Jason Aldean Says CMA Awards Snub Is “Frustrating”

James Minchin IIIJason Aldean admits feeling frustrated over the fact that he was shut out of the nominations for the CMA Awards last week.

Speaking with Rolling Stone Country, Aldean points to his successful Burn It Down tour, and his five-night run at various Major League Baseball stadiums this summer. He says, “Obviously it’s disappointing. We’re still out there selling out shows. With maybe the exception of Luke [Bryan], I don’t think there is anybody else out there that is doing the kind of touring numbers that we’re doing. It’s frustrating, man.”

Aldean adds, “It does suck a little bit when awards season comes around and you feel like you’re, as far as artists go, you’re up there at the cream of the crop, and to get overlooked like that is upsetting.”

However, he says he’s not going to “pitch a fit” over the slight. He notes other acts that he believes didn’t receive their proper due from the CMAs, including tourmates Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. He laments, “Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan having ‘This Is How We Roll,’ one of the biggest songs of the year, and not getting a nod for [Musical Event]. I don’t really understand how they come up with that stuff.”

The CMA Awards will be held November 5.

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Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry and More Perform on Fashion Rocks

Fashion RocksMiranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry were among the performers on the CBS Fashion Rocks special on Tuesday night.

Miranda was the second performer of the night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. She sang “Little Red Wagon” off her most recent album, Platinum.

Luke sang “I See You,” and The Band Perry delivered a rendition of their hit “DONE.”

The two-hour broadcast also featured musical guests such as Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Duran Duran, MAGIC! and KISS.

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Carrie Underwood Gets Emotional, Rascal Flatts “Tebows” at 8th Annual ACM Honors

ACMCarrie Underwood‘s emotions got the best of her as she accepted her trophy at the 8th Annual ACM Honors at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium Tuesday night. Wearing a pink-and-white gown with a belt above her baby bump, Carrie teared up as she accepted the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award recognizing her recording and tour career as well as her acting work in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music and other ventures. Fellow Oklahoma natives The Swon Brothers sang a medley of “See You Again” and “Wasted” in Carrie’s honor.

Tim Tebow made a special guest appearance to present the Jim Reeves International Award to Rascal Flatts. That trophy recognizes the band’s efforts in taking country music to Europe on multiple tours. After accepting the trophy, the Flatts called Tim over to “Tebow” with them onstage. The crowd applauded as all four of them took a knee and posed in Tim’s famous kneeling prayer position.

Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott teamed up to perform a medley of songs they recorded written by ACM Songwriter of the Year, Shane McAnally. The three singers all backed each other up as Hillary first sang Lady A’s “Downtown,” Kelly took the lead on “Tie It Up” and Kacey closed it out singing “Merry Go Round.” Kenny Chesney was also on hand to present Shane with the Songwriter trophy.

Hunter Hayes and the show’s host Jake Owen both sang in honor of this year’s ACM Career Achievement Award winner, Ronnie Milsap. Dierks Bentley honored Poet’s Award winner, the late Buck Owens, with a performance of “Love’s Gonna Live Here.”

Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yoakam, Jack Ingram and Nashville‘s Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen also sang in honor of this year’s ACM special awards recipients. Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore were also on hand to present the Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards categories.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson contributes a cover of the Beatles‘ “Yesterday” for The Art of McCartney, a new release coming out November 18 celebrating Paul McCartney‘s vast songwriting catalog. Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Def Leppard and Barry Gibb are among the other artists covering McCartney songs on The Art of McCartney.  

New interview content with Tim McGraw will be posted daily now through next Tuesday at TimMcGraw.CMT.com to promote his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, due out Tuesday, September 16.

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Sam Hunt to Release Full-Length Debut Album, “Montevallo,” on October 27

MCA NashvilleCountry newcomer Sam Hunt will release his debut album, Montevallo, on October 27 featuring his hit single “Leave the Night On.” Sam co-wrote all 10 songs on the project including “Cop Car,” which was a big hit for Keith Urban earlier this year.

He says, “This is such a personal album for me. Each song holds truth and comes from my own life experiences. To get these songs out into the hands of the fans is both exciting and liberating.”

Look for Sam to make his national TV debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on September 24. He heads out on the CMT on Tour: Up in Smoke tour with headliner Kip Moore on September 25 at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City.

Here’s the Montevallo track listing:

“Take Your Time”
“Leave the Night On”
“House Party”
“Break Up in a Small Town”
“Single for the Summer”
“Ex to See”
“Make You Miss Me”
“Cop Car”
“Raised on It”

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Thomas Rhett Joins Martin Guitars Ambassador Program

Image Courtesy Martin GuitarsThomas Rhett plays three Martin guitars when he’s on tour, so it’s a natural fit for him to be named as the newest artist in the Martin Ambassador Program. The campaign recognizes artists who have an “understanding and appreciation of the guitar’s history and craftsmanship.” Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Ed Sheeran and Colbie Caillat are among the other artists in the Martin Ambassador Program.

Thomas says, “When I started playing, I knew I’d need a quality guitar. It’s such an honor for Martin to be so supportive of my career and ask me to be one of their Ambassadors.”

Thomas recently toured the Martin factory in Nazareth, PA to meet the guitar’s craftsmen and women. He also began discussions about creating his own custom Martin guitar.

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Chris Young Makes $30,000 Donation to Nashville School of the Arts

Image Courtesy Edwards Studio PhotographyChris Young and his fan club donated $30,000 to the Nashville School of the Arts Monday to help them update and upgrade their auditorium. Chris benefited from arts education while a student in Middle Tennessee, and he wanted to give back to current and talented students in the area.

Chris made the presentation while taking part in the student-produced program, NCA Presents. The Nashville School of the Arts is the only arts magnet high school in the Metro Nashville Public School system.

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“The Best of Me” Soundtrack Due Out October 7 Featuring Lady Antebellum, Eli Young Band & More

EMI Nashville/Relativity Music GroupMore details have been announced for The Best of Me soundtrack, coming out October 7. Lady Antebellum‘s new song, “I Did with You,” has already been featured in the film’s trailer, and Lady A has another song on the soundtrack as well, titled “Falling for You.”

Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, David Nail, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Thompson Square and Eric Paslay are among the other stars contributing brand-new songs to The Best of Me soundtrack.

The Best of Me is based on Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel of the same name. It hits theaters October 17.

Here’s The Best of Me soundtrack track listing:

Lady Antebellum, “I Did with You”
Hunter Hayes, “Dream Girl”
SHEL and Garth Dunlop, “Hold On”
Colbie Caillat, “In Love Again”
Thomas Rhett, “The Way Things Go”
Thompson Square, “Borrowed Time”
Kip Moore, “Lead Me”
Kacey Musgraves, “Love Is a Liar”
Lady Antebellum, “Falling for You”
Eric Paslay, “Rain from Heaven”
David Nail, “All the Way”
Eli Young Band, “Unchanged”
Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane”
Phoebe Hoffman, “Crossroads”

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Star-Studded ACM Honors Taking Place Tonight in Nashville

Image Courtesy ACMThe 8th Annual ACM Honors are easily the hottest ticket in Nashville Tuesday night. Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, Kenny Chesney, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, The Swon Brothers and Kacey Musgraves are just a few of the artists participating in this year’s show, hosted by Jake Owen.

Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, and Ronnie Milsap are among the stars receiving Special Awards at the event. Tickets for the event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium are still available at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood‘s husband, Mike Fisher, plays for which NHL team? ANSWER: Nashville Predators.

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