Miranda Lambert Leads 2014 CMT Music Awards Nominations

CMT.comMiranda Lambert is the leading nominee for the 2014 CMT Music Awards: she’s received a total of six.  Florida Georgia Line is next, with five nods; Keith Urban and Taylor Swift both have four each. 

Voting for the CMT Music Awards is now open at CMT.com and will run through June 1 at midnight.  The show will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.  Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday May 10 at 11 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.

Here are the final nominees for the 2014 CMT Music Awards:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies and Friends – “Boys ‘Round Here”
Carrie Underwood – “See You Again”
Eric Church – “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan – “This Is How We Roll”
Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy”
Kacey Musgraves – “Follow Your Arrow”
Keith Urban with Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
Luke Bryan – “That’s My Kind of Night”
Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
Taylor Swift – “Red”
Thomas Rhett – “It Goes Like This”
Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban – “Highway Don’t Care”
 
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Blake Shelton – “Doin’ What She Likes”
Eric Church – “Give Me Back My Hometown”
Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy”
Jason Aldean – “Night Train”
Luke Bryan – “Crash My Party”
Randy Houser – “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight”
 
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Carrie Underwood – “See You Again”
Cassadee Pope – “Wasting All These Tears”
Kacey Musgraves – “Follow Your Arrow”
Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
Sheryl Crow – “Easy”
Taylor Swift – “Red”
 
GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Eli Young Band – “Drunk Last Night”
Lady Antebellum – “Compass”
Little Big Town – “Your Side of the Bed”
Rascal Flatts – “Rewind”
The Band Perry – “Done”
Zac Brown Band – “Sweet Annie”
 
DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Dan + Shay – “19 You + Me”
Florida Georgia Line – “Round Here”
Florida Georgia Line – “Stay”
Thompson Square – “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About”
 
BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Brett Eldredge – “Beat of the Music”
Cassadee Pope – “Wasting All These Tears”
Cole Swindell – “Chillin’ It”
David Nail – “Whatever She’s Got”
Thomas Rhett – “It Goes Like This”
Tyler Farr – “Redneck Crazy”
 
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies and Friends – “Boys ‘Round Here”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan – “This Is How We Roll
Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly – “Cruise (Remix)”
Hunter Hayes featuring Jason Mraz – “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me”
Keith Urban with Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban – “Highway Don’t Care
 
CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic – “Counting Stars” from CMT CROSSROADS: ONEREPUBLIC AND DIERKS BENTLEY
Jake Owen – “Days of Gold” from CMT HOT 20 COUNTDOWN
Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks – “Rhiannon” from CMT CROSSROADS: STEVIE NICKS AND LADY ANTEBELLUM
Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie – “Oh No/All Night Long” from 2013 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” from CMT CROSSROADS: FALL OUT BOY AND THE BAND PERRY
Willie Nelson and Neil Young – “Long May You Run” from CMT CROSSROADS: WILLIE NELSON & FRIENDS FROM THIRD MAN RECORDS

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Florida Georgia Line hails from Florida? ANSWER: Brian Kelley.

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Florida Georgia Line Gives a Shout Out to Their Country Brother, Jake Owen

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley is quick to give a shout out to Jake Owen for his support of the duo in their early days.

Brian tells the Huffington Post, “Jake Owen has been extremely instrumental in getting us to where we are today. He took us on tour, got us more Twitter followers … he’s been everything for us and just a great friend, great person.”

FGL also counts Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean among their other country star friends.

“That’s what country music is all about — having that support, that brotherhood, that family kind of thing going on,” Brian explains. “We heard about that and when we got into the mix, it’s been nothing but that. It’s cool to get in touch with people through emails and just have that encouragement.”

Florida Georgia Line is on the road with Jason Aldean all year long.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockVince Gill will kick off the annual Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on June 26.

Darius Rucker‘s favorite moves of all time are the first two films in The Godfather trilogy and Stir Crazy.

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Luke Bryan Listened When His Fans Told Him to “Play It Again”

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan listened when his fans kept asking him to sing “Play It Again” over and over.

He says, “More than ever in my career have I let fan response on the road dictate a single than ”Play It Again.’ From the day we put Crash My Party out, it was getting downloaded more than really any other non-single.”

“Play It Again” even gets a bigger reaction than some of Luke’s #1 hits during his concerts. Judging from that response, Luke wanted the song to come out before his latest hit, “Drink a Beer,” but his record label intervened and got him to hold off on “Play It Again” at that time.

“Listening to my record label like, thankfully, I do sometimes, we went with ‘Drink a Beer,’” says Luke. “But ‘Play It Again’ is just is a big, fun song.”

To see where Luke is performing “Play It Again” next, go to LukeBryan.com.

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Jason Aldean Playing Even More Stadiums This Year on the Just-Launched Burn It Down Tour

Greenroom PRJason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour is now underway, and he has more stadium dates booked for this summer than ever before. Getting to the point where he now headlines stadiums has been a long time coming for Jason.

“I never thought we would be a in a position to do that,” Jason admits. “Over the years, we kinda built it up in the right way. We went from clubs to theaters to arenas, amphitheaters. It’s kind of been a slow climb for us. But it’s been a steady thing.”

So, how does it feel to perform in front of 60,000 fans at one of those stadium shows?

Jason says, “To be on stage, look out and see a lot of people out there in a stadium is to me, one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.”

He doesn’t take this success for granted, either.

Says Jason, “Not everybody can go out and do that stuff. To be one of the acts that can, it’s a blessing. So, I’m very thankful for that.”

Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr are on the road with Jason for the entire Burn It Down tour. Miranda Lambert will come on board for the stadium shows. Go to Jason’s website for a full list of tour dates.

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Thomas Rhett Learned the Ropes of Songwriting from His Father

Big Machine Label GroupThomas Rhett didn’t have to look very far for a mentor to help him write his first songs. His dad is ’90s country star-turned-hit-songwriter Rhett Akins.

Thomas tells the Erie Times-News, “Probably the first 20, 30 songs I wrote were with my dad. That was just a starting ground for me.”

Thomas went on to write with other songwriters in Nashville and had a hand in writing hits for Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice.  Even so, Thomas’ first #1 hit as an artist, “It Goes Like This,” was a co-write with his dad.

“To share my first number-one as an artist with my dad was one of the coolest things in the world,” Thomas says.

Of note, Thomas co-wrote his latest hit, “Get Me Some of That,” with rising country star Cole Swindell and guitarist Michael Carter.

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Craig Morgan Explains Why Listeners Are Connecting with “Wake Up Lovin’ You”

Black RiverCraig Morgan didn’t have a hand in writing his latest hit, “Wake Up Lovin’ You,” but he immediately felt a connection to the song when he first heard it.

I just love the way the song sings,” Craig tells Billboard. “It allows me to show off my vocal range a little bit, and it’s just an emotional song. I can feel the lyric in this song, and those are rare jewels to have.”

Craig thinks fans really sympathize with the song’s character, who’s going through an intense breakup.  He says, “This song is so picturesque in its definition of heartache that regardless of whether you’ve been there…there’s a sense of sorrow for the person  in this song.”

“Wake Up Lovin’ You” is included on Craig’s latest album, The Journey (Livin’ Hits), available now.

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Dierks Bentley Offering Fans the Chance to Upgrade Their Concert Tickets

Greenroom PRDierks Bentley is giving fans attending his Riser tour concert dates the chance to upgrade their tickets with the Rise Up Line Up promotion. Concertgoers can earn points to move to the front of a virtual line to get better seats.

Dierks is glad to give his fans this kind of opportunity.  “When I was in my 20′s, I could only afford a lawn ticket to the big shows because I had to save my money for beer once I got in the gate,” he says. “I just can’t wait to get out there and get it going.”

Go to Dierks.com for more details on the Rise Up Line Up promotion. The Riser tour launches May 9 in Charlotte, NC.

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Kenny Chesney Playing Benefit Concert for Famous Friends’ Charities

Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney is set to perform at a benefit concert for Matthew McConaughey and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees‘ charities May 17 in New Orleans. The show takes place at the House of Blues and will mark Kenny’s first concert appearance of 2014. He’s taken the year off the road to focus on working on his new album.

Kenny tells The Tennessean, “If I can go play songs and help them raise money for their foundations, which do so much good, I’m happy to. When you factor in that I’ve been cooped up, not really playing, and I’m ready to get out there with some people.”

He adds, “We’re gonna have a ball, and no one will get out of there without a smile on their face.”

Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.

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