Nominees for the 51st Annual CMA Awards were announced Monday (September 4) on "Good Morning America” with Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, and Little Big Town topping the list of nominees with five and four nominations respectively.
The 51st Annual CMA Awards will be hosted for the 10th time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwoodlive from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 8. The show begins at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to the artist)
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to the artist)
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to the artist)
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to the group)
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to the duo)
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD
(Award goes to the artist)
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to each artist)
Craving You – Thomas Rhett (feat. Maren Morris)
Funny How Time Slips Away - Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson
Kill A Word - Eric Church (feat. Rhiannon Giddens)
Setting the World on Fire - Kenny Chesney (with P!nk)
Speak to a Girl - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to the artist, producer(s), and mix engineer(s))
“Better Man” - Little Big Town; Producer(s): Jay Joyce; Mix Engineer(s): Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban; Producer(s): Dann Huff, Keith Urban; Mix Engineer(s): Chris Lord-Alge
“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt; Producer(s): Zach Crowell; Mix Engineer(s): Zach Crowell
“Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi; Producer(s): Bart Butler, Jon Pardi; Mix Engineer(s): Ryan Gore
“Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert; Producer(s): Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf; Mix Engineer(s): Eric Masse
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to the artist and producer(s))
The Breaker – Little Big Town; Producer(s): Jay Joyce
From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton; Producer(s): Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Heart Break – Lady Antebellum; Producer(s): busbee
The Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit; Producer(s): Dave Cobb
The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert; Producer(s): Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, Eric Masse
SONG OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to the songwriter(s))
“Better Man” -- Songwriter(s): Taylor Swift
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” -- Songwriter(s): Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Olsen
“Body Like A Back Road” -- Songwriter(s): Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
“Dirt On My Boots” -- Songwriter(s): Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley
“Tin Man” -- Songwriter(s): Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to the artist and director)
“Better Man” – Little Big Town; Director(s): Becky Fluke and Reid Long
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban; Director(s): Carter Smith
Eric Church had one of 2017’s most buzzed about tours, which had him performing an average of 37 songs per night during each one of his 61 tour dates. In all, he performed more than 200 hours of live music from January 13 through May 27, 2017recording each show, and now, he plans to release the live tracks as 61 Days in Church.
Starting today, fans will have access to 30 live recordings. In the coming weeks and months, additional live recordings will be released chronologically.
“I had so much fun learning songs that were unique to whatever city we found ourselves in,” he shared in a press release. “I learned a lot about each place, and it was special to see the crowd react to the songs that were only for them. I’m glad we recorded it and can relive it forever.”
Fans can access the songs exclusively on the Apple Music platform for two weeks. After that, the tracks will be released to all streaming services. For more information about the release and to access the initial 30 live recordings, click HERE.
Hurricane Harvey forced Lady Antebellum to cancel a Sunday night (Aug. 27) tour stop in Houston, TX, and now, they are making an effort to help those affected by the hurricane. They will be donating some of the proceeds from a recent show to help with relief efforts.
On Saturday night (Aug. 26), Lady Antebellum performed in Dallas, TX and the next day, announced that all of the proceeds from merch sales at that concert will be donated to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Harvey has dumped two feet or more of rain on areas near the Texas coast and in the eastern part of the state; even more rain is coming over the next few days.
To donate to teh recovery effort you can text HARVEY to 90999.
Hours after Luke Bryan's show at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, NY, one of his trailers smacked into the Sunrise Highway overpass on the Wantagh State Parkway in Wantagh early this morning (8/28).
Everyone seems to be ok. Newsday is reporting that State police said a tractor trailer involved with the singer’s “Huntin’ Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour” didn’t quite make it under the overpass. The accident is said to have happened at roughly 2:30 am. Ordinarily, tractor-trailers are not permitted on parkways, but Newsday says special permits are often issued for vehicles associated with performances at Jones Beach theater.
The tour schedule would suggest that the trailer was headed for Kentucky as Luke Bryan prepares for his September 1st date in Lexington, KY.
Canaan Smith is currently recovering from an illness that landed him in the hospital yesterday (8/23) – one day before his 35th birthday. The scary moment happened while Canaan was in State College, PA, to perform a show that night. He shared several pictures on Instagram, including a photo of medics checking on him in his tour bus and another shot of him on a stretcher in an ambulance.
Chris Young has announced a new studio album "Losing Sleep", which will be released October 20. Chris made the announcement on Facebook Live, during which he previewed one of the album’s new songs “Where I Go When I Drink.”
The video for Kenny Chesney's new song "All The Pretty Girls" was shot by students at Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University, who were called upon to enter some of their work for his latest single in order to earn the opportunity to be featured on all platforms. Jessica Martinez, a motion pictures major, and Will Renner, a music business student, co-directed short film and put their own nostalgic spin of falling in love during the summer months.
“Our vision was to capture the essence of a summer fling – just the feeling of freedom and having fun, not taking things too seriously,” Jessica said of the treatment. “Because Will is from Virginia, he was able to get people he knows from high school (to be part of it), which made it really fun to shoot.”
After many considerations by Kenny, he selected their approach to the lighthearted song and they won the coveted prize of having their work debuted on CMT. They also walk away with $5000 toward their tuition through a special scholarship created by the country singer and his team.
Mongomery Gentry's Troy Gentry’s father has died. The duo shared that Lloyd Gentry died early Sunday morning (Aug. 13).
No other details were provided, but their Facebook page is asking fans to keep Troy, wife Angie and their family and friends in thoughts and prayers. Lloyd Gentry is preceded in death by Troy’s mother, Patricia, who died in 2007, and Troy’s brother, Keith, wh died in 2014.
Months have passed since Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany dropped the news they'd be welcoming their first child together.
In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Jason talked about what they've been cooking up in the baby name factory.
“We’ve got a few names under consideration, but we haven’t told anybody what they are yet, and my wife is sitting right there – she’d probably hit me with a rock if I said it right now. You know it’s funny, we found out picking a name for our son has been tougher than we thought. Names that I liked, she didn’t like and names that she liked, I didn’t like.”
He admits, though, “We’re still not 100 percent sure yet, we got a few more months here to think about it and see if anything else hits us. We got one we’re eying right now and it took us a while to find that one, trust me.”
An 88-year-old hospice patient recently got Luke Bryan to break a very specific rule of his -- no butt grabbing.
Frances Stanaway met her country crush on Friday before he headlined a show in Kansas City.
Frances is a patient with Crossroads Hospice and met Bryan as part of the "Gift of a Day" program. She called the experience "heaven."
"Ever since I can remember," her family member Linda Sokolaski said. "She loves all country music and she just loves music. But country has always been her favorite. She just had such a great time the other night."
Frances and her family says they have received a lot of phone calls since the pictures have gone viral.
"All of this attention," Linda said. "We did not expect all of this attention for a little old lady who just wanted to have a little bit of fun for the last days of her life. And just having fun. And I never dreamed it would cause this much attention."
Linda said Frances was the last person in line for the meet and greet so Luke could spend a little extra time with her.
"He kneeled down beside her in her wheelchair and was so kind," Linda said. "He put his hand on her knee and spoke with her, just as if he was a relative."
Turning 21, singing with your famous father onstage and getting engaged are all incredible life moments. So what would it be like to experience them all in one night?
That's what happened to Garth Brooks' daughter Allie in Los Angeles.
First, the just-turned-21-year-old (Allie's birthday is July 28) surprised concertgoers during dad's show by coming out onstage and singing some songs with him. Next, dad got the audience to sing "Happy Birthday" to his little girl. Truly, a highlight.
But things weren't over yet! Once Allie went backstage, it turned out her beau, Jonathan Roberts, was waiting there, ring in hand. As shown in a video capturing the moment, he got down on one knee ... and proposed!
Luke Bryan was in Cleveland on Saturday (July 15) for his Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour, but before he took the stage at Progressive Field, he hit the streets with the Peach Pickers (songwriters Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip).
In an Instagram video, Rhett (who is Thomas Rhett’s father) is busking and performs “That’s My Kind of Night” for some on-lookers, only to have Luke jump in and bust a few moves.
Forbes has released the 2017 list of the World’s Highest-Paid Country Music Stars, with the top 10 earning a combined $366 million this year!
Topping the list is Garth Brooks, whose busy touring schedule brought in $60 million in the past year. Kenny Chesney landed the No. 2 spot with $42.5 million, and Luke Bryan follows closely with $42 million, both of whom earned their paychecks with touring and the help of endorsement deals. Dolly Parton makes an appearance at fourth on the list. The 71-year-old singer earned in the mid-six figures range at her 63 shows over the past year, earning her a respectable $37 million. Publishing paychecks and her Dollywood theme park also add to her income.
Rounding out the top five are Toby Keith and Florida Georgia Line, who tied at $34.5 million. The rest of the top 10 are Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Eric Church and the Zac Brown Band.
This year’s list was missing some of country’s biggest female stars. Carrie Underwood, who made the list last year by earning $26 million, and Miranda Lambert, who made $18 million in 2016, just missed the cut.
There’s a first time for everything, and Chris Lane accomplished two firsts over the weekend. One was playing Fenway Park as part of Florida Georgia Line's Smooth Tour. The other? Falling on the stage.
The momen t was captured by a fan and Chris shared the moment on his personal Instagram page.
Jon Pardi has released the video for his latest song, "Heartache on the Dance Floor". Set along the Pacific Ocean, in Jon's home state of California, his nap results in a dream of meeting a woman at a seaside dance and the romantic night that follows.
Maine has been the breeding ground for many inventions through the years; The first transatlantic television signal. The zig-zag stitch. Earmuffs. But, according to this list, all pale in comparison to the dive suit.
Several advancements had been made in diving equipment through the years but, 1834, Maine inventor Leonard Norcross patented what is widely accepted as the first practical, sealed dive suit. The suit had weighted feet and a hard, water-tight helmet. Exhaust air was pushed out the top of the helmet, which allowed divers a full range of motion underwater for the first time.
Here's are the most impactful Inventions from each state:
Justin and his wife Kate are parents for a 4th time but, their first son.
Thomas South Moore was born Sunday, June 11, at 3:33 p.m. in Little Rock, AR, measuring 20 inches long and weighing 7 lbs., 14 oz.
“Kate and I already felt like the most blessed people in the world with our three beautiful daughters, but we feel even more blessed to have a healthy baby boy now to add to our family,” Justin, told PEOPLE while sharing his son’s first pictures exclusively. “God has given us another wonderful gift, in him, June 11th.”
Thomas was named after Justing’s late grandfather, and that the family will call him South.
Pulling off perhaps one of the surprise of CMA Fest, Michael Ray introduced cRandy Travis to fans, and when Randy appeared on stage, the audience was thrown into a frenzy.
Michael began to strum his guitar as he sang the opening lyrics "Forever and Ever, Amen" while Randy stood on stage and then delivered the greatest moment of the night, closing out the performance with it's signature "Amen" end.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have made us fall even more in love with them.
They released the video for "Speak to a Girl," which, despite the fact that they've been together for almost 21 years, proves their love is just as strong as ever, taking us into the intimate moments and giving us a steamy glimpse at why they've lasted so long.
Lee Brice and his wife Sara are the proud parents of a new baby girl. Trulee Nanette Brice – the couple's first daughter -- was born on Friday morning (6/2), weighing 7 lbs, 13 oz. and measuring 20 inches long. Lee announced the happy news on Instagram today (6/5).
Brantley Gilbert isn’t known for his softer side, but since he learned he was going to be a dad, he’s been fighting tears.
“I’m not an emotional guy, but this has got me crying like a baby,” he told People, exclusively. “I’m pretty good around other folks now, but when I’m by myself, if I look at one of the pictures from the doctor’s office, I lose a few tears.”
The pregnancy was a total — joyful — surprise as he and his wife Amber had been trying for a baby since they married in June 2015.
“We’d been to see a fertility specialist, and two different folks that told me it would be close to a miracle if it happened without IVF,” he says. “I’m not much of a quitter, but I was really, really frustrated.”
Fatherhood comes at a time when he can truly appreciate it. “This Dec. 18 will be five years without drinking for me,” he says. “I got a long way away from the things that I was raised to prioritize: being a husband and a good father. Coming back to that and this happening, especially unexpectedly … My heart just feels full.”
Lady Antebellum launch their You Look Good World Tour with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young on May 26th in Bakersfield, California, and the musically like-minded artists have already been tossing around song ideas to cover together onstage.
In a new video on Rolling Stone Country, Kelsea and Brett join Lady A for a stripped-down take on Shania Twain's "You're Still the One."
"I've always been a big Shania Twain fan. I've always thought she made timeless music," says Charles, who came up with the idea to cover the ballad. "And, man, 'Still the One' is such a timeless song and a timeless melody."
Brett Eldredge appeared on the Today show this morning (5/9) to help announce the nominees for the 2017 CMT Music Awards. Keslea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban lead this year's pack with four nominations apiece, while Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lauren Alaina and Luke Bryan follow close behind with three nods each. The CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on June 7 at 8 PM ET on CMT.
Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhettwere recently revealed as performers at the show, with additional acts set to be announced soon.
Fan voting is currently underway at CMT.comand continues until June 5.
Video of the Year
Artists of Then, Now & Forever, “Forever Country”
Brad Paisley, “Today”
Brett Eldredge, “Wanna Be That Song”
Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”
Cole Swindell, “Middle of a Memory”
Dierks Bentley and Elle King, “Different for Girls”
Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”
Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan”
Little Big Town, “Better Man”
Luke Bryan, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
Miranda Lambert, “Vice”
Thomas Rhett, “Star of the Show”
Male Video of the Year
Blake Shelton, “Came Here to Forget”
Eric Church, “Record Year”
Jason Aldean, “Lights Come On”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Luke Bryan, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
Thomas Rhett, “Star of the Show”
Female Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”
Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan”
Lauren Alaina, “Road Less Traveled”
Maren Morris, “80s Mercedes”
Miranda Lambert, “Vice”
Reba McEntire, “Back to God”
Duo Video of the Year
Big & Rich featuring Tim McGraw, “Lovin’ Lately”
Brothers Osborne, “21 Summer”
Dan + Shay, “How Not To”
Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”
LoCash, “I Know Somebody”
Group Video of the Year
Eli Young Band, “Saltwater Gospel”
Lady Antebellum, “You Look Good”
Little Big Town, “Better Man”
Midland, “Drinkin’ Problem”
Old Dominion, “Song for Another Time”
Breakthrough Video of the Year
Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”
Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”
Kane Brown, “Used to Love You Sober”
Lauren Alaina, “Road Less Traveled”
Luke Combs, “Hurricane”
RaeLynn, “Love Triangle”
Collaborative Video of the Year
Artists of Then, Now & Forever, “Forever Country”
Chris Young featuring Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”
Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King, “Different for Girls”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter”
Kenny Chesney with P!nk, “Setting the World on Fire”
CMT Performance of the Year
Jason Aldean, “Hicktown” (From CMT Concert of the Summer)
Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan, “Want to Want Me” (From CMT Crossroads)
John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker, “Pink Houses” (From CMT Crossroads)
Alicia Keys and Maren Morris, “80s Mercedes” (From CMT Crossroads)
Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini, “You’re Still The One/Any Man of Mine/Man I Feel Like A Woman” (from CMT Artists of the Year)
Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett, Close (From CMT Crossroads)
Dierks Bentley treated one military family to a night they will never forget. On Saturday (April 29), he met Staff Sergeant Steven Mendez’s two sons during a meet and greet before his show in Fresno, CA. While making small talk, their father walked out from behind a black curtain, which led to a tearful reunion.
Dierks was in on the whole thing, and later that night he invited the family to the stage to thank the Staff Sergeant for his service as the crowd began to chant “U.S.A.”
Later, Dierks posted that he's seen reunions like this played out a lot of times but it was special to be a part of one finally.
99.9 The Wolf was at the Grand Opening celebration of Portland's newest event space, Aura.
Aura (formally known as The Aslyum) was a great venue before the remodel but now it's a venue that is second to none in New England.
After it's $9.1 million renovation, the venue is able host a wider range of events, including more national concerts, weddings and conferences.
The renovated main concert space has a capacity of about 1,000 people, compared with roughly 500 before. There are multiple bars in public and private areas, live feed video of the stage everywhere, and two VIP lounges. A full schedule and tickets to shows are available here.
Drake White toured with Zac Brown Band a lot over the past several years, and as a result, he has gotten to know Zac's family which includes five kids — four daughters and one son — and Drake admits he’s been thinking about having kids with his wife, Alex, but not that many.
“I don’t know about five, but a good two or three sounds pretty good,” he says in a recent interview with his label, Big Machine. “But I can imagine it’s pretty — there’s not really a dull moment at the Zac Brown household, not with that many girls.”
Drake is currently touring on his headlining tour, the Spark Tour which hit Paradise Rock Club in Boston on March 24.
Jake Owen has a girlfriend, and he sounds pretty happy about it. Jake recently spoke about her saying that they’ve been together for awhile.
She’s an interior designer, and a Tennessee sports, news and opinion site called Tenn Truth has identified her as Erica Hartlein and some checking of social media leads one to believe she's been with Jake long enough to become friends with both of his parents.
Last summer Jake said he was still single but wanted to love again and perhaps have more kids. He and Lacey Buchanan in 2016 and have a daughter named Pearl that Jake makes no secret of being the most important thing in his life.
Lee Brice and his wife, Sara, are expecting their first daughter this summer, and Lee is just a bit excited.
Lee showed off his wife’s growing baby bump in a short, but powerful video uploaded to Instagram. It shows Sara is lying down with her bare stomach exposed. Lee pats lightly on her skin, and seconds later, their baby girl responds.
Lee and his wife revealed they’re expecting their first daughter in January. They already have two sons. “Takoda and Ryker are so excited and Sara is more beautiful than ever,” he told People at the time. “We can’t wait for our new little one to get here this summer.”
Thomas Rhett is beyond excited about being a dad. When it comes to having a baby girl, there is one thing that he's pretty worried about.
He revealed his secret in a recent interview with People magazine, saying, "When she turns 13, 14, 15 and starts dating, that terrifies me pretty hard, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there."
Brad Paisley recently offered some parenting advise to Thomas, “I’m gonna give Thomas the advice that Pat Green gave me. Pat said, ‘It’ll be the most natural thing you’ve ever done.’ You don’t know what it’s gonna be like. You don’t understand. You can’t fathom it. You can vision it, but it still doesn’t seem real. And you already know how to do it. You just know how.”
Blake Shelton has reached a settlement with In Touch magazine in his lawsuit over its cover story that labeled him a drunk who was going to rehab.
Documents filed today (Thursday) say Blake and the magazine are asking the court to dismiss the defamation lawsuit he filed in 2015 after they ran a cover story saying he had hit "rock bottom" and was drinking vodka before noon.
In touch paid an undisclosed amount of money to make the suit go away.
Brad Paisley has released the video for his next song, “Last Time for Everything” and it gives nods to the popular Netflix series Stranger Things, as well as Knight Rider, with a cameo from David Hasselhoff and KITT, and hits on nostalgic things like Brad at prom and at his high school graduation and Sony Walkmans.
“Last Time for Everything” will be on his upcoming album, Love and War, which will be released April 21.
Jeff Cook, a longtime member of Alabama, revealed today he has Parkinson’s disease. The fiddle player and vocalist learned of the diagnosis four years ago, but decided the timing was right to share the news with fans.
With his bandmates Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry beside him, Jeff read a prepared statement saying that he’ll step back from his duties with the band beginning April 29. A combination of loss of coordination and balance, as well as the tremors, have made it too frustrating for him to keep playing.
“I’ve tried not to burden anyone with the details of my condition because I do not want the music to stop or the party to end,” he explained. “Let me say, I’m not calling it quits but sometimes our bodies dictate what we have to do, and mine is telling me it’s time to take a break and heal.”
He will continue to appear at Alabama shows and even perform when he feels up to it, but for the most part his instrumental duties and vocals will be handled by another musician. Teddy and Randy say his microphone will remain on stage whether he’s there or not.
CMT has revealed that the hit drama Nashville will return for a sixth season!
One of the highest-rated and most-watched CMT series in history, Nashville will air 16 new episodes starting in early 2018. Charles Esten, who plays Deacon, shared the news on Facebook today.
This is good news for diehard fans of the show who were upset when the show was cancelled by ABC, after Season 4, but due to popular demand, the show was picked up and moved to CMT for Season 5 and now, Season 6.
William Michael Morgan and Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June have ended their engagement.
The two took to social media this afternoon and posted similar announcements.
The couple got engaged in late December while vacationing in Malibu, CA.
“We had a big bottle of Dom Perignon, bottle of wine, went to a big old nice steak dinner, and we had the hotel right on the ocean. God couldn’t have put it any better for me and I just asked her. Surprisingly, she said ‘Yes,’” William told People of their engagement.
While no official wedding date was set, it had been said they were planning to say “I do” early next year.
He's earned four Grammy's, had 22 No. 1 hits, landed five platinum albums and mentored new voices on American Idol.
On Wednesday night, Keith Urban was honored at the Recording Academy’s annual Grammys on the Hill event at The Hamilton in Downtown D.C. The private event is held every year to promote federal funding for the arts with a night of live performances followed by a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill.
“Taking music out of schools is like taking out reading,” Keith told the crowd of lawmakers and fellow musicians. “That’s how musicians learn to read. … It’s our portal into communicating with the world.”
After speaking his piece, Urban treated the audience to an intimate set, including “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which was just nominated for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance.
More than 60 members of Congress attended, including Maine Senator Susan Collins who announced she would be part of a bipartisan caucus to advocate for culture.
Carrie Underwood is revealing her big plans for a second baby despite rumors that her marriage could be heading for divorce.
Carrie shut down the accusations in an interview with Entertainment Tonight where she revealed that she and Mike Fisher are actually ready for another baby!
“We’re on God’s good timing or whatever you might call it,” She said this week. “I’m just trying to figure out where life’s going to take me next.”
Carrie also gushed over her husband and her son’s bond, just days after she took to Instagram to show off Mike and Isaiah spending time at a Nashville Predator’s hgame while she was in Las Vegas at the ACM Awards.
What made Maren Morris decide to chop of her beautiful locks? A few days ago, she decided to snip off her locks, debuting her new 'do on social media then showing it off Sunday night on the ACM Awards.
Though it seemed like a sudden change, it turns out she'd planned this chop two or three months ago. She chatted about her new hair style on the ACM Awards red carpet, saying, "I didn’t want to cut it on a whim... It was just time for a change. I just love when girls rock short hair because they can’t hide behind anything. I feel more empowered with short hair.”
You can check out Maren's new look live this summer when she hits the road with Sam Hunt on his 15In A 30 tour which hits Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor July 21st.
Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, and Don Schlitz have been named as the 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees! Hall of Fame member Vince Gill was on hand to announce the honorees during a ceremony held at the museum's rotunda in Nashville this morning (April 5).
After the ceremony, Alan admitted that he's pretty overwhelmed.
"Yeah I don't think I was even that overwhelmed about it until I had the office get me a list of all the members 'cause I wanted to see. And then when I started reading down through there even though I knew pretty much who it was but still when you see it the whole list is like, 'Oh my gosh' man everybody you ever loved is in there. So, to be in there with 'em it's just amazing. It's am American dream right there."
The Class of 2017 will be formally inducted at the medallion ceremony later this year. Alan will be inducted in the Modern Era category, Jerry in the Veteran category, and Don in the Songwriter category.â€‹
Representatives from the worlds of music and politics will come together at The Recording Academy's 2017 Grammy's on the Hill Awards tomorrow (April 5) to honor four-time Grammywinner Keith Urban. Keith will receive the Recording Artists' Coalition Award for his musical achievements and commitment to numerous music education programs that have inspired young musicians and provided thousands of musical instruments to underserved programs across the country. The Academy will also honor Maine Senator Susan Collins and New Mexico Senator Tom Udall for their ongoing support of music programs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Known as "Washington's most interesting mix of music and politics," the awards presentation takes place at the Hamilton Live in Washington D.C. Martina McBride will host the ceremony, which will feature unique live performances by Keith Urban, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and Grammy winner Wynonnawith special guests, as well as a special presentation by renowned television composer Jonathan Wolf.
Thomas Rhett is now 27 and with some big, life changing events on the horizon, he's having some fun this birthday. Ahead of becoming a first-time father, his wife, Lauren, got him a robe — but not just any robe. It's leopard-print with the word “DADDY” in gold letters across the back.
Keith Urban... 'devastated' by wife Nicole Kidman's injuries. Wait, what?
Nicole stars on HBO’s "Big Little Lies", playing the role of Celeste, the wife of a man who is emotionally and physically abusive, and their sex life kind of revolves around that abuse.
Nicole told Vogue that Keith was alarmed to see the bruises she brought home from work. "I didn’t realize how much of it penetrated me. I would go home at night sometimes and be in a lot of pain, and I had to take things like Advil because I was being thrown around physically," she says. "I was really bruised.
"At one point Keith was like, ‘I’m going to take a photo of your back because it’s covered in deep, massive bruises.’ He was devastated seeing it, but then he would say, ‘But I have an artist wife!’ “He knows that’s how I work," she said.
Keith is up for 7 awards at this Sunday's ACM Awards and will perform his new song "The Fighter" alongside Carrie Underwood on the show.
Carrie Underwood has been sporting her beautiful blonde locks for the duration of her career, although her latest update shows a darker side to the perhaps former blonde! Carrie posted this picture to Instagram, with a mischievous expression as sat in a salon chair with a freshly applied dye neatly feathered in her hair.
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Carrie is nominated for Female Vocailist of the Year at this weekend's ACM Awards.
The ACMs will air live on April 2, bringing all your favorite country stars to one venue for a night of fun, laughter, and quality music! Be sure to tell us what you think of Underwood’s new hair trend! Are you hoping for a darker do?
When Nicole and Keith began dating, she had a mountain of trust issues and insecurities due to her rough marriage (and subsequent divorce) to Tom Cruise. She had been hurt deeply and didn't know if love was possible in her life again.
Despite her emotional scarring, their love quickly blossomed. The Huffington Post reported that Nicole knew she wanted to marry Keith just one month into dating.
"I'm spontaneous. I jump in. I kind of like getting married and then getting to know each other; I know that it sounds incredibly strange, but to me, it's a more natural process."
More than 10 years after saying "I do," Nicole and Keith's relationship is stronger than ever. They've had their ups and downs, good and bad days, and have come out of all with a tighter bond.
So, to honor his wife, Keith told Billboard Magazine that he decided to write a song based on something she said when they first started seeing each other.
"It's all from a conversation my wife and I had early on in our relationship, that when things get tough, I need to hold her tighter and just try to take care of her. The song is about wanting to heal somebody, wanting to take care of somebody, wanting to protect somebody. It's really like a vow in so many ways."
The song that stemmed from her words was later titled "The Fighter" - but Keith knew it wasn't meant to be a solo.
That's when he decided to enlist the help of country music's sweetheart Carrie Underwood. Almost immediately after the two finished recording and the song was released, it was a smash success.
With the massive amount of attention the song garnered, it came as no surprise that rumors of a budding relationship between Carrie and Keith began to swirl....
The lyrics were about unconditional love and Keith and Carrie's musical chemistry was undeniable - but no one knew where the inspriation of the song really came from.
Despite tabloids' reporting about a possible love affair, Keith's devotion to his wife never wavered.
So, to poke fun at all of the rumors and gossip, Keith and Nicole took to the Internet for a duet of their own. They jumped into the car, cranked up the volume and started singing "The Fighter" at the top of their lungs. This is what true marriage looks like!
Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell are out on the road together, on Dierks’ What the Hell World Tour, so the two are used to performing “Flatliner” together live, and they wanted to bring that energy to the song's video.
Colel co-wrote the song almost four years ago, with Dierks in mind, but he never imagined that he would be able to actually sing it with him.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would record it with me for my own album one day. And here we are,” Swindell tells the Tennessean. “[Performing “Flatliner” with Bentley on tour] is such a fun, highly energized and, honestly, surreal moment each and every night of the tour for me that there was no question in my mind of how I wanted to capture this video.”
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In February, the couple held a gender reveal party with family and friends where Thomas cut into a cake iced with pink and blue frosting. The color of the cake inside revealed the sex of the baby (it was pink).
The expecting parents are also awaiting the arrival of their adopted baby from Africa, a process they admit has been stressful. “The process of adopting someone from a different country is really, really strenuous and you find out a lot about yourself,” the singer shares.
It’s not clear when the couple’s adopted child will arrive, but Lauren is due to deliver baby Akins in August.
Florida Georgia Line made one wounded veteran’s life much easier with the gift of an all-terrain wheelchair. Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley met with retired Army Staff Sergeant Shane Savage, who was wounded in Afghanistan and lost his leg in 2010, at a recent concert, where they also shared their appreciation for his service.
“I got an invitation from Independence Fund to go to the concert,” Shane told Fox News. “I thought I would just be attending a concert and then four days prior they contacted me and said, ‘Hey, Florida Georgia Line wants to do a presentation with you and donate the chair directly to you at the concert.'”
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Shane says it was an emotional meet-and-greet for him.
“It was an emotional experience to have that type of opportunity to be able to participate in something of that nature,” he notes. “To be able to represent my fellow amputees and fellow veterans and to be able to do that on national TV is such an honor to be able to do.”
FGL brings their Smoothe Tour with The Backstreet Boys, Nelly and Chris Lane to Fenway Park in Boston July 7.
Justin Moore and his wife have a bit of an ongoing battle in their house right now. They are expecting their fourth child. While Justin is dying to know the gender of the baby, his wife is adamantly against finding out.
“That’s a battle that’s ongoing in my house. Kate didn’t want to find out with Klein our youngest and I convinced her to, talked her into it, broke her down and talked her into it. And she is adamant that we will not find out this time, as well, which I despise the idea of not finding out.”
Justin hates surprises, so this isn't easy for him.
RaeLynn never thought she would be the girl with a big tattoo on her arm, but that all changed a few weeks ago when she celebrated her debut album Wildhorse by getting a large tattoo of a horse on her forearm. After spending hours online, searching for inspiration, she decided to let her tattoo artist create a one-of-a-kind piece instead. It's pretty awesome!
Rumors have been flying about Sam Hunt's martial status after fans saw a ring on his left hand in a picture he posted to Instagram over the weekend. Turns out, he's not married. So, what's up with the ring?
Back in 2015, Jimmy Fallon spent 10 days in the ICU after falling at home and experiencing Ring Avulsion (don’t Google it!). Sam wants none of that so his fiancée, Hannah, bought him a black, silicone ring that is easily cut and removed in the case of an emergency or accident and he thought it was so cool, he didn’t take it off.
Sam brings his 15 In A 30 tour to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion June 23 and to Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor July 21.
The Academy of Country Music has announced the winners in the new artist categories for the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Brothers Osborne earned the title of New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, Maren Morris has been named New Female Vocalist of the Year, and Jon Pardi has been named New Male Vocalist of the Year. Each of the winners will perform on the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2.
The awards mark the first ACM Award wins for Brothers Osborne, Jon and Maren. Brothers Osborne are also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at this year’s awards show, while Maren has an additional five nominations, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Hero (as artist and producer), and Single of the Year for “My Church” (as artist and producer).
You ask and you shall receive and in this case in a form of four legs and fur! After may asked in their recent Q&A when Jason and Brittany were going to start extending their family the couple welcome a new puppy. Welcome Boss the French Bulldog!
It's one thing to know a singer is having vocal cord issues, which happens quite a bit, it's quite another to actually see the nasty culprits. Thanks to Justin Moore, we unfortunately are able to see his problem.
Last week, Moore posted a little cartoon on Instagram announcing that he had to cancel a show in Omaha on Thursday night due to being sick.
When a new baby is on the way, the older siblings go one of two ways ... either they're eccstatic and can't wait for the new addition. Or they go the way of Justin Moore's eldest daughter, Ella, and, well, basically aren't having any of it.
Justin and his wife Kate are expecting baby #4 and he says Ella, who is 7, has put her foot down about this baby's sex, telling her parents that under no circumstances is this new baby to be a girl. “Ella said, ‘If it’s a girl, I won’t never talk to it, I won’t claim it, I won’t never hold it, I don’t even want to see it,'” Justin says. “And so Kate was going, ‘Well, it very well may be a girl. You’re a girl. What if we’d have thought that about you?’ And she said, ‘I don’t care, I don’t want another one. We’ve got enough.’ So, needless to say, she wants a little brother (laughs).”
With three little girls already in the family, we can understand where Ella is coming from. Here's to hoping little Ella gets the little baby brother she really, really wants.
Aura (formerly the Asylum) at 121 Center St. in Portland will be opening soon after almost two years of construction and planning. The new facility will house a concert venue that will seat 1,000, a sports bar that is currently open, functions rooms that can be used for many things from holiday parties to wedding receptions and more.
This is a photo of the stage and it is a monster!
As we walked through Aura we had safety glasses and hard hats on due to construction but you could really see what an unbelievable state-of-the-art venue this will be soon.
Here is a photo of the stage looking down from the balcony area. The sightlines will be like no other venue in the state. Not a bad seat in the house!
Another amazing feature of Aura will be the state-of-the-art sound and lighting system designed by Alex Gray.
Many shows have already been booked at Aura and here is a list of what is scheduled through June 8th. There will be many more announced soon.
It came as a big surprise to many that Taylor Swift had written Little Big Town's current hit "Better Man." Turns out it was a pretty big surprise to Little Big Town also.
The group tells Billboardthat Taylor just sent them the song out of the blue in an email. "Taylor sent it in an email -- I don’t even know when she wrote it. She never cut it, but it was always a special song to her, and she felt like she could hear our harmonies on that chorus. She doesn’t really pitch her songs to anybody. I love that it’s definitely a country chorus, the chord structure of it and everything. I guess some good things do come in email still," says Jimi Westbrook.
Their new album, The Breaker will be out February 24.
After another busy year, Carrie Underwood says she's ready to slow down a bit.
During her pre-Grammy red carpet interview on Sunday (February 12), she says she's done a lot of thinking since coming off her Storyteller tour, then playing December show in Australia and New Zealand with Keith Urban, she's ready for some time off.
“Right now, I’m kind of in the process of remembering what it’s like to be human and getting into the mom routine and going to some hockey games and stuff like that,” she said. “I figure I’ll start working on new stuff at some point. I’ll get the itch and I’ll be like OK, I need to go be creative.”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday morning to talk about family, the tour and Tim’s upcoming movie, “The Shack. The conversation turned to their three daughters: Gracie, Maggie and Audrey.
After the interview, Ellen wanted to learn even more about the happy couple—who have been married 20 years—by playing a game of “Never Have I Ever.”
Luke Bryan and his family recently moved into a new home outside of Nashville, and he says life his household is “constant chaos.”
Luke has two sons, Tate and Bo, who are 6 and 8, and he's the guardian to his 15-year-old nephew, Til, who they took in following the death of his brother-in-law in 2014
“They always have seven or eight of their friends over,” he tells People. “Our furniture is constantly getting broken and damaged, but we try not to think about it too much. It’s just life at the Bryans’. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Lately, Luke says he himself looking up at his teenage nephew, who is now taller than him.
“It kind of just happened and I woke up one day and I’m raising a teen,” he says. “And it’s a challenge because my main thing with Til is just properly giving the right amount of advice and realizing you’re talking to someone who is becoming an adult. I have to be that parent role where if he does something, he needs to get in trouble, but I want to be a friend to him too.”
Now that his children are getting older, Luke says his new song “Fast” holds even more meaning. He says with his own children, he finds himself constantly wanting to slow things down and seize the moment.
Luke plays SNHU Arena in Manchester March 3rd with Brett Eldredge and Brett Young.
Miranda Lambert joked at a recent concert that she started “drinking a little extra” following her 2015 divorce from Blake Shelton.
She recently an intimate show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago as a warm-up to her Highway Vagabond Tour and told the crowd, “I got divorced so I started drinking a little extra.” During her set, she also opened up about the inspiration behind her track “Ugly Lights” from her album, "The Weight of These Wings".
She tole the audience, “Anyways, I found myself in Midtown in Nashville three nights in a row at like last call and with the lights coming on, and I’m still sitting there. So I wrote a song about it.”
Miranda brings her Highway Vagabond tour to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion June 2 and June 3.
Maren Morris will team with Alicia Keys to perform a duet at the upcoming Grammy Awards.
Maren is nominated for four Awards, including the all-genre category of Best New Artist. She’s also up for Best Country Album for her debut album, Hero, as well as Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for her smash debut single, “My Church.”
The two teamed up in 2016 for an episode of CMT Crossroads.
“Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m performing at the #Grammys!!” Maren tweeted to fans. “AND I’m gonna collab with my girl @aliciakeys again for this incredibly special night of music.”
Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will also perform together on the 59th Grammy Awards, Sunday February 12 on CBS.
It's been a few years in the making but, as promised, Josh Tuirner will release a new album this year and it will be called Deep South!
“I’m really proud of this album. It was really important for me to expand creatively and explore in new ways for this record,” Josh says in a press release. “The way I pick songs is different now. There are so many things in my life and career that have matured me as an artist.”
Since his last album in 2012 with Punching Bag, Josh and wife welcomed a new baby, Samuel Hawke, into the family in September of 2014. The new addition to the family serves as a source of maturation that’s reflected on the album, and Josh says the project is a tribute to a simpler lifestyle that “represents hardworking people who find joy in the simple things in life; heritage, church, community, high school sports, being outdoors. It is a culture.”
Deep South will be out March 10 and features "Hometown Girl."
Carrie Underwood shared a video of her playing the game Speak Out. It’s a game in which the players all distort their mouths by inserting a large and somewhat uncomfortable-looking plastic mouthpiece, then attempt to speak an assigned phrase while the other participants try to guess what they are saying. Carrie and husband Mike Fisher played with a group of friends.