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Garth Brooks Withdraws From CMA Entertainer of the Year Contention

Garth Brooks

During an early morning virtual press conference, Garth Brooks spoke with media and to fans across the country watching on Facebook to let them in on a big announcement. Although he has been the recipient of the CMA Entertainer of the Year award seven times, Brooks took the time to explain that he will permanently be removing himself from the ballot. 

His most recent win at the 2019 CMA Awards which took place in Nashville caused a ton of controversy, while the night was supposed to be honoring women and the votes did not go to the sole female nominated, Carrie Underwood who was also the host of the famed award show that evening. 

‘There’s one tweet in there that really stuck in my head,” Brooks said “It said, ‘Hey, man. This guy, why doesn’t he just step down (and leave) the entertainer for the next generation?’ 100% agree.” He continued, “With all the love in the world, we are officially pulling ourselves out of ‘Entertainer of the Year.'” 

This doesn’t mean that the superstar won’t still be nominated in other categories during the CMA and ACM Awards. “I’m extremely competitive,” he admits, saying that those wins “mean the world to me … It’s just, with Entertainer, we’ve been lucky enough to carry that home a number of times, and feel like it’s somebody else’s turn.”

His next album titled Fun was slated for release this year however the artist shares that even though the album is ready to go, he wants to release it once the world is in a better place. “I don’t want to be the guy that tries to do something in the midst where everybody is hurting,” Brooks says. “The album’s ready to go. It’s just, how do you get out and promote and be happy and jolly while everybody’s out there fighting for their lives not only physically, but fighting for their lives financially?”

To keep up with Garth Brooks, visit his website or follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

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The 53rd CMA Awards Deliver Epic Performances & Collaborations

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards was a night to remember, with incredible and unprecedented collaborations from all of our favorite stars. With female empowerment as a theme woven throughout the show, Nashville’s biggest night brought together female artists for collaborations that we never knew we needed!

The multi-generational trio of hosts – Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and Carrie Underwood – opened up the night with the playful song “Those Memories of You”, a single of Parton’s from 1987. This kicked off a 9-minute medley joined by stars ranging from Little Big Town, The Highwomen, Tanya Tucker, who wowed the audience with a rendition of her hit song, “Delta Dawn”, and many more incredible women. This opening act started the night off on a great note as we prepared for the awards and performances to come.

Soon after, the CMA Awards welcomed a powerhouse from the pop genre, P!nk, to join one of country’s biggest megastars, Chris Stapleton. The two performed a soulful version of Pink’s song “Love Me Anyway”, giving the audience chills as they belted the chorus in perfect harmony.

This wasn’t the only time during the night that we saw cross-genre magic. Later in the evening, Halsey joined the legendary country group Lady Antebellum on the stage to perform a medley their songs. Beginning with Lady Antebellum’s emotive ballad “What If I Never Get Over You” and closing with Halsey’s fiery “Graveyard”, this unexpected duo left the audience amazed.

As mentioned, the night showcased the theme of female empowerment. Mid-show, Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Kelsea Ballerini kicked off the most memorable medley of the night. Starting with only an acoustic guitar, Ballerini performed her recent single “homecoming queen?”, a song about accepting who you are and embracing insecurities. The ballad segued into a stunning sequence of female all-stars singing Little Big Town’s hit “Girl Crush”. Female favorites ranging from Runaway June, Lindsey Ell to Best New Artist winner Ashley McBryde rotated into the gorgeous arrangement. The most magical moment happened at the close of the song, when the most powerful females in country, including Little Big Town, joined the stage together, each singing the tune in their unique way.

Perhaps country music’s it-girl Maren Morris performed one of the most notable female solo performances. While rocking her baby bump in an all-white ensemble, the Album of the Year winner flawlessly belted her self-empowerment anthem “GIRL”.

By the end of the show, Dolly Parton proved that at 73, she’s still got it! She teamed up with For King & Country and Zach Williams for a show-stopping performance medley of the songs “God Only Knows” and “There Was Jesus”. In a glittery white gown, the show’s legendary host brought the crowd to their feet with her powerhouse vocals and striking stage presence.

We can’t neglect to mention other highlight performances of the night. Winner of Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year – and the up and coming king of country – Luke Combs lit up the arena with energy during his performance of “Beer Never Broke My Heart”. Old Dominion has had an incredible year, between their headlining tour and release of their self-titled album. Before their win for Vocal Group of the Year, the band took the stage to perform an intimate version of their single “One Man Band”. The audience felt the emotion in the vocals and smooth guitar riffs, as the band played the moving song about a desire for human connection.

Back to the must-see duets, we loved the unique opportunity to see Female Artist of the Year Kacey Musgraves take the stage with legend Willie Nelson to perform an unforgettable duet of the classic Muppets Movie tune “Rainbow Connection”. This wasn’t the first time these two have collaborated, as fans remember Nelson’s appearance on Musgrave’s Pageant Material album. This touching performance between the two artists helped to close the memorable night.

The performances during the 53rd Annual CMA Awards were truly a sight to see and listen to.

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What To Expect On Next Week’s 53rd Annual CMA Awards

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It’s almost time, the 53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards are only one week away. The live broadcast from the Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville is always a fall highlight, but we put together a list to get you even more excited for country music’s biggest night!

1. Who run the world…girls! The theme of this years’ show is Women In Country Music and from the hostess(es) with the mostest(es) (Carrie Underwood and her legendary special guests Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire have won 124 CMA awards between them) to the night’s nominees (Maren Morris tops the list with 6 nominations), we expect the women to truly shine.

2. Teamwork makes the dream work. Awards shows are a great place for collaborations and this year is no different. Steller pairs will take the stage all night long including Garth Brooks with Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn with Brothers Osborne, and Dolly Parton with for King & Country.

3. It’s not just a country party. While the night is about the genre’s best and brightest, the CMA Awards always include superstars from other types of music. Performances by Lady Antebellum with pop star Halsey, and Chris Stapleton with pop star Pink have already been announced, but we’re hoping for a few more surprises (maybe Justin Bieber with Dan + Shay to play their new smash, “10,000 Hours”?!)

4. Family-focused red carpet. Everyone in country music feels like family, but 2019 was the year of weddings and babies! Newlyweds walking the carpet will include Carly Pearce and Michael Ray, Devin Dawson and wife Leah Sykes, and Chris Lane with wife and Bachelor alum Lauren Bushnell. We may also catch glimpses of new dads Brett Young, Kane Brown, and Tyler Hubbard, as well as glowing expectant mothers Lauren Atkins, Cam, and Maren Morris.

5. Sparkles, sparkles, and more sparkles. The women and men of country love to bring out the bling, and the CMAs will likely follow suit. Underwood joked in a recent interview that between herself, Parton and McEntire there may be more costume changes and sequins than there will be awards presented.

6. All eyes will be on the night’s biggest award. With a year of unprecedented success in touring for all five nominees, the Entertainer of the Year award is anyone’s game. Will the reigning winner Keith Urban or his predecessor Garth Brooks add another trophy to their CMA shelf? Or will Eric Church, Chris Stapleton or Carrie Underwood get their first win? Underwood is the only woman in the category, and if crowned, would be the first female winner since Taylor Swift in 2011.

7. New season, new music. Many artists will be debuting singles or albums during the broadcast. Tune in to catch first award show performances of Kelsea Ballerini’s “homecoming queen?”, Carrie Underwood’s “Drinking Alone”, and Thomas Rhett’s “Remember You Young” just to name a few.

The CMA Awards air Wednesday, November 13th at 8 pm Eastern/7 pm Central on ABC. NYCountry Swag’s Christina and Stephanie will be in Nashville for awards week, be sure to follow their adventures on Instagram for awards coverage!

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CMA Awards Set to Honor Women In Country Music

 

Just last month the Country Music Association announced that women will be the focus of it’s upcoming 53rd Annual CMA Awards broadcast. Carrie Underwood is returning as host for the November event for the 12th year in a row, and this time she will be joined by female legends Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.

While prime time country award shows have previously had multiple male hosts (Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, for example, hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards for two years) and females have done similar gigs solo, this marks the first time a group of women will be teaming up for such an event. 

Combined, the three have won a staggering 124 CMA accolades, a number which is sure to increase as these powerhouses continue on in their careers. We’re stoked to watch this special night unfold, and Underwood, Parton, and McEntire are just as pumped as the rest of us, sharing their excitement via social media.

“Let’s go girls! I’m so excited to be joining Carrie Underwood and Reba to celebrate the legendary women of country music” Parton wrote. McEntire echoed the sentiments in a similar post, re-sharing a video clip the CMA released to announce the big news. Underwood, who until now has only hosted the show with Brad Paisley, expressed the pinch-me moment she was having getting to team up with two of her idols, posting “I couldn’t be more excited to get to stand up there with 2 of my personal heroes. Reba and Dolly are trailblazers, icons and legends. We’re gonna make Country Music proud!” accompanied by the hashtag “#DreamComeTrue”.

While we can certainly expect some witty and fun moments to come from the emcees, live performances from other women are bound to be highlights of the night as well. Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris and more have had an incredible year, and will most likely grace the stage at some point during the broadcast.

The full list of nominees was announced last week. And it’s safe to say that no matter what happens, we’re in for a special night.

The CMA Awards air live from Nashville, TN on ABC on November 13, 2019.

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NYCountry Swag Recaps the 52nd Annual CMA Awards

 

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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Country music’s biggest night has rolled around yet again, bringing country music fans an incredible night filled with live music, laughs and career altering award wins. The 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards aired live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee last night on ABC.

Six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year award-winning icon, Garth Brooks opened the show with a special tribute to the twelve victims of the horrific Thousand Oaks mass shooting that took place last week in California. Brooks began the evening by lovingly dedicating the award ceremony to each of the victims followed by leading a moment of silence while each of their names appeared on the screen.

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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Kicking off the many musical performances of the night, superstar Luke Bryan filled the room with positive energy as he was joined by New Artist of the Year winner Luke Combs, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Lindsay Ell, Ashley McBryde and Chris Janson for an infectious performance of his latest single and every country music lover’s anthem, “What Makes You Country.”

Welcoming the audience, eleventh-time hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley took the stage to deliver a hilarious musical monologue loosely based off of the film A Star Is Born, calling out a few fellow country stars. Paisley even jokingly surprised Underwood with yodeling sensation Mason Ramsey, portraying her firstborn son. Speaking of sons, the queen of country music amusingly revealed the gender of the baby she is carrying. When Underwood was pregnant with her first son, Paisley accidentally revealed his gender live on the air during the 2014 CMAs. This time, Paisley pressed Underwood until she finally admitted she will be having another baby boy.  Later in the evening, the co-hosts took a moment to share their support and thanks to the firefighters battling the Woolsey wildfires in California.

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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There was a total of twenty-one outstanding performances throughout the night, but we’ve narrowed those down to some of our favorites. Music Video of the Year winner, Thomas Rhett, gave an extremely entertaining performance of his number one single “Life Changes,” which started out in a reimagined version of his college dorm room and progressed into the singer-songwriter performing all throughout the crowd with a full marching band. Rhett’s gorgeous wife, Lauren, planted a kiss on Rhett as he passed her on his way to the main stage.

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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Dan + Shay absolutely stunned with their vocals during their performance of “Tequila.” Fake snow was falling, to go along with the theme of the single’s official music video, as the duo gave fans goosebumps with their exceptional vocal range. Paying tribute to the late, great Dottie West, Lauren Alaina honored the recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee by performing a rendition of the classic hit, “A Lesson In Leavin.’” Alaina’s vocals undoubtedly did the hit justice.  Fellow recent Country Music Hall of Fame member, Ricky Skaggs, gave a once in a lifetime performance of a mashup of a few of his hits, featuring an all-star guest list to celebrate his induction. Skaggs was joined by his band Kentucky Thunder to perform “Black Eyed Suzie,” along with John Osborne of Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne and Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban to perform “Highway 40 Blues” and closed out the performance with “Country Boy,” joined by Marty Stuart and co-host Paisley. Entertainer of the Year, Urban gave an epic performance of his current single “Never Comin Down” on top of the jumbo screens, featuring alluring visuals. The multi-platinum seller received a standing ovation, unquestionably proving why he was deserving of the biggest award of the night.

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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Brooks returned to the stage to debut a brand new song entitled “Stronger Than Me,” that he wrote for his wife, two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year winner, Trisha Yearwood. The singer-songwriter performed solo with nothing but an acoustic guitar and his chilling vocals. The emotional lyrics brought Yearwood to tears as she watched her husband, front and center.
Maren Morris, Morgane Stapleton, Marty Stuart, Mavis Staples, and Chris Stapleton teamed up for an unbelievable mashup performance of Stapleton’s “Friendship” and Staples’ “I’ll Take You There.” The collaboration had everyone up on their feet, singing along.  Album of the Year winner, Kacey Musgraves showcased her angelic, silky smooth vocals while strumming along to her own acoustic guitar for a stunning performance of “Slow Burn” off of Golden Hour.

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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The most powerful performance of the night was delivered by co-host Underwood. She absolutely dazzled in a beautiful royal blue gown, blowing everyone away with her striking vocal range on her anthem, “Love Wins.” The Female Vocalist of the Year was joined by a full choir which helped to close the performance of the powerful song in the shape of a heart, surrounding Underwood. You could feel the palpable energy through your television screen.

Stapleton lead last night’s wins with Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. The singer-songwriter gave an emotional speech thanking his wife and children for allowing him to invest so much time into his career.

Musgraves was the only female artist in the Album of the Year category and deservingly won for her fourth studio album, Golden Hour, explaining during her acceptance speech that earlier in the day she had realized it had been 10 years to the day that she made her move to Nashville.

52nd Annual CMA Awards

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Luke Combs received the award for New Artist of the Year. He will kick off his first ever arena headlining tour this Winter.

Brothers Osborne took home Vocal Duo of the Year for the third consecutive year in a row, giving a hilarious yet thankful speech. Underwood reigns as the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year for the fifth time. She “cried pretty” as she delivered a tearful speech, thanking God, country music and all of the many “families” in her life.

Closing out the memorable evening, Urban was not expecting his win for Entertainer of the Year. His fellow competitor Bryan, shot up right out of his seat in excitement as his friend’s name was announced. Urban tearfully accepted the award, thanking his wife, actress Nicole Kidman and their children, as well as his “phenomenal” fans. He also gave mention to his late father, “wishing he was alive to see this.” Watch his moving acceptance speech below.

The 2018 CMA Awards was another one for the books. Below is a full list of winners from the epic night.

Entertainer of the Year: Keith Urban
Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
New Artist of the Year: Luke Combs
Vocal Group of the Year: Old Dominion
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osborne
Album of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Song of the Year: “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
Single of the Year: “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
Music Video of the Year: “Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
Musical Event of the Year: “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally – Guitar

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Country Music’s Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts

Country Music’s Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts

Country Music’s Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts

Last night (Nov. 11), ABC’s Good Morning America co-host, Robin Roberts celebrated 10 years of her countdown to CMA’s television special by taking a a look back at her past interviews with country music’s biggest stars. As we gear up for the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville this Wednesday, Roberts gives viewers an inside look into country music’s icons, performances, and a behind the scenes peek into their personal lives.

The special featured many prominent performers in the country music spotlight including Keith Urban, Shania Twain, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, and many more. Check out the full special here.

Entertainer, Keith Urban was the first artist introduced in the episode. Some of the highlights included taking a look into how he gears up for tour, specifically his ‘Graffiti U’ tour that made its way to New York City’s Barclays Center back in October. Urban’s love and appreciation for how music has made him not only a better singer-songwriter, but a better husband, father, friend, role-model, and person was truly inspiring. He shared with Roberts, “Music is an incredible language of the heavens. I fully believe in it- that it’s here for that kind of healing and connectiveness.” Through the interviews, it was easy to see why Urban is up for three CMA Awards this year, including Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and the prestigious, Entertainer of the Year.

Country Music’s Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts

Carrie Underwood & Robin Roberts, Country Music’s Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts

Another highlight featured the “reigning Queen of Country,” Carrie Underwood. Roberts got to see an inside look into the Cry Prettystar’s journey from American Idol winner to a megastar, including an exclusive look into the songstress’ small home-town, pre-baby and marriage days, as well as, her recent star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Underwood couldn’t be more humble and appreciative of her journey and place in country music, sharing how, as CMT’s Artist of the Year, she feels it is her duty to stand up for equality for fellow female musicians in the industry. “I’m definitely a very blessed person, and try to make the most of those blessings and opportunities as they come, and God has just been really good to me.”

Along with hosting the big show, Underwood also has two CMA Award nominations herself including Music Video of the Year for “Cry Pretty,” as well as, Female Vocalist of the Year. The special made sure to include other musicians who got their start on American Idol, including the talented Scotty McCreery and New Artist of the Year nominee Lauren Alaina. For a full list of nominees, click here.

Country Music’s Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts

Luke Bryan & Robin Roberts, Country Music’s Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts

The super-talented and positive entertainer, and entrepreneur, Luke Bryan may have stole the show. Roberts and Bryan looked back at the CMA special from last year, where the singer-songwriter allowed cameras into his home, his tour, and with his family, sharing insight into how he dealt with personal loss and his inspiration for continuing to inspire fans and people through music. “That’s been one thing about my family and our loss, just when we started picking up the pieces with my brother, then we lose my sister and I just watch my mother and our whole family just go back to square one. I know a lot of people out there that have dealt with loss. You have to honor their memory by living, and you have to, you have to be a positive light for people.” Bryan is up for Entertainer of the Year this year.

The last few minutes of the episode, set to the iconic “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, features nostalgic clips over the last 10 years in country music, reminding viewers of the greater meaning of how healing music can really be. Stay tuned for more from the wonderful musicians on the the 52nd annual CMAs, this Wednesday, November 14th on ABC at 8pm and don’t forget to join in on the fun by sharing your CMA Award Winner predictions with our Instagram Story image, found here.

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And The Winner Is… Can You Predict the 2018 CMA Awards Winners?

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This Wednesday, November 14th, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will take the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to host the 52nd Annual CMA Awards for the 11th straight year. With nominations being announced a few weeks back, we want to know – Do you think you can predict the winners of this year’s show?

Save the photo below and add it to your Instagram story with your predictions for the 2018 CMA Awards Winners. Make sure to tag us (@NYCountrySwag), so we can see your picks! A full list of the nominations is available below.

 

 

Tune in to Country Music’s Biggest Night on ABC on Wednesday Night November 14th at 8 PM ET., to see if your favorites win big and make sure you are following NYCountry Swag on Twitter to tweet along with us!

Full list of CMA Nominees. 

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Single of the Year
“Broken Halos”- Chris Stapleton
Producer(s): Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Mix Engineer(s): Vance Powell

“Drinkin’ Problem”- Midland
Producer(S): Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Mix Engineer(S): Justin Niebank

“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
Producer(s): Michael Knox
Mix Engineer(s): Jeff Braun

“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Producer(s): Willshire
Mix Engineer(s): Serban Ghenea

“Tequila” – Dan + Shay
Producer(s): Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers
Mix Engineer(s): Jeff Juliano

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Sugarland

New Artist of the Year
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Chris Janson
Midland
Brett Young

Album of the Year
“From A Room: Volume 2” – Chris Stapleton
Producer(s): Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

“Golden Hour” – Kacey Musgraves
Producer(s): Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, Kacey Musgraves

“Graffiti U” – Keith Urban
Producer(s): Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, J.R. Rotem, Josh Kerr, Jason Evigan, Greg Wells, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Jesse Shatkin, Jimmy Robbins, Oscar Holter, Matt Rad, Eric Valentine, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mike Elizondo, Captain Cuts, Ross Copperman, Dann Huff, Peter Karlsson

“Life Changes” – Thomas Rhett
Producer(s): Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett

“The Mountain” – Dierks Bentley
Producer(s): Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

Song of the Year
“Body Like A Back Road”
Songwriter(s): Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

“Broken Halos”
Songwriter(s): Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton

“Drowns the Whiskey”
Songwriter(s): Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson

“Drunk Girl”
Songwriter(s): Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson

“Tequila”
Songwriter(s): Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
LANCO
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion

Musical Event of the Year
“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne
“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris (Feat. Vince Gill)
“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney)
“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)

Music Video of the Year
“Babe” – Sugarland (featuring Taylor Swift)
Director(s): Anthony Mandler

“Cry Pretty” – Carrie Underwood
Director(s): Randee St. Nicholas

“Drunk Girl”– Chris Janson
Director(s): Jeff Venable

“Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
Director(s): TK McKamy

“Tequila” – Dan + Shay
Director(s): Patrick Tracy

 

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The First Round of CMA Awards Performers Announced

CMA Awards Performers

This week, The Country Music Association announced the first round of performers for the 2018 Country Music Awards.  Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are joining forces again for the 11th year in a row to co-host country music’s biggest night, so be prepared for some hilarious banter and maybe one or two of their own unique made-up country medlies.

The countdown begins as we all await incredible acts from none other than former Entertainer’s of the Year Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and Kenny Chesney. Recently honored CMT Artist’s of the Year Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini will also be performing, as they both vie for Female Vocalist of the Year recognition.  Dan + Shay who are up for Vocal Duo of the Year, and Vocal Group of the Year Nominees Old Dominion will also be taking the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The 52nd Annual CMA Awards will be aired live from Nashville, Tennessee on ABC Wednesday, November 14th at 8/7 C. Be on the lookout as additional performers will be added in the coming weeks and click here for the full list of nominees.

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Remember When Lil Wayne Performed at the CMA Awards?

Lil Wayne alongside Kid Rock at the 2008 Country Music Awards

Lil Wayne alongside Kid Rock at the 2008 CMA Awards (Getty/Wire)

Hip-hop and rap fans woke up thrilled to find that superstar, Lil Wayne’s long anticipated album, Carter V had been released after years of lawsuits, legal issues and missed release dates. 

The 23-track record is everything lifelong fans of the rap king have been waiting for, but the 14th song on the album, “Hittas” adds a reference to be noted in the country music world. The single opens with David Letterman asking Wayne, “Is it true you performed with Willie Nelson at the Country Music Awards?” before going into the song.

The question brings us back to 2008 where rapper Lil Wayne joined then rock artist, Kid Rock on stage in a surprise appearance at the Country Music Association Awards. Hitting the Nashville stage decked In a Tennessee Titans football jersey, the rapper strummed a guitar while Kid Rock performed his hit single “All Summer Long”. 

Months later, in an interview with Genius, Lil Wayne shared that he didn’t actually know how to play the guitar, but lucky for him country legend Willie Nelson was nearby. The icon taught Wayne the most important chords just moments before the curtains went up. Check out Wayne’s hilarious story of his encounter with Nelson in the video below.

The CMA Awards – one of the biggest nights in country music – have not always been all about country artists. In the past there have been several not-so-country stars who having gotten there share of the stage during this prestigious night, including acts like Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Meghan Trainor, Pink, Niall Horan, and more. 

With the 2018 CMA Awards just a little over a month away, we wonder what surprise artists will we see make an appearance this year? 

Don’t miss The 52nd Annual CMA Awards hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood on Wednesday, November 14 at 8|7c on ABC. We’ll be live-tweeting the show! Follow Us & join in on the conversation, @NYCountrySwag.

 

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And The Nominees Are: Full List of 2018 CMA Nominations

CMA Nominees

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Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, and Sugarland joined Good Morning America (Aug. 28) to unveil this year’s nominees for the 52nd annual Country Music Awards, broadcasted live from Nashville at Bryan’s bar, Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink.

With 5 CMA nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of The Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year, singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton tops the list. Producer and musician, Dan Huff joins Stapleton with 4 nominations for his production role on Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes album and Keith Urban’s Graffiti U, as well as, nods for Single of the Year and Musician of the Year. Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Midland, and Chris Janson round out the incredible nominees, with 3 nominations each.

Be sure to catch Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, as they host the 2018 CMA Awards for the 11th straight year, live from Nashville Tennessee’s Bridgestone Arena. Tune into Country Music’s Biggest Night, scheduled to air on ABC on November 14th at 8 PM ET., to see if your favorites win big and make sure you are following NYCountry Swag on Twitter to tweet along with us!

Think you can predict the winners? Save the photo below and add it to your Instagram story with your predictions for the 2018 CMA Awards Winners. Make sure to tag us (@NYCountrySwag), so we can see your picks!

The full list of CMA Nominees is below. 

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Single of the Year
“Broken Halos”- Chris Stapleton
Producer(s): Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Mix Engineer(s): Vance Powell

“Drinkin’ Problem”- Midland
Producer(S): Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Mix Engineer(S): Justin Niebank

“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
Producer(s): Michael Knox
Mix Engineer(s): Jeff Braun

“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Producer(s): Willshire
Mix Engineer(s): Serban Ghenea

“Tequila” – Dan + Shay
Producer(s): Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers
Mix Engineer(s): Jeff Juliano

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Sugarland

New Artist of the Year
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Chris Janson
Midland
Brett Young

Album of the Year
“From A Room: Volume 2” – Chris Stapleton
Producer(s): Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

“Golden Hour” – Kacey Musgraves
Producer(s): Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, Kacey Musgraves

“Graffiti U” – Keith Urban
Producer(s): Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, J.R. Rotem, Josh Kerr, Jason Evigan, Greg Wells, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Jesse Shatkin, Jimmy Robbins, Oscar Holter, Matt Rad, Eric Valentine, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mike Elizondo, Captain Cuts, Ross Copperman, Dann Huff, Peter Karlsson

“Life Changes” – Thomas Rhett
Producer(s): Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett

“The Mountain” – Dierks Bentley
Producer(s): Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

Song of the Year
“Body Like A Back Road”
Songwriter(s): Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

“Broken Halos”
Songwriter(s): Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton

“Drowns the Whiskey”
Songwriter(s): Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson

“Drunk Girl”
Songwriter(s): Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson

“Tequila”
Songwriter(s): Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
LANCO
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion

Musical Event of the Year
“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne
“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris (Feat. Vince Gill)
“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney)
“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)

Music Video of the Year
“Babe” – Sugarland (featuring Taylor Swift)
Director(s): Anthony Mandler

“Cry Pretty” – Carrie Underwood
Director(s): Randee St. Nicholas

“Drunk Girl”– Chris Janson
Director(s): Jeff Venable

“Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
Director(s): TK McKamy

“Tequila” – Dan + Shay
Director(s): Patrick Tracy

 

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