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Nov 10

Luke Bryan Reflects on Winning CMA Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan wins Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 CMA Awards.

Luke Bryan won his first-ever CMA Award last week, and it just so happened to be a big one – Entertainer of the Year. He received the award from four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks, whom Bryan thanked for paving the way for artists like himself  to follow their dreams – after he asked Brooks for another hug.

“The fact that I had never met Garth, and Garth handed me the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award, y’all, that is just like, that is just crazy to me,” Bryan said. “You know, as a kid, he was somebody that when you saw how he put on a show, it was undeniable, just put on a show like Garth. I don’t know, just a lot of work, a lot of beautiful, amazing people getting me here right now.”

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Nov 7

Top 5 Looks From the 2014 CMA Awards Red Carpet

Sure, the CMA Awards are all about the music, but last night the red carpet looks were mesmerizing. Sheer, simple and sparkly dresses ruled the red carpet, as did understated makeup and accessories. From sophisticated, all-black gowns to silky, shimmery frocks, there’s no doubt the ladies of country music brought their A-game last night. (Nicole Kidman and Connie Britton being honorable exceptions.) Take a look at our top five picks from the 2014 CMA Awards Red Carpet!

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Nov 6

Top 10 Moments of the 2014 CMA Awards

CMA Awards 2014 Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley

The 48th Annual CMA Awards is dubbed as “country music’s biggest night” and this year’s show lived up to the hype, with cross-genre collaborations, first-time winners, a heartfelt acceptance speech from a country legend, and, of course, hilarious co-hosts. In no particular order, here our Top 10 Moments from this year’s CMA Awards:

1. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Hosts Extraordinaire

In their seventh year of co-hosting the CMA Awards, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood once again brought the funny. They opened by acknowledging George Strait’s retirement and the fact that he was in attendance and scheduled to perform, with Paisley saying “I’m pretty sure when someone rides away, they go somewhere.” Underwood piped up, asking “Do you need one of us to give you a ride?” Paisley and Underwood also covered current events, including Underwood’s pregnancy – Paisley revealed it’s a boy! – Ebola, and, of course, Taylor Swift’s departure form country, also known as “Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder.” The pair said country music would simply need to “Shake It Off.”

Luke Bryan CMA Awards 2014

2. Luke Bryan Wins Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks made his triumphant return to the CMA Awards stage to present Entertainer of the Year to Luke Bryan. His first win in the category, Bryan was emotional as he accepted the award. “First of all, I’ve never met Garth,” he said. “Can I hug you again?” After giving Brooks one more hug, he returned to the mic. “I hope I can have enough time to say everything on my mind,” he said. “I have some angels in Heaven. My brother and sister are up there making this night happen for me.” After thanking his family, friends, and the team that supports him, he added, “We’re gonna have a good time tonight.”

Miranda Lamber all about that bass

3. Miranda Lambert and Meghan Trainor’s Delightful Duet

Miranda Lambert teamed up with pop star Meghan Trainor to open the show. The pair performed a memorable, countrified rendition of Trainor’s smash hit “All About That Bass.” Later, Paisley told Trainor she had a place in country music – she just had to wear a pair of cutoffs and change the words to “All About That Bass” to “All About That Bass” – as in a bass fish.

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Nov 5

Country Stars Reflect on CMA Awards Nominations

Keith Urban

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

As cliché as it might sound, country stars call it an honor just to be nominated in a category at the CMA Awards. For Keith Urban, who is up for four awards Wednesday night, one of the best parts of being nominated in the Male Vocalist of the Year category is being recognized alongside his friends, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Blake Shelton.

“It’s a great group to be in,” he said. “It’s a real extraordinary cool little group to be in. “I’m really happy for Dierks too. That’s a guy that’s been working for a long time,. It’s funny, ‘cause Eric, Dierks and I, we’re all pretty tight because we have kids the same age, so Dierks’ kids are over at our house almost all the time, and we have that tight little kid connection. It feels very ‘family.’”

Urban is also nominated for Entertainer of the Year. He takes touring seriously, just as he does being nominated in the Entertainer category. “I know the criteria isn’t purely about live performance, but I’ve always felt that that’s what it is,” he said. “Otherwise, it probably should be called Artist of the Year. I’ve always loved putting on concerts and tours and shows and really trying to put something on that’s incredibly entertaining and engaging. I probably obsess about that part of what I do equal to making records.”
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Nov 5

Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and More Share Best CMA Awards Memories

1984 CMA Award for Best Female Vocalist: REba McEntire

Reba McEntire at the 1984 CMA Awards, after winning her first Best Female Vocalist of the Year award

The CMA Awards are billed as “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Part of that moniker comes from the memorable moments on stage during the show. Country stars attend not only as nominees, but also as fans. The ladies of Little Big Town share their favorite memories from years gone by.

“Seeing Reba win Female Vocalist for the first time, Vince Gill performing for the first time and wondering who he was – voice of an angel,” Karen Fairchild said. “All these great moments of discovery for us, as fans of country music watching that show, and that’s still what it is for so many people.”

“I remember as a kid just really paying so much attention to the audience, those first few rows and who’s on there and who are they sitting with and what did they have on,” Kimberly Schlapman added. “It was so glamorous, so glamorous, especially back then. I don’t know if it comes off nearly as glamorous now, but back then it felt so much bigger than life.” Continue Reading


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Nov 4

Hunter Hayes Partners with Every Moment Counts Campaign

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Hunter Hayes kicked off CMA Awards week with a free concert in downtown Nashville on Monday as part of his involvement with the United Service Organization’s Every Moment Counts campaign.  The street party commemorated “moments” in honor of Sergeant First Class Tyler Arnold and his family, who attended along with servicemen and women currently stationed at nearby Fort Campbell.

SFC Arnold has been deployed six times, including multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, and was recognized  by the USO for his service, sacrifice and strength during the “moments” he missed with his wife and two daughters during deployments.

As Every Moment Counts approaches its one-year anniversary, Hayes and the USO created the hashtag #USOmoments for fans to use at each of the 17 stops on the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour. At each show, Hayes will create a moment of his own, recognizing service members and their families while engaging fans using customized Glow Motion Technologies wristbands. Fans can download the official Hunter Hayes Tour App to physically be a part of the tour’s light feature and participate in the entire show using #YouAreTheShow.

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Sep 4

5 Timeless Looks from the CMA Awards

In honor of the recently announced 2014 CMA nominations, let’s take a look back at some of the most timeless red carpet looks from years past. As we’ve said before, red carpet fashion is one of the best parts about award season. From Shania Twain’s early 2000s black mermaid gown to Jana Kramer’s moody skirt in 2014, check out our favorite country ladies on the red carpet.

Taylor Swift’s elegant gray tulle gown is anything but simple. Although it’s only been three years since she donned this look, we have a feeling it will still be a stunner in another 13 years.

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Sep 4

Country Stars React to CMA Awards Nominations

Darius Rucker and Little Big Town Announce CMA Award Nominations

Little Big Town and Darius Rucker announced this year’s CMA Awards nominees on Wednesday’s Good Morning America. (Photo courtesy of CMA World, Heidi Gutman / ABC)

The nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards have been announced! Miranda Lambert leads the nominations with nine nods, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year title, which pits her against husband Blake Shelton, along with George Strait, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. Country stars are reacting to the good news.

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Reigning Entertainer of the Year George Strait received another nomination in the category this year. “It’s a great honor to be nominated for CMA Entertainer of the Year,” he said.“It’s been an incredible year, and this just puts the icing on the cake!”

Dierks Bentley Performs on Late Show With David Letterman

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Dierks Bentley is up for five CMA Awards, including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He took to social media to celebrate the good news. “Wow y’all. 5 #cmaaward?! much gratitude for our fans and friends in the biz. I never take time to celebrate these things. going to tonight!” he posted on Facebook.

Keith Urban picked up four award nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban has won Male Vocalist three times, from 2004-2006, but wasn’t able to accept his last win in person.

“This morning, I was just thinking the last time I won that was 2006, and I was in rehab and I couldn’t be present to receive it, which I don’t really have any adjectives for how that felt not being able to be here to receive that award,” he said. “Now, fast-forward eight years and be at this place in my life and get that nomination this morning, I was right back there in that moment with deep, mixed feelings, mixed feelings of how devastating and emotional and chaotic everything was then and how living life a different way the last eight years to land at a different place is extraordinary.” Continue Reading


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Aug 6

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Return as Hosts of CMA Awards

Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood

Photo courtesy of the CMA Awards

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host the CMA Awards for the seventh straight year. People broke the news via their Instagram account on Tuesday morning, using Paisley and Underwood bobbleheads and conversation bubbles to make the official announcement.

Paisley and Underwood have become fans’ favorite duo, known for their unique brand of humor, comedic chemistry and the hilarious songs and dances they perform during monologues. The pair first hosted the awards in 2008. Continue Reading


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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.”

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