BREAKING: CMT Music Awards Nominees Announced

Brett Eldredge appeared on NBC’s Today show on Tuesday (5/9) to help announce the nominees for the 2017 CMT Music Awards. Keslea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban lead this year’s pack with four nominations apiece, while Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lauren Alaina and Luke Bryan follow closely behind with three nods each. Hosted this year by Nashville star Charles Esten, the CMT Music Awards will take place live from Nashville on June 7 at 8 PM ET.


  • Due to the Nashville Predators advancing in the NHL Playoffs, this year’s CMT Music Awards has been moved from the Bridgestone Arena to the Music City Center across the street.
  • Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett were recently revealed as performers at the show, with additional acts set to be announced soon.
  • Fan voting is currently underway at CMT.com and continues until June 5.


The full list of CMT Music Awards nominees appears below:


Video of the Year


Artists of Then, Now & Forever, “Forever Country”

Brad Paisley, “Today”

Brett Eldredge, “Wanna Be That Song”

Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”

Cole Swindell, “Middle of a Memory”

Dierks Bentley and Elle King, “Different for Girls”

Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”

Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”

Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan”

Little Big Town, “Better Man”

Luke Bryan, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

Miranda Lambert, “Vice”

Thomas Rhett, “Star of the Show”


Male Video of the Year


Blake Shelton, “Came Here to Forget”

Eric Church, “Record Year”

Jason Aldean, “Lights Come On”

Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Luke Bryan, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

Thomas Rhett, “Star of the Show”


Female Video of the Year


Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”

Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan”

Lauren Alaina, “Road Less Traveled”

Maren Morris, “80s Mercedes”

Miranda Lambert, “Vice”

Reba McEntire, “Back to God”


Duo Video of the Year


Big & Rich featuring Tim McGraw, “Lovin’ Lately”

Brothers Osborne, “21 Summer”

Dan + Shay, “How Not To”

Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”

LoCash, “I Know Somebody”


Group Video of the Year


Eli Young Band, “Saltwater Gospel”

Lady Antebellum, “You Look Good”

Little Big Town, “Better Man”

Midland, “Drinkin’ Problem”

Old Dominion, “Song for Another Time”


Breakthrough Video of the Year


Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”

Kane Brown, “Used to Love You Sober”

Lauren Alaina, “Road Less Traveled”

Luke Combs, “Hurricane”

RaeLynn, “Love Triangle”


Collaborative Video of the Year


Artists of Then, Now & Forever, “Forever Country”

Chris Young featuring Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”

Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King, “Different for Girls”

Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”

Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter”

Kenny Chesney with P!nk, “Setting the World on Fire”


CMT Performance of the Year


Jason Aldean, “Hicktown” (From CMT Concert of the Summer)

Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan, “Want to Want Me” (From CMT Crossroads)

John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker, “Pink Houses” (From CMT Crossroads)

Alicia Keys and Maren Morris, “80s Mercedes” (From CMT Crossroads)

Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini, “You’re Still The One/Any Man of Mine/Man I Feel Like A Woman” (from CMT Artists of the Year)

Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett, Close (From CMT Crossroads)


Social Superstar of the Year


Brett Eldredge

Jake Owen

Keith Urban

Kelsea Ballerini

Lauren Alaina

Thomas Rhett

April 27th: On This Day

On this day in 2004, Keith Urban’s “You’ll Think of Me” took the top spot on the Billboard US Country Songs chart from Kenny Chesney’s “When The Sun Goes Down”. The song was released as the fourth single from his album Golden Road.

“You’ll Think of Me” also hit number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

The single gave Keith Urban his first Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

Luke Combs Covers “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Luke Combs may have a Top 5 single on the charts with “Hurricane” right now, but it’s his soulful cover of Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” that’s been turning heads this week. Luke recently shared his rendition of Urban’s latest chart-topper on Facebook, with his video garnering more than 650,000 views in less than 24 hours. The video can be seen here.

Blake Shelton Makes A Surprise Opry Appearance

Blake Shelton made a surprise appearance on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night (4/11), joining an already star-studded lineup that included Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts. Blake took the stage to perform hits such as “Ol’ Red” and “Honey Bee,” as well as a collaboration with the Oak Ridge Boys on their signature song, “Elvira.” Blake later took to Facebook Live to talk about his surprise Opry performance, as well as his “Doin’ It To Country Songs Tour” and Billboard Music Awards nominations.


·       The night was also special for Urban as it marked his fifth anniversary as an Opry member. Keith celebrated the occasion by performing his chart-topper “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”

2017 Billboard Music Award Nominees Announced

Florida Georgia Line leads the pack of country nominees at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. The duo picked up six nominations in five categories at the annual show, including an all-genre nod for Top Duo/Group. Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Hillary Scott follow close behind with three nominations apiece, with Scott earning her nods in the Christian categories.


Additionally, Luke Bryan earned an all-genre nomination for the Billboard Chart Achievement Award, as well as a nod for Top Country Tour.

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards will air on May 21 at 8 PM ET on ABC.


The full list of country nominees at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards:


(all-genre) Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity:


Luke Bryan

Nicki Minaj

The Chainsmokers

The Weeknd

Twenty One Pilots


(all-genre) Top Duo/Group:


The Chainsmokers


Florida Georgia Line

Guns N’ Roses

Twenty One Pilots


Top Country Artist:


Florida Georgia Line

Blake Shelton

Keith Urban

Chris Stapleton

Jason Aldean


Top Country Tour:


Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Dixie Chicks


Top Country Album:


Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know

Florida Georgia Line, Dig Your Roots

Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest

Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Keith Urban, Ripcord


Top Country Song:


Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”

Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”

Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”

Little Big Town, “Better Man”

Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”


Top Country Collaboration:


Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King, “Different For Girls”

Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”

Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, “Kill A Word”

Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”

Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”


Top Christian Song:


Lauren Daigle, “Trust In You”

Hillary Scott & The Family, “Thy Will”

Skillet, “Feel Invincible”

Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal, “Eye Of The Storm”

Zach Williams, “Chain Breaker”


Top Christian Album:


Casting Crowns, The Very Next Thing

Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be

Joey + Rory, Hymns

Hillary Scott & The Family, Love Remains

Skillet, Unleashed


Top Christian Artist:


Lauren Daigle

Hillsong Worship

Hillary Scott & the Family


Chris Tomlin

BREAKING: Carrie Underwood Signs Record Deal With UMG

After spending more than a decade with Sony Music Nashville’s Arista label, Carrie Underwood has signed a new record deal with Capitol Records Nashville. Carrie’s new label home is one of four labels that form Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN), which includes artists such as Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and George Strait. Carrie says of her new journey, “It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future.  The incredible team at UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless.”


While it’s unclear why Carrie departed Sony, she did have kind words for everyone she’s worked with so far. Underwood said, “I also want to be sure to thank every single person who has played a part in my recording career so far.  I will be forever grateful to them for all we achieved together.”

Keith Urban Reunites With Harry Connick Jr.

Keith Urban recently reunited with his fellow American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr. on his daytime talk show, Harry. While on the show, the two discussed being the sole males in their respective households and also played a few games. In one game titled Celebrity Swipes, Keith “swiped” right or left depending on his love for a particular topic, and in the other game, the two musicians donned a single jacket and tried to play the same instrument at the same time. The two musicians then treated the audience to an unrehearsed jam session, which can be seen here.

BREAKING: CMA Fest Stadium Lineup Revealed

The Nightly Concert lineup at Nissan Stadium during CMA Music Festival was revealed this morning (3/17) on ABC’s Good Morning America. Taking the big stage this year will be Trace Adkins, John Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Tracy Lawrence, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, and Chris Young.


·         The 2017 CMA Music Festival will take place June 8-11 in downtown Nashville.

Keith Urban Covers Miranda Lambert’s “Vice”

Keith Urban recently put his spin on Miranda Lambert’s song “Vice” as part of the Grand Ole Opry’s Radio Replay video series. The series asks artists to perform a song that they just heard on the radio on the way to the Opry, and Keith delivers with his acoustic rendition of the Lambert tune. The video can be seen here.

Carrie Underwood Duets With Her Son in the Car

Move over Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood has a new duet partner named Isaiah. Carrie posted a cute video on Instagram yesterday (2/22) that shows her in the car with her nearly 2-year-old son, Isaiah, trading lyrics on the song “Jesus Loves Me.” In the video, Isaiah sits in a rear-facing car seat as Carrie sings the song’s lyrics and he responds in the most adorable way. The video, which already has nearly 500,000 views, can be seen here.


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