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CMT Music Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The actual winners were announced last night at the CMT Music Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best Overall Performance Willie Nelson assembled an all-star crew to help him sing the hilarious “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” The ponytailed veteran was joined by Darius Rucker, Toby Keith, Zac Brown, and Jamey Johnson, all of whom looked delighted to be sharing the stage with the legendary toker.

(Honorable Mention Little Big Town, who always sound fantastic, delivered a fun rendition of their summer single “Pontoon.” On a night when A-listers like Kenny Chesney, the Zac Brown Band, and Luke Bryan delivered competent but forgettable performances, theirs might legitimately have earned the quartet a few new listeners. Also, props to Kellie Pickler for her “Motorboatin'” introduction.) READ FULL STORY

CMT Music Award Nominations: Little Big Town must win for 'Fix You' cover -- VIDEO

Nominations for June 6’s CMT Music Awards were announced this morning, with Carrie Underwood leading the pack with five nods, followed by Miranda Lambert, who received four.

See the full list below, which also includes three nominations a piece for Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and Thompson Square.

If there’s one category we feel strongly about, it’s CMT Performance of the Year, which honors the best live performance that aired on a CMT show, series, or special. Little Big Town has to win for their cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” on the Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert. It starts at 2:40 in the clip below; you’re guaranteed to get chills. READ FULL STORY

ACM Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The real winners were announced last night at the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best hosts: They’re no Brad and Carrie, but Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire (or is it just Reba these days?) maintained a playful rapport and charming competitiveness throughout the telecast. During the opening bit, Blake nailed Taylor Swift’s trademark suprised face while joking about her upcoming perfume. “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe I smell this good!” he imitated as he put his hands to his cheeks. Reba roasted Blake a bit for his old mullet (never forget!), and in return, Blake offered a few barbs about her age — although she’s looking mighty fine at 57! Blake’s humor just ever so slightly delved into the mean territory (I could have done without the Randy Travis and Tim Tebow jokes), but he still garnered big laughs throughout the night. Why is it that country music award shows seem to be the only type that prove hosts can actually be funny? My guess is that they don’t take themselves so dang seriously! READ FULL STORY

ACM Awards: And the winners are...

Below, check out the winners of  the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards:

Song of the Year: “Crazy Girl” by Eli Young Band

Album of the Year: Four the Record by Miranda Lambert

Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum

Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square

Video of the Year: “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith

Vocal Event of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

Single Record of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

New Artist of the Year: Scotty McCreery

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift

To see the entire list, including industry, radio, and instrumentalist awards, check out the complete winners list at the official ACM website.

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

Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift lead this year's Academy of Country Music Awards nominees

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:


'CMT Artists of the Year' special set list: No Hank Williams Jr., but here's what you will see

By now, country fans have heard that earlier this week, Hank Williams Jr. left the stage while taping a duet with Jason Aldean for the CMT Artists of the Year special because, as Williams said in a statement to Country Weekly, “I’ve heard people mess up my songs and screw up Daddy’s songs. I was here to honor Jason, a kid I really like. When I walked out there, it didn’t feel right, it didn’t sound right. I didn’t want to disrespect him.” CMT confirms Aldean then performed a version of his hit “Tattoos on This Town” solo, which is what viewers will see when the special honoring Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift premieres Dec. 13. The final set list:

Jason Aldean: “Tattoos on This Town”
The All-American Rejects (honoring Taylor Swift): “Mean”/”Gives You Hell” medley
Lady Antebellum: “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”
Gavin DeGraw (honoring Kenny Chesney): “Somewhere With You”
Brad Paisley with Joe Walsh: “Life’s Been Good To Me”/”Camouflage” medley
The Avett Brothers: “Laundry Room”

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CMA Award nominees: Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton join Entertainer of the Year vets

Nominations for the 45th Annual CMA Awards (airing Nov. 9 on ABC) have been announced.

Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton, who earned their first CMA Entertainer of the Year nods, tied past EOY winners Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift with five noms apiece. The nominees are: READ FULL STORY

Kenny Chesney changes Boston concert date after hurricane warning, provokes storm of fan protest

Kenny Chesney avoided one storm… and steered into another.

Due to the looming threat of Hurricane Irene, which is set to wreak havoc on the Eastern seaboard this weekend, Chesney moved a Sunday concert at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. two days earlier to Friday.

While most fans seem to understand, many aren’t happy about the last-minute decision.

“Most everyone I speak to is thoroughly disappointed at the unprofessional way this unfortunate weather situation has been handled,” said one fan on Kenny’s Facebook page. “How in the world do you expect fans like myself who rely on our day to day jobs to ask for a Friday off and find a babysitter?!?!” asked another.

Given the recent weather-related stage collapse tragedies at the Indiana State Fair and the Pukkelpop music festival, Chesney is  being extra cautious about preventing another disaster.

Chesney’s choice to move the concert to an earlier date didn’t please everyone, but he was stuck between a cloud and a hard place—this is the last weekend of the Goin’ Coastal tour, and Chesney’s crew, stage, and band are all likely moving on to new endeavors, which would make rescheduling to a later date difficult.

“I want the last weekend of the ‘Goin’ Coastal’ Tour to be a great experience for everybody,” Kenny said in a statement on his website, “But I also want it to be the safest experience for everyone.”

Fans that can’t make the Friday show are being offered a full refund by StubHub, USA Today reports.

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Kenny Chesney at the New Meadowlands: Summer’s best entrance?

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Kenny Chesney at the New Meadowlands: Summer's best entrance?


Summer is coming to a close, and so is Kenny Chesney’s Goin’ Coastal tour, which wraps Aug. 28.

On Saturday night, Chesney played New Jersey’s New Meadowlands Stadium — home to the New York Giants and New York Jets — with Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington, and Uncle Kracker in a show billed as the biggest single ticketed country event in the New York/New Jersey area since 1983.

Chesney told the crowd it was a date he’d been looking forward to since the tour began in March, and a night so huge for him that he made sure his mother was in attendance. (He invited her onstage to wave to the crowd, estimated at 55,000.)

When I think of Summer 2011, I will always remember the sight of Chesney making his entrance to “Live a Little,” floating high above the crowd, standing in their floor seats, for the entire length of the song in the rain. It was beautiful — seeing the dark stadium in the background with camera flashes that looked like stars. (Watch a fan-shot video after the jump.)

For me, this was the best concert entrance of the summer; it announced that country music could fill the Meadowlands, in more ways than one. (And that’s something anyone who saw the stadium erupt when ZBB closed its set moving from “Free”/”Into the Mystic” to “America the Beautiful”/”Chicken Fried” already knew.)

What’s the best concert entrance you’ve seen this summer? And ever?


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