Taylor Swift Leads In Billboard Music Award Nominations. Country Music will be represented in Las Vegas yet again, as another award show is coming up. Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves and The Band Perry are all scheduled to perform at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. The show will air live Sunday, May 19 on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Country Nominees: Swift has a pretty good chance of taking at least one award home, seeing how she has 11 nominations for the night. Swift is in the running for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Social Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Country Album, Top Streaming Song (Video) and Top Country Song. Swift is also up for the Milestone Award. Jason Aldean is up for three awards: Top Male Artist, Top Country Artist and Top Country Album. Luke Bryan also has three nominations: Top Country Artist, Top Country Album and Top Country Song. Hunter Hayes is up for Top Country Artist and Top Country Song. Carrie Underwood is nominated for Top Country Artist and Top Country Album. Lionel Richie is nominated for Top Country Album and Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line are also up for Top Country Song.
Hunter Hayes Plans Three Live Stream Shows with Country Financial Road Trips and Guitar Picks Concert Series. Hunter Hayes often goes out of his way to make sure that his fans can access him, and one way he does this is through live stream video events often via social media. He has three such live concerts coming up thanks to his partnership with Country Financial and their Road Trips and Guitar Picks concert series. “I’m really excited to partner with Country Financial for these live stream shows. The shows broadcast on the Road Trips and Guitar Picks Facebook page are a fun way to hang with more of my fans as we’ll play some music, answer questions and talk about the stories behind the songs.” -Hunter Hayes The live shows will stream exclusively on the Road Trips and Guitar Picks Facebook page on the following dates: March 18 9:00 p.m. EDT March 19 9:00 p.m. EDT March 22 8:00 p.m. EDT These live streams allow fans to watch Hayes’ performance in real time, submit questions to Hunter (which he may answer during the hour), and possibly win a free download.
Brad Paisley and More to Perform 2013 ACM Awards Fan Jam Concert! The 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards are just a couple weeks away, and the ACM Experience will ensure that country fans have an unforgettable week when “Vegas Goes Country.” The week leading up to the Sunday night awards show will feature a number of special events including the 2013 ACM Awards Fan Jam concert which will be headlined by Brad Paisley. Other performers include Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer, and Florida Georgia Line. GAC’s Storme Warren will serve as emcee. The ACM Awards broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th at 8pm on CBS, and will be co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan! Check out the complete list of nominees and the performers!
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.
Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice and Gary Allan Earn RIAA Certifications! Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice and Gary Allan all have something to be proud of! They have each reached an RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for their singles. Hunter’s very popular “Wanted” is officially double platinum, having sold over two million digital copies! Brice hit his third ever platinum milestone for the touching previous single “Love Like Crazy.” Gary Allan’s newest song “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Run)“, featured on his upcoming release Set You Free, has reached Gold status with over 500,000 digital copies sold! All three of the tunes are fantastic, and the success is well deserved! Hunter Hayes, “Wanted“. Lee Brice, “Love Like Crazy“. Gary Allan, “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)“. Current Lee Brice Tour Dates and Tickets!
Top 20 Country Music Songs for 2012 via Billboard. As someone who spends a majority of their day listening to, reading about, discussing and writing about country music, I always get a kick out of reading through the year charts. This year I am both surprised and not surprised by the artists that made it into the Top 20. There are a lot of country music up and comers, like Jana Kramer, Hunter Hayes, Kip Moore and Dustin Lynch, but also, some of our favorite well established country stars like Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney! I have to say I’m pretty pleased about the number one spot! Not only because Josh Turner is one of my favorites singers, but also “Time Is Love” is such a great song with a great message! All in all there’s no denying, it was a pretty good year for country music. Top 20 Country Songs for 2012! 1. “Time Is Love“ Josh Turner 2. “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do“ Brantley Gilbert 3. “Why Ya Wanna“ Jana Kramer 4. “Cowboys and Angels“ Dustin Lynch 5. “(Kissed You) Good Night“ Gloriana 6. “Better Than I Used To Be“ Tim McGraw 7. “Even If It Breaks Your Heart“ Eli Young Band 8. “Lovin’ You Is Fun“ Easton Corbin 9. “Springsteen“ Eric Church 10. “Drunk On You“ Luke Bryan 11. “You“ Chris Young 12. “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck“ Kip Moore 13. “Reality“ Kenny Chesney 14. “Alone With You“ Jake Owen 15. “Over You“ Miranda Lambert 16. “Home“ Dierks Bentley 17. “I Don’t Want This Night To End“ Luke Bryan 18. “Hard To Love“ Lee Brice 19. “Dancin’ Away With My Heart“ Lady Antebellum 20. “Wanted“ Hunter Hayes See the rest of the Billboard Top 100 for Country for 2012!
Complete List of 2012 American Country Awards Winners. Tonight the 3rd Annual American Country Awards aired on FOX live from Las Vegas! This is a fan voted show, so it’s representative of which artists are most popular with country music fans, which sets it apart from other awards shows. See the complete list of winners below to which artists country fans love the most. 2012 American Country Awards Complete List of Winners. Artist of the Year Luke Bryan Artist of the Year: Male Luke Bryan Artist of the Year: Female Carrie Underwood Artist of the Year: Group Lady Antebellum Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist Jake Owen Artist of the Year: New Artist Lauren Alaina Album of the Year Luke Bryan, “tailgates & tanlines” Single of the Year: Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End” Single of the Year: Male Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End” Single of the Year: Female Miranda Lambert, “Over You” Single of the Year: Group Lady Antebellum, “We Owned The Night” Single of the Year: New Artist Hunter Hayes, “Wanted“ Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist Brantley Gilbert, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do“ Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration Brad Paisley featuring Carrie Underwood, “Remind Me” Touring Artist of the Year Jason Aldean Music Video of the Year: Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night to End” Music Video: Male Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End” Music Video: Female Miranda Lambert “Over You“ Music Video: Group or Collaboration Little Big Town “Pontoon“ Music Video: New Artist Hunter Hayes “Wanted“ Song of the Year: Eric Church “Springsteen“ Check out the complete list of the 2012 Nominees. See highlights from the show!