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Airing live on Dec. 2 at 8:00 p.m. from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the 90-minute special on Cmt — Viacom’s country music and entertainment cable net — will feature musical performances, tributes and toasts to the biggest stars in music, television and film.
Among the five country honorees year, Shelton, Hunt and Little Big Town are being recognized for the first time. Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are returning “Cmt Artists of the Year,” being celebrated again for their achievements from the past year.
More performers for the Cmt special will be announced at a later date.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
On November 4, the Cma Awards anointed Chris Stapleton as country music's heir apparent. He won New Artist of the Year, as predicted by Gold Derby's odds, but he also pulled off upsets for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year ("Traveller") against established country stars, and he got the evening's centerpiece performance: a showstopping duet with pop idol Justin Timberlake. Does that mean Stapleton is a force to be reckoned with at the Grammys too? -Break- Grammy mystery: Can Meghan Trainor end male winning streak for Best New Artist? A country artist has been nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys for 10 out of the last 11 years: 2004 – Gretchen Wilson 2005 – Sugarland 2006 – Carrie Underwood (Winner) 2007 – Taylor Swift 2008 – Lady Antebellum 2009 – Zac Brown Band (Winner) 2011 – The Band Perry 2012 – Hunter Hayes 2013 – Kacey Musgraves 2014 ...' »
Winners for the 49th annual edition of the Country Music Association Awards were announced during the ABC telecast on Wednesday, Nov. 4. For the eighth year running, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood were paired up to host this music-filled awardsfest. Entertainer Of The Year Garth Brooks X -- Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Eric Church Miranda Lambert -Break- Predict Grammy nominations: Taylor Swift sweep? Bruno Mars domination? Kendrick Lamar redemption? Male Vocalist Of The Year Dierks Bentley Luke Bryan Eric Church Blake Shelton X -- Chris Stapleton Female Vocalist Of The Year Kelsea Ballerini X -- Miranda Lambert Kacey Musgraves Carrie Underwood Lee Ann Womack New Artist Of The Year Kelsea Ballerini Sam Hunt Maddie and Tae Thomas Rhett X -- Chris Stapleton Vocal Group Of The Year Lady Antebellum X -- Little Big Town Rascal Flatts The Band Perry Zac Brown Band »
The 2016 People's Choice Awards will kick off award season Jan. 6, and the nominees are in! Jane Lynch is hosting this year's ceremony, which is packed with talented nominees. In addition to Lynch, Betsy Brandt, Marcia Gay Harden, Abigail Spencer, Zachary Levi, Christina Milian, and Mark Burnett were on hand at the Paley Center for Media to make the announcement. We're already excited to see some of our favorite things and people, like Pretty Little Liars, Jurassic World, and Ed Sheeran, up for awards. After 72 million votes, here are all the nominees! Take note: there's a new "Digital" category for awards like favorite social media star. Movies Favorite Movie Avengers: Age of Ultron Furious 7 Inside Out Jurassic World Pitch Perfect 2 Favorite Movie Actor Channing Tatum Chris Pratt Johnny Depp Robert Downey Jr. Will Smith Favorite Movie Actress Anne Hathaway Melissa McCarthy Meryl Streep Sandra Bullock Scarlett Johansson Favorite Action »
- Maggie Pehanick
Robin Meade has delivered A.M. headlines to the nation for nearly 15 years, and yet her boss describes her as “the best kept secret in morning news.” If she’s hiding, it is in plain sight: Meade has held forth longer in the time period on a national show for the toast-and-cereal crowd than anyone other than NBC’s Matt Lauer.
If Hln, the cable network that has aired her fast-paced “Morning Express” has its way, Meade will become better known. A new marketing effort will tout the anchor in local ads and on billboards in various cities, first in Cleveland and Atlanta, and then spread out to other cities in 2016, said Albie Hecht, executive vice president and general manager of the Time Warner-owned outlet, which is part of CNN Worldwide. The anchor is likely to go on the road to visit markets where Hln wants to raise her profile, »
- Brian Steinberg
Looking for some new jams? Who better to ask than Miranda Lambert? The country queen exclusively gave us her Saturday Night Mix, a kickin' playlist of her favorite country tunes. Featuring tracks by Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, and Keith Urban, it's practically a who's who of country's hottest acts. Don't worry, you'll find someone new to love on here too, like Cale Dodds or Courtney Cole. Check out all the videos below, and listen to the Spotify playlist of all the songs at the end! Related Stories: Exclusive - Listen to Jake Owen's Kickass Fall Playlist Miranda Lambert Posts a Heartbreaking Photo About Protecting Her Heart 30 Sexy Country Songs For Doin' It Cowgirl Style Listen to Lindsay Ell's Girl-Power Playlist The Ultimate Country Music Wedding Playlist »
- Maggie Pehanick
The Grammys award Song of the Year to the best written tune of the eligibility period, and there are also separate songwriting awards for specific genres like rock, R&B, rap, country, American roots and visual media – but not pop. That's anomalous because there are pop categories for vocal performance and album, just like most other genres. So why do pop songwriters not get their own award? And should the recording academy create that category? -Break- AMAs: Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran lead nominations, Justin Bieber mostly snubbed Pop songs have won Song of the Year the last four years in a row: Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (2011), Fun's "We Are Young" (2012), Lorde's "Royals" (2013) and Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" (2014). Shouldn't the authors of those hits also have been awarded as the best pop songwriters? After all, Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" enjoyed double honors as...' »
Nominations for the 49th annual edition of the Country Music Assn. Awards were announced on Wednesday. Winners of these kudos will be revealed during the ABC telecast on Nov. 4. For the eighth year running, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are pairing up to host this music-filled awardsfest. (Click Here to read a full report on all the nominees.) Entertainer Of The Year Garth Brooks Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Eric Church Miranda Lambert -Break- Dish all the Cma Awards nominations with music insiders in our red-hot forums Male Vocalist Of The Year Dierks Bentley Luke Bryan Eric Church Blake Shelton Chris Stapleton Female Vocalist Of The Year Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Kacey Musgraves Carrie Underwood Lee Ann Womack New Artist Of The Year Kelsea Ballerini Sam Hunt Maddie and Tae Thomas Rhett Chris Stapleton Vocal Group Of The Year Lady Antebellum Little Big »
SpongeBob Squarepants is about to trade in Bikini Bottom for Broadway: The Nickelodeon series is set to become a musical.
There are few details, plot-wise, about the show, but in a splashy press release, Nickelodeon (which is producing the show) and director Tina Landau teased some big names that will be involved in the project. Music will be provided by Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. In addition to that eclectic list, David Bowie is also writing a song, and Coulton will write additional lyrics.
"I was drawn to this project not only for its wild theatrical possibility, but also because I felt 'SpongeBob,' at its core, is a layered and hilarious ensemble comedy," Landau said in a statement. She continued: »
- Katie Roberts
Jukebox musical meets superhero adventure (porifera branch) in Nickelodeon’s Broadway-bound show The SpongeBob Musical, which has set its Chicago tryout run for late next spring. Original material for the show is being contributed by an all-star roster of rockers and rappers including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as well as Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They… »
“SpongeBob SquarePants” is heading to Broadway. Nickelodeon’s cartoon about a sentient yellow sponge is being adapted into a stage musical that aims to open on Broadway for the 2016-17 season, following a limited run at Chicago’s Oriental Theater next June. The score will feature original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I. and David Bowie. “The SpongeBob Musical” is co-conceived and directed by Steppenwolf veteran Tina Landau (“Superior »
- Reid Nakamura
He’s ready: SpongeBob SquarePants, the massive Nickelodeon property with a fanbase that reaches well beyond its target kiddie demographic, will go from Bikini Bottom to Broadway in “The SpongeBob Musical,” premiering in Chicago in the summer of 2016 prior to a New York opening during the 2016-17 Broadway season.
Produced by Nickelodeon, the project has attracted a who’s who of contemporary music names to contribute original songs to the show, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (of Aerosmith), the Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper (already a Tony winner for “Kinky Boots”) and David Bowie.
The musical is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, the writer-director (and member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater) whose Broadway work has included “Superior Donuts” and “Bells Are Ringing.” The book is by Kyle Jarrow, who co-created “A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant” and has worked with Duncan Sheik on »
- Gordon Cox
After revealing her pregnancy following years of infertility, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley's wife Cassie McConnell Kelley has announced the two are expecting a baby boy! Cassie had said on her Womanista blog earlier this month that she and the 33-year-old musician were expecting their first child together after trying to conceive for years since they married in July 2009. "We're almost four months and I'm due in February and we just found out that we're having a boy, which, gosh, I just get choked up thinking about," she said on Good Morning America on Friday. "We're thankful, we're so...'blessed' isn't a strong enough »
Lady Antebellum has so much to celebrate these days. There's a new baby on the way for Charles Kelley and his wife, the group has sold 11 million copies of their album 747 albums worldwide and they've won "Vocal Group of the Year" honors from both the Cma and Acm Awards three years in a row. Moreover, they're enjoying their very successful Wheels Up Tour with Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt. And next up... A break! But don't worry, they'll still be very much on the job. Hillary Scott told E! News, during a chat to talk about the band's collaboration with Chili's and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on their Create-a-Pepper campaign, that they'll be focusing on »
“I’ve lost count of the number of people who say to me, I know Ryan Seacrest from hosting ‘American Idol,’ I know Ryan Seacrest from hosting ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,’ and I had no idea he did something like this.”
“This” is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (Rsf) — the nonprofit, charitable organization that aims to inspire young people through its entertainment and education-based initiatives. Since its inception in 2009, Rsf has installed eight multimedia broadcast centers, dubbed Seacrest Studios, in pediatric hospitals around the country — with two more coming by year’s end, in Nashville and Washington, D.C. These high-tech production facilities enable patients to actively explore all aspects of media, from being a disc jockey, to conducting radio and TV interviews, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley is expecting his first child with his wife, Cassie McConnell Kelley. They've been married for six years, and the couple shared their exciting baby news on Cassie's blog, Womanista, saying, "Charles and I are So Beyond Excited to share with y'all that we are expecting a baby! He or she is due in February and we are so happy we can hardly stand it. Like, ecstatic and I'm crying even as I type those words!" Charles tweeted the post to his followers, saying, "Check this out!!!" In her post, Cassie opened up about their fertility struggles, saying, "This journey to become a family of 3 has been a long, interesting, sometimes fun and sometimes heartbreaking road." She explained that they tried to conceive for years before learning that they had a one percent chance of conceiving naturally, later adding sweet words about her husband's support through it all. »
It's officially a full house for Lady Antebellum. Charles Kelley and wife Cassie McConnell Kelley are expecting their first child. The mama-to-be announced the exciting baby news on her blog, Womenista, sharing an adorable photo of she and her hubby holding mugs which read "mother" and "father." "Charles and I are So Beyond Excited to share with y'all that we are expecting a baby! He or she is due in February and we are so happy we can hardly stand it. Like, ecstatic and I'm crying even as I type those words!" the soon-to-be mother adorably began in her blog post. "This journey to become a family of 3 has been a long, interesting, sometimes fun »
Their kind of love! Lady Antebellum singer Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie McConnell, announced on Friday, Aug. 7, that they are expecting their first child together. The pregnant Mrs. Kelley broke the happy news on her lifestyle blog, Womanista, announcing her pregnancy in a post titled "Cassie and Charles are..." McConnell shared a sweet photo of herself and Kelley, 33, snuggling on a couch together, each holding a mug that reads "mother" and "father," respectively. "Charles and I are So Beyond Excited to share with y’all that we [...] »
Things did not end up becoming very country strong for ABC last night with the Cma Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock ((1.2/4). Compiled from the four-day fest in Nashville in June, last night's three-hour special featured the likes of Kellie Pickler, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood. Despite that best selling lineup and more, the show fell hard with a 37% drop among adults 18-49 from last year's airing. In fact, among the key demo, the 2015 Cma Music… »
I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m ashamed to like a country/Edm crossover track as much as I like how the teaser for this one sounds, but I’ve gotta give “Something Better” by Audien featuring Lady Antebellum my seal of approval. It wasn’t all that long ago that we spoke with the trance/progressive house mastermind about his expert grasp of melody, and it’s seldom been more evident than it is in this track.
Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum trade off vocals against the backdrop of a simple piano roll before a powerful kick-snare combo elevates the ambience of the track. An ethereal progression of synth stacks following the uplift shoots out like sunbeams through a cloudy sky, carrying the listener on its back for an entire measure and a half before the preview abruptly ends, leaving them longing for more. »
- John Cameron
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