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Dec 25

2013 Rewind: No. 4 – George Strait Prepares to “Ride Away”

2013 Rewind: No. 4 - George Strait Prepares to "Ride Away"

Entertainer of the Year award winner George Strait poses in the press room during the 47th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)

2013 is a year George Strait won’t soon forget. King George kicked off 2013 with the first leg of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, his final set of tour dates.

On May 14, George released his 40th studio album, Love Is Everything. A week after its release, George made history when his single “Give It All We Got Tonight” topped the charts. The song made him the first music artist in history, in any genre, to record 60 No. 1 songs.

“I didn’t realize we were making history,” he said. “I just hoped we were putting out music that my fans would enjoy. As always, I’m thankful to the fans and country radio for their support on all 60 of these number one songs as well as my entire career. They are the ones who made this happen.”

George had plenty of support to reach the career milestone. Country stars and fans alike joined Continue Reading

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Nov 27

Taylor Swift Hides Out to Witness Her Dedicated Fans

Taylor Swift Hides Out to Witness Her Dedicated Fans

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Musician Taylor Swift poses for a portrait during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/AMA2013/Getty Images for DCP)

Taylor Swift has received a number of awards throughout her career, including the prestigious Pinnacle Award at this year’s CMA Awards and Artist of the Year at Sunday night’s American Music Awards. Each time Taylor accepts an award, she thinks of her fans, who have propelled her career to a level she could only dream of reaching.

“I think about the letters that I get from classrooms,” she said. “I think about the YouTube videos that my mom sends me of some little girl opening up her Christmas present and it’s tickets to my show and she freaks out. I think about videos of young girls playing songs on guitar they just learned.”

Taylor likes to witness her fans dedication first-hand. After a show, she says she sometimes tucks herself away where no one can see her, but she can watch her fans as they exit the venue, giving her the opportunity to take in the lengths they go through to show their love for her music. Continue Reading

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Nov 8

Scotty McCreery Continues Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Scotty McCreery Continues Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Scotty McCreery makes it six straight weeks at No.1 on Top 20 Country Countdown this week with his latest video, “See You Tonight!” Danielle Bradbery and Alan Jackson remain at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively while Hunter Hayes debuts at No. 4 with his new video, “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me,” featuring Jason Mraz. Florida Georgia Line also debuts on the countdown with their new video, coming in at No. 17 with “Stay.”

Plus, Top 20 headed to The 47th Annual CMA Awards this week! Host Nan Kelley was joined by co-host Lauren Alaina on the red carpet and backstage as they chatted with some of country’s biggest stars on country music’s biggest night! Check the schedule for more airtimes!

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos, photos and more! You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes, and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Scotty McCreery – “See You Tonight”
  2. Danielle Bradbery – “The Heart of Dixie”
  3. Alan Jackson – “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
  4. Hunter Hayes w/Jason Mraz – “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me”
  5. Kenny Rogers w/Dolly Parton – “You Can’t Make Old Friends”
  6. Cassadee Pope – “Wasting All These Tears”
  7. Luke Bryan – “That’s My Kind of Night”
  8. Thompson Square – “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About”
  9. Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down”
  10. Miranda Lambert – “All Kinds of Kinds” Continue Reading

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Nov 8

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week: 2013 CMA Awards Edition

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter – and the CMA Awards! This week, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley is on baby duty, Jake Owen meets P.Diddy, Blake Shelton and Mike Fisher brag about their wives’ CMA looks, Kacey Musgraves questions her pre-CMA Awards eye cream and Kelly Clarkson and her new mother-in-law, Reba, are already feuding. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum holds Hillary Scott'sdaughter, Eisele

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/ladyantebellum.

Lady Antebellum – LadyAntebellum: Uncle Charles on babysitting duty at the CMA Awards!! ~ Hill

Keith UrbanKeithUrban: LONG LIVE KING GEORGE I love you brother- CONGRATS!!!!!! -KU

Taylor SwiftTaylorSwift13: Tonight was my favorite CMAs ever, and I’m thinking about you all tonight. So many beautiful memories this year

Jake Owen & wife Lacey pose with P Diddy at the 2013 CMA Awards

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/jakeowen.

Jake Owen – JakeOwen: P Diddy!!!! #CMAawards #dayinthelife Continue Reading

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Nov 8

Top 20 Welcomes Co-Host Lauren Alaina for the 2013 CMA Awards

Nan Kelley & co-host Lauren Alaina on the 2013 CMA Awards red carpet

Nan Kelley & co-host Lauren Alaina on the 2013 CMA Awards red carpet. Photo by GAC staff.

Top 20 Country Countdown is at The 47th Annual CMA Awards this week, bringing you all action from the red carpet and backstage! Host Nan Kelley is joined by special co-host Lauren Alainaas they chat with some of country music’s biggest stars on country music’s biggest night!

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Scotty McCreery has ruled the top spot of the countdown with his latest video, “See You Again.” Will he keep his streak alive? Or will Danielle Bradbery, Alan Jackson or someone else take the top spot? Tune in tonight at 8/7c for this week’s Top 20 videos, chosen by you! Check the full schedule » Continue Reading

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Nov 7

CMA Awards 2013: George Strait Wins Entertainer Award; Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert Repeat Vocalist Wins

CMA Awards 2013: George Strait Wins Entertainer Award; Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert Repeat Vocalist Wins

Entertainer of the Year award winner George Strait poses in the press room during the 47th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)

At the 2013 CMA Awards, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton made history as the first married couple to win top honors as CMA’s Female and Male Vocalists of the Year four years in a row. George Strait secured victory in the coveted Entertainer of the Year category, which he last won in 1990.

The 47th Annual CMA Awards was hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC. Miss the CMA Awards or want to re-live the biggest moments and best performances all over again? You’re in luck! Great American Country will re-air the telecast Saturday, November 16 at 9/8c.

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With his third Entertainer of the Year Award, Strait tied Alabama and Alan Jackson with three career victories; Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney continue to lead the totals with four each.

His hand over his heart, Strait professed amazement. “Never in a million years!” he said, smiling. “Thank you so much to the CMA. I mean, this blows me away. I cannot believe it. With such powerful entertainers, I’m just thrilled to even be nominated again.” Continue Reading

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Nov 6

Top 10 Moments of the 2013 CMA Awards

George Strait wins Entertainer of the Year at the 2013 CMA Awards

George Strait wins Entertainer of the Year at the 2013 CMA Awards. Photo courtesy of the CMA.

The 47th Annual CMA Awards is country music’s biggest night and this year’s show was bigger than ever with all-star collaborations, a heartfelt tribute to a country music legend lost earlier this year and big wins by newcomers and legends alike. In no particular order, here are our Top 10 Moments from this year’s CMA Awards:

George Strait Wins Entertainer of the Year
As George Strait prepares to embark on the final leg of tour dates in early 2014 on his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, he took home the night’s top honor, being named Entertainer of the Year. It’s a trophy he’s been nominated for 18 times and won in 1989 and 1990. George was visibly surprised to hear his name called and took a moment to collect himself before walking to the stage while his fellow country stars celebrated around him.

“I never in a million years… Thank you so much,” George said as he accepted his award. “This blows me away. I cannot believe it. I’m just thrilled to even be nominated again.”

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George Jones Tribute
Country music suffered the loss of a legend earlier this year when George Jones passed away at the age of 81. In an emotional tribute, living legends Alan Jackson and George Strait took the stage to perform George Jones’ signature hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” largely revered as the best country song ever written. As the song wrapped, Vince Gill was seen hugging George’s widow Nancy as she cried in her seat.

Taylor Swift’s Pinnacle Award
At only 23, Taylor Swift received the Pinnacle Award, an honor bestowed on an artist who has reached levels of national and international success unique to country music. She was serenaded with her song “You Belong With Me” by Nashville’s Lennon and Maisy before the award was presented to her by Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Keith Urban, all artists she had opened for on tour as a teenager.

Taylor personally thanked each artist, sharing memories and earning a chuckle from the audience as she recalled getting to open for Rascal Flatts because “Eric Church got fired for playing too long.” She also thanked the CMA for choosing her as the award’s recipient. “You are not only rewarding my hard work and exhaustion,” she said, “but my family and my label and anyone who works with me and the fans who fill stadiums.” Continue Reading

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Nov 6

Great American Country to Re-Air The 47th Annual CMA Awards November 16

Great American Country to Re-Air The 47th Annual CMA Awards November 16

If you missed the CMA Awards tonight — you’re in luck! Great American Country is the only place to relive the incredible star power, amazing performances and emotional moments from The 47th Annual CMA Awards when the network re-airs tonight’s telecast Saturday, November 16 at 9/8c.

Broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and co-hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the three-hour special features performances by Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Paisley and Underwood as well as Alan Jackson and George Strait performing a tribute to George Jones; Taylor Swift joined by Vince Gill and Alison Krauss; Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert; Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz and Zac Brown Band with Dave Grohl. As this year’s recipient of the Willie Nelson Career Achievement Award, Kenny Rogers is lauded with performances by Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker.

“Our viewers know they can find the best and brightest original country music programs on Great American Country,” said Sarah Trahern, general manager and senior vice president of Great American Country. “From exclusive red carpet arrivals in our CMA Awards Red Carpet Live special to performances by some amazing musical collaborations, this year’s CMA Awards is a real gift for fans of great music.” Since 2007 Great American Country has been the cable home for CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, the concert special resulting from Nashville’s annual CMA Fest.

CMA Awards Red Carpet Live leads into the CMA Awards at 8/7c and features Great American Country hosts Suzanne AlexanderNan Kelley and Storme Warren in the center of it all, catching up with many of the evening’s top contenders and performers.

“The CMA Awards special joins other popular country music-themed awards shows on Great American Country,” offered Trahern. “We have a history of re-airing the Academy of Country Music Awards and the recently-launched American Country Awards. Having the CMA Awards on the network reinforces to our viewers and fans of the music that Great American Country is the reliable destination for country music’s biggest, all-star events.”

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Nov 6

Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care” Wins Two CMA Awards

Tim McGraw's "Highway Don't Care" Wins Two CMA Awards

Tim McGraw photo courtesy of The Green Room.

Winners in two of the 12 CMA Awards categories were announced live on Good Morning America this morning from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, which is the site of the 47th Annual CMA Awards. Winning CMA Musical Event of the Year was Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban for “Highway Don’t Care.” “Highway Don’t Care,” which was directed by Shane Drake, also won CMA Music Video of the Year for McGraw, Swift and Urban.

The news was delivered by GMA anchor Robin Roberts and welcomed with cheers from thousands of fans gathered on the plaza at the Bridgestone Arena waiting to watch three-time CMA Awards nominee Luke Bryan perform.

“We got a jump start on ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night™’ by announcing our winners on ‘Good Morning America’ and sharing the news with the GMA viewers and the enthusiastic fans here in Nashville,” said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors.

Hosted for the sixth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the 47th Annual CMA Awards airs tonight (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC. Before the show, see all the red carpet action exclusively on Great American Country at 7/6c.

One of the top CMA Awards winners of all time, McGraw has now won 14 trophies throughout his career, including two for Male Vocalist of the Year and one for Entertainer of the Year. He is nominated for one more Award tonight for Single of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care.” McGraw will perform during the broadcast.

Swift is now a nine-time CMA Awards winner and is a top nominee this year with six nominations including Entertainer and Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for RED, and Single of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with McGraw and Urban. Swift will perform on the 47th Annual CMA Awards with Alison Krauss and Vince Gill. Swift is also scheduled to receive the CMA Pinnacle Award during the broadcast.

Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Urban is also nominated for Single of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care.” Urban has been named Male Vocalist of the Year three times (2004-2006) and is now an eight-time CMA Awards winner with 29 career CMA Awards nominations. He will perform on the CMA Awards with five-time nominee this year Miranda Lambert.

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Nov 6

Taylor Swift to Receive Pinnacle Award During CMA Awards

Taylor Swift to Receive Pinnacle Award During CMA Awards

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Facebook.com/TaylorSwift.

Taylor Swift will be presented with the Pinnacle Award during The 47th Annual CMA Awards, which air live on ABC at 8/7 on ABC. The award recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence at levels unique in Country Music. The artist has also attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide and their talent and presence will have a long-term positive impact on the appreciation of Country Music for generations to come.

“I can’t think of a better opportunity than ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night™’ to present an award of this magnitude to an artist of this caliber,” said CMA President of the Board, Ed Hardy. “I’ve known Taylor since she was 16. She came to my office with her Mom to play her music and I was amazed. Taylor’s outstanding career epitomizes the definition of the Pinnacle Award.” Continue Reading

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