2013 ACM Awards Recap

A Quick Look At Last Night’s ACM Awards From HaleighT’s Eyes. Last night was the 48th Annual ACM Awards in Las Vegas. This year Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan hosted the event and for their first time together, I’d say it went pretty smooth. The night started with a performance of Shelton’s new single, “Boys Round Here.” Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and The Pistol Annies joined Shelton, making it the first of many collaboration performances of the night. Like I said, there was a number of collaborations and something most had in common was the horrible sound coming over my TV speakers. Being that the majority of the performances sounded “off,” I’m going to say that it was an issue with the sound techs and hope that I’m right. Easily my favorite performance of the night was Eric Church singing “Like Jesus Does.” He sounded spot on, just like he does on his albums and just like he does every time I see him live. It wasn’t flashy, just simple and enjoyable. I think he made a lot of people proud. I was super pumped to watch George Strait and Garth Brooks perform together (like they kept announcing), but that wasn’t quite what happened. The piano began to play and I immediately screamed because I knew I was about to hear “The Dance.” When Brooks didn’t sing the entire song and the music faded into Strait’s “The Cowboy Rides Away,” I thought, Oh this is going to be awesome! They are singing a part of both songs and then they’ll sing one together! But that didn’t happen. Prior to their performance, the academy kept saying that the two would be performing together for the first time ever and I just think that was a little bit of a let-down. Either way, it was great to see them both on the stage performing at all and especially in tribute to Dick Clark. The segments of the show, where we were taken to the Fan Jam were definitely the times to refill my drink. Again, the sound was just awful. I could barely hear Jana Kramer over her backup singers during her song “Whiskey” and I don’t know what was going on during Paisley’s performance with John Mayer. Let’s just hope they work the issue out for next year. The grand finale, the Entertainer of the Year award went to Luke Bryan. It was a wonderful moment, where it seemed like everyone was standing and cheering for him and numerous people were very emotional as he accepted his award. It was really something special to see his fellow artists and friends genuinely happy for him. The award was definitely deserved. Below are a list of side notes from the show, the winners and a list of performers. Some Side Notes: – Taylor Swift really needs to work on her dance moves or just stop. – The Pistol Annies are even cooler for being so supportive of the winners (they kept Continue reading

ACM 2013 Fremont Street Experience Line Up

Academy of Country Music Announces Line Up for Free Concert Series, 2013 Fremont Street Experience. For the 7th consecutive year in the run-up to the annual ACM Awards, the Academy of Country Music is offering a FREE concert series to country fans attending the weekend’s festivities in Las Vegas. The concerts take place on Friday, April 5th & Saturday, April 6th preceding the Sunday night, April 7th awards show! As usual, the concerts will be held in the Fremont Street district, and will feature two stages, one located at 1st Street and the other at 3rd street, giving attendees double the chance to catch some great live music. This year’s free concert series will be hosted by on air personality Blair Gardner. Find the complete line up below. 2013 ACM Fremont Street Experience Line Up. Friday, April 5th 9pm: Sunny Sweeney (1st Street Stage) 9:50pm: Joe Nichols (3rd Street Stage) 11pm: Kip Moore (1st Street Stage) 12am: Gary Allan (3rd Street Stage) Saturday, April 6th 9pm: Chris Janson (1st Street Stage) 9:50pm: Randy Houser (3rd Street Stage) 11pm: Jana Kramer (1st Street Stage) 12am: Jake Owen (3rd Street Stage)

ACM Awards 2013 Nominees

Complete List of the Academy of Country Music ACM Awards 2013 Nominees! The Academy of Country Music took to social media this morning to announce the official ACM Awards 2013 Nominees and it couldn’t be more exciting! Eric Church (finally!!) leads with 7 total nominations, and Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton (not surprisingly) nabbing multiple noms as well. Semi-newcomers Hunter Hayes and Kacey Musgraves both also did really well claiming multiple nods. Find the complete list of nominees below, and check out the #CMchat #BlogRodeo “Reaction” Chat! Watch the ‘Reaction Chat’! ACM Awards 2013 Nominees. Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton Taylor Swift Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert Martina McBride Kacey Musgraves Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood Male Vocalist of the Year Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Eric Church Toby Keith Blake Shelton Vocal Duo of the Year Big & Rich Florida Georgia Line Love and Theft Sugarland Thompson Square Vocal Group of the Year The Band Perry Eli Young Band Little Big Town Lady Antebellum Zac Brown Band New Artist of the Year Jana Kramer Brantley Gilbert Florida Georgia Line Album of the Year Blown Away Carrie Underwood Chief Eric Church RedTaylor Swift Tailgates & Tanlines Luke Bryan Tornado Little Big Town Song of the Year “A Woman Like You” Lee Brice (Composers: Phil Barton/Jonny Bulford/Jon Stone) “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” Eli Young Band (Composers: Will Hoge/Eric Paslay) “Over You” Miranda Lambert (Composers: Miranda Lambert/Blake Shelton) “Springsteen” Eric Church (Composers: Eric Church/Jeff Hyde/Ryan Tyndell) “Wanted” Hunter Hayes (Composers: Hunter Hayes/Troy Verges) Single Record of the Year “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” Eli Young Band “Over You” Miranda Lambert “Pontoon” Little Big Town “Springsteen” Eric Church “Wanted” Hunter Hayes Vocal Event of the Year “Don’t Rush” Kelly Clarkson ft. Vince Gill “Easy” Rascal Flatts ft. Natasha Bedingfield “Feel Like A Rockstar” Kenny Chesney ft. Tim McGraw “Let It Rain” David Nail ft. Sarah Buxton “The Only Way I Know” Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church Video of the Year “Creepin” Eric Church “Wanted” Hunter Hayes “Tornado” Little Big Town “Merry Go Round” Kacey Musgraves “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Taylor Swift “The Wind” Zac Brown Band Songwriter of the Year Rodney Clawson Dallas Davidson Josh Kear Luke Laird Shane McAnally Steel Guitar Player of the Year Dan Dugmore Mike Johnson Greg Leisz Russ Pahl Fiddle Player of the Year Glen Duncan Larry Franklin Aubrey Haynie Hank Singer Joe Spivey Guitarist of the Year Tom Bukovac J.T. Corenflos Jay Joyce Rob McNelley Brent Mason Bass Player of the Year Dennis Crouch Kevin “Swine” Grantt Larry Paxton Jimmie Lee Sloas Glenn Worf Percussionist/Drummer of the Year Eddie Bayers Matt Chamberlain Chad Cromwell Chris McHugh Greg Morrow Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year Eric Darken Glen Duncan Jim Hoke Bryan Sutton Ilya Toshinsky Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year John Jarvis Charlie Judge Gordon Mote Steve Nathan Michael Rojas Casino of the Year Agua Caliente Casino ‐ Continue reading

ACM Awards 2013 Nominations Google Hangout

CMchatLIVE and CMNB Present the ACM Awards 2013 Nominations Google Plus Hangout! Wednesday morning February 13th, the Academy of Country Music took to social media to release the official list of ACM Awards 2013 nominations! We really get into the whole awards thing around here at CMNB, and this year we teamed up with CMchatLive to give you a little extra insight into the nominations. Check out our live “reactions” Google + hangout discussing and otherwise hashing out all the fun details on the categories, the nominees and the upcoming events surrounding the awards festivities in Vegas in April!  Get ready to let it all “Twangout,” and check out the complete list of ACM Awards 2013 Nominees! Tune in to the ACM Awards Google Hangout NOW! You can always follow along on Twitter with #CMchat and #BlogRodeo! The 2013 ACM Awards will be hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan and air LIVE on CBS from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th at 8pm.

Sunny Sweeny ACM Awards Video Message

Sunny Sweeney Tells Fans to ‘Click The Box” In Special ACM Awards Video Message! Around here at CMNB headquarters we love some Sunny Sweeney, and the talented country singer made our day with a very funny video she released earlier. Sweeney just wants to encourage folks to vote for her for the 2013 ACM Awards Female Newcomer category, and she found a really amusing way to get that message across! She gets major, major props for creativity, for sure! Watch the video below and then head on over to the ACM page to vote. Voting is open from Monday, January 21st to February 4th! Sunny Sweeney Says Just ‘Click the Box’.

2013 ACM Awards Newcomer Nominations

2013 Academy of Country Music Awards Announce Nominations for Newcomer Categories! The Academy of Country Music announced the first round of nominations for the 2013 ACM Awards earlier this week. The categories announced so far showcase country music “newcomers,” and for the fifth consecutive year fans will be able to vote for their favorite artists in these specific categories. Voting will open on Monday, January 21st, and you can vote on ACM’s official page or at GAC.com. Individual trophies will be awarded to winners in each of the categories below, and the three winners will compete for the final New Artist of the Year Award the night of the broadcast. I’m a little surprised that Thompson Square and Lee Brice haven’t graduated out of the new artist/newcomer groups yet, but all those nominated are great artists! Good luck to all of them! 2013 ACM Awards Newcomer Categories/Nominations: New Female Vocalist Jana Kramer Kacey Musgraves Sunny Sweeney New Male Vocalist Lee Brice Brantley Gilbert Hunter Hayes New Vocal Group or Duo Florida Georgia Line Love and Theft Thompson Square The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at 8:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS.

Luke Bryan Co-Hosts 2013 ACM Awards with Blake Shelton

Hear Luke Bryan Make Co-Host Announcement for the 2013 ACM Awards with Blake Shelton! The Academy of Country Music has just announced that Luke Bryan will be filling the spot of co-host with Blake Shelton for the 2013 ACM Awards! We’ve all been wondering who was going to step into Reba McEntire’s boots after she announced she wouldn’t be co-hosting anymore, and I’m going to speak for the whole CMNB Team and say, this is exciting! Bryan and ACM released a special video to make the announcement, and it bodes well for the hilarious antics that are sure to take place with both Blake and Luke hosting the show together. Now we’ve all got at least two great reasons to tune in to CBS on Sunday, April 7th at 8pm ET/PT. Watch: Luke Bryan’s ACM Awards Co-Hosting Announcement! Current Luke Bryan Tours and Tickets

Who’s Joining Blake Shelton as 2013 ACM Awards Host

Find Out Who’s Joining Blake Shelton to Host the 2013 ACM Awards! As we all know Reba McEntire announced last year that she would no longer be co-hosting with Blake Shelton at the Academy of Country Music Awards! They had a good run, and we’re very sorry to see Reba go. But she’s off to other things like her new TV show, Malibu Country! This leaves us with the burning question, though…who will be Blake’s new co-host for the 2013 ACM Awards? Well, the ACM is keeping their lips sealed for now, but country fans who are active on Twitter can help speed up the announcement! All you have to do is head on over to their official page, and follow the prompts! You’ll send out a Tweet that will help unlock the official announcement! For now, let us know, who do you want to be Shelton’s co-host? Sound off in the comments section below!