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.  

Watch The 50th Annual CMA Awards online LIVE

See an Exclusive Live TV Broadcast of the Red Carpet Hosted by Bobby Bones and a Special Performance by Chris Janson on AUDIENCE® Network and Live Streaming on ATT.com AT&T* is giving Country Music fans a front row seat at “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” red carpet. AUDIENCE® Network presents an exclusive look at the “AT&T CMA Awards Red Carpet“ show hosted by Bobby Bones, host of iHeartRadio’s nationally syndicated radio program “The Bobby Bones Show,” and a performance by Country Music star Chris Janson. Janson’s “Buy Me A Boat” was named Country Song of the Year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in May. DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse® TV customers can catch the red carpet show airing live Wednesday, Nov. 2, on AUDIENCE® Network (DIRECTV Ch. 239 or U-verse TV Ch. 1114) at 7 p.m. ET. and live stream the event starting at 6:30 p.m. ET at http://www.att.com/cmaredcarpet/. Customers with 4K ready TVs will see a simulcast of the awards show on DIRECTV channel 106 in stunning ultra HD at 7 p.m. ET. Country Music fans can get an up close and personal look at their favorite musicians and celebrities as they walk the red carpet. Plus, see behind-the-scenes interviews with artists as they prepare for Country Music’s Biggest Night™. In addition to Janson, catch performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and many more. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the 50th Annual CMA Awards live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Catch all the action Wednesday, Nov. 2, (8-11 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network. *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. About the CMA Awards 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 TV. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021. Fans can get more information on “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” and sign up for CMA emails and exclusives by visiting CMAawards50.com. About AT&T AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services. We’re the world’s largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.* And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at http://about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/attand Continue reading

Announcing the 2015 CMA Award Nominees!

Nominees for the 49th Annual CMA Awards were announced this morning (Sept. 9) by rock legend Steven Tyler and rising star Kelsea Ballerini in conjunction with ABC’s Good Morning America. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return for the eighth consecutive year to host the annual country music event, which will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT Nov. 4 on ABC. The 2015 CMA Award Nominees are: Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Eric Church Miranda Lambert [bctt tweet=”_____________ Has MY vote for the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year! @CountryMusic @ABCNetwork #EOTY #CMAAwards”] Male Vocalist of the Year Dierks Bentley Luke Bryan Eric Church Blake Shelton Chris Stapleton Female Vocalist of the Year Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Kacey Musgraves Carrie Underwood Lee Ann Womack Album of the Year Jason Aldean – Old Boots, New Dirt Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material Little Big Town – Pain Killer Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival Chris Stapleton – Traveller New Artist of the Year Kelsea Ballerini Sam Hunt Maddie and Tae Thomas Rhett Chris Stapleton Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne Dan And Shay Florida Georgia Line Maddie and Tae Thompson Square Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum Little Big Town Rascal Flatts The Band Perry The Zac Brown Band Single of the Year “American Kids” – Kenny Chesney (Produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney) “Girl Crush” – Little Big Town (Produced by Jay Joyce) “I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice (Produced by Lee Brice) “Take Your Time” –  Sam Hunt (Produced by Zach Crowell and Shane McAnally) “Talladega” – Eric Church (Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenabora, Jr.) Music Video of the Year (Artist and Director) “Biscuits” – Kacey Musgraves (Directed by Mark Klasfeld) “Girl Crush” – Little Big Town (Directed by Karla Welch and Matthew Welch) “Girl In A Country Song” – Maddie and Tae (Directed by TK McKamy) “Little Red Wagon” – Miranda Lambert (Directed by Trey Fanjoy) “Something in the Water” – Carrie Underwood (Directed by Raj Kapoor) Song of the Year (Songwriter) [bctt tweet=”_____________  is MY Song of the Year! @CountryMusic @ABCNetwork #SongOTY #CMAAwards”] “American Kids” – Kenny Chesney (Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally) “Girl Crush” – Little Big Town (Songwriters: Liz Rose, Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsay) “Like a Cowboy” –  Randy Houser  (Songwriters: Randy Houser, Bryce Long) “Like a Wrecking Ball” –  Eric Church (Songwriters: Eric Church, Casey Beathard) “Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt (Songwriters: Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne) Muscial Event of the Year Django and Jimmy – Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard “Lonely Tonight” – Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe “Raise ‘Em Up” – Keith Urban feat. Eric Church “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” – Miranda Lambert feat. Little Big Town “Wild Child” – Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter Musician of the Year Sam Bush – Mandolin Jerry Douglas – Dobro Paul Franklin -Steel Guitar Dan Huff – Guitar Mac McAnally – Guitar

2014 CMA Nominees! The full list!

Miranda Lambert takes the lead with NINE CMA nominations, followed closely by Dierks Bentley with 5, and Eric Church and Keith Urban with 4. 2014 CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton George Strait Keith Urban 2014 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert Martina McBride Kacey Musgraves Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood 2014 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Dierks Bentley Luke Bryan Eric Church Blake Shelton Keith Urban 2014 CMA Album of the Year Crash My Party, Luke Bryan Fuse, Keith Urban Platinum, Miranda Lambert Riser, Dierks Bentley The Outsiders, Eric Church 2014 CMA Vocal Group of the Year Eli Young Band Lady Antebellum Little Big Town The Band Perry Zac Brown Band 2014 CMA New Artist of the Year Brandy Clark Brett Eldredge Kip Moore Thomas Rhett Cole Swindell 2014 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line Love and Theft The Swon Brothers Thompson Square 2014 CMA Single of the Year (Award goes to artist and producer) “Automatic,” Miranda Lambert “Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley “Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill “Mine Would Be You,” Blake Shelton 2014 CMA Song of the Year (Award goes to songwriters) “Automatic,” written by Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert “Follow Your Arrow,” written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally “Give Me Back My Hometown,” written by Eric Church and Luke Laird “I Don’t Dance,” written by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Dallas Davidson “I Hold On,” written by Brett James and Dierks Bentley 2014 CMA Musical Event of the Year “Bakersfield,” Vince Gill and Paul Franklin “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw and Faith Hill “Something Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood “We Were Us,” Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton 2014 CMA Music Video of the Year “Automatic,” Miranda Lambert “Bartender,” Lady Antebellum “Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley “Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves “Something Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood 2014 CMA Musician of the Year Sam Bush Jerry Douglas Paul Franklin Dann Huff Mac McAnally The CMA awards will be broadcast live from Nashville on November 5th on ABC at 8/7c

2013 CMA Award Winners!

It was an exciting night in Music City as the nation’s TOP country music talent gathered to celebrate a successful year of recording, touring, and giving fans the music they love so much. Without further ado, here are YOUR 2013 CMA Award winners! Entertainer of the Year: George Strait Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town Album of the Year: Based on a True Story, Blake Shelton, Scott Hendricks (producer) New Artist of the Year: Kacey Musgraves Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line Song of the Year: “I Drive Your Truck,” Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary Single of the Year: “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line, Joey Moi (producer) Musical Event: “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban Music Video: “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Shane Drake (director) Musician: Mac McAnally

Your Guide to the 2013 CMA Awards!

It’s finally here! Tonight is the 2013 CMA Awards LIVE on ABC at 8/7c, and we’ve got your complete guide to the broadcast! Below you will find ALL of the nominees, performers, and viewing options. We’ll be live-tweeting through the broadcast. so you can follow along here, or tweet @CMNBlog with the hashtag #CMAawards to join in on the celebration! Without further ado, let’s get down to business starting with tonight’s nominees! NEW ARTIST Lee Brice Brett Eldredge Florida Georgia Line Kip Moore Kacey Musgraves MUSIC VIDEO * This award was announced this morning off-camera * Blown Away, Carrie Underwood (directed by Randee St. Nicholas) Boys ‘Round Here, Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies Downtown, Lady Antebellum WINNER Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban Mama’s Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert Tornado, Little Big Town MUSICIAN Sam Bush (mandolin) Paul Franklin (steel guitar) Dann Huff (guitar) Brent Mason (guitar) Mac McAnally (guitar) MUSICAL EVENT * This award was announced this morning off-camera * Boys ‘Round Here, Blake Shelton (featuring Pistol Annies) Cruise, Florida Georgia Line (with Nelly) Don’t Rush, Kelly Clarkson (featuring Vince Gill) WINNER Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban The Only Way I Know, Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church VOCAL DUO Big & Rich Florida Georgia Line Love and Theft Sugarland The Civil Wars Thompson Square VOCAL GROUP Eli Young Band Lady Antebellum Little Big Town The Band Perry Zac Brown Band MALE VOCALIST Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Eric Church Blake Shelton Keith Urban FEMALE VOCALIST Kelly Clarkson Miranda Lambert Kacey Musgraves Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood SONG (award goes to songwriters) I Drive Your Truck, Lee Brice (Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary) Mama’s Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves) Merry Go ‘Round, Kacey Musgraves (Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally) Pontoon, Little Big Town (Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Barry Dean) Wagon Wheel, Darius Rucker (Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor) ALBUM Based On a True Story …, Blake Shelton Blown Away, Carrie Underwood Red, Taylor Swift Same Trailer, Different Park, Kacey Musgraves Tornado, Little Big Town SINGLE Cruise, Florida Georgia Line Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban Mama’s Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert Merry Go ‘Round, Kacey Musgraves Wagon Wheel, Darius Rucker ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Blake Shelton George Strait Taylor Swift For fans watching online, there are two developments this year that will thrill you! First, the 2013 CMA Awards Unveils New Digital User Experience: For the first time in Country Music history, “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will offer an immersive, all-access, second-screen camera experience placed directly in the fans’ hands on CMAawards.com. Dubbed CMA Awards 360, the virtual CMA Awards backstage pass is the first integration of its kind on a Country Music awards show. Before and during the Wednesday, Nov. 6 CMA Awards on ABC, fans will have access to 11 different camera views only on CMAawards.com: Red Continue reading

2013 CMA Award Nominees

Members of Florida Georgia Line and Sheryl Crow appeared live this morning on Good Morning America to announce the 2013 CMA Nominees. The awards show will broadcast LIVE on ABC Wednesday November 6th at 8/7central with hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Without further ado, here are the honored artists: New Artist: Lee Brice Brett Eldredge Florida Georgia Line Kip Moore Kacey Musgraves Vocal Duo: Big & Rich Florida Georgia Line Love and Theft Sugarland The Civil Wars Thompson Square Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Eric Church Blake Shelton Keith Urban Female Vocalist: Kelly Clarkson Miranda Lambert Kacey Musgraves Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Blake Shelton George Strait Taylor Swift

Rewatch the CMA Awards on CMT

CMA Awards to be Rebroadcast on CMT Starting November 21st. Did you miss all the excitement of the CMA Awards? Do you want to relive the most exciting night of country music? Well, you’re in luck! CMT will be rebroadcasting the 46th Annual CMA Awards with four chances to watch: Wednesday November 21st at 9:00 pm ET/PT, Friday November 23rd at 8:00 pm, Saturday November 24th at 2:00 pm and Sunday November 25th at 4:00 pm. You can also check out the CMA Awards website for exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures and recaps of some of your favorite moments! WATCH Blake Shelton Humbly Win Entertainer of the Year:

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Perform At CMAs

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church Perform The Only Way I Know At The CMA’s. Last night was the CMA Award Show in Nashville. It is always one of the biggest nights of the year for country music, with live performances and awards. The opening act is always something special and this year was no different! Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church performed their song “The Only Way I Know,” from Aldean’s recent album Night Train. I really enjoyed it and was grinning from ear to ear the entire time! I love all 3 of these artists and I’m over the moon that they recorded this song! They seemed to really be into the performance and at the end, looked happy to share the stage with each other! Y’all watch the video below and tell us what you think!