BREAKING! 2021 ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year is…

Tonight, April 18th, 2021, The 56th Annual ACM Awards show aired live on CBS from Nashville. Hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, the special show was full of one-of-a-kind moments and epic performances as the country music family honored the highest talents of 2021 celebrating the best of the best.

Ending the three-hour-long show, was the most prestigious award of the night, “Entertainer of the Year”. Up for the honor were Luke Combs, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, and Luke Bryan. Ultimately taking home the award was: LUKE BRYAN

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2021 ACM Awards – Full List of Winners

The 2021 ACM Awards took place on Sunday, April 18th at 8PM ET on CBS. Check below for the full list of winners.

Normally airing from Las Vegas, this year the annual event returned to Nashville for a live broadcast for the second consecutive year following significant changes to the show due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The show featured incredible performances happening across different iconic music venues in Music City like Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe.

The 56th Annual ACM Awards included epic performances from the biggest names in country music, including Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Taylor Swift, Maren Morris & Ryan Hurd, Chris Young & Kane Brown, Dierks Bentley, and so many more.

Check out the list below for all of the night’s winners and follow along on Instagram, @NYCountrySwag for more special moments from the show.

FULL LIST OF 2021 ACM AWARDS WINNERS —

 

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR:
Luke Bryan ** WINNER

Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

 

GROUP OF THE YEAR:
Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion ** WINNER
The Cadillac Three
The Highwomen

 

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett ** WINNER
Chris Stapleton

 

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris ** WINNER
Carly Pearce

 

DUO OF THE YEAR:
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay ** WINNER
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]:
Bluebird – Miranda Lambert
– Producer: Jay Joyce
– Record Label: Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville

I Hope – Gabby Barrett
– Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale
– Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice ** WINNER
– Producers: busbee
– Record Label: Big Machine Records / Curb Records

More Hearts Than Mine – Ingrid Andress
– Producers: Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis
– Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

The Bones – Maren Morris
– Producer: Greg Kurstin
– Record Label: Columbia Nashville

 

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Ingrid Andress
Tenille Arts
Gabby Barrett ** WINNER
Mickey Guyton
Caylee Hammack

 

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Jimmie Allen ** WINNER
Travis Denning
HARDY
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum

 

SONG OF THE YEAR
*Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s):
Bluebird – Miranda Lambert
– Songwriter(s): Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby
– Publishers: Emileon Songs; Little Louder Songs; Pink Dog Publishing; Songs of Universal, INC; Sony ATV Tree Publishing; Wrucke for You Publishing

One Night Standards – Ashley McBryde
– Songwriter(s): Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally
– Publishers: Canned Biscuit Songs; Smackworks Music; Smack Blue, LLC; Smackstreet Music; Tempo Investments; Warner Geo Met Ric Music; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp

Some People Do – Old Dominion
– Songwriter(s): Jesse Frasure, Matt Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Shane McAnally
– Publishers: Carrot Seed Songs; EMI Blackwood Music INC; Smackville Music; Songs of ROC Nation; Telemitry Rhythm House Music; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp; Smack Hits; Tempo Investments; Warner Gro Met Ric Music

Starting Over – Chris Stapleton
– Songwriter(s): Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson
– Publishers: I Wrote These Songs; Straight Six Music; WC Music Corp

The Bones – Maren Morris ** WINNER
– Songwriter(s): Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris, Laura Veltz
– Publishers: Big Machine Music, LLC; Extraordinary Alien Publishing; International Dog Music; Oh Denise Publishing; Round Hill Songs; Warner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp.

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
*Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s):
Born Here Live Here Die Here – Luke Bryan
– Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens
– Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Mixtape Vol. 1 – Kane Brown
– Producers: Andrew Goldstein, Charlie Handsome, Dann Huff, Lindsay Rimes
– Record Label: RCA Nashville

Never Will – Ashley McBryde
– Producer: Jay Joyce
– Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

Skeletons – Brothers Osborne
– Producer: Jay Joyce
– Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

Starting Over – Chris Stapleton ** WINNER
– Producers: Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb
– Record Label: Mercury Nashville

 

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Filmore Releases Nostaligic New Song “Used To Be”

Filmore just released a nostalgic new track titled “Used To Be”, available everywhere today, April 16th, on all streaming platforms. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the track.

Back in September, one of our favorite artists, Filmore dropped his incredible 18-track debut album. Despite that release, Filmore is not slowing down. He follows up the record and his new song “Good Thing” with another spectacular new single. The singer-songwriter dropped “Used To Be” earlier today.

Complete with signature Filmore charm and flavor, “Used To Be” is a pensive and nostalgic jam about missing a relationship. The singer takes it a step further, admitting to missing the type of man he was when he used to be with this particular girl. We appreciate the reflective nature of Filmore’s songwriting; however, his vocals are just as enticing.

Filmore's "Used To Be" is available now, April 16th

Filmore’s “Used To Be” is available now, April 16th

“I knew you like the back of my hand I wish you were holding // It’s too late to say I’m sorry and now everywhere I go in this small town // Just reminds me, what used to be // Back when we used to be young, used to be wild”

It is just the beginning for Filmore and his blossoming career. With each and every song released, he continues to grow his fanbase exponentially. His signature pop-country sound is innovative, and we cannot wait to see his star continue to rise. To get more of your Filmore fix, check out our Swag Session below where he joined us back in to chat and play a few songs.

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“Used To Be” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: The Latest in Country Music – 4/16/21

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY – 4/16/21

  • ERIC CHURCH – Eric Church’s ‘Heart’ is a unique and genre-bending release, showing different sides of Church, and it’s a must-listen for all music fans. Check it out here. MORE >>
  • BROTHERS OSBORNE – Brothers Osborne just released a touching new song, “Younger Me”, written by TJ in response to the overwhelming support he received after sharing his personal story. MORE >>
  • TIM MCGRAW – TimMc Graw’s Here on Earth (Ultimate Edition) adds 6 new tracks including two brand new unreleased songs, familiar favorites, and six music videos! Check out the massive project here. MORE >>
  • MIRANDA LAMBERT, JACK INGRAM, & JON RANDALL – Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, & Jon Randall release next song “Anchor” off their upcoming project, THE MARFA TAPESMORE >>
  • THOMAS RHETT – Ahead of Thomas Rhett’s fifth studio album, due out April 30th, he shared the title track to the project “Country Again”. MORE >>
  • TAYLOR SWIFT & KEITH URBAN – Simply re-recording old songs might have been just a bit too easy for Taylor Swift. Instead, she surprised fans with unreleased tracks #FromTheVault and added even more meaning to each new recording, including getting some help from Keith Urban. MORE >>
  • WALKER HAYES – Walker Hayes just released a beautiful and heartwarming song for the one you love, “Make You Cry”. MORE >>
  • BRIAN KELLEY – Florida Georgia Line’s, Brian Kelley makes his solo debut with brand new EP, ‘BK’s Wave Pack’, out now! Listen to the 4-track collection here. MORE >>

Take a listen to all of these tracks and more here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Country Music Tour Announcements for 2021-22

It looks like it won’t be much longer until we can all enjoy some live music again! Check out which artists have announced tours so far for the upcoming 2021-22 season…

  • Thomas Rhett – The Center Point Road Tour with Cole Swindell & Gabby BarrettMore Info
  • Brothers Osborne – The We’re Not For Everyone Tour with Tenille Townes & Travis DenningMore Info
  • Kane Brown – The Blessed & Free Tour with Jordan Davis, Chase Rice, & Restless RoadMore Info 
  • Eric Church – The Gather Again TourMore Info
  • Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash My Playa’ 4-Night Experience in Riveria Cancun, Mexico Returns January 2022 with Jason Aldean More Info

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BREAKING: Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash My Playa’ Returns January 2022

Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash My Playa’, a 4-night all-inclusive live concert vacation experience hosted in Riviera Cancun, Mexico returns January 2022. Get all the details here.

Joining Luke Bryan for the spectacular event will be Jason Aldean, along with many more soon-to-be-announced artists. The special weekend takes place January 19-22, 2022 at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Riviera Cancun, Mexico.

New for 2022: Crash My Playa venue is now located at the sunrise section of the resort!

Next year’s event promises to be even bigger and better, which speaking from somebody who has attended the incredible event in the past is going to be pretty hard to top! With 4 days of country music and special events day in and day out, this is a trip not to miss.

Round up the crew now and grab those tickets for an unforgettable getaway. All-inclusive ticket packages go on sale Friday, April 23rd at 1PM ET, but Luke Bryan fan club – “The Nut House” members get presale access on April 22nd.

For tickets and more information, visit: crashmyplaya.com. Payment plans will also be available for your convenience.

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Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram & Jon Randall Release New Song “Anchor”

Miranda Lambert along with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall just released a new song as part of their forthcoming collaboration project, ‘The Marfa Tapes’. “Anchor” is available now, April 16th, on all streaming platforms. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the track.

County music superstar Miranda Lambert has joined forces with fellow musicians, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall on a brand new record entitled THE MARFA TAPES, slated to come out on May 7th. The record is a culmination of intimate songs that the threesome wrote and recorded together in the tiny town of Marfa, Texas. This week, the singer-songwriters release another track off the record, a song called “Anchor.”

Similar to the previous releases, “Anchor” is a swoon-worthy song that is all about the vocals and the lyrics. With just an acoustic guitar, the trio harmonizes about love in the spectacular tune. Ingram takes the lead on this song, singing all the verses off the track in a way that is both inviting and intimate. Lambert humbly takes a back seat and can be heard softly harmonizing during the chorus.

“Be my anchor // Come and save me // Come and take me // To the other side”

So far, the trio has released songs that showcase all sides of each of their unique talents. “Anchor,” “Tin Man” (Re-release” and “In His Arms,” and “Am I right or Amarillo” are incredible sneak peeks of the upcoming record. We look forward to hearing the full-length project and the magic that the trio has created together.

Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, and Jon Randall's "Anchor" is available now, April 16th

Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, and Jon Randall’s “Anchor” is available now, April 16th

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“Anchor” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Carly Pearce and Lee Brice Take Home Early Win Ahead of ACM Awards

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice’s “I Hope You’re Happy Now” took home an early win for Musical Event of the Year ahead of the 2021 ACM Awards airing this Sunday Night, April 18th.

During an interview with People magazine’s Topher Gauk-Roger, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice were surprised with the news of their early ACM win with “I Hope You’re Happy Now” for Musical Event of the Year.

Check out the interview and surprise reveal here that stopped the two in their tracks. Listen to the award-winning song below and tune in Sunday night to catch the duo performing “I Hop You’re Happy Now”, which is also up for Sinlge of the Year.

The ACM Awards will take place live from Nashville on Sunday, April 18th at 8PM ET on CBS. For the full list of nominations, click here and for the full list of performers, click here.

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Carly Pearce and Lee Brice take home ACM Award for Musical Event of the Year

Credit: Terry Wyatt / Getty Images for ACM

 

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Tim McGraw Releases Ultimate Edition of #1 Album ‘Here on Earth’

Tim McGraw just released two digital deluxe versions of his #1 album Here on Earth (Ultimate Edition) and Here on Earth (Video Edition), both available today, Friday, April 16th. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new music.

Tim McGraw's Here On Earth (Ultimate Edition) is out now, April 16th

Tim McGraw’s Here On Earth (Ultimate Edition) is out now, April 16th

McGraw surprised fans with the announcement of these two deluxe albums and the release of his new single, “God Moves the Pen”, only days before the albums dropped, hardly making country music lovers wait until they had new music and videos from the three-time GRAMMY winner.  

The extended album, out today, includes 30 tracks total, 16 of which are the original tracklist off the #1 album, which includes songs like “I Called Mama” and the title track. The next 8 songs are a mix of previously released songs from McGraw including, “Undivided” with Tyler Hubbard, “Neon Church”, “Thought About You”, and his latest single “God Moves the Pen”. As well as new songs like fan favorite, “Cuttin’ Onions”, “Truth Is”, and two bonus movie tracks: “Keep Your Eyes on Me” with Faith Hill from the 2017 film The Shack and “Gravity” from the 2018 documentary Free Solo. The final six tracks are video versions of “Here on Earth”, “I Called Mama”, “Gravy”, “Undivided”, “Thought About You”, and “Neon Church”. McGraw had already released a lyric video for each of the 16 songs on the original version of the album. 

This massive collection of songs marks its own era of music from McGraw which is what made him want them all to be included together in its own project. He shared that “Neon Church” started a new chapter, and he wanted to make sure it was included in the full story of Here on Earth

Earlier this week, McGraw spoke on his connection to one of the new songs off the record “Cuttin’ Onions”, a song written by brothers Brad Warren and Brett Warren with Monty Criswell. McGraw shared: “Cuttin’ Onions…hit me pretty close to home, growing up. It reminded me a lot of my childhood and the way I grew up in some certain circumstances. So it just put me right into the position of those memories and that life that I had growing up that wasn’t the best sometimes. So that’s what it did to me… I can visually picture it. I mean I could picture the house. I could picture the windows open and the curtains blowing out of the windows. I could picture all of it happening. It was just to me, it was just so vivid. For one thing, there was some inner emotional connection that I had to it with my life but also, it was just so visceral and visual to me that I couldn’t, I just couldn’t get it out of my head.” See the behind the scenes clip and interview here.  

“Sunday mornin’, my best shirt // Crockpot’s on for dinner after church // Dad was baptized by Lynchburg // Mama’d always beg him to come with us // Crying cuttin’ onions in the kitchen

Another brand new song off the album, “Truth Is” is about not wanting to face the truth about a relationship that’s come to an end so you just avoid seeing the people that are going to make you talk about it. Similar to other heartbreak songs off the album like “7500 OBO”, “Not From California”, and “If I Was a Cowboy”, “Truth Is” is about doing what you can to forget what was or what could have been and struggling to face what you’re going through. 

“I don’t wanna go, where everybody knows your name // So I just stay at home, many more these days // ‘Cause every time I leave the house I hear somebody asking about you and I just can’t bring myself to tell the truth about it so I tell a lie // Say you’re doing pretty good and things are going like they should and when I get back home tonight I’m gonna tell you that they sad to tell you ‘hi’”

“Keep Your Eyes on Me” and “Gravity” are both songs that McGraw co-wrote. “Keep Your Eyes on Me” is the first song he and Faith Hill wrote together with Lori McKenna, which McGraw and Hill performed together in the 2017 film The Shack, which McGraw also starred in. The superstar shared that “Gravity” was the third song he’d ever written for a film, also with Lori McKenna, and that he knew he wanted it to be included on a project down the line. If you’ve ever seen Free Solo or know the incredible story of Alex Holland, then you know the immense weight this song holds in being the one that closes out the film.

“Keep your eyes on me // When you’re lost in the dark // Keep your eyes on me // When the light in your heart is too burnt out to see // Keep your eyes on me // Swear you’re all alone sometimes // Keep your eyes on me // And you can’t find your way home sometimes // Keep your eyes on me”

On June 12th, there will be a special edition 12” vinyl available for Record Store Day that will have “Undivided”, on one side, and an acoustic version of “I Called Mama” on the other. These two songs are incredible representatives of not only McGraw’s current career but of how he is releasing important music at an essential time.

“Undivided” was released at a crucial moment for our country, and just in time for the Presidential Inauguration in January where McGraw and Hubbard performed the song live for the first time together. They have also released a director’s cut version of the song’s music video since then. “I Called Mama”, now out for almost a year, continues to act as a reminder of the importance of home and human connection even in the toughest of times.

HERE ON EARTH Ultimate Edition Track List
*indicates video featured on HERE ON EARTH Ultimate Video Edition 

  1. LA
  2. Chevy
  3. Here on Earth*
  4. Damn Sure Do
  5. Hallelujahville
  6. Good Taste In Women
  7. Hard to Stay Mad At
  8. Sheryl Crow
  9. Not From California
  10. Hold You Tonight
  11. 7500 OBO
  12. If I Was A Cowboy
  13. I Called Mama*
  14. Gravy*
  15. War of Art
  16. Doggone
  17. Undivided / Tim McGraw & Tyler Hubbard*
  18. Thought About You*
  19. Neon Church*
  20. Cuttin’ Onions
  21. Truth Is 
  22. God Moves the Pen   

Bonus Movie Tracks

  1. Keep Your Eyes on Me / Tim McGraw & Faith Hill from feature film The Shack
  2. 24. Gravity from Academy Award ® winning documentary “Free Solo”

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“Tin Man” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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