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.

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.

CMA Touring Awards Winners Announced

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The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) presented honors to top touring professionals during the “CMA TOURING AWARDS” at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS in NASHVILLE on MONDAY, JANUARY 22nd. Hosted by CURB NASHVILLE’s JERROD NIEMANN, and featuring presentations from DIERKS BENTLEY, THOMAS RHETT, and CHRIS STAPLETON, the evening recognized winners in fifteen categories as well as the CMA TOURING LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, presented to LIVE NATION Pres./Country Music Touring BRIAN O’CONNELL by KIX BROOKS and ROB BECKHAM. The complete list of winners is as follows: Business Manager Of the Year: DUANE CLARK (FLOOD, BUMSTEAD, MCCREADY & MCCARTHY) Coach/Truck Driver Of The Year: DANNY SHELNUT (MONTGOMERY GENTRY) FOH (Front Of House) Engineer Of The Year: ARPAD SAYKO (CHRIS STAPLETON) Lighting Director Of The Year: DAVE BUTZLER (GARTH BROOKS) Manager Of The Year: CLARENCE SPALDING (MAVERICK) Tour Manager Of The Year: LOGAN KORNEGAY (THOMAS RHETT) Monitor Engineer Of The Year: MARC EARP (ERIC CHURCH) Production Manager Of The Year: JOHN GARRIOTT (CHRIS STAPLETON) Publicist Of The Year: JAKE BASDEN (BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP) Talent Agent Of The Year: DARIN MURPHY (CAA) Talent Buyer/Promoter Of The Year: LOUIS MESSINA (MESSINA TOURING GROUP) Tour Caterer Of The Year: CENTER STAGE EVENTS Touring Musician Of The Year: NATHAN BARLOWE (KEITH URBAN) (Keyboard) Venue Of The Year: BRIDGESTONE ARENA (NASHVILLE, TN) Tour Video Director Of The Year: JOHN BRESLIN (GARTH BROOKS)

Watch Now: 2017 CMA Awards Videos

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Last night’s CMA Awards were nothing short of spectacular. We’re working to assemble videos from last night’s tributes, performances, and controversial moments. Scroll below to start watching and check back through the day as we get more in and replace the recap videos with full-length performances. Associated Press highlights the political and emotional moments Dierks Bentley & Rascal Flatts with Eddie Montgomery – My Town – A Tribute to Troy Gentry Carrie Underwood – Softly & Tenderly Dan + Shay with Lauren Alaina – Come Together Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – The Rest of Our Life Sturgill Simpson Goes Rogue, Busking Outside Bridgestone Arena During CMA’s Kelsea Ballerini with Reba McEntire – Legends Brothers Osborne – It Ain’t My Fault/ Tulsa Time Keith Urban – Female P!nk – Barbies Little Big Town with Jimmy Webb – Wichita Lineman Thomas Rhett – Unforgettable Maren Morris & Naill Horan – I could use a love song

Watch Special Features from The CMA Awards LIVE Online With Vevo!

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VEVO LIVE TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY LUKE BRYAN, BRETT YOUNG, DEVIN DAWSON, CAM AND APPEARANCES BY LITTLE BIG TOWN, CHRIS LANE, RYAN HURD AND MORE Vevo, the world’s leading provider of premium music videos, today announced that it is celebrating “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” in Nashville with an exclusive CMA version of Vevo Live. This special edition of Vevo Live will be complete with performances, video premieres, and appearances from many of country music’s biggest names and rising stars including Luke Bryan, Brett Young, Little Big Town, Devin Dawson, Chris Lane, Ryan Hurd and many more. Hosted by Ashley Eicher with celebrity guest hosts including Carly Pearce and Cam. Vevo’s broadcast will take place at on November 6, 2017 at 4pm CT. As a promotional partner of CMA Awards, Vevo is eager to celebrate Country Music leading up to “The 51st Annual CMA Awards,” broadcasting live November 8 at 8pm ET from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network. Overall the country genre has averaged 414.7 million monthly views on Vevo in 2017 (Source: Vevo Internal Analytics, US viewing metrics through 10/31/17). During a Vevo Live, the audience can tune in on different devices and from different locations. With video broadcast capabilities, fans are now able to get a deeper engagement with the artist, while keeping the music video at the heart and center of the experience. As a multiple screen co-viewing experience, this exclusive Vevo product allows artists to engage in a live chat with their fans, giving artists the ability to broadcast interactively alongside their music videos, and especially for this episode Vevo will be hosting multiple artists in Nashville streaming for two hours. Vevo Live at the CMA’s will be broadcast on Vevo.com. Fans can join through a special URL on mobile or desktop devices with the action also streamed on Youtube. To chat with the artists, fans must engage through Vevo.com, via desktop or mobile. The stream will be also available to view on Twitter at twitter.com/vevo. Facebook and Instagram. Fans can get a jump on the action by chatting with their fellow music lovers and asking questions to the artists in advance by heading to vevo.ly/VevoLiveCMA starting Friday 11/3 at 12pET. About Vevo Vevo is the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform with over 24 billion monthly views globally. Vevo delivers a personalized and expertly curated experience for audiences to explore and discover music videos, exclusive original programming and live performances from the artists they love on mobile, web and connected TV. About the CMA Awards The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The 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 CMA Awards air in 43 countries.

Kelsea Ballerini & Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley & Rascal Flatts, More Slated For ’51st Annual CMA Awards’ Collaborations

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Following last week’s announcement of the first round of performers for the “51ST ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”, the COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA) has unveiled four musical collaborations to be highlighted during the event. KELSEA BALLERINI and REBA MCENTIRE will join forces; DIERKS BENTLEY and RASCAL FLATTS will perform together; BRAD PAISLEY and KANE BROWN will duet; and MAREN MORRIS will collaborate with Pop star NIALL HORAN.   Five of the performers are current CMA AWARDS nominees, including BALLERINI and MCENTIRE, who will face off in the Female Vocalist Of The Year category along with MORRIS; BENTLEY, who will contend for Male Vocalist Of The Year; and FLATTS, who are nominated in the Vocal Group Of The Year category. Hosted by PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD for the tenth consecutive year, the “CMA AWARDS” are set to air live from NASHVILLE’s BRIDGESTONE ARENA on ABC-TV beginning at 8p (ET).

The 2017 CMA Awards Are Coming!

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In standing CMA tradition, rising stars will take to the airwaves September 4th to announce the nominees for the 2017 CMA Awards on Monday, September 4th on Good Morning America. In most cases the artists that do the announcing are set up to have a pretty big upcoming year themselves, and looking at this lineup, it looks like the tradition is going strong. Providing us with this year’s list of honorees is Dustin Lynch, The Brothers Osborne, and Lauren Alaina. “The three rising country acts will appear on Good Morning America in a special Labor Day broadcast that will slant toward country music in anticipation of the yearly awards, which are billed as Country’s Biggest Night. Lynch, Alaina and Brothers Osborne will announce the nominations in all of the biggest categories of the 51st CMA Awards, and Brothers Osborne will also perform their current single, “It Ain’t My Fault,” during the special GMA broadcast beginning at 8:30AM ET on ABC”. – Courtesy of : Dustin Lynch + More Announcing 2017 CMA Awards Nominations

Hunter Hayes Stacks CMA Awards Week With Multiple Performances on National Television

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist tapped to perform the national anthem live on FOX during Game Six of the World Series on Tuesday, Nov. 1 prior to debuting his new single, “Yesterday’s Song,” on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday, Nov. 2 NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – CMA Award-winning artist and five-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes will be making several appearances on national television in the days leading up to the 50th Annual CMA Awards this week, kicking off last night with a lively duet with Jake Owen on ABC’s eighth annual pre-CMA Awards special All Access Nashville: Celebrating the CMA Awards with Robin Roberts and continuing tonight, Nov. 1 with a performance of the national anthem during Game Six of the 2016 World Series airing at 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX. As previously announced, Hayes will also debut his new single, “Yesterday’s Song,” via a special hologram performance from the CMA Theater in Nashville on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live at 11:35 / 10:35 p.m. CT following the CMA Awards telecast on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Watch a clip of Hayes and Owen performing “Friends In Low Places” during last night’s television special here. Hayes is currently working on his third studio album for Atlantic / Warner Music Nashville and continues to perform select headlining dates across the country. For more information and the latest updates, visit www.hunterhayes.com or follow on Twitter/Instagram @HunterHayes and www.Facebook.com/HunterHayes. About Hunter Hayes Hailed as a “country-rock-blues guitar hero in the making” by the Los Angeles Times, five-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who roared onto the music scene with his double-Platinum-selling, No. 1 self-titled debut album and chart-topping sophomore album, Storyline, on Atlantic / Warner Music Nashville. With three No. 1 singles already under his belt (including the multi-Platinum smash “Wanted,” double-Platinum “I Want Crazy” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak”), and Hayes delved into unprecedented territory with the innovative rollout of new music via streaming and digital platforms in 2015, culminating in the release of a special, three-disc collection dubbed The 21 Project. While recording for his forthcoming third full-length studio album, Hayes surprised fans by releasing three new songs via social media (“Yesterday’s Song,” “Amen” and “Young Blood”) and his new single, “Yesterday’s Song,” is currently available at digital retailers and Country radio.  

Ricky Skaggs to Perform at "The 50th Annual CMA Awards" Airing Nov. 2 on ABC

Fourteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winning music legend Ricky Skaggs will perform on “Country Music’s Biggest Night.”  Skaggs, a former CMA Entertainer of the Year, will be part of a star-studded lineup next week at “The 50th Annual CMA Awards.” “What a joy it is to be back at the CMA Awards,” says Skaggs.  “And to be included with so many of my heroes is very humbling.” Additional legendary performers include Alabama, Roy Clark, Charley Pride, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, George Strait, Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks and more. “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. It’s been a busy fall for Skaggs.  He will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame tonight in Nashville and on Monday, October 31, he will be honored by ASCAP when he receives the organization’s prestigious Founders Award. About Ricky Skaggs Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, 11 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, three honorary Doctorate degrees, a GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame induction, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2013 Artist-In-Residence, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His newest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler.” The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has recently performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour and from time to time continues to hit the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder.” For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit www.rickyskaggs.com.