Carrie Underwood Is the Lead Nominee for the 2015 CMT Music Awards

Image Courtesy CMTCarrie Underwood is the lead nominee for the 2015 CMT Music Awards with five nods, including two mentions in the Video of the Year category. Lady Antebellum announced the finalists in the Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year categories Wednesday morning on NBC’s Today.

Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood also announced additional categories — Group Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year — on their social media accounts. Fan voting is now underway at CMT.com.

The 2015 CMT Music Awards air live on CMT Wednesday, June 10.  Here are the nominees:

Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water”
Darius Rucker, “Homegrown Honey”
Dierks Bentley, “Drunk on a Plane”
Florida Georgia Line, “Dirt”
Jason Aldean, “Burnin’ It Down”
Kenny Chesney, “American Kids”
Lady Antebellum, “Bartender”
Lee Brice, “I Don’t Dance”
Luke Bryan, “Play It Again”
Maddie & Tae, “Girl in a Country Song”
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad”
Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On”

Male Video of the Year
Dierks Bentley, “Drunk on a Plane”
Eric Church, “Talladega”
Jason Aldean, “Burnin’ It Down”
Keith Urban, “Somewhere in My Car”
Kenny Chesney, “American Kids”
Luke Bryan, “Play It Again”

Female Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood, “Little Toy Guns”
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water”
Lee Ann Womack, “The Way I’m Livin'”
Miranda Lambert, “Little Red Wagon”
RaeLynn, “God Made Girls”
Reba, “Going Out Like That”

Group Video of the Year
A Thousand Horses, “Smoke”
Eli Young Band, “Dust”
Lady Antebellum, “Bartender”
Little Big Town, “Day Drinking”
The Band Perry, “Chainsaw”
Zac Brown Band, “All Alright”

Breakthrough Video of the Year
Chase Rice, “Gonna Wanna Tonight”
Frankie Ballard, “Sunshine & Whiskey”
Kelsea Ballerini, “Love Me Like You Mean It”
Maddie & Tae, “Girl in a Country Song”
RaeLynn, “God Made Girls”
Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On”

Duo Video of the Year
Big & Rich, “Look at You”
Brothers Osborne, “Rum”
Florida Georgia Line, “Dirt”
Florida Georgia Line, “Sun Daze”
Maddie & Tae, “Girl in a Country Song”
The Swon Brothers, “Later On”

Collaborative Video of the Year
Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe, “Lonely Tonight”
Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, “Small Town Throwdown”
Jennifer Nettles featuring Brandy Clark, “His Hands”
Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter, “Wild Child”
Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad’
Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”

CMT Performance of the Year
Bob Seger and Jason Aldean, “Turn the Page”
Brett Eldredge, “Beat of the Music”
John Legend and Lee Ann Womack, “You & I (Nobody in the World)”
Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves, “Roar”
Keith Urban, “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”
Kenny Chesney, “American Kids”
Lady Antebellum and Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up”
Lady Antebellum and Chris Stapleton, “Drink a Beer”


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Luke Bryan Premiering New Single, “Kick the Dust Up,” with Two Big TV Appearances May 19

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is launching his brand-new single in a big way next week. It’s called “Kick the Dust Up,” and Luke will perform it on both The Ellen DeGeneres Show and NBC’s season finale of The Voice on Tuesday, May 19. The song also goes to iTunes and country radio that day.

“Kick the Dust Up” is also the first single from Luke’s upcoming studio album, due out this summer. His Kick the Dust Up tour is now underway.  Luke has been performing his new single to open the show.



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Kelsea Ballerini Entertaining Lots of Girls and Few Guys on Current Tour with Jana Kramer

Image Courtesy Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini and Jana Kramer‘s CMT Next Women of Tour has been on the road for a few weeks, and the crowds have been full of girls ready to get down and have a good time. It’s not that the guys in the audience aren’t having a blast, though.

Kelsea tells ABC Radio, “There’s, like, maybe five guys in every crowd. But you know what? It’s so funny ’cause they’re like the ones that are in the front, phones out the whole time, totally just in it, which is so fun for us.”

Kelsea is happy to see big groups of girls get together for the shows.

“It’s a girl power tour,” she says. “That’s the whole theme of it, and so we’re having a blast.”

Jana and Kelsea make a point to watch each other’s sets every night on the tour, but they haven’t collaborated that much on stage.

Says Kelsea, “She brought me out to do a mashup with her one time, but I just enjoy kinda being a fan and getting to watch her.”

Look for Kelsea’s debut album, The First Time, to go on sale Monday, May 18. The project features her hit single, “Love Me Like You Mean It.”

Of note, Kelsea played her first headlining show in Nashville Tuesday night at 3rd & Lindsley. During her set, Kelsea brought out her pals Maddie & Tae for a trio performance of the Dixie Chicks classic, “There’s Your Trouble.”


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie, are featured hosting a summer dinner party in the June issue of Southern Living magazine. Check it out at SouthernLiving.com.

In continuing his work on behalf of America’s troops, Toby Keith has announced plans to give a portion of the proceeds from sale of his Wild Shot Mezcal to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., or VFW. The 6,800 VFW posts in the United States will now carry Toby’s mezcal, too.


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Country Newcomer Mickey Guyton Releasing Self-Titled EP on May 26

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCountry newcomer Mickey Guyton will release her self-titled, debut EP on May 26. The project features her hit single “Better than You Left Me,” which she recently performed on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Mickey co-wrote two of the four tracks on the EP. Its release comes on the heels of her joining Brad Paisley‘s Crushin’ It World Tour starting May 15.


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Florida Georgia Line Announces Star-Studded Lineup for This Is How We Cruise Voyage

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has recruited some of country’s hottest new stars to join them on their This Is How We Cruise voyage from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico, November 7 through 11. Sam Hunt will perform during the cruise’s Pool Deck Sunset Fiesta in Cozumel. Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay, Frankie Ballard, RaeLynn and Canaan Smith are also singing for FGL’s fans as they sail the high seas.

For more information on Florida Georgia Line’s 2nd Annual This Is How We Cruise trip, go to FGLCruise.com.


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Kacey Musgraves’ Sophomore Album, “Pageant Material,” Due Out June 23

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves‘ sophomore album, Pageant Material, is coming out June 23 featuring the lead single “Biscuits.” The cover shows Kacey with a big, retro hairdo, heavy makeup and a pageant crown on her head. In following up her CMA and Grammy-winning debut, Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey feels she had a very clear direction for Pageant Material.

“The majority of Pageant Material was recorded live — which was a bit of a departure from Same Trailer — and gave it more of a concise, classic sound,” Kacey explains. “All of the incredible musicians were in the same room playing on the entire record, and I think that spirit comes across.”

Kacey goes on to say she still gets emotional about some of the lyrics on Pageant Material even though she’s heard the project many, many times.

Says Kacey, “It’s a great glimpse into where my head is from Same Trailer to now.”

Here is the Pageant Material track listing:

“High Time”
“Dime Store Cowgirl”
“Late to the Party”
“Pageant Material”
“This Town”
“Biscuits”
“Somebody to Love”
“Miserable”
“Die Fun”
“Family Is Family”
“Good Ol’ Boys Club”
“Cup of Tea”
“Fine”



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDierks Bentley and wife, Cassidy, welcomed their first baby boy in 2013. What is the boy’s name? ANSWER: Knox.


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Dustin Lynch’s Career Kicks into Overdrive Thanks to Edgy New Sound

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch‘s career was on the upswing before he released his latest album, Where It’s At, but things have really taken off since Dustin introduced an edgier sound on that album’s singles, “Where It’s At” and “Hell of a Night.” It also doesn’t hurt that Dustin has landed a spot on Luke Bryan‘s 2015 tour.

As for his solo shows, Dustin tells OC Weekly, “We’re selling out everywhere we go… It’s crazy how far we’ve come as a band. Seeing the progression and the crowds grow is a testament to what we’re doing on stage, and what we put into our live show -and it’s so much fun.”

Dustin is a special guest on Luke Bryan’s Kick the Dust Up tour stop in Boise, Idaho this Thursday night.


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Brad Paisley Assembles Team of Animated Country Star Superheroes in “Crushin’ It” Video

Image Courtesy Bieber PRBrad Paisley has assembled a team of country superheroes in his new animated video for “Crushin’ It.” Brad not only came up with the concept himself, he also drew the cartoon caricatures.

Carrie Underwood appears as “Carrie Under-Woman,” Keith Urban is “Captain Australia” and Kenny Chesney is “Agua Man.” Dierks is “Derx Skydrink” and Florida Georgia Line is drawn as Beavis & Butthead. Blake Shelton, Luke Byran, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, Eric Church and George Strait are among the other stars getting Brad’s cartoon treatment.

Brad’s “Crushin’ It” video is now live on YouTube.



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