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CMA AWARDS 2019: Group of the Year

Little Big Town is nominated for CMA Vocal Group of the Year, an award they’ve won six times, which tied the record for wins with the Statler Brothers and Rascal Flatts in the Vocal Group category in 2017. The group is always thankful to be included in the category.

“It’s just amazing to be in that category because there’s so much talent in that category,” says the band’s Phillip Sweet. “So, we’re just very thankful.”

Lady Antebellum, Old Dominion, Midland and the Zac Brown Band are also nominated for Vocal Group of the Year.

The members of Little Big Town are making their way up the country charts with their latest song, “Over Drinking.” The humble band continues to strive to make great music, which they’ve done once again with their current single and their forthcoming album, Nightfall, which will be available in January.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie with special co-hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday (November 13th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

Audio / THE MEMBERS OF LITTLE BIG TOWN TALK ABOUT TYING THE RECORD FOR WINS IN THE VOCAL GROUP CATEGORY IN 2017.

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Little Big Town (CMA 2017 6th win) OC: (KAREN) …great category. :19
KAREN: “I mean, what an honor. Gah.” PHILLIP: “I was looking out at Randy Owen of Alabama and thinking of all the groups that have come before us and for us to be standing up there, we truly are humbled by it. And it’s just amazing to be in that category because there’s so much talent in that category. So, we’re just very thankful.” KAREN: “Yeah, it’s a great category.”

CMA AWARDS 2019: Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne are nominated for Single and Music Video of the Year for “Burning Man,” along with Dierks Bentley. The reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year also have another nod for Vocal Duo of the Year, an award they’ve claimed for the last three years, as well as a nomination for Musical Event of the Year for “All My Favorite People” with Maren Morris. This marks the brothers’ first nomination for Single and second for Music Video of the Year. John and TJ are once again overwhelmed by the nominations as noted in their post on Instagram when the nominations were announced — “Will forever be honored to receive these nominations. Hard to describe with words the feeling. Our country music community has lifted us higher than we ever dreamed or probably even deserve. Also pumped to be nominated alongside two of our favorite artists/people (Dierks Bentley and Maren Morris). Love y’all.”

The two, who just released their Live From the Ryman album, are set to perform on Wednesday night with Brooks & Dunn on the Hall of Famers’ hit song, “Hard Workin’ Man.”

Maddie & Tae scored their fifth CMA nomination in the Vocal Duo of the Year category. They picked up their first CMA Award in 2015 for Music Video of the Year for “Girl in a Country Song.” The duo is always happy to be nominated for an award, because as they said, “our peers do still feel like we’re doing something special and do still believe in us.” The ladies are currently making their way up the country charts with “Die From a Broken Heart.”

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie with special co-hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday (November 13th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

Audio / BACKSTAGE AT THE 2016 CMA AWARDS, BROTHERS OSBORNE’S TJ OSBORNE SAID HE AND HIS BROTHER JOHN CAN FEEL THE SUPPORT FROM EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY MUSIC COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY AFTER WINNING THEIR FIRST CMA VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR AWARD.

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Brothers Osborne (CMA love) OC: …is great. :26
TJ: “We definitely can feel the love and I feel like we’re trying to reciprocate that as much as we can because we are incredibly thankful. I mean, it’s amazing. We came to this town so many years ago. We look like an overnight success, but we came here just some poor blue-collar kids from Maryland, and here we are winning a CMA [Award]. I wish I could be home with all our boys back home. I know they’re celebrating.” JOHN: “I know! I know.” TJ: “This is great!”

Audio / MADDIE & TAE TALK ABOUT THEIR CMA NOMINATION FOR VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR.

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Maddie & Tae (CMA nomination) OC: …super fun. :30
MADDIE: “Being nominated this year we never expected it, obviously. Having that nomination was like, oh wow, our peers do still feel like we’re doing something special and do still believe in us and that was a really nice spirit-lifter where we were like, ‘Oh my gosh. We are doing something right and we’re making music that people are enjoying,’ and that was just a huge, huge compliment. And we’re nominated with some of favorite people in the industry, so super fun.”

CMA AWARDS HOST CARRIE UNDERWOOD VISITS ABC’S “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” AND CO-HOSTS NATIONALLY-SYNDICATED “LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN” ALONGSIDE RYAN SEACREST.

Carrie Underwood visits ABC’s “Good Morning America” Friday, Nov. 8 to discuss hosting the CMA Awards alongside special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” broadcasts live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network.

On Friday (November 8th), superstar Carrie Underwood visited “Good Morning America” in addition to co-hosting nationally-syndicated morning talk show “Live with Kelly and Ryan” alongside longtime friend Ryan Seacrest to discuss all things CMA Awards. “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” is hosted by Underwood with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, airing live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network.

“The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” hosted by Carrie Underwood with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, airs live Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on ABC.

During the CMA Awards, Underwood will perform her new single “Drinking Alone” in addition to taking part in a historic opening number celebrating and featuring women in Country Music led by Underwood, McEntire and Parton and featuring Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, The Highwomen (comprised of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires), Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson, each performing iconic Country songs for a monumental decades-spanning medley.

Carrie recently released her new single, “Drinking Along,” the follow-up to her No. 1 smash “Southbound.”

MADDIE & TAE USHER IN HOLIDAY SEASON WITH “HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS.”

PLATINUM-selling Mercury Nashville duo Maddie & Tae effortlessly glide into the holiday season with their luminous rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” available everywhere now. Putting their stamp on the Christmas classic with vibrant melodies and their “gorgeous harmonies” (Billboard) on full display, listen to the song here.

Next week, Maddie & Tae will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Weds., November 13th at 7am local time, just ahead of the 53rd annual CMA Awards, where the award-winning duo are set to perform and are also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year.

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). 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 Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley have welcomed Maddie & Tae on the road, with Carrie Underwood recently inviting the duo out as direct support on her 2019 The Cry Pretty Tour 360, recently wrapping on October 31. For additional information, visit www.maddieandtae.com.

Audio / Maddie & Tae tell us their favorite Christmas song is "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

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Maddie & Tae (favorite Christmas song) OC: …harmonize to. :08
“Hi! We’re Maddie & Tae, and our favorite country Christmas song of all time is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” because it’s our favorite song to harmonize to.”

JORDAN DAVIS AND JULIA MICHAELS RELEASE NEW SONG “COOL ANYMORE.”

Jordan Davis has teamed up with GRAMMY-nominated artist Julia Michaels for a new collaboration titled “Cool Anymore.” Written by Jordan and Julia along with Nicolle Galyon, Ross Copperman and Emily Weisband, the track encourages listeners to let their guard down and just be themselves. Jordan and Julia also premiered a special video for “Cool Anymore” with YouTube today, Nov. 8; watch HERE. The video was directed by Eric Ryan Anderson, who shot Jordan’s previous videos for his back-to-back No.1 Platinum hits “Singles You Up” and “Take It From Me.”

“‘Cool Anymore’ is a song about not taking things too seriously,” says Jordan. “We spend a lot of time playing shows and it’s easy to get caught up in it, but this song is just a reminder to leave work at work. It’s a job. Enjoy it, go out to do the music thing but then come back and be a husband and a friend.”

“It’s just a fun, chill vibe that has a nice little groove to it and makes you smile and feel good,” adds Julia. “We’re lucky to be able to go home and let loose with the ones we love.”

(Audio below and previous audio from both Jordan and Julia here)

Jordan’s current single “Slow Dance In A Parking Lot” is approaching the Top 20 at country radio and is featured on his debut album, Home State, which has accumulated almost 1 billion streams worldwide. The Louisiana native recently announced his headlining Trouble Town Tour, which will kick off in Milwaukee, Wisc. on Jan. 10 before hiting over 20 additional markets including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Denver withup-and-comers Kassi Ashton and Hailey Whitters on select dates. The tour earns its moniker from Jordan’s new song also titled “Trouble Town;” listen HERE.

Since bursting onto the scene, Jordan continues to impress critics and fans alike. Billboard notes, “from the looks and sounds of it, Jordan Davis is here for the long haul” while All Access says, “Jordan Davis is proving to us that he has no plans to slow down.” Jordan just wrapped opening for Old Dominion on their European tour following a direct support slot on their Make It Sweet Tour earlier this year.

GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Julia Michaels continues to transform the pop music landscape through her identifiably honest lyrics exemplified by her triple-Platinum selling debut single “Issues.” As a songwriter, Julia has co-written 22 titles that have charted on the Billboard Hot 100, including two that rose to No. 1 and twelve that have hit the Top 40.  Earlier this year, Julia released Inner Monologue Part 1 and Inner Monologue Part 2, a series of critically acclaimed EPs. Michaels just embarked on her first-ever headlining tour, The Inner Monologue Tour, which follows previous tours with the likes of Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan and P!NK.

For a full list of tour dates, news and more, visit www.jordandavisofficial.com 

Audio / Jordan Davis talks about having Julia Michaels on their duet "Cool Anymore."

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Jordan Davis (Julia Michaels on Cool Anymore) OC: …part of it. :43
“When we started to writing this song (Cool Anymore) and kind of honed in on the idea and where we were going with it, pretty quick we decided to make a duet, write it as a duet and then just the topic of it of being able to just kind of be yourself and be vulnerable and be who you are onstage, offstage, whatever it is. If there’s anybody, if there’s an artist out there that is about as upfront and vulnerable as you can be, it’s Julia. You see it in her songwriting, you see that in pretty much all of her music, she’s very honest. And really, I feel like the root of this song is being who you are, and I feel like that’s exactly what Julia Michaels is, and (I’m) really excited that she wanted to be a part of it.”

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BROTHERS OSBORNE SCHEDULED FOR HALFTIME PERFORMANCE AT DETROIT LIONS THANKSGIVING DAY CLASSIC.

Brothers Osborne is set to perform during halftime of the Detroit Lions 80th Thanksgiving Day Classic on Thursday, November 28th. The performance will be televised as part of FOX’s coverage of the game starting at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT.

Brothers Osborne now reigns as three-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year and are nominated again at the upcoming “53rd Annual CMA Awards” set to air on ABC Wednesday (November 13th). In addition, they are nominated for Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year for their collaboration with Dierks Bentley on the reflective rocker “Burning Man” as well as Musical Event of the Year for “All My Favorite People” with Maren Morris. Overall, Brothers Osborne have collected four CMA, five ACM trophies and stand as five-time GRAMMY nominees.

The Maryland natives recently released their new album, Live At The Ryman, which was recorded during their incredible three-night, sold-out run at the famed auditorium earlier this year. The album features the band’s Platinum-certified hits such as “Stay A Little Longer” and “It Ain’t My Fault” from their Gold-certified debut album, Pawn Shop, as well as fan favorites from their critically-acclaimed sophomore album Port Saint Joe like “Weed, Whiskey And Willie” and “Tequila Again.”

The duo was just announced as the next recipients of the ASCAP Vanguard Award set to be presented at the upcoming ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday (November 11th).

John and TJ Osborne recently performed on PBS’ “Bluegrass Underground,” watch HERE, recorded live at The Caverns in Pelham, TN.

The singer/songwriters just wrapped touring with Chris Stapleton as part of the “All American Road Show” and will next perform at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta as part of ATLive with Eric Church and Luke Combs.

Fans can click HERE to listen to Live At The Ryman.

For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.BrothersOsborne.com

CLARE DUNN “STEPS INTO CHRISTMAS” WITH NEW HOLIDAY RECORDING.

It’s been a busy year for Clare Dunn, who released three new recordings — including a genre-bending, R&B-influenced remix of her signature song, “My Love” — last month. With the winter holidays now approaching, she remains as hardworking and prolific as ever, offering fans an early holiday gift in the form of her newest digital single: “Step Into Christmas.”

Originally written and released by Elton John, whose own version became an international hit in the mid-1970s, “Step Into Christmas” mixes holiday cheer with what has now become Clare Dunn’s signature blend of country-rock sass and spice.

Produced by the front woman herself and recorded in a single weekend with one-pass vocals, the song is available everywhere beginning today (November 8th).

“I remember when we were kids, waking up early, exchanging gifts with my sister and parents, then us all bundling up and going out and taking care of cattle,” says Dunn, a native of Two Buttes, Colorado (population 42) who grew up working the family farm.

“By the time we came back in we were all frozen, trying to shake off the cold, scraping snow off our boots and jeans, and waiting for the ice to melt out of clumps of our hair while we packed up all the food into pickups and got ready to make the 50-mile drive down a dirt road to my grandparents’ house in Oklahoma. Our biggest tradition is just being together, whether it was in Colorado, Oklahoma, or even in Nashville sometimes now. Being together is what our holidays are all about.”

“Step Into Christmas” arrives on the heels of one of Dunn’s busiest months. After unveiling her collaboration with hip-hop artist INGRID on the October 4th remix of “My Love,” Dunn released two new singles, “Gold to Glitter” and “Money’s All Gone,” on October 18th. Full of masterful hooks and guitar grit, the songs were a hit not only with her audience, but also taste-making publications like Rolling Stone Country.

“Years after playing a string of North American arenas alongside Bob Seger, Clare Dunn channels her former tourmate’s highway-speed rock & roll with this guitar-driven anthem,” the magazine wrote of “Money’s All Gone,” calling the song “a tribute to teenage kicks and carefree nights — on a budget.”

Meanwhile, Dunn will continue touring through the beginning of Thanksgiving week, with upcoming shows that include an appearance at Des Moines’ Whiskey Fest, an arena show in Virginia with Chris Janson, and a Wisconsin performance with William Michael Morgan.

CARRIE, REBA AND DOLLY WILL OPEN THIS YEAR’S CMA AWARDS WITH A HOST OF COUNTRY FEMALE ARTISTS.

Women in Country Music will unite for a historic, not-to-be-missed opening performance at this year’s CMA Awards. The entire show is set to pay tribute to the great women of country music, led by show hosts Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. The performance will also feature Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, The Highwomen (comprised of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires), Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson, each performing iconic Country songs for a monumental decades-spanning medley never before seen.

 

The show will also feature an additional multi-artist performance with Little Big Town, Maddie & Tae, Kelsea Ballerini, Ashley McBryde, Lindsey Ell, Carly Pearce and Runaway June. The group will come together for an epic performance of an iconic CMA Song of the Year and CMA Single of the Year.

“It’s definitely going to be heartfelt,” says Carrie. “The whole tone this year is obviously taking a look at women in country music. And I love the fact that there’s a theme happening. I hope that’s kind of something that maybe we adopt for future CMAs. It probably makes things harder for everybody else, but it’s just so nice to just be heartfelt and celebrate, you know, women in country music.”

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday (November 13th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about the theme of celebrating women at this year's CMA Awards.

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Carrie Underwood (CMA Awards 2019 theme) OC: …it is heartfelt. :48
“It’s definitely going to be heartfelt. The whole tone this year is obviously taking a look at women in country music. And I love the fact that there’s a theme happening. I hope that’s kind of something that maybe we adopt for future CMAs. It probably makes things harder for everybody else, but it’s just so nice to just be heartfelt and celebrate, you know, women in country music. So, I feel obviously, Dolly and Reba and myself all have you know, we’ll have our moments of I don’t want to say comedy, but I feel like Dolly and Reba are both so good at those like one liners that just kill. So, I can’t imagine there not being some of those in there. But, you know, I feel like it is heartfelt.”

CMA AWARDS 2019: Album of the Year

The nominees for this year’s CMA Album of the Year include Eric Church for Desperate Man and Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty.

Eric’s sixth studio album, Desperate Man, marked the end of the longest break in his career between putting out new music. In the three years since the sudden, surprise release of Mr. Misunderstood (named 2016 CMA Album of the Year), though, he has experienced some of the highest peaks and some of the biggest challenges in his work and in his life. He got a sense of where the album was headed after writing “The Snake” and “Hippie Radio.” Eric also earned nods for both Entertainer and Music Video of the Year (for “Some of It”).

Carrie tallied her fifth nomination for CMA Album of the Year with Cry Pretty, which is her first studio album on Capitol Records Nashville and marks the first time she has co-produced her own album. The lead single and title track, “Cry Pretty” debuted as the #1 song in the U.S. all-genres. Carrie co-produced Cry Pretty with fellow writer/producer David Garcia. Carrie is also nominated for Entertainer of the Year and picked up her 14th consecutive nod for Female Vocalist, a title she’s won five times, including last year.

Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road, Dan + Shay’s self-titled album and Maren Morris’s Girl round out the category.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday (November 13th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

Audio / Eric Church says Desperate Man was the hardest record he’s ever made.

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Eric Church (hardest record to make) OC: …we ended up. 1:20
“Well I think, really from the last tour, the Holding My Own Tour, I realized that I am very grateful and humble that we get to do what we do. To go on every night, no openers and play for three hours, and see the way music has affected people lives, and they have affected mine. But it has turned into this thing, its own, living breathing organism that happened. And coming off of that, the biggest fear that I had was I didn’t just want to go back into the studio and make a record just because it was time to make a record. And I had some stuff going on. I mean, I had a personal thing with my health, and then I had, then Vegas happened and that will be with me forever. So, I think there was stuff that I had to process on the early part of making this record. And frankly, it made it difficult early. I mean it was tough. It was the toughest record that I’ve made out of all of them. It’s funny, it’s just like anything you do creatively, when you think this is what it’s going to be, this where we are headed, I promise you, were headed here. This is where you are going. Creativity will take over and you will end up on another path and that’s what happened here. And to credit, I think, the way we make records, or try to make records, is we will pay attention to that. We will change course, and we are not afraid to change course. So, I think for me, my favorite thing about this album, is I know where we started and where we ended up.”

Audio / Carrie Underwood says there was a lot of growth between her previous album, Storyteller, and her new collection, Cry Pretty.

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Carrie Underwood (growth between albums) OC: …writing about. 1:07
“I feel like between Storyteller and Cry Pretty, there was definitely a lot of growth for me as a person – emotional growth and spiritual growth and my family. And I feel like just kind of taking more ownership in my thoughts and my feelings and my wants and my creative abilities and just taking more ownership over all of those things and wanting that to translate into this album. I like to take time between projects. It’s like when do you have time to live the life you’re writing about? It’s so important to me. I like to go on tour and when I’m out, I’m out. I’m on the road. We are working hard. We’re killing it. We’re doing what we do. When I write, I want to write. I want to immerse myself in that. Whatever I’m doing, I want to completely immerse myself in and that includes living a life, and I just feel like that’s so important. And for me as a mom and as a wife and as a friend and daughter and all of those things, it’s just important to take a minute to live a life worth writing about.”

CMA AWARDS 2019: Entertainer

This year’s Entertainer of the Year nominees include Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, as well as Garth Brooks.

Eric Church tallies up three nominations with his third nod for both Entertainer and Music Video of the Year (this time for “Some of It”). He also notched his fourth career nomination for Album of the Year for Desperate Man.

Chris Stapleton has 16 prior nominations and 10 wins. Chris earns his fifth nod for Male Vocalist of the Year, which he has won consecutively since 2015. “Millionaire” has earned his third nomination for Single of the Year. Chris is also nominated for Entertainer of the Year, his fourth nomination in the category.

Carrie Underwood has three nods this year. She picks up her second nomination for Entertainer of the Year, and she scored her 14th consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist, a title she’s won five times, including last year. This marks her fifth nomination for Album of the Year with Cry Pretty.

Keith Urban, who is the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, is once again nominated for the night’s top honor, as well as for Male Vocalist of the Year.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday (November 13th) at 8pm ET on ABC.

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 / BACKSTAGE AT THE 2018 CMA AWARDS, CHRIS STAPLETON SAYS HE'S ALWAYS SURPRISED AND GRATEFUL FOR RECOGNITION OF HIS CRAFT.

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Chris Stapleton (CMA 2018) OC: …grateful for it. :30
“These things are always fantastic to win, but when you get nominated or invited to these parties, in my estimation, you’ve already won and you’ve already gotten to be far beyond anything, you know, anybody who’s a musician could ever dream of getting to do, and we get to do that every day, we get to live it every day. As far as thinking about going into anything, I’m always genuinely surprised to win anything, and I’m always grateful for it.”

Audio / Prior to her No. 1 party for Southbound a few weeks ago, Carrie Underwood talked about her Entertainer of the Year nomination.

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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 / BACKSTAGE AT LAST YEAR’S CMA AWARDS, KEITH URBAN WAS OVERWHELMED WITH HIS WIN FOR ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR, AN AWARD HE’S BEEN NOMINATED FOR NUMEROUS TIMES, BUT HASN’T WON SINCE 2005.

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Keith Urban (Entertainer win 2018) OC: …feeling. :28
“It’s an indescribable feeling to get that tonight, because I love playing, I love entertaining, I love putting on shows. I started playing guitar when I was six, so playing, and I came up playing in the clubs – four hours a night, five hours a night, five nights a week. I wasn’t writing songs. I was just schlepping my gear and playing cover tunes and learning my craft. To get to play three or four hours a night of original material is the most extraordinary feeling.”

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