2017 CMA Awards: Performers include Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert

October 18, 2017

The following is a press release from the Country Music Association (CMA) and ABC:

Excitement continues to build as the first round of performers are announced for “The 51st Annual CMA Awards,” hosted for the 10th year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, and airing live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST).

Fans will enjoy special performances by CMA Awards nominees Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett and Underwood. Alan Jackson, 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee and 16-time CMA Award winner, will also take center stage during Country Music’s Biggest Night.

Reigning Entertainer of the Year Brooks returns this year with his 12th career nomination for CMA Entertainer of the Year, a title he has won five times (1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2016). He is the most awarded artist in this category.

Current CMA Vocal Duo Brothers Osborne received their first Music Video nod for “It Ain’t My Fault” and will once again vie for Vocal Duo, their third nomination in the category.

Bryan is a two-time consecutive Entertainer of the Year (2014, 2015), returning to compete for his fifth nomination in the category. He has garnered 15 CMA Award nominations since 2010.

Up for three nominations this year, Church is a three-time CMA Award winner with 25 total career nods. He returns this year with recognition in the Entertainer of the Year category, in addition to Musical Event and his sixth consecutive nomination for Male Vocalist.

With five nominations under her belt this year, Lambert tops the list of finalists with nods in the Single and Song of the Year categories for “Tin Man,” Album with “The Weight of These Wings,” Music Video of the Year for “Vice,” and her 11th nomination for Female Vocalist, a category she has won six times consecutively (2010-2015). She has a career total of 44 CMA Award nominations and is the most awarded female in CMA Awards history, nabbing 12 trophies since 2010.

Little Big Town claims four nominations this year including Vocal Group, Album for The Breaker, and Single and Music Video for “Better Man.” They are seven-time CMA Award winners with a career total of 26 CMA Award nominations.

Old Dominion receives their second nominations in both Vocal Group and New Artist of the Year, securing four career CMA Award nods.

First-time nominee Pardi vies for two categories with nominations for New Artist of the Year and Single for “Dirt On My Boots,” which he co-produced. He receives one nomination for Single of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.

Stapleton is a five-time CMA Award winner nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, and Album for “From A Room: Volume 1.” He receives one nomination for Album but can receive an additional trophy as producer. This is his third consecutive nomination for Male Vocalist, which he has won the past two years. He was also nominated for Entertainer of the Year last year and won Album for “Traveller” in 2015. He is an 11-time CMA Award nominee.

Thomas Rhett receives first-time nominations in three categories – Musical Event and Music Video for “Craving You,” featuring Maren Morris, and Male Vocalist. He took home his first CMA Award last year, securing Single of the Year with “Die A Happy Man.”

With six CMA Awards to her name, co-host Underwood returns to vie for Female Vocalist, a category she has won four times (2006-2008, 2016) and nominated for consecutively since 2006.

With 81 career nominations, Jackson is the second most nominated artist in CMA Awards history. This year marks Jackson’s 24th CMA Awards performance since debuting in 1990 with “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” He will receive Country Music’s highest honor, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, on Sunday, Oct. 22, during the official Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater.

Winners of “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible CMA members. The third and final ballot closes Wednesday, Oct. 25 (6:00 p.m. CST). Ballots will be tabulated by the professional services organization Deloitte & Touche LLP.

“The 51st Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer and Gary Halvorson is the director.

2017 ACM Honors: George Strait, Brad Paisley, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett among performers

April 9, 2017

ACM Honors

Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett (Photo at left by Guerin Blask. Photo at right by Sonja Flemming/CBS.)

The following is a press release from the Academy of Country Music:

The Academy of Country Music has revealed the first round of performers and ticket on-sale date for the 11th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards®. Music superstars confirmed to perform at the televised event include Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott, and George Strait. The 11th Annual ACM Honors will tape Wednesday, August 23 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, and broadcast on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

 Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman Auditorium box office today, August 9 at 10:00 AM CST.

 As previously announced, Special Award recipients celebrated at the 11th Annual ACM Honors will include Kelsea Ballerini (Gene Weed Milestone Award), Toby Keith (Poet’s Award), Bob Kingsley (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), Reba McEntire (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), “Nashville” (Tex Ritter Film Award), Dolly Parton (Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Shel Silverstein (Poet’s Award, awarded posthumously), and George Strait (Cliffie Stone Icon Award). The evening will also honor winners of the Industry and Studio Recording Awards, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner Lori McKenna.

 The Academy of Country Music will present trophies to previously announced Special Award recipients Eric Church (Merle Haggard Spirit Award) and Willie Nelson (Poet’s Award) at a later date.

 Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com

2017 CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban is the top winner

June 7, 2017

With four awards, Keith Urban was the top winner of the fan-voted 2017 CMT Music Awards, which took place at Music City Center in Nashville on June 7. The show was hosted by “Nashville” co-star Charles Esten and televised live on CMT, Spike and TV Land. Urban won in all of the categories in which he was nominated: Video of the Year (for “Blue Ain’t Your Color”), Male Video of the Year (for “Blue Ain’t Your Color”), Collaboration Video of the Year (for “The Fighter” with Carrie Underwood) and Social Superstar of the Year. Urban and Underwood also performed “The Fighter” at the CMT Music Awards. Underwood won two awards, including Female Video of the Year (for “Church Bells”). She now holds the record for winning the most CMT Music Awards, with 17 total.

Other performances at the 2017 CMT Music Awards, as described in a CMT press release:

The show kicked off with a celebration of the life and music of the late Gregg Allman. Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Charles Kelley wowed the audience with an acapella version of “Midnight Rider” before seguing into a full on jam featuring former Allman Brothers band member Derek Trucks, while images of Allman filled Music City Center, earning a standing ovation.

Rock icon Peter Frampton and Brothers Osborne owned the CMT outdoor stage with a gritty, guitar-fueled performance of “It Ain’t My Fault.”

Miranda Lambert celebrated the power of pink plastic with the world premiere performance of “Pink Sunglasses” in front of thousands of fans adorning their own beloved pink shades.

Backed by a sexy squad of dancers, Thomas Rhett got the audience on their feet with his hit “Craving You.”

With thousands of fans lining the streets, The Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line performed an EDM/country mash-up of “Last Day Alive” for the first time anywhere from a rooftop high a top the Nashville skyline.

Blake Shelton sang of yesteryear with his hit “Every Time I Hear That Song.”

Brett Eldredge brought the beat and an entire drumline for “Somethin’ I’m Good At.”

Little Big Town delivered an emotionally charged world premiere performance of “When Someone Stops Loving You.”

Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan continued their budding bromance and showed why they were winners of the “CMT Performance of the Year” award with their electrifying mash-up of “Strip it Down” and “Want to Want Me.”

Kelsea Ballerini debuted her soon-to-be-smash “Legends.”

Earth Wind & Fire closed out the show with Lady Antebellum with a country funk mash-up of “You Look Good” and “September.”

This year, the CMT Music Awards featured a second concert stage sponsored by Firestone that included performances from some of country’s hottest new artists including Brett Young, Jon Pardi, Lauren Alaina, Midland and Chris Lane.

Presenters included Ashton Kutcher, Clare Bowen, Danny Masterson, Dustin Lynch, Hoda Kotb, Jada Pinkett Smith,  Johnny Galecki, Josh Henderson, Katherine Heigl, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kid Rock, Rachel Bilson, RaeLynn, Reba McEntire, Bobby Bones, Cody Alan and Katie Cook.

Here is the complete list of winners and nominees for the 2017 CMT Music Awards:

* = winner

Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. Final nominees announced during live telecast, with final voting held online at CMT.com during the show.

  • Artists of Then, Now & Forever – “Forever Country”
  • Brad Paisley – “Today”
  • Brett Eldredge –“Wanna Be That Song”
  • Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”
  • Cole Swindell –“Middle Of A Memory”
  • Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King – “Different For Girls”
  • Florida Georgia Line –“H.O.L.Y.”
  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt On My Boots”
  • Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”*
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”
  • Little Big Town – “Better Man”
  • Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice”
  • Thomas Rhett – “Star Of The Show”

Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

  • Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget”
  • Eric Church – “Record Year”
  • Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On”
  • Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”*
  • Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
  • Thomas Rhett – “Star Of The Show”

Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

  • Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”*
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”
  • Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”
  • Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice”
  • Reba McEntire – “Back To God”

Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

  • Big & Rich feat. Tim McGraw – “Lovin’ Lately”
  • Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer”
  • Dan + Shay – “How Not To”
  • Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.”*
  • LoCash – “I Know Somebody”

Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

  • Eli Young Band – “Saltwater Gospel”
  • Lady Antebellum – “You Look Good”
  • Little Big Town – “Better Man”*
  • Midland – “Drinkin’ Problem”
  • Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time”

Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

  • Brett Young – “In Case You Didn’t Know”
  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt On My Boots”
  • Kane Brown – “Used To Love You Sober”
  • Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”*
  • Luke Combs – “Hurricane”
  • RaeLynn – “Love Triangle”


Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists

  • Artists of Then, Now & Forever – “Forever Country”
  • Chris Young feat. Vince Gill – “Sober Saturday Night”
  • Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King –  “Different For Girls”
  • Florida Georgia Line feat. Tim McGraw – “May We All”
  • Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood – “The Fighter”*
  • Kenny Chesney with P!nk – “Setting The World On Fire”

Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

  • Jason Aldean – “Hicktown” (From CMT Concert of the Summer)
  • Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan – “Want To Want Me” (From CMT Crossroads)*
  • John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker – “Pink Houses” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Alicia Keys and Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini – “You’re Still The One/Any Man of Mine/Man I Feel Like A Woman” (from CMT Artists of the Year)
  • Nick Jonas, Thomas Rhett and Danielle Bradbery – “Close” (From CMT Crossroads)

Most creative and engaging social media posts by an artist; awarded to the artist

  • Brett Eldredge
  • Jake Owen
  • Keith Urban*
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Thomas Rhett









Madame Tussauds opens music-themed wax museum at Opry Mills in Nashville

April 18, 2017

Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds Nashville (Photo courtesy of Simon)

Madame Tussauds has opened its first museum in a shopping mall:. Madame Tussauds Nashville opened at Opry Mills on April 14, 2017. It’s the seventh Madame Tussauds location in the United States and the 22nd Madame Tussauds location in the world. Music stars who are represented in the museum include Taylor Swift, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker and Luke Bryan. People were able to get a sneak peek of the Bryan’s wax figure on April 2, when it was brought  on stage during the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards , which was co-hosted by Bryan.

Guests can visit Madame Tussauds 365 days a year, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in person or online at madametussauds.com/nashville. Packages range from $19 to $48. (Prices are subject to change.)


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