• NEWS AND NOTES: Lauren, Maddie & Tae, Sam, Keith, Kacey and more

    Lauren Alaina appears on Trisha Yearwood’s Food Network TV sow, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, on Saturday (April 11th). The pair of powerful vocalists prepared fast-food inspired treats, including cherry-lime slushies, French bread pizza, mini roast beef and cheese sandwiches and loaded taco waffle fries. Check out all the mouth-watering treats beginning at Noon ET/11am CT.

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    Maddie & Tae will perform during the Grand Ole Opry’s pre-show telecast on Saturday beginning at 7:30pm ET. The long-running show is hosting a special Easter celebration featuring performances by Trace Adkins, T. Graham Brown and Christian singer Jason Crabb.

    Sam Hunt is scheduled to perform on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday (April 13th) on CBS.

    Keith Urban and Kacey Musgraves will join an all-star line-up of musicians, comedians, athletes & entertainers for a historic live event put on by Global Citizen and the ​World Health Organization (WHO) ​called “One World Together at Home.” The event, curated by Lady Gaga, will be co-hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert. and Stephen Colbert. Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, J Balvin, John Legend, Kerry Washington are also scheduled to appear. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be directed toward the World Health Organization’s efforts to equip frontline healthcare workers with protective equipment and to various charities providing food and shelter to those in need. This special one-night event will air across NBC, ABC, CBS and other global networks and platforms on Saturday, April 18th beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

  • MADDIE & TAE THE WAY IT FEELS ALBUM AUDIO TOOLKIT.

    To download Maddie & Tae’s The Way It Feels Album Audio Toolkit, click here.

  • MADDIE & TAE THE WAY IT FEELS 6 MINUTE ALBUM PREVIEW.

    As PLATINUM-selling duo Maddie & Tae are “riding a gust of momentum” (PEOPLE) following an explosive 2019 unveiling new music that is “drenched in raw, vulnerable emotion” (American Songwriter), the pair continues to fill-in pages of their expansive journey, by releasing their highly-anticipated full-length sophomore album The Way It Feels (Mercury Nashville) on Friday (April 10th). Produced by Jimmy Robbins and Derek Wells, the album is features songs and stories from their previous two EPs shared last year, which helped propel the pair as the Best Streaming Female Country Duo of All Time with over 812 MILLION streams and earned instant critical applause for introducing “a more sophisticated side” (Associated Press), The Way It Feels is rounded out with five brand new tracks all co-written by Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye, culminating in the duo’s winding journey of love, loss… and most importantly redemption.

    We have put together a six-minute album preview for The Way It Feels which is available Friday (April 10th). Available to run at 12:01a local time on 4/10.

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  • MADDIE & TAE LEAD US TO THE ROAD OF THE WAY IT FEELS ALBUM RELEASE-Vignette 3

    As PLATINUM-selling duo Maddie & Tae are “riding a gust of momentum” (PEOPLE) following an explosive 2019 unveiling new music that is “drenched in raw, vulnerable emotion” (American Songwriter), the pair continues to fill-in pages of their expansive journey, by releasing their highly-anticipated full-length sophomore album The Way It Feels (Mercury Nashville) on Friday (April 10th). Produced by Jimmy Robbins and Derek Wells, the album is features songs and stories from their previous two EPs shared last year, which helped propel the pair as the Best Streaming Female Country Duo of All Time with over 812 MILLION streams and earned instant critical applause for introducing “a more sophisticated side” (Associated Press), The Way It Feels is rounded out with five brand new tracks all co-written by Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye, culminating in the duo’s winding journey of love, loss… and most importantly redemption.

    We have put together full-length and :60 versions leading up to The Way It Feels album release in just a couple of days. Vignette 3 tells the story of their song, “Trying on Rings.”

    Audio / Maddie & Tae Vignette 3 full song version

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    Audio / Maddie & Tae Vignette 3 :60 version

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  • MADDIE & TAE LEAD US TO THE ROAD OF THE WAY IT FEELS ALBUM RELEASE-Vignette 2

    As PLATINUM-selling duo Maddie & Tae are “riding a gust of momentum” (PEOPLE) following an explosive 2019 unveiling new music that is “drenched in raw, vulnerable emotion” (American Songwriter), the pair continues to fill-in pages of their expansive journey, by releasing their highly-anticipated full-length sophomore album The Way It Feels (Mercury Nashville) on Friday (April 10th). Produced by Jimmy Robbins and Derek Wells, the album is features songs and stories from their previous two EPs shared last year, which helped propel the pair as the Best Streaming Female Country Duo of All Time with over 812 MILLION streams and earned instant critical applause for introducing “a more sophisticated side” (Associated Press), The Way It Feels is rounded out with five brand new tracks all co-written by Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye, culminating in the duo’s winding journey of love, loss… and most importantly redemption.

    We have put together full-length and :60 versions leading up to The Way It Feels album release in just a couple of days. Vignette 2 tells the story of their song, “Bathroom Floor.”

    Audio / Maddie & Tae Vignette 2 full song version

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    Audio / Maddie & Tae Vignette 2 :60 version

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  • MADDIE & TAE LEAD US TO THE ROAD OF THE WAY IT FEELS ALBUM RELEASE-Vignette 1

    As PLATINUM-selling duo Maddie & Tae are “riding a gust of momentum” (PEOPLE) following an explosive 2019 unveiling new music that is “drenched in raw, vulnerable emotion” (American Songwriter), the pair continues to fill-in pages of their expansive journey, by releasing their highly-anticipated full-length sophomore album The Way It Feels (Mercury Nashville) on Friday (April 10th). Produced by Jimmy Robbins and Derek Wells, the album is features songs and stories from their previous two EPs shared last year, which helped propel the pair as the Best Streaming Female Country Duo of All Time with over 812 MILLION streams and earned instant critical applause for introducing “a more sophisticated side” (Associated Press), The Way It Feels is rounded out with five brand new tracks all co-written by Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye, culminating in the duo’s winding journey of love, loss… and most importantly redemption.

    We have put together full-length and :60 versions leading up to The Way It Feels album release in just a few days. Vignette 1 tells the story of their current smash “Die From a Broken Heart.”

    Audio / Maddie & Tae Vignette 1 full song version

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    Audio / Maddie & Tae Vignette 1 :60 version

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  • UMG NASHVILLE COVID-19 QUARANTINE AUDIO AND LINERS: Carrie, Sam, Keith, Jordan, Kip, Maddie and Tae, Travis, Adam, Brothers Osborne, Lauren, Shania and more

    We will continue to update this story as we try to navigate our way through uncharted territory during this global pandemic.  Keep checking back.

    Country Music Stars and the entire country music industry and country music fans seem to be some of the first to show up to lend a helping hand, a voice and a song to get all of us through tough times…as is in the case of the deadly tornado that ripped through Middle Tennessee in early March to this deadly disease spreading over the entire globe.

    Some of your favorite country stars are live streaming performances, answering your questions, revealing what they are doing to pass the time while social distancing and giving a message of hope to the rest of us.

    Find audio below as well as some recent social posts.

     

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    Audio / Carrie Underwood reveals what she and her family of four have been doing during this time of social distancing.

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    Carrie Underwood (what she’s been doing) OC: …everybody else. :38
    “Hi, this is Carrie Underwood. I am dealing with the social distancing much like everybody else. We are just at home, and we are trying to get out and explore when the weather’s nice enough to do so. We are so lucky that we have some land around us that we get to get outside and get some of our energy out, especially with a five-year-old, for Isaiah, trying to come up with crafts. I’ve been cooking a lot. My house is spotless. [laughs] But just trying to do what I can work-wise as much as I can at home and trying not to worry and praying much like everybody else.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood reveals her favorite TV shows.

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    Carrie Underwood (A Million Little Things) OC: …shows, as well. :24
    “My favorite show? It depends on what time of year it is, to be honest. We do guilty watch The Bachelor or Bachelorette. I love The Walking Dead when that’s on. I do like A Million Little Things when that’s on. It seems like maybe when one of my favorite shows ends, it’s like another one starts back up again. But we watch a lot of murder-mystery type shows, as well.”

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    Audio / KIP MOORE TALKS ABOUT WHAT HE’S BEEN DOING SINCE THE WORLD HAS HAD TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS.

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    Kip Moore (what he’s been doing) OC: …skateboard game. :47
    “I’m doing a lot of the same things I’ve always done to stay healthy. I’m trying to eat right, take care of my body. But I have followed the guidelines of quarantining myself. I’m trying to do everything asked of me. I’m currently in the mountains and I’m rock climbing. I’m completely solo. I’m off the grid. I’ve stocked up on a lot of frozen meats. I’ve got a little lodge up here in Kentucky, so I’m hanging out here, so that’s where I’m spending my time. I’ve always wanted to learn Spanish. I’ve always been able to dabble in it, but I want to get better at it. So, the first thing I did was I downloaded the dual lingo app, and it’s very elementary. Every single morning, I try to spend 45 minutes to an hour with that app, and the other thing that I’ve been trying to do is I have been outside trying to work on my skateboard game.”

    Audio / LINER KIP MOORE (DO YOUR PART)

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    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS SENDS MESSAGE TO HIS FANS DURING THIS TIME.

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    Jordan Davis (message during quarantine) OC: …you guys. :28
    “Hey everybody, it’s Jordan Davis. I hope everybody is staying healthy and safe during the social distancing. I know we’re catching up on some movies and some TV shows and also just spending a lot of time with my daughter and my wife, trying to get back into catching up on some books and just kind of re-centering and slowing down a little bit. I hope everybody’s kind of doing that. I hope everybody, like I said, stays healthy and safe, and I look forward to being back out and playing music for you guys.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt reveals what he has been doing during this time of social distancing.

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    Sam Hunt (what he’s been doing) OC: …than later. :37
    “We’re doing well. We’re stocked up on groceries and supplies and we live south of town. We just moved into a little cabin out in the woods about five months ago, so we’re getting some time in the new place, getting to know it a little bit. There’s some woods behind the house we can go and walk in, and we’re doing that now after we binged out on Netflix and Youtube, and got some dogs. I’ve got a little bird dog puppy, I’ll get out in the yard, trying to train, so I’ll mess with him a little bit. But getting to spend some time around the house, taking it easy, but I’m hoping this thing passes sooner than later.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt binged the Netflix show, Tiger King.

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    Sam Hunt (Tiger King) OC: …playing out there. :24
    “I have watched Tiger King, yup. I saw it about a week ago when it came out and thought this is about to blow up. The whole thing was wild, you know. I feel like that guy was just down the road from where I grew up. I feel like I knew that guy and a lot of those characters in that show, but maybe that’s why I liked it because it was so familiar to me. But there’s a lot of drama playing out there.”

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    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (COVID-19 LINER)

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    Audio / Travis Denning explains what he's been doing during this time of social distancing.

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    Travis Denning (what he’s been doing) OC: …spring break. :19
    Hey y’all this is Travis Denning. Honestly, I’ve been just trying to kind of keep the spirits up, you know. Been hunkered down, trying to eat really well, work out when I can, watch a lot of movies, and I am enjoying some alcoholic beverages because at least it makes it feel a little bit like a really long spring break.”

    Audio / Travis Denning reveals the most recent TV show he binged, as well as a movie he enjoyed during our social distancing.

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    Travis Denning (TV show and movie) OC: …amazing. :21
    “My favorite show right now that I just watched was ‘The Outsider’ on HBO. It is TERRIFYING, it is so good, great story line and Steven King is a genius. A movie I just watched I really liked too is ‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.’ Quentin Tarantino is one of my favorite directors and he’s amazing.”

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    “Hey y’all! This is Travis Denning, and I just wanna let y’all know that we’re all in this together, and we’re all gonna get through it together. Be safe, be kind, and I hope to see ya soon.”

    Audio / Lauren Alaina talks about social distancing.

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    Lauren Alaina (social distancing) OC: …to our lives. :58
    “Hi this is Lauren Alaina. I am not the best at social distancing, it’s a little bit hard for me. Obviously as a 25-year-old girl who lives alone, that can be kind of crazy to be at home alone, but I know the importance of it and I think right now it’s not about me or about you, it’s about all of us. We’re all in this together and we have to take the necessary precautions to stop this horrible, horrible virus, and as hard as it is for me, I am doing everything I can to be safe and clean and do my part and I think we all have to do that right now. And I’m writing on Zoom, which is an app that I can connect with, it’s a video app that I can connect with the other songwriters and hopefully I can finish this album in this time and have that ready to go when we all get back to our lives.”

    Audio / Lauren Alaina sends a heartfelt message to her fans.

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    Lauren Alaina (message to fans) OC: …see you soon. :38
    “To my fans, I know this is a scary time I’m scared with you. But I think we need to try to focus on the positive and the positive is that we are getting time with our family and our friends even if it’s on FaceTime, we are getting time to spend with people. Even if it’s not face-to-face we have endless time to connect with people. And I think we’ve all done a really good job through Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and all of our social medias to stay in touch with one another, and I think this is an opportunity to remember how much people mean to you and to tell them. Be safe, be kind, and I hope to see you soon.”

    Audio / Lauren Alaina talks about some of her hobbies during this time of social isolation.

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    Lauren Alaina (favorite hobbies) OC: …what to do. :28
    “My favorite hobbies are cleaning, writing songs, singing, reading. I like to send memes back and forth with my family. My dad and I literally send memes all day long and now we’re doing it obsessively because we’re both sitting around trying to figure out what to do.”

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    Audio / Maddie & Tae talk about what they've been doing during this time of social distancing.

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    Maddie & Tae (what they’ve been doing) OC: …guilty. :41
    “Hi this is Maddie & Tae and this is such a really crazy time with the Coronavirus and all this social distancing, so Tae and I are just trying to keep ourselves busy and encouraged. (Maddie) – “I’ve been working out, using the Fit52 app from our friend Carrie Underwood and reading her book called ‘Stay the Path.’ I’ve been gardening, reading books.” (Tae)- “Yeah, it’s really important to I think just fill your soul with as much good as you can because it’s really easy and I have fallen into this just being really anxious and kind of wondering what’s ahead but, just whatever you got to do to fill your soul do that and don’t feel guilty.”

    Audio / Maddie & Tae talk about some of the TV shows and movies they're catching up on.

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    Maddie & Tae (what they’ve been doing) 2 OC: …you soon. 1:22
    (Maddie)- “Tae, what are some of your favorite hobbies right now with this social distancing?”  (Tae)- “My favorite hobbies have always been Netflix, still Netflix. Watching movies, just spending time with my family trying to, to quiet, just hangout. Cook – learning how to be a better cook, I’m an awful cook.” (Maddie)- “Yes I’ve enjoyed cookie from home, knowing what’s going in my body. Also DIY — get on Pinterest and find some cute home décor that you can make. I’m going to be doing some projects today for my garden and some spring décor. Even if it turns out ugly it’s still going to be good for your soul.” Tae- “What’s your favorite show right now? I’m watching Westworld and it’s crazy it’s on HBO I think.”Maddie- “Yea I’m watching Walking Dead from the beginning, but I don’t recommend that for anxious people. There’s one show called Good Girls that I really really love. I think the first two seasons are on Netflix now and that is a great watch. My favorite movie is The Holiday. That makes me happy every single time I watch it. What’s your favorite movie? Wait I know your favorite movie.” Tae- “Favorite movie, well I have lots, but I love anything. I just watched, um, it’s called Ready or Not and I watched The Invisible Man two scary movies. Ready or Not’s a good comedy scary it’s so good.” (Maddie) – “Tae loves scary movies. Me not so much I’m more of your rom-com girl.”

     

    Tae- “Yea. Alright y’all be safe, be kind, and we hope to see you soon.”

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    Audio / Brothers Osborne's John Osborne sends a message during this time of social distancing.

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    Brothers Osborne (COVID-19) OC: …been four days. :40
    “What’s up, y’all? It’s Brothers Osborne. We just want to let you guys know these are really odd times that we’re all going through, you know, it’s a really extraordinary moment. We are all very isolated, but strangely we’re all going through this together. And I think it’s very, very important just to give each other a call – call a loved one, call your Mom, call your dad, call anyone, call someone that you haven’t talked to in years. I think it’s very important to stay very connected. Even though we’re physically isolated we don’t have to be spiritually or emotionally isolated from people, so just give people a call and while you’re at it, take a damn shower already. It’s been four days!”

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  • MADDIE AND TAE HAVE A TIK TOK ACCOUNT AND ARE TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT.

    Maddie & Tae have officially made their own Tik Tok account, and they posted to their other socials that they’re going “to try to make some funny videos…keyword try.”

     

    The ladies are climbing the country charts with their song “Die From a Broken Heart.” They’re also getting ready to release their album, The Way It Feels, available April 10th.

  • MADDIE & TAE SHARE “BATHROOM FLOOR” MUSIC VIDEO ON CMT TODAY.

    Current ACM Awards Duo of the Year nominees Maddie & Tae unveiled the official music video for “Bathroom Floor” today on CMT and on Viacom’s Times Square billboard. The video for the song “everyone needs to hear” (Seventeen), featured on the pair’s upcoming sophomore album THE WAY IT FEELS out on April 10th, also premiered across all CMT platforms – watch HERE.

    Picking up where acclaimed music video “Die From A Broken Heart” left off, which had the best first week video debut by a country female act in 2019 and is approaching the Top 30 at country radio, “Bathroom Floor” opens with the same characters chronicled throughout last year’s “revealing” (PEOPLE) video. In the brand new video for the song Billboard describes as “a somber tale of a girl struggling following a split, the upbeat music and the duo’s powerhouse vocals help convince a friend to ‘get up off the bathroom floor,’” Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye succeed in the ultimate girls’ night out, healing heartbreak and moving forward with blasts of confidence and moxie.

    Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae are drawing praise for their new music “anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row” (Rolling Stone) with a “sound that’s identifiable while still representing a distinct step forward” (Billboard). Their highly anticipated sophomore album THE WAY IT FEELS is set to release on April 10 (Mercury Nashville), featuring the GOLD-certified single “Die From A Broken Heart.” Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant “Girl In A Country Song,” which took Country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going PLATINUM. The duo became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the Country Airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards along with multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Award nominations. Receiving widespread praise from NPR, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, Glamour and others, country music’s hottest stars including Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley have welcomed Maddie & Tae on the road, with the pair set to support Lady Antebellum’s 2020 OCEAN TOUR following their headlining TOURIST IN THIS TOWN TOUR. For additional information, visit www.maddieandtae.com

    Audio / Maddie & Tae talk about writing the song, “Bathroom Floor.”

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    Maddie & Tae (Bathroom Floor) OC: (Tae) …exactly. 1:33
    MADDIE: “It was a crazy day because we, I was having a really, really rough emotional day the day we wrote ‘Bathroom Floor.’ I had some just crazy stuff going on in my personal life, and so I walked into the writing room bawling crying for something totally separate, and we wrote a song about that. And it was super somber and just really therapeutic, and then after it was just such a healing experience and we were thinking about this. I had this title ‘Bathroom Floor’ for probably a year, and I texted Tae and I was like ‘Hey, I wanna write Bathroom Floor with you and Josh one day. I think it’s gonna be a really sad, somber song.’ That’s how I envisioned it at first, and then that day for some reason, we had already written this really, really sad somber song, and then we kind of started talking about Bathroom Floor, and I was like I’ve always wanted to write that with y’all. And Josh kind of started this groove that made it sound like, happy, and we were like oh my gosh, this could be a really empowering anthem type of song. ‘Cause we hadn’t written that yet. ‘New Dogs, Old Tricks’ was kind of our girl anthem before Bathroom Floor, and now it’s like we finally wrote our redemption song ourselves, which is a really powerful moment for us but we kind of tapped into experiences both of us had had. We got really drunk in Jamaica one time and were on the bathroom floor ,and then my bachelorette party I was really on the bathroom floor. Oof. It’s kind of just a song to hopefully empower women that are going through the ‘Die From a Broken Heart’ phase, to go, ‘Hey, bathroom floor’s right here, girl. You gotta go live it up.” TAE: “Silver lining, it’s coming.” MADDIE: “Yes.”

  • NOMINATIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED.

    The Academy of Country Music announced the nominations for this year’s awards show today, and Universal Music Group Nashville is celebrating its honorees.

    Eric Church, who performing for three-and-a-half to four hours each night on his recent Double Down Tour) leads our nominees with three, including his second nod for Entertainer of the Year. He was also nominated as artist and songwriter in the Song of the Year category for “Some of It” – marking his eighth and ninth nominations in the category.

     

    Reigning Female Artist of the Year Kacey Musgraves earned three nominations including her seventh nod for Female Artist of the Year. Additionally, she received her first Single of the Year nomination as both artist and producer for “Rainbow.”

    Carrie Underwood is nominated for a pair of awards, including Entertainer of the Year, as well as Female Artist of the Year.

     

    Newcomer Caylee Hammack also picks up two nominations, including New Female Artist of the Year, as well as Music Event of the Year for Fooled Around And Fell In Love” with Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes.

    Little Big Town also picks up a pair of nods for Group of the Year and Video of the Year for “Sugar Coat.”

     

    Luke Bryan is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, an award he’s previously won twice at the ACMs.

     

    Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban are nominated for Male Artist of the Year; Jon Pardi  is up for Album of the Year for Heartache Medication; Jordan Davis for New Male Artist of the Year; and Brothers Osborne and Maddie & Tae are up for Duo of the Year.

     

     

     

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    The 55th Academy of Country Awards show, hosted by Keith Urban, will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 5th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

     

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    Luke Bryan

    Eric Church

    Luke Combs

    Thomas Rhett

    Carrie Underwood

    FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Kelsea Ballerini

    Miranda Lambert

    Maren Morris

    Kacey Musgraves

    Carrie Underwood

    MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Dierks Bentley

    Luke Combs

    Thomas Rhett

    Chris Stapleton

    Keith Urban

    DUO OF THE YEAR

    Brooks & Dunn

    Brothers Osborne

    Dan + Shay

    Florida Georgia Line

    Maddie & Tae

    GROUP OF THE YEAR

    Lady Antebellum

    Little Big Town

    Midland

    Old Dominion

    The Highwomen

    NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Ingrid Andress

    Gabby Barrett

    Lindsay Ell

    Caylee Hammack

    Tenille Townes

    NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Jordan Davis

    Russell Dickerson

    Riley Green

    Cody Johnson

    Morgan Wallen
    ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett

    Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Thomas Rhett, The Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson

    GIRL – Maren Morris

    Producers: busbee, Greg Kurstin, Maren Morris

    Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi

    Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi

     

    What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs

    Producer: Scott Moffatt

    Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

    Producer: Jay Joyce

     

    SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Producer: Scott Hendricks

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Producer: Shane McAnally

    Rainbow – Kacey Musgraves

    Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves, Daniel Tashian

    Rumor – Lee Brice

    Producers: Lee Brice, Dan Frizsell, Kyle Jacobs, Jon Stone

    What If I Never Get Over You – Lady Antebellum

    Producer: Dann Huff

     

    SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Songwriters: Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Jessie Jo Dillon, Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

    Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Shay Mooney Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI), Big Machine Music (BMI) / Buckeye 26 (ASCAP), Jreynmusic (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Bieber Time Publishing (ASCAP), Universal Music (ASCAP) / Poo B Z Inc. (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP).

    Girl Goin’ Nowhere – Ashley McBryde

    Songwriters: Jeremy Bussey, Ashley McBryde

    Publishers: Songs of Song Factory (BMI) / Universal Tunes (SESAC).

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt

    Publishers: Relative Music Group (BMI), Administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI) / WB Music Corp. / Georgia Song Vibez / We-volve Music (ASCAP) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / Neon Cross Music (BMI).

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Songwriters: Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi

    Publishers: WB Music Corp/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing. Rezsongs/Reehits World/Smacktown Music, a division of Smack Blue, LLC/Unfair Entertainment  (ASCAP) adm. by Me Gusta Music. We’re Really Doin’ It Publishing (ASCAP) adm by Words & Music. Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing.

    Some Of It – Eric Church

    Songwriters: Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, Bobby Pinson

    Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Longer and Louder Music, admin. by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC; Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music/Little Louder Songs, admin. by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music/Not A Track Guy Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights (BMI).

    VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Director: Patrick Tracy

    Producer: Christen Pinkston

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Director: Sophie Muller

    Producers: Jamie Amos, Patrick Kennedy

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Director: Mason Allen

    Producer: Mason Allen

    Remember You Young – Thomas Rhett

    Director: TK McKamy

    Producer: Dan Atchison

    Sugar Coat – Little Big Town

    Directors: Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen Kinigopoulos

    Producers: Wes Edwards, Carlo Glorioso, Angie Lorenz

    SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)

    Ashley Gorley

    Michael Hardy

    Hillary Lindsey

    Shane McAnally

    Josh Osborne

    MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Producers: Dan Smyers

    Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

    Dive Bar – Garth Brooks Featuring Blake Shelton

    Producers: Garth Brooks

    Record Label: Pearl Records, Inc.

    Fooled Around And Fell In Love – Miranda Lambert Featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King

    Producer: Jay Joyce

     

    Old Town Road – Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

    Producers: Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross, YoungKio

     

    What Happens In A Small Town – Brantley Gilbert Featuring Lindsay Ell

    Producer: Dann Huff

     

    Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT THE ENERGY EXCHANGED BETWEEN HIM AND HIS FANS IN THE AUDIENCE AT HIS SHOWS

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    Eric Church (performing energy) OC: …type of crowd. :40
    “Well, I think for me every night I try to empty the tank. There’s always that energy floating around. It’s a palpable thing, and it’s up to me to start that exchange and get the crowd to give it back to me and then watch it build on itself and just to have that experience. We have one night here in whatever city we’re in, you know, we’ve got this night. I’m not gonna see you for a while you’re not gonna see me for a while, you know? And I love being able to capitalize on that moment and trying to live in that moment and get as much energy exchange between myself and the crowd as we can. I love that. That’s my favorite part of what we do. I love being around people, I’m very passionate about my music, and I love people who are passionate about the music too and I love playing a show for that type of crowd.”

    Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT HIS SONG "SOME OF IT."

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    Eric Church (Some of It coming of age) OC: …figure it out. :56
    “That’s a song, a coming-of-age song, it’s an adult song. It’s adult music. If you listen to the thematics in that and what it’s about, it’s about being older and having some wisdom about you. I think that’s something that I appreciate in my fan base now that early on probably wasn’t there. We were young and drunk and fighting and stupid. But I think now to see them grow – to see the fan base grow – it’s just one of those songs that came along at the right time. And again, it was such a blessing that happened. It wasn’t going to be on the album. It was just one of those freak things that I put it on the album, the last song on the album. The album was done, and all of a sudden it becomes the pillar, one of the pillars on the album. I think again, you go back to it’s one of the great things about music, is you just never know what’s going to happen until it’s all said and done. You can try to plan all you want to, but you’ll probably not going to figure it out.”

    Audio / LAST YEAR, CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKED ABOUT HER ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FOR LAST YEAR’S CMA AWARDS…AND THE SAME SENTIMENT HOLDS TRUE FOR THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

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    Carrie Underwood (Entertainer nod 2019) OC: …sorry boys! (laughs) :28
    “I personally feel like entertainer. It’s everything, right? So, I feel like people kind of narrow it down to tours, but I feel like there’s so many more components to it. And, you know, I’m blessed and lucky to be nominated, obviously, and fantastic company. It would be amazing, but of course, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it. (laughs) Sorry boys.” (laughs)

    Audio / LUKE BRYAN TALKS ABOUT BEING NAMED ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR FROM BOTH THE ACM AWARDS AND CMA AWARDS.

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    Luke Bryan (Entertainer wins) OC: …got it right. :49
    “The title is what it is, you know? I mean, my focus in life when I’m on stage is entertaining these fans. If it’s my smile and my demeanor, if it’s my song that does it, if it’s me picking up a child out of the audience and letting them sing, it’s not being so premeditated that you can see it from a mile away. I mean, my main thing is be a fan up there that just gets to sing. That’s kind of how I’ve always approached it, and being called the Entertainer of the Year makes me want to do that to the best of my ability every night for the rest of my life as long as I’m on stage. I want people to leave my shows and go, ‘You know what? Whoever’s voting him Entertainer of the Year, they got it right.’”

    Audio / Jordan Davis reacts to his ACM Nomination for New Male Artist of the Year this year.

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    Jordan Davis (ACM nomination) OC: …in Vegas. :18
    “Hey! This is Jordan Davis, and I just want to say thank you to the ACMs (and) to all my supporters in country music for making me a nominee for the New (Male) Artist of the Year at the 55th ACM Awards. I grew up watching this and to be on it now is a dream come true. So, thank y’all so much. Looking forward to an awesome weekend in Vegas.”

    Audio / Caylee Hammack is overwhelmed by her two ACM nominations for Music Event and New Female Artist of the Year.

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    Caylee Hammack (ACM nominations) OC: …Thank you. (laughs) :47
    “I am blown away and just completely in awe in this situation to wake up and realize that I have two nominations for the ACMs. It’s, this is the biggest blessing in my life, I feel like right now, and I’m just so excited to be included in such a great group of women in the first place with Miranda Lambert pulling us all together to do that cover. It is amazing to see that it was nominated for Music Event of the Year and also as a young female artist in this industry, it is such a validating moment for me to be nominated as a New Female Artist of the Year nominee. Just thank you. Anybody, whoever it was, who had to kill somebody to get me there. Thank you!”(laughs)