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Country Music News International Newsletter September 10. 2015

Country Music News International Newsletter September 10. 2015

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ROUTE 96 = GEORGE JONES MEMORIAL HIGHWAY

TENNESSEE'S STATE ROUTE 96 TO BE RENAMED 'GEORGE JONES MEMORIAL HIGHWAY' IN FRANKLIN

A portion of the highway that runs through ten counties from Dickson to Granville, is soon to be renamed after country music icon, George Jones
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 9, 2015) - On the morning of September 10th at 11am, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson will announce the renaming of Tennessee State Route 96. A portion of the highway is to be renamed after international country music icon, George Jones.

Along with the declaration of the change in highway 96’s namesake, the mayor will also announce George Jones Day. George Jones Day will be set to commemorate Grammy award winner, whose career in country music spanned fifty-nine years, which included the sales of Millions of albums and multiple hit singles.

Throughout his career, George Jones influenced countless country artists, and even after his death in 2013 at the age of 81, his legacy still lives on worldwide. There is a state of the art George Jones Museum downtown Nashville that also has restaurant and bars and the platinum award winning George Jones moonshine and vodka.

ERIC CHURCH CMA AWARDS 2015

 
ERIC CHURCH TOPS CMA AWARDS NOMINATIONS WITH FIVE NODS
 
Singer’s breakout year now includes nominations for top honor Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year at the 49th annual awards
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Sept. 9, 2015) – An already amazing 19-month run got even better Wednesday morning when Eric Church learned he was nominated for a leading five CMA Awards, including top honor Entertainer of the Year.

It’s Church’s first nomination in that category, and one earned through tireless work, innovation and old-fashioned entertaining. He’s also up for Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Like a Wrecking Ball,” Single of the Year for “Talladega” and Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

It’s the EMI Records Nashville recording artist’s first nomination for Entertainer of the Year, an award given to the performer who has proven to be a recording, radio and touring star as well as an ambassador for the genre.

Church’s February 14, 2014, release The Outsiders was that year’s top-selling country album and has continued to surge in 2015. Church logged another No. 1 from the Grammy Awards-nominated album  with “Talladega” and set a number of venue records around the nation on The Outsiders Tour, including a stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. He also opened Nashville’s new Ascend Amphitheater with a pair of critically acclaimed, sold-out nights that showcased Church’s ability to hold a crowd of thousands in rapt attention with just an acoustic guitar, his songwriting abilities.

Church is tied for the nominations lead with Little Big Town, a vocal quartet with which he coincidentally shares producer Jay Joyce. The North Carolina native has now been nominated for 17 CMA Awards with one win, 2012 Album of the Year CHIEF. The 49th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live on ABC on Nov. 4 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

For more information about Eric Church, visit www.EricChurch.com. And to learn more about the CMA Awards nominations, visit www.CMAWorld.com.

About Eric Church
The Country Music Association and four-time Academy of Country Music Award winner finished 2014 as country music’s top-selling artist, with the year’s highest debut and sales of any release in the format as the critical and commercial success The Outsiders reached Platinum status, marking more than one million albums sold. Debuting at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, “The Outsiders” garnered GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Album of the Year nominations and features his No.1 hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega” as well as his current single “Like A Wrecking Ball.” The Outsiders is the follow-up to Church’s Platinum-certified CHIEF, named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album. The LP featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of 1 million); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of 2 million singles). Church’s 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me (2006) and his sophomore album Carolina (2009) are both RIAA Gold-certified.


 Photo Credit: John Russell/CMA

RANDY HOUSER CMA AWARD 2015


RANDY HOUSER NABS CMA NOMINATION FOR SONG OF THE YEAR
Nomination for “Like A Cowboy” comes as Houser preps for We Went Tour featuring Frankie Ballard and Craig Campbell

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Sept. 9, 2015) – When powerhouse country vocalist Randy Houser released ballad “Like A Cowboy,” it was dubbed by Taste of Country as "a pure, unencumbered vocal showcase [...] for country fans who just like to hear a great vocalist at his best." The powerful single, released on his third album How Country Feels, garnered Houser his third career nomination earlier today (Wednesday) for the 49th Annual CMA Awards.

“I’m just so honored and humbled,” Houser said following the announcement this morning. “As an artist you don’t get into this for anything except your love for music, so to get to this point is kind of surreal. When you give it everything you’ve got and make sacrifices, to be recognized by fans, the industry and fellow artists, it really means the world. I grew up watching the CMAs and looking forward to those performances every year. It was the Super Bowl of music in a way for me. So I feel blessed to be at this point.”

“Like A Cowboy,” which Houser wrote with Brice Long, highlights the Stoney Creek Records recording artist’s epic voice and sense of drama. The soaring ballad was the fourth in a run of four Top 5 singles from How Country Feels, with the first three – “How Country Feels,” “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” and “Goodnight Kiss” -- scoring consecutive No. 1 titles.

“Song of the Year honors the craft of songwriting, which is the foundation of what we do as country artists, so it’s really special to be recognized,” Houser added. “This song means a lot to me personally. It’s one of my favorite songs that I have ever written. It’s a song that I’m proud of and made a huge impact on the live show. And I owe that to country radio for getting it out there for fans to hear."

The song immediately caught the attention of critics when it was released, evoking a long-ago time in country music but doing it in a thoroughly modern way. Taste of Country touted that “Like A Cowboy” is “for country fans who just like to hear a great vocalist at his best. The song is a pure, unencumbered vocal showcase.”

Houser’s latest single, “We Went,” is climbing the charts and has a smokin’ fun video that features car chases, romantic moments and a little Robin Hood action. It is the first taste of new music from a forthcoming album, which will be his fourth overall and second for Stoney Creek Records.

Houser will kick off his first headlining arena tour, aptly called the We Went Tour, with Frankie Ballard and special guest Craig Campbell in mid-November after a summer spent on a star-making turn opening for Luke Bryan to universal praise. The We Went Tour tour will kick off Nov. 20 in Corbin, Kentucky.

Current dates for the We Went Tour are as follows:
Friday, Nov. 20 – The Arena - Corbin, Ky.
Saturday, Nov. 21 – Hobart Arena – Troy, Ohio
Friday, Nov. 27 – Dow Events Center - Saginaw, Mich.
Saturday, Nov. 28 – Old National Events Plaza - Evansville, Ind.
Friday, Dec. 4 – La Crosse Center Arena - La Crosse, Wis.
Saturday, Dec. 12 - Choctaw Events Center - Durant, Okla.
Thursday, Dec. 17 – The Rave - Milwaukee, Wis.
Friday, Dec. 18 - Akron Civic Center - Akron, Ohio
Additional dates for the We Went Tour will be announced soon.

About Randy Houser
With an inimitable voice the New York Times describes as “wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a caldron bubbling over,” Randy Houser racked up three consecutive No. 1 hits and more than four million in singles sales to date with his Stoney Creek Records album, How Country Feels. He topped the charts with the title track, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss” (also his first No. 1 as a songwriter) and earned critical acclaim for his powerful delivery of the Top 5 smash, "Like A Cowboy." Houser’s new single, “We Went,” is available at country radio and digital retailers now, with a new album forthcoming. He is currently touring with Luke Bryan on the Kick The Dust Up Tour and will launch his headlining We Went Tour this fall. 


Photo  Credit: Joseph Llanes

SHANE McANALLY VS. SHANE McANALLY


SHANE McANALLY VS. SHANE McANALLY TAKES CENTER STAGE AT CMA AWARDS

Hit Songwriter and Producer Earns Four Nominations Including Two in Song of the Year Category, Impacts Single and Album of the Year at the 49th Annual Awards Show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (Sept. 9, 2015) – Shane McAnally pulled off a rare, if not unprecedented feat, Wednesday morning when he was nominated for four CMA Awards – twice in the Song of the Year category (Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” and Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time”), Single of the Year for “Take Your Time” as a producer and Album of the Year for Kacey Musgraves’ Pageant Material (as a producer) and unofficially squares off with himself for Song of the Year for the 49th Annual CMA Awards.

The hit songwriter and producer reached a number of milestones with his four nominations. He joins Alan Jackson as the only songwriters to have two of his songs compete in the Song of the Year category in different years. He won the 2014 CMA Song of the Year for co-writing Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow with Musgraves and Brandy Clark.

“Considering the amount of amazing music that was made this past year, I am so honored that we are getting this sort of love from the CMA this morning,” McAnally said. “I am so excited for these artists and their teams and still can’t believe this is my life.”

McAnally also was previously nominated twice in the Song category when Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go Round” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” were nominated in 2013. The Song of the Year nominations put McAnally in some fairly rare company in CMA history. He’s now among the awards’ most-nominated songwriters with five songs awarded nominations. Jackson and Bob McDill have written seven, Bobby Braddock, Vince Gill and Brad Paisley have six, and McAnally is tied with Don Schlitz with five. He has a total of nine career nominations.

McAnally also is up for a trophy as producer on Hunt’s single “Take Your Time” with Zach Crowell and Musgraves’ album Pageant Material with Musgraves and Luke Laird.  “American Kids,” a No. 1 song that served as the thematic launching point for Chesney’s The Big Revival album and tour, also is nominated in this category, but the award only goes to the performer and producer.

McAnally is one of Music Row’s most popular songwriters with cuts recorded by many top stars, including Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Darius Rucker. He and Kacey Musgraves co-produced her album Pageant Material, released earlier this year with Laird and is at work on Old Dominion’s first release, Meat and Candy, for RCA Records. He is currently serving as lyricist and composer for the Dallas-based show Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical, which runs at The Dallas Theater Center through the Fall. 


 Photo Credit:  Kelly Christine Musgraves

KELSEA BALLERINI CMA AWARD 2015

KELSEA BALLERINI BEAMS WITH FIRST CMA AWARD NOMINATIONS, RACKING UP NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AND FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR NODS


Rising New Artist's Follow-Up Single Calls “Dibs” On Top 30 At Country Radio


Kelsea Ballerini and Steven Tyler teamed up to announce the 49th Annual CMA Awards nominations on ABC’s Good Morning America live from Times Square earlier today (9/9).

Pictured L-R: Steven Tyler and Kelsea Ballerini


Photo Credit: ABC/Ida Astute

NASHVILLE, TN (September 9, 2015) – As announced earlier today (9/9), Kelsea Ballerini beams with her first ever Country Music Association (CMA) Award nominations, racking up nods in the following categories -- New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. The awards show will air LIVE from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 4 at 8:00PM ET/PT on ABC.

"I am still such a new artist and this has really been my first year getting out there to share my music with people," shares Ballerini. "To have been embraced with a #1 single was insane. I still feel like I'm celebrating that, but now to be nominated for two CMA Awards makes me feel so proud to be a country music artist and makes me so incredibly thankful to everyone in the Country music industry, Country radio and the fans for making this year insanely epic. I don't think it could get any better and I'm excited to sit with the cool kids this year!"

While in New York City today, Ballerini will make a special appearance in the Third Annual Bryant Park Concert Series, “Nashville’s New Music in New York,” presented by the Grand Ole Opry, Southwest Airlines, and NASH-FM 94.7. The rising new artist will perform a free acoustic concert at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park with the Opry’s signature microphone stand, a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House.

Adding to the excitement, the Black River Entertainment recording artist will make her late night TV debut performing the sassy Top 30 hit “Dibs” (Kelsea Ballerini, Josh Kerr, Ryan Griffin, Jason Duke) on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 30.

Touted by BILLBOARD as “Country’s Next Queen,” praised by ROLLING STONE as one of the “10 Artists You Need To Know” from all genres and selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Ballerini launched to stardom with the release of her #1, GOLD-certified debut "Love Me Like You Mean It." Abuzz with shout-outs from superstars Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town, she is the first solo female artist in nine years to hit #1 with her debut country single and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut. Both “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs” are featured on her debut album THE FIRST TIME (Black River Entertainment), co-produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey, which landed Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. After spending the summer opening select shows for Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, she will join Dan + Shay’s JUST THE RIGHT KIND OF CRAZY TOUR this fall.

Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town



ERIC CHURCH AND LITTLE BIG TOWN LEAD THE LIST OF FINALISTS FOR “THE 49th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” WITH FIVE NOMINATIONS EACH
History Making Debuts: For the First Time, Four Acts Debut in New Artist In Addition to Male, Female, Vocal Duo, Album, Single, and Song of the Year Categories
Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the Eighth Year, the 2015 CMA Awards Airs Live From the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 4 on ABC
NASHVILLE – Eric Church and Little Big Town top the list of final nominees for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” with five nominations each. The stellar lineup of finalists includes staunch traditionalists, format icons, roots rockers, and contemporary trailblazers.
“I am very excited by this year’s list of nominees,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “They represent the breadth and depth of the format – from first-time nominees to revered members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.”
Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert received four nominations. Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Kacey Musgraves, and Chris Stapleton each received three nominations for trophies that will be handed out on Country Music’s Biggest Night™. CMA industry voters also gave their support to Country Music Hall of Fame members Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson.
For the first time in the history of the CMA Awards, four acts – Kelsea Ballerini, Hunt, Maddie & Tae, and Stapleton – debut in BOTH New Artist and categories for Female Vocalist of the Year; Single and Song of the Year; Vocal Duo of the Year; and Male Vocalist and Album of the Year (respectively).
“The 49th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the eighth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
For the 10th time, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with two-time nominee Ballerini and music icon Steven Tyler delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. Following “Good Morning America” seven categories were announced by Ballerini and Tyler on GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo and ABCnews.com – making the announcements a complete ABC takeover.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” will once again celebrate the CMA Awards with an exciting “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the CMAs” featuring some of Country Music’s biggest acts Wednesday, Nov. 4 (11:35 PM/ET) on ABC.
“This is our tenth anniversary on ABC and there was no better way to kick off our Awards season than to include our ABC partner properties in the announcement of our final nominees,” Trahern said.
Church’s nominations include Entertainer (his first nomination in the category); Male Vocalist; Single of the Year for “Talladega,” which was produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.; Song of the Year for “Like A Wrecking Ball,” which he wrote with Casey Beathard; and Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban. Church has a total of 17 nominations since his first in 2011 for New Artist of the Year.
Three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town (2012-2014) has been nominated in the category every year since 2006 and received a nomination again in 2015. Adding to their list of 21 total nominations are industry nods this year for Single of the Year for “Girl Crush,” which was produced by Joyce; Album of the Year for Pain Killer, which was produced by Joyce; Musical Event of the Year with Lambert for “Smokin’ and Drinkin’”; and Music Video of the Year for “Girl Crush” which was directed by Karla Welch and Matthew Welch.
“Girl Crush” was also nominated for Song of the Year, which is awarded to the songwriters (Liz Rose, Lori McKenna, and Hillary Lindsey).
Chesney is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, a trophy he has collected four times (2004, 2006-2008). His other nominations in 2015 include Single of the Year for “American Kids” and Album of the Year for The Big Revival, both produced by Buddy Cannon and Chesney (Chesney only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer). His last nominations for Single and Album of the Year were in 2008 for “Don’t Blink” and Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates. His fourth nomination is for Musical Event of the Year for “Wild Child” with Grace Potter. The pair was also nominated for Musical Event in 2011 for “You and Tequila.”
Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally all received nominations for Song of the Year for Chesney’s “American Kids.”
Lambert received her third Entertainer of the Year nomination in 2015 along with nominations for Female Vocalist (she is a five-time, consecutive winner in the category); Musical Event, featuring Little Big Town, for “Smokin’ and Drinkin’”; and Music Video of the Year for “Little Red Wagon,” which was directed by Trey Fanjoy. Lambert is the most awarded female in CMA Awards history with 11 wins and 38 nominations.
Earning early and ardent industry support, three of the four acts who received three nominations in 2015 are first-time nominees (Hunt, Maddie & Tae, and Stapleton).
Hunt collected nominations for Single of the Year for “Take Your Time,” which was produced by Zach Crowell and McAnally; Song of the Year for “Take Your Time,” which Hunt wrote with McAnally and Josh Osborne; and New Artist of the Year.
Duo Maddie & Tae (Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye) received their first nominations for Vocal Duo of the Year; Music Video of the Year for “Girl in a Country Song,” which was directed by TK McKamy; and New Artist of the Year.
Stapleton’s first CMA Awards nominations include Album of the Year for Traveller, which was produced by Dave Cobb and Stapleton (Stapleton only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer); Male Vocalist of the Year; and New Artist of the Year.
Musgraves, who won New Artist of the Year in 2013 and Song of the Year in 2014, has three nominations this year including Album of the Year for Pageant Material, which was produced by Laird, McAnally, and Musgraves (Musgraves only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer); Female Vocalist; and Music Video of the Year for “Biscuits,” which was directed by Marc Klasfeld.
Artists who received two nominations include Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Underwood.
Ballerini, who hosted the announcements received her first nominations in 2015: Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year.
Bryan, who is the reigning Entertainer of the Year, is nominated again in 2015 (he received his first nomination in the category in 2013). He is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year.
Shelton is nominated for Musical Event of the Year with Ashley Monroe for “Lonely Tonight” and Male Vocalist, a trophy he has won five consecutive times (2010-2014). This marks Shelton’s second Musical Event of the Year nomination with Monroe. Monroe was a member of Pistol Annies in 2013 when they were nominated with Shelton for Musical Event of the Year for “Boys ‘Round Here.”
CMA Awards co-host Underwood will be busy during the three-hour broadcast on ABC. She has two nominations including Female Vocalist, which she has won three times (2006-2008); and Music Video of the Year for “Something in the Water,” which was directed by Raj Kapoor.
Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait retains his status as the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 83, but there were several other Hall of Fame members receiving nominations including Brooks, Haggard, and Nelson.
Brooks returns to the Entertainer of the Year category in 2015. He was last nominated in the category in 1999 and has won four times (1991, 1992, 1997, 1998) tying him with Chesney for the most wins in the category. He has a career total of 11 CMA trophies and 31 nominations.
Nelson and Haggard are nominated for Musical Event of the Year for their album Django and Jimmie, the iconic pair’s fifth collaboration in 32 years.
Nelson’s last CMA Awards nomination was in 2012 for Musical Event of the Year for “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson. He has won nine CMA trophies and received 46 nominations. Haggard was last nominated for Musical Event of the Year in 2006 for “Politically Incorrect” with Gretchen Wilson. He has six CMA Awards and 46 nominations.
Lee Brice continues to rack up nominations with hit songs. In 2013, “I Drive Your Truck” won Song of the Year for the songwriters. In 2014, he was nominated as a songwriter for his hit “I Don’t Dance” with songwriters Rob Hatch and Dallas Davidson. And this year, “I Don’t Dance” is nominated for Single of the Year. Brice also produced the song, which makes him eligible to receive a second trophy as producer.
Jason Aldean is nominated for Album of the Year for Old Boots, New Dirt, produced by Michael Knox. In 2011, Aldean won Album of the Year for My Kinda Party.
Randy Houser received his first nomination as a songwriter in 2015, for “Like a Cowboy,” which he wrote with Brice Long. He has received two previous nominations for Music Video of the Year and New Artist (2009).
Making her return to the Female Vocalist of the Year category in 2015 is Lee Ann Womack. She won the title in 2001.
Rounding out the field for Male Vocalist of the Year is Dierks Bentley, a 15-time nominee and two-time winner including the Horizon Award in 2005 (now New Artist of the Year) and Music Video of the Year in 2014 for “Drunk on a Plane.”
Urban’s “Raise ‘Em Up” featuring Church is nominated for Musical Event, a category Urban has won three times: “Start A Band” with Paisley (2009), “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift (2013), and “We Were Us” with Lambert (2014).
Joining Little Big Town in the CMA Vocal Group of the Year category are Lady Antebellum, who have also won Vocal Group three times (2009-2011); Rascal Flatts, who have won six times (2003-2008); The Band Perry, who have been nominated six times (2010-2015); and Zac Brown Band, who have been nominated every year since 2009.
Joining Maddie & Tae as first-time nominees in the Vocal Duo of the Year Category are Brothers Osborne. Dan + Shay are returning to the category after receiving their first nomination in 2014. Rounding out the category are two-time winners Florida Georgia Line (2013 and 2014) and Thompson Square, who won the trophy in 2012.
With four acts debuting in the New Artist of the Year category (Ballerini, Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Stapleton), Thomas Rhett is the only returning member of the group. Artists can only be included in this category twice.
The Musician of the Year category includes Sam Bush (mandolin), Jerry Douglas (dobro), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Dann Huff (guitar), and current title holder Mac McAnally (guitar). 
The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network TV. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021.
“The 49th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Fans can get more information on “The 49th Annual CMA Awards" and sign up for CMA emails and exclusives, including a full nominee recap, by visiting CMAawards.com.
The Final Nominees for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” (by ballot category order):
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert 
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
“American Kids”
Kenny Chesney
Produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney
Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville 
“Girl Crush”
Little Big Town
Produced by Jay Joyce
Capitol Records Nashville 
“I Don’t Dance”
Lee Brice
Produced by Lee Brice
Curb Records 
“Take Your Time”
Sam Hunt
Produced Zach Crowell and Shane McAnally
MCA Nashville 
“Talladega”
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
EMI Records Nashville 
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Old Boots, New DirtJason Aldean
Produced by Michael Knox
Broken Bow 
Pageant Material Kacey Musgraves
Produced by Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally
Mercury Nashville 
Pain KillerLittle Big Town
Produced by Jay Joyce
Capitol Records Nashville 
The Big RevivalKenny Chesney
Produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney
Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville 
TravellerChris Stapleton
Produced by Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton
Mercury Nashville 
SONG OF THE YEAR(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
“American Kids”Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally 
“Girl Crush”Liz Rose, Lori McKenna, and Hillary Lindsey 
“Like a Cowboy”Randy Houser and Brice Long 
“Like a Wrecking Ball”Eric Church and Casey Beathard 
“Take Your Time”Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne 
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEARKelsea BalleriniMiranda LambertKacey MusgravesCarrie UnderwoodLee Ann Womack 
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEARDierks BentleyLuke BryanEric ChurchBlake SheltonChris Stapleton 
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEARLady AntebellumLittle Big TownRascal FlattsThe Band PerryZac Brown Band 
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEARBrothers OsborneDan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineMaddie & TaeThompson Square 
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR(Award goes to each artist)
Django and JimmieWillie Nelson and Merle HaggardLegacy Recordings
“Lonely Tonight”Blake Shelton featuring Ashley MonroeWarner Bros./Warner Music Nashville 
“Raise ‘Em Up”Keith Urban featuring Eric ChurchHit Red Records/Capitol Records Nashville 
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’”Miranda Lambert featuring Little Big TownRCA Nashville 
“Wild Child”Kenny Chesney with Grace PotterBlue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville 
MUSICIAN OF THE YEARSam Bush (Mandolin)Jerry Douglas (Dobro)Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)Dann Huff (Guitar)Mac McAnally (Guitar) 
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR“Biscuits”Kacey MusgravesDirected by Marc Klasfeld 
“Girl Crush”Little Big TownDirected by Karla Welch and Matthew Welch 
“Girl in a Country Song”Maddie & TaeDirected by TK McKamy 
“Little Red Wagon”Miranda LambertDirected by Trey Fanjoy 
“Something in the Water”Carrie UnderwoodDirected by Raj Kapoor
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEARKelsea BalleriniSam HuntMaddie & TaeThomas RhettChris Stapleton

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