The CMA is set to honor some songwriters who’ve had a great year. The organization will hand out their ninth annual CMA Triple Play Awards, honoring songwriters who’ve written three number one songs within the past year.
This year’s recipients include Thomas Rhett, the first time he’s received the honor, along with Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Jesse Frasure, Ben Hayslip, Sam Hunt, McAnally, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi, Brad Warren and Brett Warren. Ashley Gorley will receive three throphies for having nine number ones, while Shane McAnally will get two for his six number ones.
The winners will be celebrated February 20th with a special CMA Songwriters Series, hosted by McAnally at Marathon Music Works, with Copperman, McAnally and The Warren Brothers set to perform.
Kalie Shorr, Lindsay Ell and Kelleigh Bannen’s reinterpretation of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” is necessary right now. The trio performed the song as part of CMT’s Next Women of Country event in Nashville on Nov. 7, and you get to enjoy the finished product forever.
Their stripped-down version of the song starts with Shorr on acoustic guitar and a slowed rhythmic singing style that puts the focus on Swift’s powerful lyrics. In comes Bannen on vocals and Ell on guitar. It’s magic.
“Lindsay Ell and Kelleigh Bannen are two of my favorite artists and they both bring something amazingly unique to the table,” Shorr says. “Lindsay is one of the best guitarists in country music and Kelleigh’s lower range is so unmistakably her. I’ve always loved the music they put out and bonding over the arrangement and performance of this was so fun!”
Clips of the women performing at CMT Women of Country event is interspersed with footage of them backstage getting ready. This performance kicked off the show. Afterward, nine new members were inducted into CMT Women of Country 2017 class, including Shorr.
Kenny Chesney has responded to the backlash he got for his expression when the camera shot to him during Beyoncé’s CMA performance last week (11/2) with the Dixie Chicks. At the show, Kenny was given the Country Music Association’s Pinnacle Award given for only the third time in the organization’s history. It was the next afternoon that Chesney was told that there was a buzz about him dissing Beyoncé and he was astounded. He said later, “I love Beyoncé… I loved her Super Bowl performance, her sense of how to make the music hit really hard – and give it drama when she’s onstage. The idea her fans were so quick to judge me, or know what I was thinking doesn’t feel like the woman I’ve always imagined Beyoncé to be – and honestly, the people who love her music, either.”
· Chesney also said, “As someone who believes in the message of Spread the Love, we try to find the best in people – and in this case, that meant really watching the musicianship on that stage, as well as a guest in our format who’d written an incredible song. I am amazed and saddened this is the response my respect for her art gets.”
On this day in 2015, Chris Stapleton won three CMA Awards, Male Vocalists of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year, for “Traveller” at the 49th Annual Country Music Association Awards.
This week, during the 50th CMA Awards, Stapleton took home the Male Vocalist of the Year and the Music Video of the Year for “Fire Away.”
Despite going head to head with the historic World Series Game 7 on FOX, ABC’s telecast of the 50th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday night (11/2) was still watched by more than 12 million viewers. With the telecast’s big ratings, ABC became the dominant entertainment network on Wednesday in Total Viewers (12.6 million) and Adults 18-49. In viewers and young adults, ABC also scored Wednesday season highs and its best entertainment results on the night in one year.
The Country Music Association has released a statement in response to accusations that they erased any mentions of Beyoncé’sCMA Awards performance with the Dixie Chicks from their website and social media accounts. CMA’s statement explained that a five-second promotional clip was removed from ABC.com and CMA’s Facebook page prior to the broadcast, but that was because the promo was unapproved. The CMA then praised Bey’s performance with the Dixie Chicks as a highlight of the evening and said they would continue to share the full-length performance clip on their official social channels.
· In an interview with the New York Times, CMA’s chief executive, Sarah Trahern, further clarified that the promotional clip was taken down before Wednesday’s (11/2) show at Beyoncé’s request. Trahern said, “Beyoncé’s team hadn’t approved that, so we pulled it down. Fans can get kind of passionate and read other things into it.”
· The statement comes amid some backlash to Beyoncé’s appearance on the CMA Awards, with some social media users criticizing the pop icon for her recent activism for police reform and the Black Lives Matter movement.
· Dixie Chicks responded to the criticism on Twitter saying, “If we all turn this up really loud, together we can drown out the hate.” The tweet was accompanied by a link to the download of the song “Daddy Lessons.”
On this day in 1967, Jack Greene’s “There Goes My Everything” was named the first CMA Song of the Year. The album spent seven weeks on top of the Country Music chart, and spent a total of twenty-one weeks on the chart.
Along with winning CMA Song of the Year, the song helped give Greene the Album of the Year and the “Male Vocalist of the Year” awards.
The Country Music Association (CMA) has partnered with the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix to create a special exhibit celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards. Special guest Hunter Hayes will be on hand to officially open the museum’s exhibit on October 24. The exhibit features instruments on loan from several CMA Musician of the Year nominees and winners including Roy Clark, Jerry Douglas, Mac McAnally, and Mark O’Connor.
· The opening of the exhibit will also feature a performance by students from Rosie’s House, a music academy for children in Phoenix.