Brantley Gilbert, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and More Added to CMT Music Awards Lineup

CMTThe 2014 CMT Music Awards just added a lot of star power to the lineup, with Brantley Gilbert, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes and Little Big Town all scheduled to perform. Lee Ann Womack and Jennifer Nettles will also sing on the show, airing live at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 4 on CMT.

Previously announced performers include Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, and Luke Bryan. Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, David Nail, Thomas Rhett, and Tyler Farr are among the stars performing on the Nationwide Insurance Stage during the night.

Fan voting for the 2014 CMT Music Awards is now open at CMT.com.



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Joe Nichols‘ Grammy-nominated debut album? ANSWER: Man with a Memory.


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Miranda Lambert Reveals the Secret to Her Show Stopping Red Carpet Looks

CMAMiranda Lambert has always had a clear vision for what her music should sound like, but it took her awhile to get things right in the fashion department. At the beginning of her career, Miranda grew frustrated with stylists who didn’t understand how to flatter her body type.

“I really struggled in finding someone who understood my style, and not only that, but my body,” Miranda says. “I had a lot of bad experiences and a lot of experiences that made me feel insecure about my weight or the way I looked or whatever.”

She adds, “You can sound as good as you can sound, but it’s all over your face and your body language if you don’t feel comfortable in your skin and in the clothes you’re wearing.”

Thankfully, Miranda found her fashion guru, stylist Tiffany Gifford. Once they started working together in 2010, Miranda’s red carpet style went from down-home to show stopping.

Miranda says of Tiffany, “She always brought things and brought an attitude and a spirit about her that made me feel comfortable and put me in things that made me feel beautiful. I’m so thankful for her. It’s so nice to have someone just hand you something pretty and you know it’s gonna fit.”

Look for more of Tiffany’s fashion picks for Miranda on the 2014 CMT Music Awards airing June 4 at 8 p.m. ET. Miranda is set to sing “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood during the broadcast. The song is included on Miranda’s new album, Platinum, in stores June 3.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry, Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley are headlining the Atlantis Live Paradise Music Festival August 29 through 31 at Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Go to Atlantis.com for details.

Joe Nichols‘ new video for “Yeah” is now posted at CMT.com.


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Miranda Lambert Buys Carrie Underwood a Motorcycle

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert shows her appreciation in big ways. After getting Carrie Underwood to sing on “Somethin’ Bad” — which appears on Miranda’s upcoming fifth album, Platinum Miranda sent a thank-you gift that requires a helmet in most states.

Carrie tweeted on Sunday, “Well, it’s not every day @mirandalambert buys you a motorcycle! Next stop, motorcycle driving lessons!!!”

 

 

The two recently performed the tune at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.


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Thomas Rhett’s Road Education Will Come Into Play on Upcoming Sophomore Album

Big Machine Label GroupNow that Thomas Rhett has two #1 hits under his belt from his debut album, It Goes Like This, he’s busy working on the follow-up project. While the new album will feature songs geared towards the ladies, like “It Goes Like This” and “Get Me Some of That,” Thomas plans to strip things down a little bit on his sophomore release, thematically and sonically.

“The second one’s gonna be just kinda more of what I’m doing now,” Thomas tells ABC News Radio. “Obviously, I write a bunch of girls’ songs, that’s kinda my forte. But there’s songs on there that are gonna be more broken down, more organic feeling. So, I’m looking forward to it, man.”

Thomas has been on tour non-stop for the last few years, and he’s learned a lot being on the road. That education will show up in his new songs.

As for being on the road, Thomas says, “You figure out yourself, I guess. Write different songs. You experience so much that you start writing, you start to get deeper with yourself.”

Look for Thomas at the 2014 CMT Music Awards coming up June 4. His “It Goes Like This” video is up for two trophies.


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Taylor Swift Concert in Bangkok Canceled Due to Political Unrest

ABC/Chris HolloTaylor Swift’s June 9 concert in Bangkok, Thailand, has been canceled in the wake of the recent military coup there.

The concert promoter, BEC-Tero, issued a statement on its website, saying, “Due to recent events in Thailand, Taylor Swift’s concert in Bangkok scheduled for Monday June 9, 2014 has been cancelled. This has been a difficult decision for all parties. Taylor, AEG, BEC Tero and 13 Management all express regret and sincere apologies to the fans in Thailand.”

Taylor tweeted, “I’m sending my love to the fans in Thailand. I’m so sad about the concert being canceled.”

Taylor’s next scheduled concert date on her Red tour in Asia is a May 30 show in Shanghai, China.


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Rascal Flatts Encourages Fans to Remember Soldiers’ Sacrifices this Memorial Day

Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts is taking time out from their just-launched Rewind tour to honor soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country. Band member Jay DeMarcus is a self-professed history buff, so he spends quite a bit of time thinking about those sacrifices.

“I think that all too often we go about our lives here in America, taking things for granted that have been paid for in blood by so many people that have come before us,” Jay says. “And I hope that we never get to the point to where we’re so complacent that we forget those people that are over there putting their lives on the line for us, day-in and day-out.”

Rascal Flatts is currently working to raise funds for the Civil War-era film, To Appomattox. For more information, check out the film’s Kickstarter campaign.


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Brad Paisley Accompanies President Obama to Afghanistan, Plays for the Troops

Image credit: Scott HorsleyIt wasn’t just President Obama who paid a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan Sunday.  Brad Paisley was right there with him.

“About to play a surprise concert for the troops in Afghanistan,” Brad tweeted late Sunday morning.  “God bless our military.  Here we go.”  A few hours later, he tweeted a pic of him sitting in the open door of an enormous armored vehicle, with the comment, “Bagram Afghanistan, now this is a 4 wheel drive.”

Paisley was one of only a handful of people who accompanied President Obama to Afghanistan.  There were no details as of Sunday afternoon about what songs Brad performed for the troops.



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The Band Perry Recalls Recent USO Show in the UK

Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry recently played their first USO show while overseas in the U.K., and hearing the soldiers’ stories was a moving experience for the sibling trio.

Neil Perry says, “We got to talk to some of our service members and listen to what they go through. And the fact that they leave home, leave the place they’re actually protecting to protect us, that just meant a lot to us.”

The Band Perry plans to continue their efforts in giving back to servicemen and women whenever possible in the coming years. In the meantime, they’re gearing up to join Blake Shelton on the Ten Times Crazier tour this summer.


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