One year after she pledged to bring teenage leukemia survivor Kevin McGuire to the ACM Awards, Taylor Swift has finally had a chance to make good on her promise. (Kevin couldn’t attend the 2012 ceremony due to a chemo-induced fever, though Swift did give him a heartfelt shout-out in her Entertainer of the Year acceptance speech.) McGuire and his family attended the show in Las Vegas yesterday, after enjoying a private pre-telecast meeting with Swift. No word on whether the singer and her “date” planned their complementary outfits, though. READ FULL STORY
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ACM Awards' off-camera winners include Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson (who is huge in Norway -- who knew?)
The ACM Awards will air live from Las Vegas on April 1 on CBS, but a number of special awards have already been announced off camera. Among those who will be feted at a separate event this September in Nashville:
– Kenny Chesney, who is only the third recipient of the Crystal Milestone Award, following Garth Brooks and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. Chesney has sold more than 10,500,000 tickets on his 11 national tours.
– Alan Jackson, who receives the Jim Reeves International Award, which is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world. Fun fact: His album Good Time has earned platinum sales in Norway, where he played in August 2011. READ FULL STORY
It’s probably too early in the day for tequila, but Kenny Chesney has some celebrating to do.
The nominees for the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced this morning, and the “You and Tequila” singer safely leads the pack with an impressive total of nine nominations, including the major categories of Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album, Single, and Song of the Year.
Not far behind is Jason Aldean and his respectable six nods, while Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Toby Keith also nabbed multiple slots on this year’s ballot.
While Chesney is no stranger to these shindigs (the twangy beach bum has won Entertainer of the Year four times before), the singer’s been mostly dormant in recent years. But thanks to his huge crossover hit (which got an assist from the equally durable Grace Potter), the 43-year-old artist is enjoying a late-career surge.
The show will be hosted by Blake Shelton and Reba McIntyre, and CBS will air it live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand on April 1.
Check out the full list of nominees below:
Get ready for another dose of Blake Shelton as country’s hottest leading man joins Reba McEntire again this year as co-host of The Academy of Country Music Awards.
The 47th annual show will be held Sunday, April 1, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Like Shelton, the ACM’s Fan Jam also will return for a second year. This time Zac Brown Band will host the parallel event at the Mandalay Events Center. READ FULL STORY
Miranda Lambert led the nominations going into the ACM Awards, and she left Las Vegas with the most trophies. Lambert took home Top Female Vocalist while her tearjerker “The House That Built Me” earned Single Record of the Year, Video of the Year, and Song of the Year. Taylor Swift, meanwhile, was crowned fan-voted Entertainer of the Year. Brad Paisley won his fifth consecutive ACM for Top Male Vocalist.
Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
Top Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley
Top Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
Top Vocal Duo: Sugarland
Top Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum
Top New Solo Artist: Eric Church (previously announced)
Top New Vocal Duo or Group: The Band Perry (previously announced)
Top New Artist: The Band Perry
Album of the Year: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Single Record of the Year: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
Video of the Year: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
Vocal Event of the Year: “As She’s Walking Away,” Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson
How many reaction shots will we get of presenter Robert Pattinson? What will cohost Blake Shelton do to warrant his preemptive apology? How many trophies will top nominee Miranda Lambert take home, and will they include one for Entertainer of the Year? Find out tonight when the ACM Awards air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. Below, join me — and my 63-year-old mother, Joyce, who belongs to Josh Turner’s fan club and once told him “I love your voice, and the rest of you isn’t bad either” — for the play-by-play. (I apologize in advance as well.)
ACM Awards: Cohost Blake Shelton tells us what to expect from the show. (Hint: money will change hands)
The ACMs (that’s the Academy of Country Music Awards) air live April 3 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS from Las Vegas.
We’ll be live-blogging them here on The Music Mix, so we were particularly curious what Blake Shelton, the genre’s reigning smart-ass who joins Reba McEntire as cohost, has planned. A tease:
• At least one Charlie Sheen joke “Honestly, I don’t see any way around it. But I’d rather take shots at country artists because I know them, and we’ll laugh about it later,” he says. (“Where I come from, if you talk bad about somebody you haven’t met, that’s a good way to get your a– kicked,” he explains.) Truly, no one is safe. “There are no boundaries with me. I’ll even make a joke, if I have to, about Taylor Swift. And that’s a big no-no these days,” he adds. With a presenters list that now includes Robert Pattinson, Chace Crawford, and Celine Dion, we look forward to his ad libs. READ FULL STORY
Academy of Country Music Awards nominations when they were announced this morning in Nashville, including nods for Top Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band each earned five nominations. The entire ballot is below:Miranda Lambert received seven
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
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44th Annual CMA Awards were announced and Miranda Lambert appears to be in store for an trophy-filled night. The singer earned five nominations: single of the year and music video of the year for her songs “White Liar” and “The House That Built Me,” and a song of the year nomination for “White Liar.” She’ll fight fiancé Blake Shelton‘s “Hillbilly Bone” for single of the year and music video of the year.This morning (Aug. 31) the first wave of nominees for the
Lady Antebellum did well at the first batch of announcements, earning nods for single of the year, vocal group of the year, song of the year and music video of the year for “Need You Now.” Legendary tandem Brooks & Dunn earned a nom for vocal duo of the year.
Easton Corbin nominated for new artist of the year and single of the year for “A Little More Country Than That.” Zac Brown Band got nods for new artist and song of the year for “Toes.”
Nominees in the remaining five categories, including male and female vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year will be announced tomorrow (Sept. 1) by Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley on ABC’s Good Morning America. Check back here tomorrow to check out our thoughts on the full slate.
Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the third time, CMA Awards air live from Nashville, Tennessee Nov. 10.
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Academy of Country Music Awards was Jack Ingram‘s “Barbie Doll,” a raucous throwdown with pal Dierks Bentley that ended with two dozen girls mobbing the men on stage and rubbing up against them in all sorts of inappropriate ways.One of the best performances on Sunday night’s
“Barbie Doll” first appeared on Ingram’s 1999 Hey You, a terrific album from the days when Ingram was a superstar in Texas and nowhere else; it was repurposed on last year’s Big Dreams & High Hopes, Ingram’s first record after winning Top “New” Artist at the 2008 ACMs, 13 years into his 15-year career. For old-school Ingram fans, his transition from Texas to Nashville has been more than a little awkward to watch, like a perfect junkyard dog after a trip to the groomers: it’s not that we don’t want him to be clean, we just fell in love with him dirty. I took him to task for Big Dreams & High Hopes, but thankfully, Ingram’s still speaking to me, and we caught up backstage after his ACM rehearsal for an honest conversation about why he’s currently touring smaller venues, what he hopes the “Barbie Doll” performance will accomplish, and why up until now, his mainstream country career has just been “small talk.”
How do you feel about where you are in your career, and how things are going? I know you’re out playing bars and small clubs, and it’s a return to where you started. Where are you hoping that leads?
It’s kinda just coming back around. Making a run through and hopefully coming back out the other side again. There’s a certain intimacy that you get in a bar show that you can’t get opening for people in front of thousands. And I’ve got so many fans in the last five or six years that haven’t been in that scene with me, so I feel like they maybe missed out on a certain energy that might create separation between me and other artists that are doing as well as I am. It’s still a business on some level. I’m not selling as many records as I want to, and I’m not headlining yet. So I still need to figure out how to make that big move that I came here for. And I think part of that is making a deeper connection with my existing fans, and letting them know why — I mean, in music we try to pretend that it’s not competitive or whatever. But there needs to be some separation, me saying why I’m important to you in a different way that Artist #17 is. READ FULL STORY
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