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And The Nominees Are…2021 ACM Award Nominees Announced

The 2021 ACM Awards will take place on Sunday, April 18th at 8PM ET on CBS.

Earlier today on CBS This Morning, Kelsea Ballerini and Brothers Osborne kicked off the nomination announcements for the 56th Annual Show revealing who’s up for the night’s biggest honors like Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Duo of the Year, Group of the Year, Single of the Year and the most coveted award of the night: Entertainer of the Year.

Following the morning show announcement, ET’s Rachel Smith revealed the remaining categories which included New Male Artist of the Year, New Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year, and Music Event of the Year.

Normally airing from Las Vegas, this year the annual event will return 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 will once again feature yet-to-be-announced performances happening across three different iconic music venues in Music City: Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe.

Airing on Sunday, April 18th, 2021 from 8PM ET – 11PM ET on CBS, the 56th ACM Awards will also be available to stream live and on-demand.

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

 

2021 ACM AWARDS NOMINATIONS:

 

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR:
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

DUO OF THE YEAR:
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
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
– 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
Mickey Guyton
Caylee Hammack

 

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Jimmie Allen
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
– 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
– Producers: Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb
– Record Label: Mercury Nashville

 

Tune in to the show to see who will take home the awards on April 18th on CBS.
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Maren Morris and Luke Combs Discuss Diversity in Country Music During CRS

During Country Radio Seminar which was held virtually this week, Maren Morris and Luke Combs, absolute superstars and trailblazers in the country music industry were interviewed by NPR’s Ann Powers about important topics facing our genre today including the lack of diversity and inclusion. 

Maren Morris Luke Combs CRS Ann Powers

Ann Powers Interviews Maren Morris and Luke Combs during CRS 2021

Morris who has spoken candidly throughout this time of civil unrest through her platforms was a welcomed guest to the panel, bringing insight and fearless answers to each question.  Combs, who has faced backlash throughout his career when pictures have surfaced standing in front of a confederate flag, was also exceptional at explaining how it’s inexcusable and how he has learned to understand the gravity of the association with something that can hurt so many. 

Powers asked the hard questions, in an uncomfortable but welcoming conversation that was a beacon of hope for the attendees of CRS, hoping to be better, do better, and help the genre to continue to evolve to be more inclusive. Among many different topics, the panel discussed the history of country music, and Morris in particular brought up how we hold our heroes of the genre to a very high pedestal, however, historically, they aren’t the first ones who brought life to country music. “They were our pioneers, not THE pioneers”, she stated boldly. 

When you close out artists or songwriters based on the color of their skin or their ethnicity, you could be closing the door on a song that could be a hit or a song that could save hundreds of lives, Morris stated in a sentiment about the lack of diversity in Music City. 

Of course, the panel ended with the most recent incident that rocked the genre, when Morgan Wallen was caught on tape using a racial slur. Combs was happy to say “People can be changed. I mean, I think I’m a living, mouth-breathing example of it right here.” While Morris stated  “I just think if you love something, you absolutely should call out the parts that are complicit and wrong, so we can move forward in a healthier way. And I think sitting here having this conversation with you, Luke, at CRS, the week of country music (pros gathering), is a huge step. We’ve all got healing to do. And accountability is the first step of that.  I think that we’re on the road to a very hopeful place, but we have to be willing to have these conversations with each other and with our friends. I don’t care if you’re holding them accountable on Twitter or if you’re holding them accountable after a show when people are drunk on the bus — just call them out when you see it happening so we can move forward.”

Many attendees in the comments were exclaiming that this was the best panel in the 50+ years of Country Radio Seminar, something that will open the door for conversations and further discussion on such an important topic. 

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Country Artists Show Their Comedic Side on Saturday Night Live

NBC’s famed show Saturday Night Live has featured various country artists over the year, such as Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs. Check out our list of country artists who have been on SNL below.

After some initial drama surrounding his invitation to perform on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Morgan Wallen performed his new songs and a skit with the cast earlier this month. His amazing performance of  “7 Summers” and “Still Goin’ Down” prompted us to look back at the catalog of amazing country artists, who have also been featured on the prominent show.

Chris Stapleton + Sturgill Simpson

Back in 2018, one of the best vocalists in the country music genre, Chris Stapleton was invited to be a musical guest on SNL. The singer-songwriter performed both “Midnight Train to Memphis” and “Hard Livin.” As a surprise to fans, the great Sturgill Simpson joined Stapleton in his performance.

 

Luke Combs

Arguably one of the most successful artists in the genre, Luke Combs was also featured on SNL. Just before the pandemic struck, Combs graced the SNL stage to help kick off Super Bowl weekend. Singing his hits, “Beer Never Broke My Heart” and “Lovin’ on You,” Combs’ performance was one to remember.

 

Kacey Musgraves

It seems that Kacey Musgraves has been invited to perform on every show known to man at this point, so Saturday Night Live was just another notch on her belt. Back in 2018, the songstress performed both “High Horse” and “Slow Burn” off her critically-acclaimed record Golden Hour. The singer even partook in a skit with Amy Schumer that was not aired, but fans can check it out below.

Thomas Rhett

No stranger to New York City stages, Thomas Rhett performed on SNL in May of 2019. At the time Rhett debuted two songs off his record Center Point Road, including “Look What God Gave Her” and “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time.” His performance fired up the crowd and further proved that country music deserves a spotlight in mainstream media.

 

Blake Shelton

Paving the way for the country artists after him in a sense, Blake Shelton performed both songs and a skit in a 2015 episode of the hit show. Between his ‘Hee Haw’ sketch (below) and his vocal performance, it is clear why Shelton continues to be a staple in the genre.

We hope in the future SNL continues to showcase more country artists on their stages, especially some more female country artists.

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Country Songs That Embody 2020

The top country songs that embody 2020…

At last, 2020 is coming to an end. Despite how crazy this year has been, country music still prevailed, bringing us new songs, records, and even livestreams to enjoy. We thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the songs that we think personified this year.
“F2020” – Avenue Beat
“Lowkey fuck 2020 / I don’t know about everybody else / But I think that I am kinda done / Can we just get to 2021” 
Obviously, we have to start our list off with this certified jam! The ladies killed it with this viral song, personifying exactly how we all felt midway through quarantine. Of course, regardless, it’s such a bop.
“7 Summers”- Morgan Wallen
“Back then you used to love the river / And sippin’ on a mixer with me / Does it ever make you sad to know / That was seven summers ago”
This nostalgic Morgan Wallen tune is quite possibly one of his best to date. Despite the fact that it’s about a past relationship, the song brings back memories of better days and even more innocent times. It is also super catchy and Wallen’s vocals shine on the track.
“Black Like Me”- Mickey Guyton
“It’s a hard life on easy street / Just white painted picket fences far as you can see / If you think we live in the land of the free / You should try to be black like me”
One of the most poignant country songs arguable ever, Mickey Guyton spoke her truth with this powerful song. Making the country music industry and the world pay attention to the societal issues in regards to racism and disenfranchisement, we are so happy that this song was brought to life by the incredible artist.
“I Should Probably Go to Bed” – Dan + Shay
“In a crowd of strangers and lovers / Someone told me that you were coming so / I should probably go to bed”
The irony of this song just cannot be beat. Although it was not about the pandemic, we cannot help but think that we “should probably go to bed,” when we are fatigued from the whole year. Also, the song is just plain great, so it had to make our list.
“We Were Rich”- Runaway June
“I never thought that grass was greener / On the other side of our old chain link fence / Yeah, we were rich”
Runaway June’s latest single, “We Were Rich” was one of our favorites off their last project. The song reminds us to be thankful for what we have, even when times are tough. It is the perfect reminder for us during these last few months and into 2021.
“Six Feet Apart”- Luke Combs
“But there’ll be crowds and there’ll be shows / And light after dark / Someday when we aren’t six feet apart”
Luke Combs was honestly the king of quarantine, giving fans so much new music. This particular song is lyrically-genius. He reminds us all that the world will not be like this forever, a reminder that we definitely all need.
“Be A Light”- Thomas Rhett + Friends
“In a world full of hate, be a light / When you do somebody wrong, make it right”
Finally, we leave you with this impactful song by Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, and Keith Urban. This song is the encouragement we need in our world right now. Even in the darkest of times, there is always good in the world. If you cannot find any, be the light.

As we look forward to a better 2021, we want to thank each and every one of you who show us so much love throughout the year. We are looking forward to the new year and better days together!

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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

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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.

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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.

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2020 AMAs: Who’s Nominated, When They Air and How to Watch

The 2020 American Music Awards (AMAs) nominations have been revealed. Take a look below to see which of your favorite country music awards made the cut and how to watch the show on Sunday, November 22nd, 2020.

Nominees for the 2020 American Music Awards (AMAs) were announced Monday morning (October 26th) on Good Morning America, and there’s plenty for country music fans to celebrate. The AMAs are the largest fan-voted award show in the world and will broadcast live from Los Angeles next month.

Taylor Swift and five other artists tied with four nominations each, and if Swift wins any of her categories she will break her own record for the most AMA wins of all time (currently 29). She also holds the top spot for most wins in the Artist of the Year category with five. 

Country nominees include Dan + Shay (Collaboration of the Year, Favorite Duo or Group – Country, Favorite Song – Country), Blake Shelton (Favorite Album – Country, Favorite Song – Country), Maren Morris (Favorite Female Artist – Country, Favorite Song – Country), Luke Combs (Favorite Male Artist – Country, Favorite Album – Country), Morgan Wallen (Favorite Male Artist – Country, Favorite Album – Country), Miranda Lambert (Favorite Female Artist – Country), Kane Brown (Favorite Male Artist – Country), Florida Georgia Line (Favorite Duo or Group – Country), Gabby Barrett (Favorite Female Artist – Country), and Old Dominion (Favorite Duo or Group – Country).

Fans can vote for their favorites on Twitter or online here.

Follow along for updates and exclusive content from AMAs on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube, at theamas.com and ABC.com, or join the conversation using the hashtag, #AMAs.

The AMAs will air live on Sunday, November 22nd at 8pm ET on ABC.

No word on performances yet, but fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about the upcoming awards. Be sure to follow along on Twitter as we live-tweet the show, @NYCountrySwag.

Check out the full list of 2020 American Music Awards Nominations below:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
Roddy Ricch
Taylor Swift
The Weeknd

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lewis Capaldi
Doja Cat
DaBaby
Lil Baby
Roddy Ricch
Megan Thee Stallion

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me”
Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, “Savage Remix”

FAVORITE SOCIAL ARTIST
BTS
Billie Eilish
EXO
Ariana Grande
NCT 127

FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO
Doja Cat, “Say So”
Future ft. Drake, “Life Is Good”
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me”
Taylor Swift, “cardigan”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Justin Bieber
Post Malone
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK
Dua Lipa
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK
BTS
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK
Harry Styles, Fine Line
Taylor Swift, folklore
The Weeknd, After Hours

FAVORITE SONG – POP/ROCK
Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved”
Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”
Post Malone, “Circles”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”
The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY
Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris

FAVORITE DUO OR GROUP – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY
Luke Combs, What You See Is What You Get
Blake Shelton, Fully Loaded: God’s Country
Morgan Wallen, If I Know Me

FAVORITE SONG – COUNTRY
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours”
Maren Morris, “The Bones”
Blake Shelton (Duet with Gwen Stefani), “Nobody But You”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
DaBaby
Juice WRLD
Roddy Ricch

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj
Megan Thee Stallion

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP
Lil Baby, My Turn
Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake
Roddy Ricch, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial

FAVORITE SONG – RAP/HIP-HOP
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP”
DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar”
Roddy Ricch, “The Box”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Doja Cat
Summer Walker

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B
Doja Cat, Hot Pink
Summer Walker, Over It
The Weeknd, After Hours

FAVORITE SONG – SOUL/R&B
Chris Brown ft. Drake, “No Guidance”
Summer Walker, “Playing Games”
The Weeknd, “Heartless:

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – LATIN
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – LATIN
Becky G
KAROL G
Rosalía

FAVORITE ALBUM – LATIN
Anuel AA, Emmanuel
Bad Bunny, Las que no iban a salir
Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG

FAVORITE SONG – LATIN
Bad Bunny “Vete”
Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”
KAROL G & Nicki Minaj “Tusa”

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
Billie Eilish
Tame Impala
twenty one pilots

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Lewis Capaldi
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Lauren Daigle
for KING & COUNTRY
Kanye West

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Kygo
Lady Gaga
Marshmello

FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK
Birds of Prey: The Album
Frozen II
Trolls: World Tour

 

 

 

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Luke Combs: What You See Ain’t Always What You Get Album Review

Luke Combs’ brand new deluxe record What You See Ain’t Always What You Get is available now, October 23rd on all streaming platforms. Take a look below as dig a little deeper into the new songs off the deluxe record.

Luke Combs Deluxe

Luke Combs’ What You See Ain’t Always What You Get Deluxe Album is available now

Last year, country superstar Luke Combs released his sophomore record titled What You See Is What You Get, full of 17 original songs. The album quickly went to the top of the charts, achieved platinum status, and boasts four number-one singles so far. If that wasn’t enough for fans to be excited about, Combs decided to release a deluxe version of his latest project, cleverly changing the name to What You See Ain’t Always What You Get. The album features five new tracks that prove once again why Combs is one of the best in country music.

Keeping with his traditional meets modern sound and soulful voice, Combs makes an already incredible project that much better with the addition of the new tracks. “Six Feet Apart,” which was later added to the original album touched the hearts of fans everywhere with its poignant message during these unprecedented times that 2020 has found us in. The somber ballad is truthful and inspiring, reminding us all that “there’ll be crowds and there’ll be shows” and of course, “there will be light after dark.”

Combs’ collaboration with violinist, Amanda Shires, “Without You” was also released before the record. Similar to one of our favorite deep cuts, “This One’s For You” off his debut record, “Without You” is sentimental, honest, and highly personal. The new song is the ultimate expression of gratitude to all that have helped him get to this point in his career.

For fans, who prefer the high-energy side of Combs, the singer added songs like “Cold As You” and “My Kinda Folk” to the project. Along the same lines as “Beer Never Broke My Heart” and “Does to Me,” the former compares a girl to a beer, calling her “cold.” The ultimate diss is as clever as the song is catchy.

The latter, “The “My Kinda Folk” fits in line with his song “Blue Collar Boys.” Combs is always reminding us that he is humble to his core and that he knows exactly who he is and where he came from. Both these songs are a must-play when concert season finally rolls around again!

“There oughta be a law against working this hard and still having this much fun / We get it done, drink a beer, catch a fish, hunt a deer and then we’ll  fire up a little smoke / Me and my kinda folk”

 “The Other Guy” is a mid-tempo song off the new project. All heart, Combs proves that he feels things deeply. The emotive track is all about a guy who looks like he is doing well on the outside but is still grieving over his ex. Truly relatable, the song has Combs’ stamp on it.

“You should see the other guy that’s missing you / and late at night he’s wishing you would come back home  / girl, he can’t move on  / and his heart still takes a beating just living with your leaving / and it might look like I’m doing alright / but you should see the other guy”

Finally, the deluxe record ends with the touching, heartfelt song “Forever After All.” The singer originally teased a clip of this song on TikTok back in August, and fans obviously went crazy for it. Clearly inspired by his now-wife, Nicole, Combs is giving us a love song that completes the trilogy of hit songs that have come before, including “Beautiful Crazy” and “Better Together.” The ballad reflects how love knows no bounds and will truly last forever even in death.

Time and time again, Combs proves his staying power. The singer-songwriter is as real as it gets. As long as he continues to be true to himself, stick to his roots, and release music, the fans, and the success will follow. What You See Ain’t Always What You Get is just a bonus on an already incredible career and record!

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What You See Ain’t Always What You Get 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.

 

What You See Ain’t Always What You Get Tracklist:

  1. Beer Never Broke My Heart
  2. Refrigerator Door
  3. Even Though I’m Leaving
  4. Lovin’ on You
  5. Moon Over Mexico
  6. 1, 2 Many
  7. Blue Collar Boys
  8. New Every Day
  9. Reasons
  10. Every Little Bit Helps
  11. Dear Today
  12. What You See Is What You Get
  13. Does to Me (feat. Eric Church)
  14. Angels Workin’ Overtime
  15. All Over Again
  16. Nothing Like You
  17. Better Together
  18. Six Feet Apart
  19. Cold As You
  20. The Other Guy
  21. My Kinda Folk
  22. Without You (feat. Amanda Shires)
  23. Forever After All

 

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