The fourth annual American Country Awards will be handed out tonight live from Las Vegas on FOX, but a few of the night’s honorees have already been revealed. Taylor Swift will appear via satellite from Australia to receive the first-ever ACA World Wide Artist Award in honor of her global popularity. Brad Paisley is set to receive the Video Visionary Award in honor of his innovative videos. He also will be performing on the show.
Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Sheryl Crow, Randy Houser and Justin Moore also are appearing on the ACAs along with Thomas Rhett, who will give his first awards show performance. He’s up against Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, Cassadee Pope and Kacey Musgraves in the New Artist category.
Says Thomas, “That’s just the coolest thing in the world, and I’m honored to be in good company, and if I win, that’d be awesome. If I don’t, I’m just glad I’m in the nominations.”
As for Kip, he’s not campaigning that hard for fan votes, but he knows his fans are out there really working to get him an ACA win or two.
Kip tells ABC News Radio, “I’m not one of those artists that’s, you know, posting every day, you know, about vote this and that, but I am grateful for those guys that are voting without me asking them. They’re supportive of me.”
Jason Aldean is hoping to take a few of the ACA’s guitar trophies as well. He’s already won seven of them, and Jason says those wins only get sweeter with time.
He explains, “I think at the end of the day when my career is done or maybe not as hot as it is right now, all these awards that you’ve kind of have collected over the years, I think as much as they mean now, I think will probably mean a hundred times more then, you know, when you go back and look back and reflect on your career and things like that.”
Little Big Town has quite a few nominations, but they won’t be able to attend the show due to a previous commitment. Watching the show from home in Nashville will be odd for the group since they attend country award shows all the time.
LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman tells ABC News Radio, “We’ve never had to stay home. We’ve been going to award shows for 15 years. You know, half the time we weren’t nominated, so yeah, we don’t know. We wish were gonna be there, but it’ll be cool.”
She adds, “Do you have to be present to win?”
The American Country Awards take place at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas this year, and that’s just one of the many Sin City hotels the members of Lady Antebellum have visited over the years. They’ve stayed at the MGM Grand, the Cosmopolitan and Caesars Palace while performing in Vegas, but the group’s Charles Kelley prefers the Wynn over all the others.
He says, “We stayed in a suite at the Wynn one time for a private show. I felt like, honestly, Tony Montana [from Scarface]. I was like, ‘Say hello to my giant bathtub.’”
The fourth annual American Country Awards air live at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday night on FOX. Trace Adkins and race car driver Danica Patrick are hosting.
Yesterday, Lucy Hale fans got another sneak peek of her highly anticipated country album when the “Pretty Little Liars” star revealed “You Sound Good To Me” as her debut single and shared the cover art for the track. The exciting announcement took place via LucyHale.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to the delight of her nearly 7.5 million active fans. “You Sound Good To Me,” written by Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, and Hillary Lindsey, is set to hit country radio early next year. The single will be available for fans to download starting January 7, 2014.
The news adds to an already exciting week as Lucy delivered a heartfelt performance of the holiday classic, “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home),” as part of last night’s ABC-TV special, “CMA Country Christmas.” Lucy joined a star-studded cast of her country music peers including Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Nettles, Jake Owen and Darius Rucker for the Christmas celebration, filmed in Nashville in November.
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, the 24-year old singer and actress first started singing along with the radio to her favorite Martina McBride, Faith Hill and Shania Twain songs. While she made her mark early on as an actress, best known for her role on the hit ABC Family drama “Pretty Little Liars,” she is eager to share her longtime love for music, with her country debut album due next year on DMG Nashville/Bigger Picture Group.
Trace Adkins has been invited to headline the Great American Outdoor Show presented by NRA Country. The concert will take place on Saturday, February 8th during the first Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. The ticketed event will take place in the complex’s Large Arena. Tickets are $30 for stadium seating/$35 for floor seating and can be purchased HERE beginning today.
Celebrating the outdoor traditions treasured by millions of Americans and their families, the Great American Outdoor Show debuts February 1-9, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy nine days and 650,000 square feet of shooting, hunting, fishing, camping and boating exhibits, plus, evening events and interactive displays at the country’s largest sports and outdoor show. Visit Great American Outdoor Show for the latest news and information about the event.
Be sure to get NRA COUNTRY CONNECTED and JOIN the FREE Fan Club at NRACountry.com. Membership includes access to online concerts, fan club parties, contests, VIP meet & greets, exclusive content from your favorite country artists and other special offers and discounts on great outdoor gear and merchandise!
The Grand Ole Opry is about to get “wordy.”
Dictionary.com, the world’s largest free online dictionary and mobile reference resource, is partnering with the show that made country music famous beginning this week to highlight how American country music has enriched the English lexicon. Through an array of digital content, the Opry and Dictionary.com will illustrate how country artists have influenced word usage and popularized terms.
The country-themed content celebrates this week’s anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry’s inaugural broadcast, heard on Nov. 28, 1925. Social media posts (Twitter hashtag #CountryDefined) celebrating country music are scheduled to begin this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, in celebration of the anniversary, with country music etymology taking center stage on Dictionary.com’s homepage next week, beginning Monday, Dec. 2.
The featured homepage and social media content will include the origins behind words familiar to Opry fans such as “Dobro” and “bluegrass.” Additionally, “Did You Know?” trivia will be shared about the hit songs which include words to be featured and the artists who performed them including Opry members Trace Adkins and Carrie Underwood as well as Grammy®-winning artists Mary Chapin Carpenter, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, and Little Big Town.
The country music-themed content on Dictionary.com’s 75 million mobile apps and homepage will also link to opry.com, which throughout the partnership will feature audio and video playlists celebrating various Dictionary.com featured words as well as an online sweeps offering an Opry/Dictionary.com CD library and an Opry visit for two as prizes.
“Country music and the Grand Ole Opry have a unique place in America’s history,” said Rebekah Otto, Dictionary.com’s head of content. “We’re excited to share with the world some of the ways in which the genre has influenced not only what the world sings but also its effect on our spoken word.”
Among the “Did You Know?” facts to be shared:
The name “Dobro” originated in 1928 when the Dopyera brothers formed the Dobro Manufacturing Company. Dobro means “good thing” in Slovak, the language of the inventors, and an early company motto was “Dobro means good in any language.”
Benjamin Franklin invented the glass harmonica in 1761, originally known as the “Armonica.”
Carrie Underwood (“Casanova” from the hit single “Cowboy Casanova” is featured) made her Grand Ole Opry debut less than two weeks after having been named “American Idol.” She became an official Opry member in May 2008.
Country music superstar, American Country Award nominee and 2010, 2011 and 2012 American Country Award winner Brad Paisley will receive the Video Visionary Award during the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS airing live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday, Dec. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
Paisley, who also will perform his new single, “The Mona Lisa,” will receive the award in recognition of his nearly 15 years pairing amazing songs with creative, immensely entertaining music videos that have truly run the gamut, from heartbreaking to hilarious. The Video Visionary Award has only been awarded one additional time, to Toby Keith, in 2010.
Hosted by Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick, the two-hour event will also feature appearances by Olivia Newton-John, Big Smo, Cowboy Troy, Dan King, Thompson Square, Trevor Brazile, Shada Brazile, Clay Walker and Parmalee. Previously announced participants include Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Carrie Keagan, Joe Nichols and Lauren Alaina. Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker and Florida Georgia Line also are set to perform. Additional performers and presenters to be announced soon.
The live music spectacular offers country music fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists, not only in traditional categories, but also in a previously unrecognized area – touring – encompassing the entire spectrum of country music.
Voting for Artist of the Year continues until Friday, Dec. 7 at www.theacas.com.
From his self-titled album, Matt Farris’ latest single, “Resident Redneck“, will remind you of Trace Adkins’ “Ladies Love Country Boys“. Where Trace sang about a city girl falling in love with a country boy, Matt’s song has the country boy moving to the city. What with all his redneck charm, he sings, a country boy is one to be reckoned with and can adapt rather easily, “my backyard is going to be my backwoods”.
For more information on Matt visit www.mattfarriscountry.com
The holiday season will shine even brighter during “CMA Country Christmas” when Hunter Hayesperforms during the special, airing Monday, Dec. 2 (9:00 – 11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The special, hosted for the fourth time by Jennifer Nettles, is a celebration of the season featuring Country’s top stars and non-format favorites performing holiday songs and sharing their personal holiday traditions and memories.
Hayes joins an already star-studded holiday lineup that includes Trace Adkins, Mary J. Blige, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Lucy Hale, Lady Antebellum, Nettles, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie Robertson, Darius Rucker, Michael W. Smith, and beloved Peanuts characters Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus van Pelt, and Snoopy.
To get into the holiday spirit, Hayes has helped CMA create an interactive Christmas Q&A where fans can guess Hunter’s answers to questions such as “Frosty or Rudolph?” and “Wrapping Paper or Gift Bags?” The fun, festive quiz can be found at CMAchristmas.com.
Nine-time GRAMMY Award winner Sheryl Crow will sing with two-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker, plus Platinum recording artists Florida Georgia Line also are set to perform at the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS (ACA) airing live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday, Dec. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
Hosted by Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick, the two-hour event will also feature appearances by Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Carrie Keegan, Joe Nichols and Lauren Alaina. Additional performers and presenters to be announced soon.
The two-hour live music spectacular offers country music fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists, not only in traditional categories, but also in a previously unrecognized area touring encompassing the entire spectrum of country music.
Voting for Artist of the Year continues until Friday, Dec. 7 at www.theacas.com.
With a deep vocal styling similar to Trace Adkins’, Phoenix Stone’s single, “Baby It’s Christmas“, is about the sadness in the hearts of those who, for whatever reason, can’t be with their loved ones for the holiday. In this song the man wants nothing more than to be under the mistletoe with his someone special.
We can all relate to missing someone. It may be a loved one now a guardian angel, a loved one thousands of miles away, or even a loved one who chooses to spend the holiday with others, this song will resonate with listeners. We should all know and embrace how special even the smallest of holiday traditions, like cookies and milk left out for Santa, can be when we can do them with the people we care about most.
Keith Urban graces the cover of the latest issue of PEOPLE Country!
In the issue Keith talks about his marriage, life as a dad and why he’d love to be a professional truck driver!
Keith is just the icing on top of the cake, in the issue you will also find exclusive photos from Ashley Monroe‘s wedding, Kellie Pickler dishing on Miley Cyrus, and Carrie Underwood‘s experience while being in New York.
Also, as always readers can download FREE holiday music from Kelly Clarkson, Trace Adkins, Jewel and many more.
The new issue of PEOPLE Country goes on sale November 15
The music and traditions of the holidays are center stage for “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special hosted by Jennifer Nettles airing Monday, Dec. 2(9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The special is a celebration of the season featuring Country’s top stars and non-format favorites performing holiday songs and sharing their personal holiday traditions and memories. The special tapes in front of a live audience Friday (7:00 PM/CT) at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Joining the previously announced star-packed lineup of performers is Mary J. Blige, Lady Antebellum, and beloved Peanuts characters Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus van Pelt, and Snoopy.
Performers already announced include Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Lucy Hale, Nettles, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker,“Duck Dynasty’s” Willie Robertson, and Michael W. Smith.
“The lineup for this year’s special keeps getting better with the addition of Mary J. Blige and Lady A,” said CMA Board President Ed Hardy. “And the icing on this Christmas cookie is the Peanuts gang. Talk about two great holiday traditions coming together to celebrate the season.”
For the second year, audience members are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville area children. The Nashville-based, non-profit group Generosity will have volunteers on site with specially marked bins to collect the toys, which will be distributed to homeless families this holiday season. In 2012, the group collected more than 5,000 toys.
Volunteers from Generosity will start accepting toys Friday at 1:00 PM/CT at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza (corner of Fifth Avenue and Demonbreun). You do not have to have a ticket to the show to drop off a toy.
“Music is the storytelling of life. – Lisa Matassa”
The holidays will be so much brighter with her latest single release, “The Christmas Song“. Co-written by Mel Torme and Bob Wells in 1944, the song was actually penned on a hot, hot summer day, in an effort to ‘stay cool by thinking cool’.
How does an artist bring new life to a song written sixty-nine years ago? Or maybe the question should be how does a song remain relevant sixty-nine years after it was written? Either way, Lisa Matassa brings new life to the song; her operatically trained vocals combined with the joyful backing of the Broadway Youth Ensemble.
The song is on her It is What It Is album (which includes “Somebody’s Baby“). Her video of the holiday tune climbed the CMT Holiday Video Chart to the top two years ago. It could well be a country radio top chart climber this year – the addition of the youth ensemble brings new life to the classic song.
The song has been recorded by many artists, including Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam, Randy Travis, George Strait, Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, Aaron Neville, Toby Keith, Wynonna Judd, Alan Jackson, – even Big Bird and the Swedish Chef (A Muppet Family Christmas).
Just as Lisa said, music tells life’s stories, and when it is done right (like this release), sparkles like the Angel star atop a Christmas tree.