Tonight’s 2014 CMT Music Awards Will Feature More Performances than Ever Before

CMTThe 2014 CMT Music Awards will be jam-packed with more music than ever before Wednesday night with actress Kristen Bell returning for a solo turn as host. Five-time nominees Florida Georgia Line and their pal Luke Bryan kick off the night collaborating with pop star Jason DeRulo on his hit “Talk Dirty to Me.” Jennifer Nettles is teaming up with R&B star John Legend for a duet version of his hit “All of Me,” arranged by Hunter Hayes. Those cross-genre collaborations make the CMT Music Awards unique according to FGL’s Brian Kelley.

He says, “A lot of different people outside of the genre kinda show up too, so you never know what’s gonna happen. It kinda feels sometimes like a multi-genre awards show, which can be really fun.”

Brian adds, “Maybe Garth [Brooks] will show up on a hologram or something, or show up in general. That’d be cool.”

Miranda Lambert is this year’s lead nominee with six nods, and she’ll reprise her duet with Carrie Underwood on “Somethin’ Bad” for Wednesday night’s show. While Miranda is nominated for the video to her latest single, “Automatic” from the just-released project, Platinum, she thanks her fans for following her in the three years since she put out her last album, Four the Record.

Speaking to the CMT Music Awards’ fan-voted element, Miranda says, “It means a lot. You know, I still am in touch with them and what they want from me. That’s the most important thing of all. None of this matters if the fans don’t wanna hear it anymore.”

Miranda’s husband, Blake Shelton, will perform on the CMT Music Awards for the first-time ever Wednesday night. He says the timing just hasn’t worked out for him to perform on the show before.

“We barely had the opportunity to do this performance this year,” Blake says, “I’m glad it worked out, because next week we start working on The Voice again.”

Blake will perform outdoors on the Pepsi stage, and he has a suggestion for a new soft drink he’d like to see the company put into production.

Says Blake, “Like, maybe a grape flavor? Pepsi Grape would be great.”

Randy Houser will walk the red carpet as a first-time nominee at this year’s CMT Music Awards. He’s up for Male Video of the Year for “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” against superstars like Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Jason Adean and Luke Bryan.

Randy says, “I think the world of all those guys. I’m glad to be in there. It means somebody actually cares what’s going on a little bit. That’s good. That’s good stuff.”

Dierks Bentley will perform his latest hit, “Drunk on a Plane,” at this year’s CMT Music Awards. The party anthem is turning out to be a big hit on his Riser tour, too.

“People are just, like, singing it back to us louder than I can actually sing it to them, and I have the advantage of a huge P.A. system,” Dierk says.

We hear the pilot from Dierks’ “Drunk on a Plane” video may make an appearance on the CMT Music Awards red carpet, too. Check it out on the red carpet special airing on CMT at 7 p.m. ET.

As for the CMT Music Awards broadcast, look for Jake Owen to sing his latest hit, “Beachin’,” on the outdoor stage, and Little Big Town will keep the party vibe going with the debut performance of their new single, “Day Drinking.” Lady Antebellum will sing “Bartender,” and Kacey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack will perform a tribute to Alan Jackson. Carrie Underwood will present Alan with a special trophy recognizing 25 years of hit videos.

Brantley Gilbert, Eric Church, Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, David Nail, Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett and Tyler Farr are among the other performs on the show. Rascal Flatts, Cassadee Pope, Eli Young Band, Jason Aldean, Kip Moore, Lionel Richie, Sara Evans, The Band Perry and rocker Vince Neil will be handing out trophies.

Viewers can also expect plenty of surprises  when the 2014 CMT Music Awards broadcast live from Nashville Wednesday night at 8 ET.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert‘s plane had to make an emergency landing in West Virginia on her way back to Nashville from New York City Tuesday. Thankfully, everything was OK, and Miranda and her fellow passengers had some fun dressing up in silver emergency suits as a tie-in with her just-released album, Platinum.

Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Nettles performed a duet version of Dolly Parton‘s “9 to 5″ Tuesday night at the Grand Ole Opry.

Brantley Gilbert took part in the third annual Tug McGraw Foundation Celebrity Pro-Am Sporting Clay event Tuesday morning in Nashville. The event raised money for the foundation’s efforts to help military personnel and civilians suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

Jason Aldean performed for the 2014 Walmart shareholders meeting in Arkansas Tuesday.

Toby Keith‘s annual golf classic charity event raised more than $950,000 for the OK Kids Korral facility for patients and their families at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.

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Keith Urban Performs Intimate Show at “Rolling Stone” Country Launch Party

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban performed an intimate concert Tuesday at Nashville leather goods shop Peter Nappi to celebrate the launch of Rolling Stone Country, the new website devoted to the country format. He kicked off the hits-filled set with a cover of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show‘s “Cover of the Rolling Stone.”

The capacity crowd featured industry heavyweights mingling with country stars, including Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, Eli Young Band, Chris Young, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Wynonna, Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, Leah Turner, Brothers Osborne, Sunny Sweeney and Kristian Bush.

Sam Palladio,  Jonathan Jackson and Chaley Rose of ABC’s Nashville were also spotted in the crowd along with former Vice President Al Gore and model Karen Elson.

Rolling Stone releases an all-country issue this week celebrating the launch of Rolling Stone Country. Eric Church and Miranda Lambert are featured on the issues’ two collectible covers.

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Tim McGraw Shares Life Lessons on “Oprah’s Master Class” This Sunday

Harpo StudiosTim McGraw shares lessons from his life as a country star, husband to Faith Hill and father to their three daughters on Oprah’s Master Class this Sunday. The singer opens up about his childhood in Louisiana and making the move to Nashville 25 years ago, too.

He says of chasing that country music dream, “I got on a Greyhound bus and got to Nashville at four in the morning.  Never looked back. I mean that’s what I wanted to do; I knew that I wanted to do this no matter what happened.”

Tim’s appearance on Oprah’s Master Class premieres Sunday night at 10 ET on OWN. His new album, Sundown Heaven Town, will come out September 16 featuring his latest hit, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” with Faith Hill.

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ABC’s “Rising Star” Promises “Instant Gratification,” No Results Show

ABC/Bob D’AmicoEveryone likes watching reality singing competitions, but everybody hates having to sit through an entire results show just to find out who got eliminated and who’s moving on.  But ABC’s new competition, Rising Star, is removing the results show from the equation, according to the four music stars who are appearing on it.

In a new trailer, the show’s panel of “experts,” who include Brad Paisley, rapper/actor Ludacris and pop star Kesha — plus the show’s host, Josh Groban – explain how Rising Star works.  During each episode, you’ll watch contestants perform live in front of a massive wall of video screens.  You download the Rising Star app, and if you like what you’re seeing and hearing, you vote in real time by swiping right for “yes” and left for “no.”  The faces of the voters — maybe even yours — will appear on the wall during the voting.

If the contestant gets enough “yes” votes, the wall will rise, and he or she will move on, and then Brad, Ludacris and Kesha will offer their opinions.  If they don’t, the wall stays down and they go home.  The show airs only once per week, because essentially, the performance and the results are combined in a single episode.

“You know those other shows where you gotta wait for results, and the judges make all the decisions?  Well, yeah, we flipped that,” says Ludacris.  “There’s no results show,” says Kesha. “No waiting until the next day,” says Brad.  “We know how you are: you like it now, now, now!” adds Josh.

“I’m talking about instant gratification,” says Ludacris.  “We all crave it,” says Kesha.  Luda responds, “But with this show, you’re gonna get it.”

“We’re not the judges,” they all conclude.  “You are.”

Rising Star begins Sunday, June 22 on ABC and will run for 10 weeks.

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Carrie Underwood Hosts Eighth Annual Fan Club Party at Grand Ole Opry House

Photo Credit: Chris HolloCarrie Underwood hosted her eighth annual fan club party at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House Monday morning. Fans started lining up Monday night to get into the event, which featured a private concert from Carrie. She returns to the Opry House Tuesday night for a pair of performances on the Grand Ole Opry.

Look for Carrie to perform “Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET.

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Jason Derulo and John Legend Added to CMT Music Awards Performers Lineup

CMTThe CMT Music Awards just added two big stars from the pop world to the performers lineup. Jason Derulo is teaming up with Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line for a collaboration on his hit “Talk Dirty to Me.” R&B star John Legend and Jennifer Nettles will sing a duet version of his hit “All of Me,” arranged by Hunter Hayes. Hunter will also join them on guitar.

Blake Shelton also is slated to perform on the 2014 CMT Music Awards for the first time in his career. Lee Ann Womack and Kacey Musgraves will perform in honor of Alan Jackson, who will be presented with a special award honoring his 25 years of making music and videos. Carrie Underwood also is taking part in that tribute in addition to performing “Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert.

The 2014 CMT Music Awards airs Wednesday night at 8 ET on CMT.

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Taylor Swift’s Model Pal Says Singer Has “No Time for Boys”

Raymond Hall/GC ImagesDespite the attempts of gossip blogs worldwide to link Taylor Swift romantically with someone — anyone, it often seems — the singer isn’t currently in a relationship.  And that, according to one of her BFFs, is due to a lack of time.

Asked by US Weekly magazine if she’d ever played matchmaker for Taylor, her friend, Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss, said, “I’ve been traveling. She’s been traveling. No time for boys!”  However, Karlie, who shared a California road trip with Taylor earlier this year, thinks she’s a wonderful person who anyone would be lucky to hang with.

“She’s true to who she is. She’s such a special girl,” said Karllie of Taylor. “I feel really lucky that we connected and our paths crossed.”  In particular, Karlie tells US Weekly that she likes the fact that Taylor has now set up shop in New York City, which allows them to see each other more often.

“There’s so much to do in New York. I love going to the ballet. Or a bike ride now that it’s warm. There’s a million and a half things to do in New York and that’s why I’m so happy to have her here. It’s good to have a friend,” says Karlie.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country act is hosting this year’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock TV special on ABC? ANSWER: Little Big Town.  It airs August 5.

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Luke Bryan to Headline First Country Show Ever at Barclays Center in Brooklyn

CMALuke Bryan will become the first country act to headline the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on September 14. The show is the first in the venue’s Brooklyn Country series.

Luke tells Newsday, “It’s just amazing. Brooklyn is such an amazing area and it’s incredible the thought of my country self in the heart of Brooklyn.”

The Barclays Center show comes after Luke’s first headlining show at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan last January.

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