• THE 2016 CMA NOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!

    The nominations for the this year’s CMA Awards have been announced, and Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris lead the list with five apiece. Chris could take home six awards, which includes single so he could win as both artist and producer. Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood received four nominations, and Keith could pick up five trophies as he is both artist and producer for his album Ripcord, while Luke Bryan and Brothers Osborne each picked up two nominations.

    For the first time on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the announcement of the final nominees in six of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live from the historic stage of the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, which was home to the annual CMA Awards broadcast from 1974 to 2004. The announcement was made by Bentley, Cam, and Urban. Following “Good Morning America” the six remaining categories were announced by the nominated trio of artists on GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo! as well as the “Good Morning America” Facebook page through Facebook Live – making the announcements a complete ABC takeover for the second year.

    The 50th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 2nd at 8pm ET on ABC.

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
    Garth Brooks
    Luke Bryan
    Chris Stapleton
    Carrie Underwood
    Keith Urban 

    SINGLE OF THE YEAR
    (Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s))
    “Die a Happy Man”
    Thomas Rhett
    Produced by Dann Huff and Jesse Frasure
    Mix Engineered by Justin Niebank
    The Valory Music Co. 

    “Humble and Kind”
    Tim McGraw
    Produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw
    Mix Engineered by Byron Gallimore
    Big Machine Records 

    “My Church”
    Maren Morris
    Produced by busbee and Maren Morris
    Mix Engineered by Dave Clauss and busbee
    Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville 

    “Nobody To Blame”
    Chris Stapleton
    Produced by Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton
    Mix Engineered by Vance Powell
    Mercury Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville 

    “Record Year”
    Eric Church
    Produced by Jay Joyce
    Mix Engineered by Jay Joyce and Jason Hall
    EMI Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville 

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
    Black
    Dierks Bentley
    Produced by Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
    Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville

    Hero
    Maren Morris
    Produced by busbee, Maren Morris, and Brad Hill
    Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville 

    Mr. Misunderstood
    Eric Church
    Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
    EMI Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville 

    Ripcord
    Keith Urban
    Produced by Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Dann Huff, Greg Wells, Nile Rodgers, busbee, K-Kov, Nathan Chapman, Jonny Price, and Keith Urban
    Hit Red Records/Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville 

    Storyteller
    Carrie Underwood
    Produced by Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell
    19 Recordings/Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville 

    SONG OF THE YEAR
    (Award goes to Songwriter(s))
    “Burning House”
    Camaron “Cam” Ochs, Tyler Johnson, Jeff Bhasker

    “Die a Happy Man”
    Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, and Joe Spargur 

    “Humble and Kind”
    Lori McKenna 

    “My Church”
    busbee and Maren Morris

    “Record Year”
    Eric Church and Jeff Hyde 

    FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
    Kelsea Ballerini
    Miranda Lambert
    Maren Morris
    Kacey Musgraves
    Carrie Underwood 

    MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
    Dierks Bentley
    Eric Church

    Tim McGraw
    Chris Stapleton
    Keith Urban 

    VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
    Lady Antebellum
    Little Big Town
    Old Dominion
    Rascal Flatts
    Zac Brown Band 

    VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
    Brothers Osborne
    Dan + Shay
    Florida Georgia Line
    Joey + Rory
    Maddie & Tae 

    MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
    (Award goes to each Artist)
    “Different For Girls”
    Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King
    Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville
     

    “Home Alone Tonight”
    Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
    Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville 

    “The Fighter”
    Keith Urban (featuring Carrie Underwood)
    Hit Red Records/Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville 

    “Think of You”
    Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)
    RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville 

    “You Are My Sunshine”
    Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton
    Low Country Sound/Elektra Records 

    MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
    (Award goes to Artist and Director(s))
    “Burning House”
    Cam
    Directed by Trey Fanjoy 

    “Fire Away”
    Chris Stapleton
    Directed by Tim Mattia 

    “Humble and Kind”
    Tim McGraw
    Directed by Wes Edwards 

    “Record Year”
    Eric Church
    Directed by John Peets and Reid Long 

    “Somewhere On A Beach”
    Dierks Bentley
    Directed by Wes Edwards 

    NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    Kelsea Ballerini
    Brothers Osborne
    Maren Morris
    Old Dominion
    Cole Swindell 

     

    https://twitter.com/HillaryScottLA/status/770999693971161088

     

    Video / GMA CMA Announcement

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Dierks, Vince, Luke, Chris, Lauren

    Don’t forget to tune into ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday (August 31st) to watch Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Cam announce some of the nominees for this year’s CMA Awards.

    Luke Bryan and Zac Brown Band have been announced as headliners for next year’s We Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The three-day event, which will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2017, will take place August 3rd – 5th.

    Vince Gill, along with Patty LovelessCharlie Worsham and The Time Jumpers are set to perform a free show at Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park September 25th, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards.

    Luke Bryan was just added to the list of artists performing at Charlie DanielsVolunteer Jam. The event, to celebrate Charlie’s 80th birthday, will feature additional performances by Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock, Travis Tritt and Larry the Cable Guy and will take place November 30th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

    Lauren Alaina will perform her hit single, “Road Less Traveled,” on NBC’s Today Show September 8th.

  • KEITH URBAN, TOBY KEITH AND DIERKS BENTLEY PAY TRIBUTE TO GLEN CAMPBELL.

    Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith and Blake Shelton will pay tribute to Glen Campbell at the 10th Annual ACM Honors Tuesday night (August 30th). The legendary performer will be honored with the ACM Career Achievement Award, and the artists will perform an all-star medley of Glen’s greatest hits, finishing with a group performance of the hit “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

    Keith says Glen is one of his biggest influences, mainly because he’s a “guitartist.” “I’ve always been a fan of what I like to call guitartists, you know those guitar-artists like Glen Campbell, who’s probably one of my biggest influences; those guys who knew a good song, had a great voice and played great and just the all-around guys with a guitar,’ says Keith. “When you think of Glen Campbell, you think of, I think of ‘Galveston,’ ‘Wichita Lineman,’ then I also think of him being a phenomenal guitar player.”

    Toby says despite his debilitating illness with Alzheimer’s, he’s still an amazing guitar player. “He was one of the greatest guitar players of all time, and I don’t think most people realize that. I think most people saw him on the Glen Campbell Good Time Hour and some movies, and they just thought he’s a singer that sings some pop country,” says Toby. “But Glen was one of the greatest guitar players of all time too, and even when he couldn’t remember his songs he could still play them without remembering the words. It’s nice that they’re paying tribute to Glen.”

    Last week, Dierks told us, “I’m honored to get the chance to perform on this tribute show for the ACMs [Honors], to be a part of this tribute. I’ve always felt connected to his music, grew up listening to it. I’m honored to be a part of it.”

    Kim Campbell will accept the award on behalf of her husband of 35 years.

    Previously announced performers include Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Cole Swindell, Maren Morris, Cam, Chris Young, Miranda Lambert and the night’s hosts Lady Antebellum, among others.

    The ACM Honors is dedicated to celebrating all of the special honorees and off-camera category winners from this year’s ACM Awards. The two-hour special tapes Tuesday (August 30th) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and will air September 9th at 9pm ET/PT on CBS.

    Audio / Keith Urban says Glen Campbell is one of his biggest musical influences.

    Download

    Keith Urban (Glen Campbell) OC: …guitar player. :22
    “I’ve always been a fan of what I like to call guitartists, you know those guitar-artists like Glen Campbell, who’s probably one of my biggest influences; those guys who knew a good song, had a great voice and played great and just the all-around guys with a guitar, you know? When you think of Glen Campbell, you think of, I think of ‘Galveston,’ ‘Wichita Lineman,’ then I also think of him being a phenomenal guitar player.”

     

    Audio / Toby Keith talks about the legendary Glen Campbell, who he’s paying tribute to at the ACM Honors this week.

    Download

    Toby Keith (Glen Campbell) OC: …to ’75? :57
    “The amazing thing about Glen’s deal is, Glen looks so good. Glen looks 15 years younger than he is, and he has full-blown Alzheimer’s. It’s just really sad to think that he’s in as great a shape as he is physically, except for that debilitating affliction. But, man! He was one of the greatest guitar players of all time, and I don’t think most people realize that. I think most people saw him on the Glen Campbell Good Time Hour and some movies, and they just thought he’s a singer that sings some pop country. But Glen was one of the greatest guitar players of all time too, and even when he couldn’t remember his songs he could still play them without remembering the words. It’s nice that they’re paying tribute to Glen, ‘cause he’s certainly an icon and worked with the Wrecking Crew back in the day in L.A. which is probably the band that played on most of the hits that you heard from ’65 to ’75?”

     

  • DIERKS BENTLEY AND KEITH URBAN WILL ANNOUNCE THE NOMINEES FOR THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS.

    Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban, along with newcomer Cam, will reveal the final nominees for this year’s CMA Awards live from the Grand Ole Opry House on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday (August 31st).

    The location of this year’s announcement adds to the already auspicious occasion as the Grand Ole Opry House served as home to the CMA Awards from 1974 until 2004, making it the longest running backdrop of the Awards and home to some of its most iconic moments. Bentley and Urban, with a combined 50 nominations and 12 wins across 8 CMA Awards categories, will be live with Cam from the Opry House stage adding another special moment to that history.

    Following the announcements on GMA, the remaining categories will be revealed live on GoodMorningAmerica.com, as well as via Good Morning America’s Facebook page through Facebook Live.

    CMA will then release the full list of CMA Awards nominees.

    The full list of nominees will be available at CMAawards50.com immediately following announcement.

    The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville November 2nd at 8pm ET on ABC.

  • DIERKS, TOBY AND KEITH WILL PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO GLEN CAMPBELL AT THIS YEAR’S ACM HONORS.

    The Academy of Country Music® (ACM) announced that Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban will take the stage at the 10TH ANNUAL ACM HONORS™ for a special tribute to Glen Campbell, who as previously announced will be honored with the ACM Career Achievement Award. The country music luminaries will perform an all-star medley of Campbell’s greatest hits, culminating to an ensemble performance of the iconic “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Kim Campbell will accept the award on behalf of her husband (of 35 years).

    Toby Keith and Blake Shelton join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Maren Morris, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban and hosts Lady Antebellum. Additional performers and presenters will be announced.

    The 10TH ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to celebrating the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. Hosted by multi-ACM Award-winning group Lady Antebellum, the two-hour special will tape on Tuesday, August 30 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, and make its television debut on Friday, September 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Tickets for the special taping are available for purchase to the general public now at Ticketmaster.com.

    For more information on the Academy of Country Music and the ACM Honors, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

    About ACM Honors™
    ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. The 10th Annual ACM Honors takes place Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and – for the first time ever – will be produced for television by dick clark productions to be broadcast on Friday, September 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Tiffany Moon is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. Tickets to ACM Honors are priced at $60 and $100 and will go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com.

    Audio / Dierks Bentley talks about being a part of the Glen Campbell tribute at this year's ACM Honors.

    Download

    Dierks Bentley (Glen Campbell tribute) OC: …part  of it. 1:05
    “He’s got some ties to Arizona and someboy who spent some time there, and when I moved to Nashville and got into bluegrass music and I discovered ‘Gentle on My Mind’ was a big song that John Hartford had written, so he had a little bit of world in the bluegrass community. But some of these bigger hits are so good and so classic and they’re so different than anything else out there. And he just has a way of performing that I’ve always felt like he’s one of those guys that if all of the power went out and there was no PA system and no band behind you and it just had to be just you and a guitar, he could entertain that crowd just as well as if they had all of the lights and production, and it’s Glen. He’s such a great singer, great musician and so funny, and such a great storyteller. He really carved out his niche. There’s no one that’ll ever sound like him – a classic legend. I’m honored to get the chance to perform on this tribute show for the ACMs [Honors], to be a part of this tribute. I’ve always felt connected to his music, grew up listening to it. I’m honored to be a part of it.”

  • LABOR DAY 2016 LINERS: Billy, Bros. O, Canaan, Clare, David, Darius, Church, Paslay, Jon, Kacey, Keith, Kip, LBT, Luke, Sam, TBP and more

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Labor Day)

    Download

    Hey y’all! It’s Billy Currington, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.



    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Labor Day)

    Download

    This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Labor Day)

    Download

    Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend.



    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Labor Day)

    Download

    Hey! What’s up? This is Clare Dunn, and I hope you have a Happy Labor Day weekend.

     

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Labor Day)

    Download

    Hey! It’s Darius Rucker, and I hope you have a have a happy work-free Labor Day weekend.



    Audio / LINER David Nail (Labor Day)

    Download

    Hey guys! It’s David Nail, wishing  you a very happy Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Labor Day)

    Download

    Hey! It’s Eric Church, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend.



    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Labor Day)

    Download

    Hey! It’s Eric Paslay, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Labor Day weekend)

    Download

    Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, and I hope you have a happy and work-free Labor Day weekend.



    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Labor Day weekend)

    Download

    Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a happy Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Labor Day weekend)

    Download

    Hi everybody! This is Keith Urban, wishing you a very happy Labor Day weekend.



    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Labor Day)

    Download

    Hey—what’s happening guys? This is Kip Moore, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day Weekend.

    Audio / LINER LBT (Labor Day)

    Download

    Hi! We’re Little Big Town, hoping you have a work-free Labor Day weekend.



    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Labor Day)

    Download

    Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, and I hope you have a have a happy Labor Day weekend.

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Labor Day)

    Download

    Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Have a great and work-free Labor Day weekend.



    Audio / LINER TBP (Labor Day Weekend)

    Download

    Hey everybody! We are The Band Perry, wishing you a happy and work-free Labor Day Weekend.

  • KEITH URBAN LOVED ‘BLUE AIN’T YOUR COLOR’ IMMEDIATELY AFTER HEARING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME.

    Keith Urban recorded only a few songs from outside writers on his Ripcord, and his latest single “Blue Ain’t Your Color” is one of them. He immediately fell in love with the song, which was crafted by Steven Lee Olsen, Hillary Lindsey and Clint Lagerberg.

    “I think I was trying to find songs and write songs to what I had done in the past, just that felt different for me. This song called ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ came along, and it was just one of those that I loved immediately,” says Keith. “I loved the lyric. I loved the melody, the feel, and it’s basically a waltz, you know, like a one, two, three, two, two, three, a one, two, three, two, two, three. But I didn’t want it to feel like a waltz, you know? So, when we recorded the song at Starstruck Studios here in Nashville, we kept it a little more robotic sounding, so it wasn’t a straight band. It was a little more machinery, rhythmically, and I think it kept, hopefully for me at least, it kept it in a unique place that allowed the story to have a lot of space.”

    The official clip for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” the follow-up to three No. 1 songs from Ripcord, should hit video outlets in the coming weeks.

    Keith will definitely perform the song when he makes his next stops on his ripCord World Tour on Friday (August 19th) in Raleigh and Saturday (August 20th) in Virginia Beach.

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about recording the song, “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” from his new album Ripcord.

    Download

    Keith Urban (Blue Ain’t Your Color) OC: …of space. :50
    “With this record, I think I was also trying to find songs and write songs to what I had done in the past, just that felt different for me. This song called ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ came along, and again, it was just one of those that I loved immediately. I loved the lyric. I loved the melody, the feel, and it’s basically a waltz, you know, like a one, two, three, two, two, three, a one, two, three, two, two, three. But I didn’t want it to feel like a waltz, you know? So, when we recorded the song at Starstruck Studios here in Nashville, we kept it a little more robotic sounding, so it wasn’t a straight band. It was a little more machinery, rhythmically, and I think it kept, hopefully for me at least, it kept it in a unique place that allowed the story to have a lot of space.”

    Video / Keith Urban Blue Ain't Your Color on GMA

    Video / Behind the Scenes of "Blue Ain't Your Color"

    View
  • KEITH URBAN AND LITTLE BIG TOWN WILL ‘STAND UP TO CANCER.’

    Keith Urban and Little Big Town have been tapped to perform at this year’s Stand Up to Cancer telethon. The two acts will be joined by superstar Celine Dion; all three have recently lost a loved one to the ravaging disease.

    The annual fundraising event, produced by Bradley Cooper, will also include appearances by Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick, Eric Stonestreet, Alison Sweeny and SU2C Co-Founder Katie Couric, among others.

    Stand Up to Cancer is set to air live from The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA September 9th at 8pm ET on several channels, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, TBS, Bravo, HBO, Great American Country, STARZ and VH1.

  • NEWS & NOTES: Strait, Keith, Jon, Lady A

    George Strait will present singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale with this year’s Americana Music Association’s Wagonmaster Award, a special lifetime achievement honor reserved for the most valuable contributors to the course and history of America’s only broad roots music format. George has recorded 14 songs written by Lauderdale, including “What Do You Say to That” and “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” The award, named for country music icon Porter Wagoner, will be presented on September 21st during the 15th Annual Honors & Awards Show at the Ryman Auditorium.

    Keith Urban is the presenting sponsor for The 30th Annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament at Nashville’s Old Natchez Country Club August 15th. The event will benefit United Cerebral Palsy Of Middle Tennessee.

    Jon Pardi will appear on CMT’s Hot 20 beginning at 9am ET on Saturday (July 29th).

    Lady Antebellum will be presented with the Music Heals Award by Musicians On Call August 9th in Nashville as part of the Half A Million Moments campaign. The event celebrates the organization’s milestone of performing for half a million patients, families and caregivers.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Sam, Josh, Keith, David

    Sam Hunt has been announced as one of the performers at this year’s iHeart Radio Music Festival. He’s joined by Florida Georgia Line, U2, Sting, Britney Spears, One Republic, Drake and many more. The two-day concert event will take place September 23rd and 24th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

    Josh Turner is scheduled to appear on GAC’s Playlist Tuesday (July 26th) at Noon and 3pm ET. He’ll talk about his new single, “Hometown Girl.”

    Keith Urban will perform during Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series August 12th on ABC.

    David Nail performed the national anthem and threw the first pitch at last Thursday’s Chicago White Sox game.