into the night already a winner of the New Male Vocalist of the Year award. Stapleton is the leading winner of the night with a total of six wins, including Album of the Year as both Artist and Producer, and Song of the Year as both Artist and Producer. With his six wins he ties the record for most ACM Awards won in a single year. Only Garth Brooks and Faith Hill have reached this pinnacle before. Miranda Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year for the seventh consecutive year, setting a new record for the most consecutive wins in that category. Lambert also won Vocal Event of the Year for Smokin’ And Drinkin’ with Little Big Town, presented prior to the show on the red carpet. Little Big Town won the Vocal Group of the Year award for the second year in a row, and third time overall. They also won Vocal Event of the Year for Smokin’ And Drinkin’ with Miranda Lambert. Thomas Rhett won Single Record of the Year for Die A Happy Man. This is Rhett’s first-ever ACM award win. Kelsea Ballerini was previously awarded New Female Vocalist of the Year, and performed an energetic medley of her new single Peter Pan and her breakout number-one hit Love Me Like You Mean It, with Nick Jonas. Eric Church won Video of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood. Florida Georgia Line won Vocal Duo of the Year for the third year in a row. Both Church and Florida Georgia Line were presented with the awards prior to the telecast. Following is the list of winners in the 13 categories voted on by the membership: Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean Male Vocalist of the year Chris Stapleton Female Vocalist of the year Miranda Lambert Vocal Duo of the year *(Off Camera Award) Florida Georgia Line Vocal Group OF THE Continue reading

ACM Awards Reveal More Exciting Performances

51’ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ PRODUCERS AND EXECUTIVES REVEAL MORE EXCITING PERFORMANCES ADDED TO COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR® PERFORMANCE LINEUP TO INCLUDE: KELSEA BALLERINI FEATURING NICK JONAS, TROMBONE SHORTY TO PERFORM WITH SURPRISE ARTISTS PLUS TOM HIDDLESTON AND MADDIE & TAE ADDED AS PRESENTERS TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network Encino, CA (March 29, 2016) – This morning, producers and executives of the 51’st Academy of Country Music Awards participated in a pre ss conference call to announce several exciting moments on this year’s show, to be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 3 at 8:00PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Participating in the call were Barry Adelman, Executive Producer, R.A. Clark, Executive Producer, Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music and Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, CBS Specials, Music and Live Events. Discussions on the call included their plans and insights for this year’s ceremony, surprises in store for fans, as well as details regarding the presentation of the Tex Ritter Award to music icon Dolly Parton. Highlights from the call included: This year’s ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year winner, Kelsea Ballerini, will be joined by pop superstar, Nick Jonas for a must-see performance New Orleans rising star, Trombone Shorty, will duet < /span>with one of the shows biggest acts Actor Tom Hiddleston and ACM Nominees Maddie & Tae added to the lineup of previously announced presenters, which includes Miss America Betty Cantrell, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Chase Rice, Kiefer Sutherland and Cole Swindell Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton with Katy Perry, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young with Cassadee Pope, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town and Old Dominion. The 51’st Academy Of Country Music Awards , co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, is produced for television by dick clark productions. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

More Performers Announced for 51st ACM Awards – April 3 on CBS

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MIRANDA LAMBERT TO PERFORM WITH BILLY GIBBONS AND KEITH URBAN ON THE 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ Lambert, Gibbons and Urban to Perform ZZ Tops Classic Song “Tush” Also, Urban Will Perform His New Single, “Wasted Time,” Live on the Broadcast TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network Encino, CA (March 29, 2016) – Miranda Lambert, six-time reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, current three-time nominee and the only female nominee for Entertainer of the Year, will perform with the legendary Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Keith Urban, current three-time ACM Award nominee and this year’s Mae Boren Axton Award recipient, will perform ZZ Top’s classic “Tush” on the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 3 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also, Keith Urban, will perform his new single, “Wasted Time,” live on the broadcast. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean,< b> Kelsea Ballerini featuring Nick Jonas, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton with Katy Perry, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Trombone Shorty, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young with Cassadee Pope, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, and Old Dominion. Presenters also include Miss America Betty Cantrell, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Nancy O’Dell, Jak e Owen, Chase Rice, Kiefer Sutherland, Cole Swindell and Maddie & Tae. The 51st Academy Of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, is produced for television by dick clark productions. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.

ACM Awards Announces Additional Performers – 4/3/16

The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced that current two-time nominee Brett Eldredge and current four-time nominee Chris Young with Cassadee Pope will perform on the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, on Sunday, April 3rd at 8:00PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. [bctt tweet=”Next round of performers @bretteldredge @ChrisYoungMusic w/ @CassadeePope announced for @ACMawards @CBSTweet”] BRETT ELDREDGE AND CHRIS YOUNG WITH CASSADEE POPE TO PERFORM ON THE 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS®, COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR® BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK Encino, CA (March 16, 2016) – The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced Brett Eldredge and Chris Young with Cassadee Pope have been added to the incredible lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 3 at 8:00PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. These artists join previously announced performers incl uding Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates. About the Academy of Country Music Awards: The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

2016 ACM Award Nominees

The 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards sure are shaping up to be a greandbreaking party! This year’s nominees run the complete gambit from traditional country to hick hop and everything in between. We know our favorites of course, but what we really want to know is yours! Check out the ACM class of 2016 and tell us who gets YOUR vote! Entertainer Of The Year Eric Church Garth Brooks Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Miranda Lambert Male Vocalist Of The Year Brett Eldredge Chris Stapleton Dierks Bentley Eric Church Jason Aldean Female Vocalist Of The Year Carrie Underwood Jana Kramer Kacey Musgraves Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Vocal Duo Of The Year Brothers Osborne Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line Joey + Rory Maddie & Tae Vocal Group Of The Year Eli Young Band Little Big Town Old Dominion Rascal Flatts Zac Brown Band New Male Vocalist of the Year Brett Eldredge Chase Rice Chris Janson Chris Stapleton Thomas Rhett New Female Vocalist of the Year Cam Kelsea Ballerini Mickey Guyton RaeLynn New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year A Thousand Horses Brothers Osborne Maddie & Tae Old Dominion Parmalee Album Of The Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)] I’m Comin’ Over Chris Young Montevallo Sam Hunt Mr. Misunderstood Eric Church Tangled Up Thomas Rhett Traveller Chris Stapleton Single Record Of The Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)] Burning House Cam Buy Me A Boat Chris Janson Die A Happy Man Thomas Rhett Girl Crush Little Big Town I’m Comin’ Over Chris Young Take Your Time Sam Hunt Video Of The Year [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award) Biscuits Kacey Musgraves Burning House Cam Girl Crush Little Big Town Mr. Misunderstood Eric Church Riser Dierks Bentley Vocal Event Of The Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award) Hangover Tonight Gary Allan Featuring Chris Stapleton Home Alone Tonight Luke Bryan Featuring Karen Fairchild Raise ‘Em Up Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church Smokin’ And Drinkin’ Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town Wild Child Kenny Chesney With Grace Potter SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)] Burning House Cam Girl Crush Little Big Town Nobody To Blame Chris Stapleton Raise ‘Em Up Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church She Don’t Love You Eric Paslay Songwriter of the Year Ashley Gorley Josh Osborne Shane McAnally Rodney Clawson Ross Copperman NOMINEES FOR INDUSTRY AND SPECIAL AWARDS BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR : Jimmie Lee Sloas Mark Hill Michael Rhodes Tony Lucido Tully Kennedy DRUMMER OF THE YEAR Chad Cromwell Chris McHugh Fred Eltringham Nir Zidkyahu Shannon Forrest GUITARIST OF THE YEAR Danny Rader Derek Wells Jerry McPherson JT Corenflos Kenny Greenberg PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR Charlie Judge Gordon Mote Jim ‘Moose’ Brown Matt Rollings Steve Nathan SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR Aubrey Haney Dan Dugmore Danny Rader Glen Duncan Larry Franklin STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR Mike Johnson Paul Franklin Russ Pahl Steve Fishell Steve Hinson AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR Derek Bason Justin Niebank Reid Shippen Steve Marcantonio Vance Powell PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Continue reading