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Thursday
Nov102011

CMA Awards 2011 Winners: Taylor Swift Named Entertainer of the Year

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Taylor Swift was named Entertainer of the Year for the second time Wednesday night at the 45th annual CMA Awards, which aired live from Nashville, Tenn., on ABC.

Swift now joins Barbara Mandrell as the only other female artist in CMA history ever to be named Entertainer of the Year twice.

"I'm so happy right now!," gushed Swift from the podium.  "This is thanks to all the fans who filled up those stadiums and arenas all over the world this year."

The pop country star then proceeded to thank all the artists who've joined her onstage for her Speak Now tour, reading the names off her arm, where she'd scrawled them with a marker.  That list of names ranged from pop stars like Justin Bieber and Jason Mraz, to rappers like Nelly and T.I., to fellow country stars like Tim McGraw.

While Swift snagged the evening's most prestigious award, the night's big winner was The Band Perry, who scooped up three trophies, including New Artist of the Year, and both Song and Single of the Year for their smash hit "If I Die Young."  Accepting the Song of the Year trophy was Kimberly Perry, who wrote "If I Die Young."

"I truly believe that [the song] would've been written with or without me.  It just always felt like a song that was meant to be here," Perry said.

The night's other winners included country's current power couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.  The two, who wed earlier this year, each picked up their second straight CMA Male and Female Vocalist of the Year awards.

Jason Aldean scored two wins, picking up the Album of the Year award for My Kinda Party, and the Musical Event of the Year trophy for his duet with Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay."  Sugarland took home their fifth win in the Vocal Duo category, and dedicated it to their fans, especially the "good folks of Indiana."  Over the summer a number of fans were killed when the group's stage collapsed during the Indiana State Fair due to high winds.

Lady Antebellum, meanwhile, scored their third straight win as Vocal Group of the Year.

Here's a list of winners at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards:

-- Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
-- Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
-- Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
-- New Artist of the Year: The Band Perry
-- Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
-- Single of the Year: "If I Die Young," The Band Perry
-- Album of the Year: My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean
-- Song of the Year: "If I Die Young," The Band Perry
-- Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
-- Musical Event of the Year: "Don't You Wanna Stay," Jason Aldean w/Kelly Clarkson
-- Music Video of the Year: "You and Tequila," Kenny Chesney w/Grace Potter
-- Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally

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Wednesday
Jun082011

2011 CMT Music Awards Rock Nashville Wednesday Night

Digital Vision/Photodisc(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The 2011 CMT Music Awards will be handed out Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee, and Jason Aldean is the lead nominee with four nods.

Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, and Zac Brown Band all follow with three nominations each.

Among the confirmed performers are Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Big & Rich, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, and show host Kid Rock.

Presenters on Wednesday night's show include American Idol champ Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride, Little Big Town, Laura Bell Bundy, Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, Sara Evans, and Train.  Actors Cheryl Hines, Gary Busey, Mary Steenburgen, Melissa Peterman, Rick Schroeder, Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, and Dancing with the Stars champ Hines Ward will be there, too.

Colt Ford, the Janedear Girls, Thompson Square, and Lee Brice are among the stars scheduled to perform on the Nationwide Insurance stage during Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards.  Newcomers Hunter Hayes, Matt Mason, and Steven Clawson of CMT's Next Superstar will also perform on that stage.

The Nationwide Insurance On Your Side award will also be handed out by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. during the show to honor country music's best new live act.  Nominees for the fan-voted award are Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Colt Ford, The Band Perry, and Josh Thompson.

Here are some of the 2011 CMT Music Awards Nominees:

Video of the Year
Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"
Kenny Chesney, "The Boys of Fall"
Lady Antebellum, "Hello World"
Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"
Rascal Flatts, "Why Wait"
Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue"
Taylor Swift, "Mine"
The Band Perry, "If I Die Young"
Carrie Underwood, "Undo It"
Zac Brown Band, "Colder Weather"

Male Video of the Year
Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"
Kenny Chesney, "The Boys of Fall"
Toby Keith, "Bullets in the Gun"
Blake Shelton, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"
Keith Urban, "Without You"

Female Video of the Year
Sara Evans, "A Little Bit Stronger"
Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"
Reba, "Turn on the Radio"
Taylor Swift, "Mine"
Carrie Underwood, "Undo It"

Group Video of the Year
Lady Antebellum, "Hello World"
Little Big Town, "Little White Church"
Rascal Flatts, "Why Wait"
The  Band Perry, "If I Die Young"
Zac Brown Band, "Colder Weather"

Duo Video of the Year
Steel Magnolia, "Last Night Again"
Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue"
The Civil Wars, "Barton Hollow"
The JaneDear girls, "Wildflower"
Thompson Square, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"

Collaborative Video of the Year
Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay"
Justin Bieber featuring Rascal Flatts, "That Should Be Me"
Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow, "Collide"
Aaron Lewis featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels, "Country Boy"
Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow, "Coal Miner's Daughter"

CMT Performance of the Year
Martina McBride and Train, "A Broken Wing" (From CMT Crossroads)
Reba, "If I Were a Boy" (From Unplugged: Reba)
Darius Rucker and Adele, "Need You Now" (From 2010 CMT Artists of the Year)
Keith Urban and John Mayer, "Sweet Thing" (From CMT Crossroads)
Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett, "Margaritaville" (From CMT Crossroads)

Of note, the final nominees for Video of the Year will be announced at the top of the show and final voting will take place at CMT.com throughout the night.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May052011

Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Others to Play Disaster Relief Concert

Rick Diamond/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- CMT has announced plans for a Disaster Relief Concert to broadcast live from Nashville on May 12. Hank Williams, Jr. spearheaded the event after seeing the devastation from last week's deadly tornadoes in Alabama.

"I just couldn't believe what I was seeing on TV,” Williams said. “Alabama is home -- I am really pumped about helping."

Alabama, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans and Tim McGraw have also signed on to perform on the show, and more artists will be announced soon. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts.

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Monday
May022011

Taylor Swift to Close Out CMA Music Festival

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Taylor Swift will close out the CMA Music Festival in Nashville on Sunday, June 12.

She joins previously announced acts Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Reba, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and more.

The festival starts June 9 and runs all weekend. It will be filmed for an ABC special to air later this year.

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Wednesday
Apr272011

Jason Aldean Leads CMT Music Awards Nominees

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Jason Aldean is the lead nominee for the 2011 CMT Music Awards with four nods. Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band have three each. Voting is now open to the public at CMT.com and ends June 7. The 2011 CMT Music Awards will broadcast live from Nashville on June 8.  Of note, the final nominees for Video of the Year will be announced at the top of the show and final voting will take place at CMT.com throughout the night.

Video of the Year
Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"
Kenny Chesney, "The Boys of Fall"
Lady Antebellum, "Hello World"
Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"
Rascal Flatts, "Why Wait"
Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue"
Taylor Swift, "Mine"
The Band Perry, "If I Die Young"
Carrie Underwood, "Undo It"
Zac Brown Band, "Colder Weather"

Male Video of the Year
Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party"
Kenny Chesney, "The Boys of Fall"
Toby Keith, "Bullets in the Gun"
Blake Shelton, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"
Keith Urban, "Without You"

Female Video of the Year
Sara Evans, "A Little Bit Stronger"
Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"
Reba, "Turn on the Radio"
Taylor Swift, "Mine"
Carrie Underwood, "Undo It"

Group Video of the Year
Lady Antebellum, "Hello World"
Little Big Town, "Little White Church"
Rascal Flatts, "Why Wait"
The  Band Perry, 'If I Die Young"
Zac Brown Band, "Colder Weather"

Duo Video of the Year

Steel Magnolia, "Last Night Again"
Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue"
The Civil Wars, "Barton Hollow"
The JaneDear girls, "Wildflower"
Thompson Square, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"

USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year
Lee Brice, "Love Like Crazy"
Aaron Lewis, "Country Boy"
Jerrod Niemann, "Lover, Lover"
The Band Perry, "If I Die Young"
Thompson Square, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"

Collaborative Video of the Year
Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay"
Justin Bieber featuring Rascal Flatts, "That Should Be Me"
Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow, "Collide"
Aaron Lewis featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels, "Country Boy"
Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow, "Coal Miner's Daughter"

CMT Performance of the Year
Martina McBride and Train, "A Broken Wing" (From CMT Crossroads)
Reba, "If I Were a Boy" (From Unplugged: Reba)
Darius Rucker and Adele, "Need You Now" (From 2010 CMT Artists of the Year)
Keith Urban and John Mayer, "Sweet Thing" (From CMT Crossroads)
Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett, "Margaritaville" (From CMT Crossroads)

Best Web Video of the Year
Jason Aldean, "My Kinda Party" (from from the CMT Webcast)
Luke Bryan, "It's a Shore Thing"
Lady Antebellum, "Stars Tonight"
Blake Shelton, "Kiss My Country Ass"
Taylor Swift, "Mine" (Live from the Speak Now Album Release Party)

Video Director of the Year
Deaton Flanigen (Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, JaneDear girls)
Trey Fanjoy (Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton)
Chris Hicky (Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban)
David McClister (The Band Perry, LeAnn Rimes)
Roman White (Lady Antebellum, Kellie Pickler)

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Apr042011

Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert Win Big at 46th ACM Awards

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(LAS VEGAS) -- It was ladies night at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday night in Las Vegas, as the girls -- plus Lady Antebellum -- walked off with all the top prizes.

Taylor Swift captured the ACM's Entertainer of the Year top trophy for the very first time, and the surprised superstar said at the podium, "This is the first time that I've ever won this, and I am just losing my mind!"

Noting that the award was fan-voted, she added, "The fact that his from the fans makes it so beautiful...you are the best thing that has ever happened to me.  Thank you so much!"

In addition to winning the top award, Swift also debuted her new single, "Mean," during the telecast, while playing banjo, and received a standing ovation.

But it was really Miranda Lambert's night, overall.  She took home the Top Female Vocalist trophy, as well as the Single, Song and Video of the Year awards for "The House that Built Me."  On top of her wins, Lambert also performed her new single, "Heart Like Mine."

As for Lady Antebellum, they took home the awards for Album of the Year and Top Vocal Group. 

Here are the winners from Sunday night's ACM Awards:

Entertainer of the Year
Taylor Swift

Top Male Vocalist
Brad Paisley

Top Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year
Lady Antebellum, Need You Now

Top Vocal Duo
Sugarland

Top Vocal Group
Lady Antebellum

Single of the Year
Miranda Lambert, "The House that Built Me"

Song of the Year
Miranda Lambert, "The House that Built Me"

Video of the Year

"The House that Built Me," Miranda Lambert

Vocal Event of the Year
Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson, "As She's Walking Away"

Top New Artist
The Band Perry 

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Tuesday
Mar082011

Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, More Added to CMA Festival Lineup

Digital Vision/Photodisc(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Little Big Town and Josh Turner are the latest additions to the 2011 CMA Music Festival performers lineup. The Janedear Girls and Ashton Shepherd will also take the stage at the festival, running June 9-12 in Nashville.

They will join previously announced acts Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, and Martina McBride.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. The CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for an ABC special airing later this year.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar012011

Reba McEntire Among Year's Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

Photo Courtesy - The Valory Music Co./Facebook(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tuesday morning in Nashville, in the rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Kix Brooks announced this year's inductees into the Hall.  They are:

MODERN ERA ARTIST CATEGORY:


Reba McEntire -- multi-talented country superstar, actress, businesswoman.  She's scored 35 number one hits and has influenced nearly every female artist on the country charts today, as well as pop stars like Kelly Clarkson.

SONGWRITER CATEGORY:

Bobby Braddock -- songwriter best known for penning George Jones' hit "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E."  Also wrote Billy Currington's "People Are Crazy," Tracy Lawrence's "Time Marches On" and Toby Keith's I Wanna Talk About Me," among many other compositions.

VETERANS ERA ARTIST CATEGORY:

Jean Shepard -- pioneering female country star known as the the Grand Lady of the Grand Ole Opry.  Her hits include "A Dear John Letter" and "A Satisfied Mind."

During the announcement on Tuesday, it was revealed that Reba is currently in a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma by the side of her father, Clark Mcentire, who is in a coma following a stroke.  He did, however, find out about his daughter's honor two days prior to suffering the stroke.  Kix Brooks read a personal note from Reba thanking everyone for her honor.

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Friday
Feb042011

Kenny Chesney Sets Records with Latest String of Hits

Photo Courtesy - Rick Diamond/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kenny Chesney continues to set new records with his latest string of hits.

"Somewhere with You" is spending a third straight week at number one on Billboard's Country Songs chart, which means Kenny has spent a total of 53 weeks at the top of that chart. That's more than any other artist this millennium.

Kenny's latest two singles, "The Boys of Fall" and "Somewhere with You" have also reached the gold sales certification faster than any other pair of songs from any one of Kenny's albums. They're both included on his latest release, Hemingway's Whiskey.

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Blake Shelton Joining Reba as Co-Host of the ACM Awards in April

Photo Courtesy - Michael Loccisano | WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Blake Shelton will join Reba McEntire as a co-host for the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards coming up April 3. Reba has hosted the show for the past 12 years, but show producers got the idea to pair her with Blake when they announced the ACM nominees together last year.

Blake is known for his racy sense of humor on Twitter, but he's promised the ACM he'll be suitable for TV at the show. Blake tells USA Today, "They're a little worried, but I think that makes them excited at the same time." The 46th Annual ACM Awards will be handed out live on CBS on April 3. The nominees will be announced next month. 

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