The Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan took the stage on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium to kick off The Salvation Army’s 125th Red Kettle Campaign with a LIVE nationally televised halftime performance during the Dallas Cowboys game against the Carolina Panthers on CBS. The performance marked the nineteenth year of the partnership between the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army.The campaign officially began with Luke’s LIVE halftime performance and the inaugural Red Kettle donation from Jerry Jones, owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, and his family. Since teaming up in 1997, the collaboration of The Salvation Army and the Dallas Cowboys has raised more than $2 billion for the Red Kettle campaign, which provides America’s most vulnerable with food, shelter and other support throughout the year.Luke joined a star-studded list of past performers including Selena Gomez, Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.About Luke BryanSince the debut of his first album in 2007, Luke Bryan has placed 14 singles at #1 and sold nearly 8 million albums with 30 million digital tracks from his five studio albums. He has twice been named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. Luke’s new album Kill The Lights recently debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts. This is Luke’s third consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Kill The Lights was the third-largest-selling album debut in 2015 at the time of its release, after R&B / hip hop releases from Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Kill The Lights is also the highest country album debut in the last two years, since his own Crash My Party debuted at #1 in August 2013.
“Hi! This is Alan Jackson. I hope y’all have a very happy Thanksgiving out there.”
“Hey Guys, I’m Billy Currington. Have a great Thanksgiving.”
“Hey! This is TJ, and this is John, and we’re wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”
“Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”
“Hey! This is Clare Dunn, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”
“Hey y’all! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”
“Hey! It’s Dierks Bentley! Happy Thanksgiving!”
“It’s Easton Corbin here, and I want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving!”
“Hey folks! It’s Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”
“Hey! This is Eric Paslay, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”
“Hey guys! Gary Allan here. I just want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving, and have a Happy Holidays and make sure you’re safe out there. Drive safe. Party your butts off, but do it safe.”
“Hi! This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”
“Hey! It’s Jon Pardi, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”
“Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”
“Happy Thanksgiving everybody. It’s Keith Urban here. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all of you listening for your incredible love and support that I’ve received over the last year, and to wish you and all of your family all the very best for this holiday.”
“Hey! It’s Kelleigh Bannen, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”
“Hey what’s up guys, this is Kip Moore wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.”
“Hey everybody! We are Lady Antebellum, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”
“Hey! This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!”
“Hey, we’re Little Big Town. Happy Thanksgiving!”
“Hey! It’s Luke Bryan, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!”
“Hey! It’s Mickey Guyton here, and I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”
“Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.”
“Hey! This is Scotty McCreery. Happy Thanksgiving!”
Hey! This is David Nail, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.”
Luke Bryan has released his new single, “Home Alone Tonight,” the duet with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild from his latest album, Kill the Lights. The pair will debut the provocative song – Luke’s first male-female duet — live during ABC’s American Music Awards later this month.
Of the collaboration, Luke says, ““From the time that song comes on, I was sold completely…I feel like it’s just something that’s going to take me to another level as an artist.”
Luke is the only country artist vying for a win in the overall Artist of the Year category at this year’s American Music Awards. He’s also up for Favorite Male Country Artist. The 2015 American Music Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles November 22nd on ABC.
*”Home Alone Tonight” was written by Jody Stevens, Cole Taylor, Jaida Dreyer and Tommy Cecil.
* Luke and Karen will have plenty of opportunities to sing the song with each other as Little Big Town will hit the road with Luke on his 2016 Kill the Lights Tour, kicking off February 18th in Evansville, Indiana.
Luke Bryan (Home Alone Tonight) OC: …gets out. :41
“From the time that song comes on, I was sold completely, and at that point it’s up for me to find out well who is going to be the girl voice. And after much deliberation and figuring it out we arrived at Karen, and I had thought about individual female artists and I wasn’t thinking about a girl in a group, and finally I saw Karen one day and I’m like – yeah. The lightbulb went off, and I told her and sent her ‘Home Alone Tonight’ and she really loved the song. And we got it sung, and I feel like it’s just something that’s going to take me to another level as an artist, and I hope she’s that excited about it. I think she is, but it’s going to be a fun thing to watch unfold.”
In the latest episode of LBTV, Luke Bryan takes fans behind-the-scenes of this year’s CMA Awards, where he picked up his second consecutive Entertainer of the Year Award. He also performed his recent chart-topping single, “Strip It Down.”
Luke Bryan, the CMA Entertainer of the Year, has been selected as one of the five finalists for Artist of the Year at this year’s American Music Awards. He’ll be vying for the fan-voted award against Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, One Direction and Taylor Swift. Luke is also nominated for Favorite Country Male Artist.
Luke, alongside Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, is slated to perform at the show, in addition to host and performer Jennifer Lopez, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Coldplay, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Underwood, WALK THE MOON, a duet from Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth and the legendary Star Wars score to be performed by pop super group Pentatonix and a full symphony orchestra.
The 2015 American Music Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, November 22nd at 8pm ET on ABC.
The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. Voting for all categories except New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s, Artist of the Year and Collaboration of the Year Unleashed by T-Mobile is now closed.
Chris Stapleton was the big winner during Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, as he swept all three awards in which he was nominated. He was named Male Vocalist and New Artist of the Year, while his album, Traveller, was named Album of the Year. Chris also received a second trophy as a producer for the project, which he co-produced with Dave Cobb. This marks the first time a New Artist winner also won for Album of the Year and are his first CMA Awards. Chris also had THE performance of the evening with his collaboration with pop superstar Justin Timberlake on the mashup of “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Drink You Away.”
Of the wins, Chris said, “It’s surreal. Very unbelievable. I don’t have enough kind of adjectives to get there, but it’s a wonderful feeling. It’s a lot of love. I feel a lot of love. I feel very loved. It’s a short answer, but it’s a real one.”
Luke Bryan, who performed his recent two-week No. 1 hit “Strip It Down,” picked up his second consecutive award for Entertainer of the Year. “I don’t think I’ve ever sang or performed better on the road than this year,” said Luke. “I’ve really enjoyed every night, and for this to happen tonight is such a blessing.”
Keith Urban and Eric Church picked up the award for Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up.” The win marks Keith’s fourth trophy in the category, tying him with Vince Gill, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley as top winners. He’s also the only artist to win three years in a row.
Little Big Town picked up a couple of awards including their fourth consecutive Vocal Group of the Year for the fourth consecutive time. Their smash hit, “Girl Crush,” was named Single and Song of the Year. Songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose are first-time winners for penning the song. “We knew when we heard this song that it was incredibly special. It literally took my breath. I gasped when I realized what the song was actually about,” said LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman. “These three women poured their heart and soul into an incredibly special, once-in-a-lifetime song, and the fact that we were able to cut it is an incredible special. We’ll always be thankful to them for letting us do it.”
Chris Stapleton (feeling of being embraced) OC: …a real one, you know? :17
“It’s surreal. Very unbelievable. I don’t have enough kind of adjectives to get there, but it’s a wonderful feeling. It’s a lot of love. I feel a lot of love. I feel very loved. It’s a short answer, but it’s a real one, you know.”
Chris Stapleton (performing with JT) OC: …crazy thing, man. :24
“All those guys and my guys too brought it. They’re all pros and then some. It elevates you in a way that maybe it cannot happen on your own – all those guys and my wife and my bass player, JT Cure, on the bass over there. I’ve played music with him for 20 years almost. To get to do this tonight in a way we did it, it’s a crazy thing, man.”
Luke Bryan (winning CMA entertainer) OC: …amazing. :40
“I got to tell you, it just felt unsurmountable this year a little more, and it’s just been an amazing year for me on the road. It’s been the most enjoyable year on the road. From A to Z, I don’t think I’ve ever sang or performed better on the road than this year. I’ve really enjoyed every night, and for this to happen tonight is such a blessing. That’s all you can say. When it’s the CMA, in the hands of the CMA voters, people that come out and they pay attention to what you’re doing and for them to do this for me is truly amazing.”
Little Big Town (cutting Girl Crush) OC: …us do it. (laughs) :25
“We knew when we heard this song that it was incredibly special. It literally took my breath. I gasped when I realized what the song was actually about. These three women poured their heart and soul into an incredibly special, once-in-a-lifetime song, and the fact that we were able to cut it is an incredible special. We’ll always be thankful to them for letting us do it.” (laughs)
Luke Bryan and Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild will perform the world premiere of Luke’s new single “Home Alone Tonight” at the 2015 American Music Awards. Luke and Karen join previously announced performers Carrie Underwood, 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez. Luke is nominated for the all-genre Artist of the Year and the Favorite Male Country Artist, while LBT is up for Favorite Country Duo or Group . The 2015 American Music Awards will be broadcast live on November 22nd at 8pm ET on ABC.
Sam Hunt picked up a pair of awards at Monday night’s ASCAP Awards. He was named Songwriter/Artist of the Year, and also nabbed Song of the Year for his No. 1 debut hit “Leave the Night On.”
Luke Bryan, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, has a pair of CMA nominations, including Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year. He says it’s just an honor to be in the running.
“At the end of the day, all you can want to be is in the game and have some nominations and be in the hunt,” says the Georgia native. “At the end of the day, whoever wins, it’ll be an awesome night. If we win, it’ll be a big day. It’ll be an amazing night for me and we’ll have the time of our lives and kind of go from there. But, for me, it’s always enjoying this and celebrating nominations.”
The 49th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Wednesday (November 4th) at 8pm ET on ABC.
Luke Bryan (CMA Nominations) OC: …nominations. :21
“At the end of the day, all you can want to be is in the game and have some nominations and be in the hunt. At the end of the day, whoever wins, it’ll be an awesome night. If we win, it’ll be a big day. It’ll be an amazing night for me and we’ll have the time of our lives and kind of go from there. But, for me, it’s always enjoying this and celebrating nominations.”
Watch the ABC News special, Countdown to the CMA Awards: Country’s Greatest Crossover Hits with Robin Roberts on Monday (November 2nd) at 10pm ET on ABC. The special will feature performances and interviews with such artists as Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Keith Urban and many more.
Kacey Musgraves attended the opening soiree for actress Reese Witherspoon’s new store, Draper James, in Nashville last week. Faith Hill and Sheryl Crow were also in attendance.
Luke Bryan and Eric Church both nabbed nominations for this year’s Billboard Touring Awards. Luke’s Kick the Dust Up trek, featuring Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch and Thomas Rhett, is in the running for Top Package. Church was named as Breakthrough Artist, and is in the lineup as part of Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour for Top Package. The 2015 Billboard Touring Awards will take place November 19th at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
Luke Bryan and the sponsors of his “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2015” are joining forces to raise funds to purchase food and supplies to help those affected by the flooding in South Carolina. Luke’s originally planned Farm Tour concert on October 3rd in Columbia, South Carolina will now play this Sunday, November 1st at Colt Creek Farm in Pelion, South Carolina.
The “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2015” sponsors, led by Red Gold Tomatoes pledge of $20,000 of canned tomatoes, including Bayer, Cabela’s, CMS Nashville, Miller Lite, ATG, Citibank, Bad Boy Buggies and Red Gold’s can suppliers Ball Corp., are all jumping in to support South Carolina.
To donate: https://www.youcaring.com/harvest-hope-451442 Proceeds from the donation drive will go to the Harvest Hope Food Bank located in Columbia, South Carolina. As the state’s largest food bank, Harvest Hope provides for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education. Since 1981, its mission has been to feed the hungry across 20 counties of South Carolina. In the last year alone, Harvest Hope distributed over 28 million pounds of food and is continuing its effort by aiding victims of the flood disaster.
Citi® is the official credit card of the “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2015.” For more information visit www.citiprivatepass.com. For additional “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2015” information, including where to get tickets, go to www.lukebryan.com/farmtour