The Final Nominees for “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” (by ballot category order):

 

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Garth Brooks

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s))

“Better Man” - Little Big Town

Producer: Jay Joyce

Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce

                                                               

“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban

Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban

Mix Engineer: Chris Lord-Alge

 

“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt

Producer: Zach Crowell

Mix Engineer: Zach Crowell

 

“Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi

Producers: Bart Butler, Jon Pardi

Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore

 

“Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert

Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf

Mix Engineer: Eric Masse

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

The Breaker – Little Big Town

Producer: Jay Joyce

 

From A Room: Volume 1– Chris Stapleton

Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

 

Heart Break– Lady Antebellum

Producer: busbee

 

The Nashville Sound- Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Producer: Dave Cobb

 

The Weight of These Wings– Miranda Lambert

Producers: Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, Eric Masse

SONG OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Songwriter(s))

“Better Man”

Songwriter: Taylor Swift

 

“Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen

 

“Body Like A Back Road”

Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

 

“Dirt On My Boots”

Songwriters: Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley

 

“Tin Man”

Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall

 

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Reba McEntire

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

 

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

 

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

LOCASH

Maddie & Tae

 

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to each Artist)

“Craving You” - Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris

“Funny How Time Slips Away” - Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson

“Kill A Word” - Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens

“Setting the World on Fire” - Kenny Chesney with P!nk

“Speak to a Girl” - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

 

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Jerry Douglas (Dobro)

Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)

Dann Huff (Guitar)

Mac McAnally (Guitar)

Derek Wells (Guitar)

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Artist and Director(s))

“Better Man” – Little Big Town

Directors: Becky Fluke and Reid Long

 

“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban

Director: Carter Smith

 

“Craving You” – Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris

Director: TK McKamy

 

“It Ain’t My Fault” – Brothers Osborne

Directors: Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver

 

“Vice” – Miranda Lambert

Director: Trey Fanjoy

  

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lauren Alaina

Luke Combs

Old Dominion

Jon Pardi

Brett Young

Alan Jackson has kicked off a weekend-long drive to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Beginning Thursday (8/31) and running through Labor Day on Monday (9/4), Jackson's downtown Nashville honky-tonk, AJ's Good Time Bar, has pledged donate $1 for every item sold there to the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund, which is being administered by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to assist with relief efforts. 

Rascal Flatts will kick off their newest Las Vegas residency, Rascal Flatts...A Night to Shine, on October 6th at the Venetian. The fall gigs will be the trio’s third time playing a series of shows in Sin City.  Gary LeVox explains "we’re just going to tailor-make it for that intimate setting, and just have a blast. It will be completely different than our residency at the Hard Rock, for sure. It’s going to be fun.”

A list of all of Rascal Flatts’ upcoming concerts, including their A Night to Shine shows, is available on their website.

http://www.rascalflatts.com/events#.WaPzgOli_IU

Blake Shelton is bringing his hosting skills to a star-studded Hurricane Harvey relief telethon, taking place simultaneously in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville on September 12th. According to TMZ, Shelton will team up with actress Reese Witherspoon to co-host Music City's portion of the upcoming benefit, which actor Jamie Foxx announced on Instagram earlier this week. Foxx will host L.A.'s portion alongside actress Hillary Duff, while Good Morning America anchor and former NFL star Michael Strahan will emcee New York's part. 

The one-hour special will reportedly air on four major broadcast networks, with more details expected soon.  

 

Blake Shelton is set to co-host the Nashville segment of the Telethon raising funds for Hurricane Harvey victims.The show will air on September 12th and Shelton will be joined by Reese Witherspoon to introduce performers.  Other celebrities include Jamie Foxx and Hilary Duff who will host the telethon in L.A.  Michael Strahan and Kelly Rowland will be aired from NYC.
The telethon will only last an hour and additional details will be announced soon. The show will air at primetime on a few major networks.

 

Florida Georgia Line partnered with the Red Cross in New Hampshire to raise money for the victims in Hurricane Harvey. The duo raised $200,000 to be donated to the Red Cross.Volunteers from the Red Cross collected donations by hand while standing in front of the venue.

 

Jason Aldean posted on his social media the name that he and his wife Brittany are naming their son. The singer captioned, “We finally got our lil man’s room ready for him. Can’t wait to meet you and bring you home to ur new room, Memphis.”

Kip Moore's new album ‘Slowheart’ is now featured on NPR’s First Listen

Moore’s third studio album will be released on September 8th, however NPR’s “First Listen” is exclusively streaming the album in its entirety starting.  Fans can experience the new music ahead of its official release, heralded as a ‘thoroughly vital 13-song collection” (NPR).

 

Thompson Square will embark on their first ever intimate acoustic tour, titled "This Is Us", with Nashville based singer-songwriter, Jake Rose opening shows. 

Thompson Square will launch the This Is Us tour in Salisbury, Mass. On November 2nd.

For on-sale dates and to purchase tickets to the acoustic tour, please visit: http://www.thompsonsquare.com/tour

 

After rescheduling some of his shows in August due to medical reasons, John Anderson is ready to return to the stage on Sunday (September 3rd).

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Anderson’s iconic hit ‘Swingin’ from his album Wild and Blue.

johnanderson.com.

Miranda Lambert tops the list of nominees for The 51st Annual CMA Awards with five nominations. Little Big Town and Keith Urban each scored four nominations, tying for the second most nominations this year.

Eric Church, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton each earned three nominations.

The nominations were announced on Monday morning.

The CMAs will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, November 8th on ABC.

Thomas Rhett announced an LA Pop Up Store which will be open during his first ever and sold out show at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on September 22.  Rhett will introduce one-of-a-kind collections and fashion collaborations, teaming up with respected designers Daniel Patrick, New Era, Los Angeles staple Blaine Halvorson of MadeWorn and celebrity stylist Kemal Harris.
 
The pop up will feature limited and custom merchandise co-designed by the Grammy-nominee and his fellow designing friends.  
 
The Pop Up Store will be located at 501 North Fairfax Los Angeles, CA 90048 where fans will not only have the ability to shop the collections from 11AM-9:00 PM daily but they will also have the chance to meet Thomas Rhett Friday, September 22nd from 11-1:00 PM. For more information, visit www.ThomasRhett.com.

While Keith Urban's fans are eagerly waiting to see if he'll return to the upcoming American Idol reboot, Keith isn't too concerned about it. In a recent interview with The Morning Call, Urban says there's been a lot of talk recently about him returning to the show as a judge, but he's not quite sure if it will happen. And Keith says aside from there being a lot of "moving parts" involved in him joining the show, he also has a lot other things on his mind right now. He says, "So, I'm in the studio, working on a new album, obviously touring. So, I certainly got a full dance card. And if that happens, great. And if it doesn't, no sweat."

So far, only pop star Katy Perry is confirmed to be a judge on ABC's Idol reboot. Longtime host Ryan Seacrest is also slated to return.

 

Miranda Lambert continues to make a big impact in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. 

The country music superstar and native Texan has mobilized her MuttNation Foundation have rescued and relocated at least 233 animals from the natural disaster's path over three days. 

She's shared heartwarming photos of the continued relief efforts on Instagram, and Thursday MuttNation Foundation announced they saved 40 more dogs, 38 cats and 21 other pets from local shelters that are now receiving medical treatment at Texas A&M University before being transported out of Houston.