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Carrie Underwood Shares Release Date for Gospel Album ‘My Savior’

Following the success of her first-ever holiday album last fall, Carrie Underwood is keeping faith front and center for another project coming this spring. ‘My Savior’, the companion record to ‘My Gift’ will be released just in time for Easter, on March 26. 

The album will feature classic gospel covers of traditional hymns that Underwood grew up singing in church. “It’s been such a blessing to make music like this”, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter said in a recent press release. “These two albums have been on my musical bucket list since the beginning of my career, and it feels like the perfect time to share these beloved songs with the world.”

Underwood co-produced the record alongside multi-platinum selling producer David Garcia whose many successes include Underwood’s 2018 studio album, Cry Pretty

Carrie Underwood's 'My Savior' is due out March 26th

Carrie Underwood’s ‘My Savior’ is due out March 26th

‘My Gift’ debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country chart (Underwood’s eighth straight album to do so) and continued to hold the spot for four consecutive weeks. The project remained on the Christian charts for more than 3 months. Five individual songs also performed well, including “Little Drummer Boy” featuring the American Idol alum’s young son, Isaiah. When “Hallelujah” (with John Legend), “Favorite Time of Year”, and “Silent Night” landed at #1, #2, and #3 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, Underwood became the first artist ever to hold all three top positions for multiple weeks. 

My Savior is available for pre-order now.

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Best Country Albums of 2020 – Our Favorite Picks

As this crazy, unprecedented year finally comes to a close, the one thing we could all find solace in was music in 2020.  The New York Country Swag team is highlighting the wide range of our team’s favorite songs and artists when it comes to the country music genre by featuring our favorite album picks of 2020.  At the end of the day, we are all fans first with a passion for country music and are eager to share with you all the albums we’ve had on repeat this year.

Best Country Albums of 2020 - Our Favorite Picks

Best Country Albums of 2020 – Our Favorite Picks

Find below each of our team member’s favorite albums and why in our 2020 best country album picks.

 

Stephanie Wagner, Founder

Pick: Southern Symphony – Russell Dickerson

Although the album has only been out a few weeks, I would be lying if I said I haven’t been playing it on repeat nonstop since its release. It’s one of those albums you can listen to over and over again and each time fall in love with a new song. This was one of the records I was looking forward to most this year and I’m so glad that in a year of uncertainty, this new music from Russell Dickerson has made its way out into the world. I can not wait to see songs from this project performed live!

Honorable Mention:  Southside – Sam Hunt – When I think of the early days of quarantine, I think of this album and listening to it on repeat night and day. It’s full of jams, relatable lyrics, and clever twists that made it easy to listen to over and over again.

 

Christina Bosch, Managing Editor 

Pick: The Other Side – Cam

Cam

Throughout this unprecedented and unpredictable year music has been healing and also very painful to listen to. Missing live music and the way our old life played out was something I had to come to grips with early on in the pandemic but each time a new album was released, I fell deeper and deeper in love with music and was able to really focus on my favorite part of the country genre – the lyrics.

Picking a favorite album of 2020 was nearly impossible. Three different albums were constantly playing throughout the year, the first half of the year was Nightfall by Little Big Town, then came my favorite singer-songwriter HARDY with A ROCK. Both of those albums were chosen by two of our writers so finally, released at the end of October was Cam’s sophomore project, The Other Side.

Cam’s impeccable vocal ability blew me away from the moment I first heard her sing but with this second project, she proves her power in this genre. Each song tells a different story from heartbreak, divorce, growing older, and a love that is envied by all. “Happier for You”, “Redwood Tree”, and “What Goodbye Means” are highlights but even choosing three songs to showcase was hard. I am so glad that “Diane” is getting a second life on this project as well after being released back in 2017.

For any fans of real country music that tells a story, The Other Side will instantly become a favorite for years to come.

 

Lucie Bernheim, Contributing Writer

Pick: The Dream – Hailey Whitters

2020 has felt like multiple years rolled into one. Between a global pandemic, civil unrest, and ultimately, vast unpredictability, the true silver lining has been the incredible music released over the last 12 months. This year has produced some of my favorite works of all time, two being Brett Eldredge’s risk-taking Sunday Drive, which I got to review in July, and Hailey Whitters’ magical and brilliant The Dream. Choosing between these albums was hard because they are both my favorites on different ways, but when it came down to it, I had to choose Hailey Whitters’ The Dream.

The Dream is a dream album. It’s cohesive and gorgeous, insightful and witty, heartbreaking and hopeful. “Dream, Girl” and “All The Cool Girls” have a real groove and mystique to them, making them standouts. “Janice At The Hotel Bar” is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of song. I remember where I was when I first heard the song, walking in Central Park, so moved I had to stop. I immediately played it for my parents and my sister. Lyrically, it’s incredible, as is any story-song written by Whitters and the unparalleled Lori McKenna. “Paris in the spring of 1973/She said if there is a heaven, that’s where I’ll be”.  Something about the delivery and production makes it incredibly evocative, with Whitters’ reverbed vocals and a shimmering acoustic guitar gliding you along. It’s the kind of musical moment you never forget.

It’s hard to encapsulate what music has meant to me this year. “The Days” gave me the closure I needed to end my senior year of high school; “Heartland” and “Janice At The Hotel Bar” got me through my first semester of college. Whenever I hear this record, I will always be transported back in time to 2020, a year that even if we try to forget, we never will. I can’t wait to see what Hailey Whitters does next.

 

Dylan Bestler, Contributing Writer

Pick: Southside – Sam Hunt

With all live shows being canceled this year, we needed artists to drop a lot of new music to fill the void and get through quarantine. Luckily, country artists delivered and we got a ton of great albums from Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Dustin Lynch, Brett Eldredge, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton, and many others. My favorite was Sam Hunt’s Southside.

Hunt covered a lot of themes on this record. Being that his last album was released five and a half years ago (which could’ve been another reason why I loved Southside so much), he had a lot of stories to tell. His songs are very personal to him, but are general enough where others can relate as well.

If you want to dance and have a good time, “Kinfolks” and “Hard to Forget” are great tailgate anthems. If you want to get in your feels and maybe even cry, “2016” and “That Ain’t Beautiful” are for you. “Young Once” and “Sinning With You” paint great pictures of young love if you want to reminisce on your youth. There is a song for every type of emotion on this record which makes it so versatile and relevant.

Honorable Mentions: A ROCK-HARDY, The Lemonade Stand-Tenille Townes, The K Is Silent-Hot Country Knights.

 

Kristina Callahan, Contributing Writer

Pick: Tullahoma – Dustin Lynch

Remember a time when artists put out albums, did press about the new record, and maybe even have an album release party? It seems like that was a lifetime ago. Dustin Lynch put out Tullahoma, his fourth studio album, right before the Covid-19 pandemic hit and let me tell you, I can still listen to it front to back nearly a year later. The album is named after Lynch’s hometown of Tullahoma, Tennessee, and is a central theme throughout the album from running into an ex-girlfriend at the Circle K in “Thinking ‘Bout You” or singing about momma’s fried chicken in “Dirt Road.”
I grew up on a dirt road dreaming ’bout making a name // And getting out of dodge and the same ol’ same // Graduate and settle down, man I was out of that town // Now I catch myself rewind and reminiscing // ‘Bout a small town girl and mama’s fried chicken // I can taste it right now // Let me tell you I’m proud
 
Lynch sings about his hometown in a way that so many that grew up in the small towns can relate to: driving down backroads, having everything remind you of an ex, and memories with some of your best friends. I think that’s why I love this album so much, it’s relatable and simple. When Lynch can finally perform these songs live in front of thousands of fans, I have no doubt they’ll be crowd favorites.

Jeremy Chua, Contributing Writer

Pick: Rollin’ On – Jesse Daniel

If your knowledge of country music relies solely on what’s played on country radio, you probably wouldn’t have heard of Jesse Daniel. But, if you listen to country radio and also keep up critics’ reviews, you would have heard the buzz about the California native. Though Daniel released his debut album back in 2018, it is his sophomore (and latest) effort that caught the ears of many. Rollin’ On is a throwback to the warmth of classic country, whilst also giving a nod to the Bakersfield sound made famous by icons like Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam.

The twelve-track project boasts plenty of fiddle, steel, mandolin, and all your favorite traditional country elements. Sometimes, you hear the phrase “my life is a country song” tossed around in lighthearted humor. But Daniel’s life truly is a country song. He’s lived through poverty, drugs, substance abuse, jail time, rehab and more. This roller-coaster journey is on full display in Rollin’ On. “Champion” boasts a story of overcoming odds, “If You Ain’t Happy Now (You Never Will Be)” is a timely reminder of true contentment, while the rollicking title track celebrates the adventure of life everyone is on. Like classic country? Like authentic songwriting? Like a record with impeccable production? Then Jesse Daniel’s Rollin’ On is definitely for you. Look out for him in 2021! This album is just the beginning for the rising country star.

 

Erin Crosby, Contributing Writer

Pick: Lady Like (Deluxe) – Ingrid Andress

This “More Hearts Than Mine” singer-songwriter and piano ballad enthusiast did not only release LadyLike, her debut record, in a time when the word quarantine was still freshly coming off the tongue like a foreign island that protrudes its way onto the coast, impacting the nation in more ways than could have been anticipated. But, Ingrid Andress followed up with a deluxe edition just six months after the collection itself.

LadyLike (Deluxe) deepens and expands a presence of the crisp, lovable yet heartbreaking sentiment that exceeds an already palpable sense of her artistry in the original album. A stripped-down and honest production is only accentuated in the follow-up project with a rearranged tracklist that is said to tell the story in the order that it occurred. Each song acts as a chapter of Andress’ life whether it highlights emotional distress or an attempt at a real relationship, though intentions vary throughout depending on where you left off in the story. LadyLike (Deluxe) acts as a true representation of modern ideologies of romance while not closing the curtain on inner frustrations and insecurities along the way.

 

Caleigh DeCaprio, Contributing Writer

Pick: kelsea– Kelsea Ballerini

There were a few albums that I found myself playing on repeat this year, including The Speed of Now Part 1, What you see Ain’t Always What You Get, and Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley, Chapter 1: Snake Oil. But when it came to what album got me ~through~ this year, it was kelsea.

Too many of these songs felt like Kelsea wrote them just for me. I’ve never heard a song that was so lyrically perfect for me before I listened to “club”. Seriously if you know me, this song is my anthem. I had already loved “homecoming queen?” and “la” because of how vulnerable and relatable they were and when I heard the full album, I felt the very same way about “overshare”, “half of my hometown”, and “a country song”. I related so strongly to these songs to the point that I felt I could have written them myself. (not that I could have done that, but you know what I mean).

The artistry in the songwriting and production of this entire album is a pure example of a true and rare talent. No matter what song you come across on this record, it will be some of the most vulnerable and honest music you have heard. Ballerini shares her highs and lows and everything in between. It’s not that common for an artist to be so open and forward about their struggles with anxiety and introversion, especially this early on in their career, but Ballerini showed that side of her and then some with this album.

My heart hurt for her when this album came out the week the world shut down. I wanted her to get to play these songs live and receive all the glory she deserved for this beautiful work of art. However, the way that she was able to spin that negative into the reimagining of the very same songs on ballerini in order to give herself the chance to re-fall in love with these songs was extraordinary and a lovely example of music that would not exist if it weren’t for this year’s events. The re-imagined ballerini album just made fans understand even more how much love she had for this collection of songs.

The pair of albums was meant to show that there are two sides to every story and every person. Understanding that we all have more to us than what is seen on the surface is an important and beautiful lesson that we can take away from these albums and this year. When the day finally comes for Kelsea to play these songs on tour, I will be the first one in line to see it.

Julia Grubbs, Contributing Writer 

Pick: Starting Over – Chris Stapleton

2020 has been a certain kind of year, so I was looking for something that told a complete story. As soon as I heard Starting Over, I knew it captured everything I was feeling about how the year had gone: some of the anger, some of the resentment, some of the just getting up every day for a brand new day that looked very similar to the one before. While Stapleton always manages to speak truth to listeners in ways no one else can, this year we needed comfort and assurance unlike any other that we will make it through this. “Cold” is one of my favorites, using his iconic tone and lyricism to hit raw emotion. “Starting Over”, just like the title of the album, reminds us that through this journey, we can still learn and grow, find moments of joy, and serves as a reminder that we must accept what has happened, and use that as a pivotal moment for the path forward.

 

Nicole Piering, Contributing Writer

Pick: Nightfall – Little Big Town

My favorite and most listened to album of 2020 was easily Little Big Town’s Nightfall, which came out in simpler pre-pandemic times back in January. In fact, their phenomenal concert at the Apollo was my last taste of live music this year, so at least I went out on a high note.

Although not as single-heavy as some of their other releases, Nightfall is truly a cohesive masterclass in harmony. With standout songs such as “Sugar Coat,” “Questions,” and “The Daughters,” this album is one I’ll be listening to through 2021 and beyond.
Pick: My Gift – Carrie Underwood
Whether or not you’re a religious person, this album is absolutely stunning. We needed something positive to come out of 2020 and the first ever holiday project from the queen of country definitely delivered. From gorgeous covers of Christmas classics like “O Holy Night”, “Mary Did You Know” and “Joyful Joyful” to new original songs like “Let There Be Peace” and “Sweet Baby Jesus” the album truly has something for everyone. Underwood’s voice shines on the power ballads and the softer hymns alike, and you can hear her emotion and faith come through every song.
My personal favorites off the album happen to be the two collaborations: “Hallelujah” with John Legend and “Little Drummer Boy” featuring Underwood’s son, Isaiah. Curling up with hot chocolate and a blanket and listening to My Gift has been my weekend routine since it came out in September, and I’m definitely going to be listening to these songs well after the holiday season.

What a year wild ride 2020 has been. While it was so strange not going to any concerts, new music from many great country artists certainly got me through. While this was a tough decision to make, my favorite album of 2020 had to be Granger Smith’s Country Things (Both Volumes). It just gives you such perspective to live in the moment and enjoy the little things. This was such an important message for 2020 as while we may not have gotten to enjoy the big events, we got to enjoy those moments with our loved ones we may not have gotten to if we had a year of our normal, busy schedules.

 

Erica Zisman, Contributing Writer

Pick: A ROCK – HARDY

If there is one thing that got me through this year, it was music. As 2020 comes to a close, I could not be more grateful for country music! With that being said, my favorite record of 2020 has to be HARDY’s album, A ROCK.

I am completely in love with everything HARDY does as a singer, a songwriter, and a performer. He continues to exceed my expectations and delivers music that I relate to, enjoy, and want to share with my friends and family. HARDY’s ability to craft lyrics is a skill I’ll never get enough of. Moreover, his record is a cohesive masterpiece that tells a full story from start to finish.

Songs like the title track, “A ROCK,” “GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL,” and “SO CLOSE” are all so different, yet distinctly HARDY.  Time after time, the singer-songwriter and superstar in the making proves that he has an IQ high above the rest when it comes to creating a captivating song and full-length project.

I truly cannot wait to see what he does next. Also, it is an added bonus that HARDY gave us all a live concert via streaming to celebrate this record. Even through the screen, I could feel how amazing the record truly is and will be when performed in front of a live audience; hopefully next year! Congrats to HARDY and his team for delivering a badass and unique record to an ever-growing fanbase!

Honorable Mention: Jordan Davis Self-titled EP

 

How do our favorite picks match up to yours? Let us know what music you’ve had on repeat in 2020. Already anticipating new music in 2021? Check out our list of albums to expect in the new year here.

 

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Carrie Underwood Pandora LIVE – Recap

Carrie Underwood is getting fans in the holiday spirit with an HBO special, appearances on daytime and late-night talk shows, and now, a session through Pandora LIVE.

Carrie Underwood Pandora

The exclusive broadcast on the popular music streaming platform gave listeners an opportunity to hear the country superstar sing songs from her first Christmas album, My Gift. Underwood was joined by her band and the gospel quartet The McCrary Sisters as she performed holiday classics and original songs from the project. The American Idol winner also sat down with SiriusXM The Highway radio host Storme Warren to chat about the process of writing and recording the album over zoom and her favorite holiday traditions and recipes.

During the event, fans had the chance to message each other in the chatroom, play Carrie Underwood and Christmas trivia, and even upload a selfie using the virtual photo booth.

“This year, more than ever, we are all looking forward to Christmas,” said Underwood. “I hope My Gift and Pandora LIVE can help get people in the spirit as they prepare for and celebrate the holidays.”

With more than a billion streams, Underwood is the top female country artist in Pandora history. My Gift is streaming now on Pandora.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about the upcoming Carrie Underwood release.

To keep up with Carrie Underwood, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

My Gift is available everywhere you buy or stream music. 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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“My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood” – The Full Recap

The holidays are officially here. “My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood” premiered today on HBO Max and it was more than worth the wait. For fans who anxiously counted down the days to the release of My Gift back in September, Underwood’s first ever Christmas album, this full length streaming concert provides a new way to experience the music and the joy of the season. 

My Gift Carrie Underwood

Accompanied by a full orchestra and choir, a festive wardrobe, and a holiday set straight out of a dream, the singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, author, and mom of two performed every song from the album including Christmas classics and original material, plus previous hit singles, ‘Jesus Take the Wheel’ and ‘Something in the Water’. John Legend also joined her for a gorgeous duet of their song “Hallelujah”, which has already climbed to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In a full-circle moment for OG fans, American Idol conductor Ricky Minor led the orchestra. 

Underwood was flawless with her vocals, but it was her eldest son Isaiah who stole the show during the 45-minute program. After commenting on how special it was to record a duet with her five-year-old for the album, viewers got a behind the scenes glimpse into the two recording together over the summer. Isaiah can be seen in the studio and singing his little heart out while his proud mama cheers him on. Underwood’s mother Carole also made an appearance in a packaged segment, sharing pictures, video clips, and stories about Carrie’s love of Christmas growing up and performing locally in Oklahoma.

My Gift the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country, Christian, and Holiday charts. The project, which was arranged and produced by Greg Wells was Underwood’s eighth straight album to debut in the top spot. 

The event was directed by Sandra Restrepo and produced by Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks for Playtone. “My Gift: a Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood” is available now on HBO Max.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about the upcoming Carrie Underwood release.

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My Gift is available everywhere you buy or stream music. 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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Carrie Underwood Christmas Special to Debut December 3rd on HBO Max

“My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood” is set to debut December 3rd on HBO Max highlighting songs from her first-ever holiday album as well as traditional favorites.

Carrie Underwood Christmas Special

“My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood” to Debut December 3 on HBO Max

Announced earlier this fall, HBO Max revealed an exclusive holiday special starring seven-time GRAMMY Award winner, Carrie Underwood. Set to appear with her band along with a live orchestra and choir, Underwood will perform a combination of beloved traditional favorites celebrating the spiritual nature of the holiday season, as well as new original material from her first-ever Christmas album, My Gift

The special will feature many heartfelt moments and performances, including a duet with John Legend, singing “Hallelujah,” as well as some behind the scenes of Underwood recording “Little Drummer Boy” with her five-year-old son, Isaiah.

The Max Original special is executive produced by Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks for Playtone, along with Underwood and her manager, Ann Edelblute.

“I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Playtone and HBO Max to bring My Gift to life,” said Underwood in a recent press release. “Just like the album, I hope this special will help bring some much-needed joy and become part of the soundtrack to people’s holiday festivities this year as it streams throughout the season and beyond.”

My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood” will be available to stream starting Thursday, Dec. 3 on HBO Max.

In addition to the exciting holiday special, it was also recently revealed that Carrie Underwood and John Legend’s new Christmas duet “Hallelujah” will sync up with the 2020 Empire State Building light show in New York City beginning December 19 through Christmas Day for their Annual Holiday Light Show. Learn more here.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about the upcoming Carrie Underwood release.

To keep up with Carrie Underwood, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

My Gift is available everywhere you buy or stream music. 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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Carrie Underwood’s ‘Hallelujah’ To Be Featured in Empire State Building Holiday Light Show

Carrie Underwood and John Legend’s new Christmas duet “Hallelujah” will sync up with the 2020 Empire State Building light show in New York City.

Carrie Underwood "Hallelujah" John Legend

Christmas came early for Carrie Underwood fans when she dropped her highly anticipated holiday album My Gift earlier this fall. And now the festivities continue with a special announcement from the historic Empire State Building in New York City. One of the original songs from the project will sync with the annual light show playing on the famous downtown Manhattan landmark, providing fans near and far with a new way to experience the track. 

“Hallelujah”, written by John Legend and Toby Gad, is a fan favorite from the album and is sure to get people in the holiday spirit. The song will broadcast on iHeartRadio’s Z100 and LiteFM at 8PM ET every night from Saturday, December 19 through Christmas Day. The accompanying light show was choreographed by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman. 

“I’m honored to be able to join the Empire State Building for this wonderful tradition,” said Underwood in a press release earlier this week. “More than ever, it’s a time to embrace the hopefulness and joy of the holiday season, and to share that magic with people around the globe.”

Fans outside New York City can watch the spectacle live online via Earthcam hereAfter the debut performance on December 19, the entire show will also be uploaded to the Empire State Building’s YouTube channel, here.

“Hallelujah” and My Gift are available now everywhere you stream music.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Carrie Underwood releases in the coming weeks.

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Breaking! CMA Entertainer of the Year Is… Eric Church!

Tonight, November 11th, 2020, The 54th Annual CMA Awards show aired live on ABC. Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, the special show was full of one of a kind moments and epic performances as the country music family honored the highest talents of 2020 celebrating “Country Music’s Biggest Night”.

Ending the three-hour-long show, was the most prestigious award of the night, “Entertainer of the Year. Up for the honor were Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Eric Church, and Keith Urban. Ultimately taking home the award was Eric Church.

Humbly accepting, Church shared “This award this year, at least for me, has been about the loss of this year. Loss of life, loss of playing shows, loss of freedom, loss of kids being in school… And do you not what the win is? The win is we all are here tonight, together, as country music… in person, live, not on zoom and I think… I believe this, I really believe this, it’s going to be music that brings us out of this. That is the one thing that is going to save the entire world. Politicians are about division, music is about unity.”

2020 CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year, Eric Church

2020 CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year, Eric Church

Check out the list of winners here and more special moments from the night on our Instagram and Twitter.

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2020 CMA Awards – Full List of Winners

Tonight, November 11th, 2020, The 54th Annual CMA Awards show took place. Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, the special show was full of one of a kind moments as the country music family honored the highest talents of 2020 celebrating “Country Music’s Biggest Night”.

CMA Awards Performers

2020 CMA Awards, November 11th, 2020

Last year, Stephanie and Christina of NYCountry Swag flew down to Nashville to attend the 53rd Annual CMA Awards, witnessing an iconic night for women in country music including the 2019 hosts Carrie Underwood with special guests Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. Of course, this year looked a little different, but the show must go on and we were certainly excited to cheer the country music community safely from our homes.

The stellar line-up included special performances from superstar artists like Luke Combs, Eric Church, Maren Morris, and more. Dan + Shay were joined by Justin Bieber for the world premiere performance of their hit song, “10,000 Hours”. Additionally, Thomas Rhett took the stage with collaborators Reba McEntire and Chris Tomlin for a special rendition of their 2020 # 1 hit, “Be A Light”.

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 2020 CMA AWARDS WINNERS —

Entertainer Of The Year
Eric Church — ** Winner
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban


Single Of The Year

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Producer: Dan Smyers
Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano

“Beer Never Broke My Heart” – Luke Combs
Producer: Scott Moffatt
Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley

“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Jay Joyce
Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce

“The Bones” – Maren Morris — ** Winner
Producer: Greg Kurstin
Mix Engineer: Greg Kurstin

“I Hope” – Gabby Barrett
Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale
Mix Engineer: Buckley Miller


Album Of The Year

Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi
Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi

Never Will – Ashley McBryde
Producers: Jay Joyce, John Peets

Old Dominion – Old Dominion
Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion

What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs — ** Winner
Producer: Scott Moffatt

Wildcard – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Jay Joyce


Song Of The Year

“Bluebird” – Written by Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert, recorded by Miranda Lambert

“The Bones” – Written by Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz, recorded by Maren Morris — ** Winner

“Even Though I’m Leaving” – Written by Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Ray Fulcher, recorded by Luke Combs

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Written by Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Carly Pearce, Jonathan Singleton, recorded by Carly Pearce and Lee Brice

“More Hearts Than Mine” – Written by Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, Derrick Southerland, recorded by Ingrid Andress


Female Vocalist Of The Year

Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris — ** Winner
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood


Male Vocalist Of The Year

Eric Church
Luke Combs — ** Winner
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban


Vocal Group Of The Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion — ** Winner
Rascal Flatts


Vocal Duo Of The Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay — ** Winner
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae


Musical Event Of The Year

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Producer: Dan Smyers

“Be A Light” – Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
Producer: Dann Huff

“The Bones” – Maren Morris with Hozier
Producer: Greg Kurstin

“Fooled Around And Fell In Love” – Miranda Lambert (feat. Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley
McBryde, Tenille Townes & Caylee Hammack)
Producer: Jay Joyce

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice — ** Early Winner
Producer: busbee


Music Video Of The Year

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Director: Patrick Tracy

“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert — ** Early Winner
Director: Trey Fanjoy

“Homemade” – Jake Owen
Director: Justin Clough

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
Director: Sam Siske

“Second One To Know” – Chris Stapleton
Director: David Coleman


New Artist Of The Year

Jimmie Allen
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Carly Pearce
Morgan Wallen — ** Winner


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Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, and Lee Brice Take Home Early CMA Awards

Ahead of the 54th Annual CMA Awards set to take place tonight, Wednesday, November 11th at 7/8c on ABC, two early winners were revealed.

Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, and Lee Brice take home early CMA Awards ahead of the November 11th show. Tune in at 7/8c on ABC

Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, and Lee Brice take home early CMA Awards ahead of the November 11th show. Tune in at 7/8c on ABC

Miranda Lambert takes home the award for Video of the Year with her smash hit, “Bluebird”. The award-winning video was directed by Trey Fanjoy. Additionally, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice received the award for Musical Event of the Year for their hit song, “I Hope You’re Happy Now”.

Pearce shared her emotional reaction to the win in an Instagram post, adding “This was the moment I found out as I sobbed on the phone in my pjs. Thank you, thank you, thank you. In a year that started as the hardest I’ve ever experienced, YALL are helping me see the big, bright, BEAUTIFUL light at the end of the tunnel.”

Pearce’s co-star on the track, Lee Brice, recently tested positive for COVID-19, will not be in attendance at the show tonight. Instead, fellow friend and country music artist, Charles Kelley of Lady A will take his place to perform the number one song with Pearce.

Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, the special show will be full of one of a kind moments as the country music family honors the highest talents of 2020 celebrating “Country Music’s Biggest Night”. Be sure to tune in and follow along on Twitter, @NYCOUNTRYSWAG, as we live-tweet the show. For a full list of performances, nominations, and everything you need to know, click here.

Click the image above to visit us on Instagram and let us know your vote for this year’s Entertainer of the Year.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music.

CMA Awards Performers

2020 CMA Awards Set to Air on November 11th, 2020 at 8PM ET on ABC

 

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2020 CMA Awards: Everything You Need To Know

On November 11th, 2020, The 54th Annual CMA Awards show will air on ABC at 8PM ET. Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, the special show will be full of one of a kind moments as the country music family honors the highest talents of 2020 celebrating “Country Music’s Biggest Night”.

CMA Awards Performers

2020 CMA Awards Set to Air on November 11th, 2020 at 8PM ET on ABC

Last year, Stephanie and Christina of NYCountry Swag flew down to Nashville to attend the 53rd Annual CMA Awards, witnessing an iconic night for women in country music including the 2019 hosts Carrie Underwood with special guests Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. Of course, this year is looking a little different, but the show must go on and we are certainly excited to cheer the country music community safely from our homes.

The line-up will include special performances from superstar artists like Luke Combs, Eric Church, Maren Morris, and more. Dan + Shay will be joined by Justin Bieber for the world premiere performance of their hit song, “10,000 Hours”. Additionally, Thomas Rhett will take the stage with collaborators Reba McEntire and Chris Tomlin for a special rendition of their 2020 # 1 hit, “Be A Light”. For a full list of performances check out the list below.

Set to take place in Nashville, Tennessee at the Music City Center, the CMA Awards Show will be the first of the year that will include some sort of live audience. Although tickets will not be available to fans as in years past, the show will bring together the performers, nominees, and their guests in one room for the first time in 2020. In a recent press release, CMA CEO Sarah Trahern notes, “We look forward to hosting our nominated artists and their guests as we celebrate the best of Country Music in a fully safe and physically distant environment.”

Check out the full list of performances, nominations, and everything you need to know below + click the image below to visit us on Instagram and let us know your vote for this year’s Entertainer of the Year.

 

When are the 2020 CMA Awards?
 Wednesday, November 11th at 8PM ET

Where to watch the 2020 CMA Awards?
 ABC, live from Nashville

Who is hosting the 2020 CMA Awards?
 Reba McEntire & Darius Rucker. It is Reba’s 5th time hosting and will be Darius Rucker’s first.

Who is Performing at the 2020 CMA Awards?

Show Opener: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Jenee Fleenor, and Ashley McBryde – Tribute to Charlie Daniels

Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”
Carly Pearce with Charles Kelley (Who will take Lee Brice’s place) – “I Hope You’re Happy Now”
Chris Stapleton – “Starting Over”
Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber – “10,000 Hours”
Darius Rucker and Lady A – “Beers & Sunshine”
Eric Church – “Hell of a View”
Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth – “I Hope”
Ingrid Andress – “More Hearts Than Mine”
Jimmie Allen – “Best Shot”
Jon Pardi – Joe Diffie Tribute
Keith Urban – “God Whispered Your Name”
Kelsea Ballerini – “hole in the bottle”
Little Big Town – Kenny Rogers Tribute
Luke Combs – “Cold as You”
Maren Morris – “The Bones”
Miranda Lambert – “Settling Down”
Morgan Wallen – “More Than My Hometown”
Old Dominion – Special Performance
Rascal Flatts – “Bless the Broken Road”
Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker – “In the Ghetto” Collaboration Tribute to Mac Davis
Thomas Rhett with Reba McEntire, Chris Tomlin, and Hillary Scott – “Be a Light”

 

Who is Presenting at the 2020 CMA Awards?

Presenters include Bobby Bones, Jake Owen, Lauren Akins, Lauren Alaina, Sara Evans, and Cece Winans.

 

Who is Nominated for the 2020 CMA Awards?

Entertainer Of The Year
Eric Church — ** Winner
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban


Single Of The Year

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Producer: Dan Smyers
Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano

“Beer Never Broke My Heart” – Luke Combs
Producer: Scott Moffatt
Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley

“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Jay Joyce
Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce

“The Bones” – Maren Morris — ** Winner
Producer: Greg Kurstin
Mix Engineer: Greg Kurstin

“I Hope” – Gabby Barrett
Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale
Mix Engineer: Buckley Miller


Album Of The Year

Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi
Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi

Never Will – Ashley McBryde
Producers: Jay Joyce, John Peets

Old Dominion – Old Dominion
Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion

What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs — ** Winner
Producer: Scott Moffatt

Wildcard – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Jay Joyce


Song Of The Year

“Bluebird” – Written by Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert, recorded by Miranda Lambert

“The Bones” – Written by Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz, recorded by Maren Morris — ** Winner

“Even Though I’m Leaving” – Written by Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Ray Fulcher, recorded by Luke Combs

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Written by Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Carly Pearce, Jonathan Singleton, recorded by Carly Pearce and Lee Brice

“More Hearts Than Mine” – Written by Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, Derrick Southerland, recorded by Ingrid Andress


Female Vocalist Of The Year

Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris — ** Winner
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood


Male Vocalist Of The Year

Eric Church
Luke Combs — ** Winner
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban


Vocal Group Of The Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion — ** Winner
Rascal Flatts


Vocal Duo Of The Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay — ** Winner
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae


Musical Event Of The Year

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Producer: Dan Smyers

“Be A Light” – Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
Producer: Dann Huff

“The Bones” – Maren Morris with Hozier
Producer: Greg Kurstin

“Fooled Around And Fell In Love” – Miranda Lambert (feat. Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley
McBryde, Tenille Townes & Caylee Hammack)
Producer: Jay Joyce

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice — ** Early Winner
Producer: busbee

 

Music Video Of The Year
“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Director: Patrick Tracy

“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert — ** Early Winner
Director: Trey Fanjoy

“Homemade” – Jake Owen
Director: Justin Clough

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
Director: Sam Siske

“Second One To Know” – Chris Stapleton
Director: David Coleman


New Artist Of The Year

Jimmie Allen
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Carly Pearce
Morgan Wallen — ** Winner


 

Tune in to the show to see who will take home the awards on November 11th on ABC. + Follow us on Twitter while we live-tweet the show, @NYCOUNTRYSWAG.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music.

 

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The Hero Collection by NYCountry Swag is inspired by the men and women of the Fire, Police and Military Departments across the country. A portion of sales from each purchase is donated to different foundations that support our heroes. We are dedicated to honoring their service and remembering their sacrifice.

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