CMA Awards Nominees React to the Good News

CMAFlorida Georgia Line could add another CMA Award for Vocal Duo of the Year to their collection when the trophies are handed out November 5. FGL won the Duo category as well as Single of the Year for “Cruise” at last year’s show, and the duo’s Brian Kelley is still shocked to see those CMA Awards at his house in Nashville.

He tells ABC News Radio, “It’s very surreal, man. You just kinda look at it, pick it up. It’s heavy as it can be, man. It’s an incredible thing.”

Brian’s duo partner Tyler Hubbard is creating a special place in his house to display the trophies.

“I’m building a man cave,” Tyler explains. “They’re sitting in one of the guest bedrooms right now waiting for the bonus room to get finished up.”

Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town is nominated in that category again this year. The group joined Darius Rucker to announce the nominees Wednesday morning in New York City. After the press conference, LBT’s Karen Fairchild said they couldn’t get these nominations without loyal fans and great songs.

Karen explains, “We’re blessed to write with incredible songwriters in Nashville and to work with an amazing producer and to just be zoned into what we’re doing, and maybe the heartbeat of our fans? They’re the ones that give us these opportunities, so we’re incredibly grateful.”

Here’s a roundup of other CMA Awards nominees’ reactions via social media and press statements:

George Strait — “It’s a great honor to be nominated for CMA Entertainer of the Year. It’s been an incredible year, and this just puts the icing on the cake!”

Luke Bryan — “Thank y’all for my nominations. Amazing. Crazy stuff.”

Dierks Bentley — “wow y’all. 5 ?! much gratitude for our fans and friends in the biz. i never take time to celebrate these things. going to tonight!”

Martina McBride — “Wow! Wow! Wow! SO happy to get the news about the CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year nomination!!! Congratulations to all the nominees! Woohoo!”

Cole Swindell – “Huge thanks to @CountryMusic for this incredible nomination! I am humbled beyond words. Congrats to all the nominees! #NewArtist #CMAawards”

Dan + Shay – “Proud to share these special moments with our incredible fan base. Thanks for believing in our dream! #Dashers #CMAAwards”

Thomas Rhett – “Good grief…Thanks to everyone who voted for #CMAawards New Artist of the Year…Feel very blessed to be in good company!”

Brett Eldredge — “Holy peanut butter pancakes! Woke up to being nominated for CMA awards New artist of the year! Love yans:)”

Kip Moore – “just heard the news about cma way to express my gratitude through a tweet. So many involved w this, so thanks to all!”

Kacey Musgraves — “MUCHAS GRACIAS por mi CMA Nominations! Arrow nom for SOTY?! That’s a dream come true! They all are. Thanks.”

Brandy Clark –“I’ve watched the CMA Awards every year for as long as I can remember. To be a nominee in both Song [for co-writing"Follow Your Arrow"] and New Artist is truly a thrill and a dream come true.” 

Kenny Rogers“Whether we win or not, it was an event for me being back together with my good friend, Dolly Parton. I have great respect for everyone in this category and there’s no way you can lose being in that group.”
Dolly Parton — “I’m so honored to be nominated for CMA Musical Event of the Year with one of my absolute best friends, Kenny Rogers! It really is true that ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’.”

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Joe Nichols Staying “Cool” Releasing Third Upbeat Love Song in a Row to Country Radio

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols has scored two consecutive #1 hits with the feel-good love songs “Sunny & 75″ and “Yeah.” So, he feels no need to slow down the tempo on his upcoming single, “Hard to Be Cool.” The new track has become a fan-favorite at Joe’s concerts lately.

He tells Rolling Stone Country, “It’s surprised me how popular it is in the live show. That’s a good indicator of what album cuts should be singles: when people are singing every word to it, and they get excited right after hearing the intro.”

“Hard to Be Cool” was the last song recorded for Joe’s latest album, Crickets, available now.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER: George Strait.

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Garth Brooks Announces First Florida Concerts in 17 Years

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks is performing in Florida for the first time in 17 years. He’ll take his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood to Jacksonville, with three shows running October 10 through 12. Tickets go on sale September 12 at

Garth kicks off his World Tour Thursday night with multiple shows in Chicago. His new single, “People Loving People,” hit the country airwaves Wednesday morning.

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Miranda Lambert Picks Up Nine Nominations for 48th Annual CMA Awards

CMAMiranda Lambert leads this year’s CMA Awards nominees with nine nods, including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Platinum. Miranda matches the record she set in 2010 for the most nominations of any female artist in CMA history. Alan Jackson holds the record with 10 nods back in 2002.

Dierks Bentley scores five nominations this year, while Keith Urban and Eric Church have four nominations each.

Little Big Town and Darius Rucker announced the first round of CMA nominees Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. The rest of the nominees were announced at a press conference at the Best Buy Theater in New York City.

Find out the winners when the 48th annual CMA Awards are presented Wednesday, November 5 at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT, live on ABC.

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

Album of the Year
Crash My Party, Luke Bryan
Fuse, Keith Urban
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florid Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Swon Brothers
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Brett Eldredge
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell

Single of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Mine Would Be You,” Blake Shelton

Song of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
“I Hold On,” Dierks Bentley

Music Video of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Bartender,” Lady Antebellum
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Somethin’ Bad,” Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert

Musical Event of the Year
Bakersfield, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
“We Were Us,” Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
“You Can’t Make Old Friends,” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush
Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Mac McAnally

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNew duo Maddie & Tae will perform their debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman Friday, September 12.

Jason Aldean streamed his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, in its entirety for just one hour on BuzzFeed Tuesday night. Fans who like what they heard can buy the album when it comes out October 7.

Clint Black will join a few executives from the Academy of Country Music on a panel to discuss the 50th Annual ACM Awards this Saturday. The discussion is open to the public and will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville

Montgomery Gentry‘s brand-new single, “Headlights,” is now available at iTunes. Fans can chat with the duo about the new song Thursday morning at 11 a.m. ET. Check out Montgomery Gentry’s Facebook page for details.

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Dustin Lynch Is Crossing His Fingers and Saying a Prayer for a CMA Awards Nomination

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch is riding high on the country chart with his latest hit, “Where It’s At,” and he’s hoping that radio success translates into a CMA nomination someday. Dustin is eligible for a New Artist of the Year nod this year, and you can bet he’ll be watching closely as the nominees are announced Wednesday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Dustin tells ABC News Radio is would be “so cool” to get a CMA nod. He says, “There’s not a bigger tip of the hat or high-five from Nashville’s music community, and from your peers and colleagues. That’s an awesome thing.”

Dustin feels he’s got plenty more hit songs to follow up “Where It’s At,” on his sophomore album of the same name. It comes out next week, and Dustin is positive this new music will catch CMA voters’ attention.

“I think accolades will follow if I continue to give it everything I got,” Dustin adds. “I know I’m giving it everything I got right now, so hopes are high!”

Little Big Town and Darius Rucker will announce the top nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday morning during the 8:30 half-hour. They’ll announce the rest of the categories in a press conference streaming live at starting at 10 a.m. ET.

In other Dustin news, he’ll perform on FOX News’s Fox & Friends this Tuesday morning to celebrate the release of Where It’s At. Fans in New York City can attend the taping at FOX News headquarters in Manhattan, and the first 100 people in the audience will get a free, autographed copy of Dustin’s new album.  One lucky fan at the show will win a trip to Los Angeles to see Dustin perform an exclusive acoustic concert on board the Hornblower cruise ship later in the week.

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Kenny Chesney More Focused on Making Music for the Fans Than Winning Awards These Days

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney has won CMA Entertainer of the Year four times in the past decade, but he won’t be upset if his name isn’t called when the CMA nominations are announced Wednesday morning.  He spent this year mostly out of the spotlight working on his upcoming album, The Big Revival, featuring his latest hit, “American Kids.”

Kenny says with a laugh, “If I was really worried about awards show season, I wouldn’t have taken a year off, you know what I mean? It was more important for me to cut a great record and concentrate on that. What comes with that comes with it.”

While Kenny admits winning CMA Awards has meant a lot to him in the past, he’s just focused on making music for his fans from here on out.

Says Kenny, “I think I’m at the point now in my life and career if I win an award, great. If I don’t, I just want to connect with my audience and grow it, and whatever comes, comes. But it doesn’t mean I’m not competitive, ’cause I am.”

Kenny is currently using his competitive nature to put together his 2015 live show. The Big Revival comes out September 23.

Little Big Town and Darius Rucker will announce the top nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday morning during the 8:30 half-hour. They’ll announce the rest of the categories in a press conference streaming live at starting at 10 a.m. ET.

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Garth Brooks Releasing New Single, “People Loving People,” to Country Radio Wednesday

Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks‘ new single, “People Loving People,” will be released to country radio on Wednesday. The song is written by busbee, Lee Thomas Miller and Chris Wallin. It’s the lead single from Garth’s upcoming studio album, coming out later this year.

There’s a good chance Garth will perform the new single when he kicks off his run of shows in Chicago Thursday night.

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Luke Bryan Closes Out 2014 Stadium Shows with Attendance Record at Soldier Field

Image Courtesy Lyle Waisman/ Soldier FieldLuke Bryan played the last of his four 2014 stadium shows Sunday night at Chicago’s Soldier Field, and in the process set a record as the best-selling country concert ever held at the venue.

More than 225,000 fans in all caught one of the stadium dates on Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night tour.

Luke also played back-to-back sold-out shows in Indianapolis over the weekend. He moves on to New York City for a show at Madison Square Garden on September 12 and another show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn September 14.

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