CMATop nominees Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban are the first performers confirmed for the 48th Annual CMA Awards. All four artists are nominated for Entertainer of the Year along with that category’s reigning champ, George Strait.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the CMA Awards for a seventh consecutive year on Wednesday, November 5. The show airs live that night from Nashville at 8 ET on ABC. More performers will be announced soon.
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker joins pop star Colbie Caillat and fun. band member Jack Antonoff as ambassadors for the Grammy Foundation’s new program with yearbook and class-ring makers Jostens. Through the partnership, students can opt to have a music icon placed on their yearbooks and class rings with $1 going to the Grammy Foundation for each order up to $100,000. Proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy in the Schools music education programs.
Darius contributed a video to the project explaining how studying music in high school helped him become the man he is today.
He says, “[I] learned so much about life, singing and all that stuff. That was how I found out who I was, and it was really cool for me, ’cause I just developed into who I am right in the halls of Middleton High School, and I think a lot of my friends did the same thing.”
Jostens is also donating $50,000 on top of the money raised through the class rings and yearbooks program, so the total donation to the Grammy Foundation could reach $150,000. Go to Jostens.com/GrammyFoundation for more details.
UMG/Sonya JasinskiBrothers Osborne went back to their hometown of Deale, Maryland to shoot the video for their latest single, “Rum.” The cast of characters in the clip all hail from Deale as well, which may explain the duo’s T.J. and John Osborne‘s offbeat senses of humor.
At first the director wanted to go to Deale to find off-the-wall people to appear in the video, but T.J. says they assured him they’d just call on their old friends and family that still lived there.
“We grew up with those people,” T.J. tells ABC News Radio. “We wanted it to be real. We wanted the music to be real. We wanted the music video to be real and when people see and hear it, it’s completely true, honest what it is. We didn’t want anything to be contrived, ’cause it didn’t need to be.”
The video for “Rum” features the guys’ pals lip syncing the song, but not everyone had the lyrics memorized in time for the shoot.
Says T.J., “There’s even a couple moments, we left them in the video ’cause they were hilarious where people are just singing along and they get to the bridge, and they’re like, ‘Oh, I don’t know what the words are.’ And they have this kind of paused look on their face like deer in the headlights, and it’s amazing.”
“Rum” is included on Brothers Osborne’s new, self-titled EP, available now.
Image Courtesy Avi Gerver/MSG PhotosLeeBrice got a big surprise during his Friday night set opening for Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Toward the end of the show, Lee’s pal Hoda Kotb of NBC Today‘s Kathie Lee and Hoda joined Lee on stage to present him with a platinum plaque for his recent hit, “I Don’t Dance.” He then performed the song, which is up for Song of the Year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards in November.
“I Don’t Dance” is the title track from Lee’s new album, in stores now.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban‘s concert at the Washington State Fair has been rescheduled to September 19, 2015. He had to bow out of the gig Saturday due to the death of his wife Nicole Kidman‘s father, psychologist Dr. Antony Kidman.
Garth Brooks has added three more shows for a total of six dates in Jacksonville, Florida, starting October 10.
Garth Brooks took batting practice at the home of the Chicago White Sox, U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Friday prior to his two shows that night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, according to ESPN.
Blake Shelton‘s new video, “Neon Light,” was shot during stops on his current Ten Times Crazier tour.
Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean‘s mornings have gotten a lot crazier this school year since his oldest daughter, Keeley, started going to middle school. His younger daughter, Kendyl, is in first grade, but she doesn’t go to school until 8:30. Since Keeley’s class starts at 7:20, Jason drops her off first and then hands Kendyl off to his mother.
He tells ABC News Radio, “It’s like I get one to school and then take ‘em over to my mom’s and let her cook my little one breakfast, let her eat and then take her to school. We’ve got a little system working out, now. It’s working out pretty well.”
Jason admits he’s a little depressed having his oldest daughter in middle school now, but he’s happy to see Keeley finding her niche as a sixth grader.
“She’s playing sports,” Jason says, “and actually she tried out for middle school volleyball team and made it and actually is doing really well, really likes it. I think she might have found her sport ’cause she’s really good at it.”
Keeley is also developing a bit of a rebellious streak as she approaches her teenage years.
Says Jason, “My older one, she’s 11 going on 20. So, that’s not fun at all.”
On the music front, Jason’s new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, is due out October 7 featuring the hit single “Burnin’ It Down.”
Warner Music NashvilleHunterHayes and Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley will perform at the Harvest Night event September 20 as part of the Music City Food and Wine Festival. Festival co-founders Kings of Leon are also on the bill for the show along with Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe, Michael McDonald and Nashville‘s Clare Bowen. Each artist will perform with the house band, The Long Players, made up of Nashville studio musicians.
Broken Bow Label GroupParmalee is set to perform their latest hit, “Close Your Eyes,” on FOX News’s Huckabee Saturday night at 8 ET. The guys also will be joined by the host, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, on bass for the performance.
“Close Your Eyes” is the follow-up to Parmalee’s #1 hit “Carolina.” Both songs are included on the band’s debut album, Feels Like Carolina.
Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has recorded a special version of their song “That’s What’s Up” for CBS’s SEC football coverage this season. The original version of the song appears on FGL’s upcoming album, Anything Goes, due out October 14.
Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes Tailgate 2014 is set for October 31 at the Jacksonville Shipyards in Florida. Footage from that performance will be broadcast the next day on CBS’s coverage of the Florida versus Georgia game. FGl’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are also taking part in a Fantasy Football league at CBSSports.com with lucky fans who won a spot in their league.
Listen to Florida Georgia Line’s new song Saturday afternoon as Georgia takes on South Carolina.