The 55th Annual CMA Awards NomineeS Are Here

The nominees for the COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION’s “55th Annual CMA Awards” brought good news for ERIC CHURCH and CHRIS STAPLETON, who are leading the pack with five nods each. Other artists scoring multiple nominations are GABBY BARRETT with four, and BROTHERS OSBORNE, KANE BROWN, LUKE COMBS, MIRANDA LAMBERT, ASHLEY McBRYDE, MAREN MORRIS and CHRIS YOUNG with three each. Producer JAY JOYCE and mix engineer JASON HALL also each scored four noms.

MIRANDA LAMBERT remains the most nominated woman in CMA history with this year’s three, taking her total to 58 career nominations. LAMBERT, COMBS, CHURCH, STAPLETON and CARRIE UNDERWOOD all scored nominations in the show’s top category, Entertainer of the Year.

Among those earning their first-ever CMA Award nomination this year are BROWN, JORDAN DAVIS, MICKEY GUYTON, RYAN HURD and DREW PARKER.

Winners, who are chosen by CMA members, will be revealed during the show’s live broadcast from NASHVILLE, set for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th from 7-10p (CT) on ABC.

Here is the complete list of nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

  • “Famous Friends” – CHRIS YOUNG with KANE BROWN, Producers: COREY CROWDER, CHRIS YOUNG, Mix Engineer: SEAN MOFFITT
  • “The Good Ones” – GABBY BARRETT, Producers: ROSS COPPERMAN, ZACH KALE, Mix Engineers: CHRIS GALLAND, MANNY MARROQUIN, 
  • “Hell Of A View” – ERIC CHURCH, Producer: JAY JOYCE, Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE, 
  • “One Night Standards” – ASHLEY McBRYDE, Producer: JAY JOYCE, Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE  
  • “Starting Over” – CHRIS STAPLETON, Producers: DAVE COBB, CHRIS STAPLETON, Mix Engineer: VANCE POWELL

ALBUM OF THE YEAR  (Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

  • 29 – CARLY PEARCE, Producers: SHANE McANALLY, JOSH OSBORNE and JIMMY ROBBINS, Mix Engineer: RYAN GORE 
  • Dangerous: The Double Album – MORGAN WALLEN, Producers: DAVE COHEN, MATT DRAGSTREM, JACOB DURRETT, CHARLIE HANDSOME and JOEY MOI, Mix Engineer: JOEY MOI 
  • Heart – ERIC CHURCH, Producer: JAY JOYCE, Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE
  • Skeletons – BROTHERS OSBORNE, Producer: JAY JOYCE, Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE
  • Starting Over – CHRIS STAPLETON, Producers: DAVE COBB, CHRIS STAPLETON, Mix Engineer: VANCE POWELL

SONG OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Songwriter(s))

  • “Forever After All”, Songwriters: LUKE COMBS, DREW PARKER, ROBERT WILLIFORD, 
  • “The Good Ones”, Songwriters: GABBY BARRETT, ZACH KALE, EMILY LANDIS, JIM McCORMICK
  • “Hell Of A View”, Songwriters: CASEY BEATHARD, ERIC CHURCH, MONTY CRISWELL
  • “One Night Standards”, Songwriters: NICOLETTE HAYFORD, SHANE McANALLY, ASHLEY McBRYDE
  • “Starting Over”, Songwriters: MIKE HENDERSON, CHRIS STAPLETON 

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • LADY A 
  • LITTLE BIG TOWN  
  • MIDLAND
  • OLD DOMINION  
  • ZAC BROWN BAND

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR  

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist(s) and Producer(s))

  • “Buy Dirt” – JORDAN DAVIS and LUKE BRYAN, Producer: PAUL DIGIOVANNI 
  • “Chasing After You” – RYAN HURD with MAREN MORRIS, Producers: AARON ESHUIS, TEDDY REIMER
  • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – ELLE KING & MIRANDA LAMBERT, Producer: MARTIN JOHNSON
  • “Famous Friends” – ChHRIS YOUNG with KANE BROWN, Producers: COREY CROWDER, CHRIS YOUNG
  • “half of my hometown” – KELSEA BALLERINI (featuring KENNY CHESNEY), Producers: KELSEA BALLERINI, ROSS COPPERMAN, JIMMY ROBBINS

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR  

  • JENEE FLEENOR, Fiddle 
  • PAUL FRANKLIN, Steel Guitar 
  • AARON STERLING, Drums 
  • ILYA TOSHINSKIY, Banjo 
  • DEREK WELLS, Guitar 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s))

  • •“Chasing After You” – RYAN HURD with MAREN MORRIS, Director: TK McKAMY 
  • •“Famous Friends” – CHRIS YOUNG with KANE BROWN, Director: PETER ZAVADIL
  • •“Gone” – DIERKS BENTLEY, Directors: WES EDWARDS, TRAVIS NICHOLSON, ED PRYOR, RUNNIGN BEAR, SAM SISKE
  • •“half of my hometown” – KELSEA BALLERINI (featuring KENNY CHESNEY), Director: PATRICK TRACY
  • •“Younger Me” – BROTHERS OSBORNE, Director: REID LONG 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR  

  • JIMMIE ALLEN 
  • INGRID ANDRESS  
  • GABBY BARRETT  
  • MICKEY GUYTON
  • HARDY

Blake Shelton Finally Made His Show Happen In Denver

Blake Shelton’s ‘Heroes and Friends’ show in Denver Colorado was scheduled for Saturday March 14, 2020. Covid helped cancel that show and life as we know it last year. Friday August 20, 2021 Blake Shelton’s make good show in Denver finally happened!

Blake Shelton definitely brought some ‘Heroes and Friends’ with him to make this show one hell of a memory. Lindsay Ell opened the show an didn’t disappoint. Blake hit the stage around 8:30pm and didn’t leave until 11:30pm. Three hours of live country music on a Friday night is everything you’ll ever need to forget about whatever BS is happening in the world. Some 90s country royalty showed up and the crowd never stopped singing along.

Tracy Byrd, Trace Adkins and the beautiful Martina McBride showed Blake how a country show is done. Blake knew it and joked about it the only way he knows how by talking a little (friendly) shit.

One of the of highlights of the show was when Blake Shelton brought Martina McBride, Tracy Byrd and Trace Adkins on stage together to play some songs with a few guitars and the crowd to sing together.

This show was a year and in half in the making, but definitely worth the wait. Thank God for LIVE country music!

Luke Bryan Had Morgan Wallen Grace The Stage At Bridgestone Arena

Morgan Wallen hasn’t been on a big stage in well over a year, but this past weekend in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena…that finally changed. The crowd was pretty damn happy to see him on that stage or possibly they were all drunk. More than likely they were happy to see him and the alcohol helped their excitement when Morgan showed up. Either way…Morgan belongs on stage.

Even after being canceled by the weak ass cancel culture, Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” , broke records in streams and album sells. His fans love him and they don’t care that he’s made some mistakes. Morgan has shown the world that being human is still okay and no one is perfect. Judging someone won’t make you a better person in anyway and more than likely you’re projecting your problems when you do.

Morgan definitely looked like he was home on stage at Bridgestone Arena with Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Tyler Hubbard. Morgan’s next tour will more than likely be the hottest ticket when it happens. Of course we’re only assuming, but it’s a great bet that sell outs for his shows will happen with his tour.

If you haven’t listened to Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” yet. Do yourself a favor and stream it wherever you stream music. It’s fucking amazing!

Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood Teamed Up For A New Song

Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood are known country music superstars or country powerhouses. Whatever the hell you want to call them. That’s up to you.

Jason and Carrie have teamed up for this new song called “If I Didn’t Love You” and this song is AMAZING form the first listen. It’s real and it’s worth three minutes and thirty four seconds of your time and preferably on repeat. Hell Jason and Carrie might as well drop an entire duets album after this. Just putting that out there in hopes they read this.

You might want a glass of whiskey on ice while listening to this song. Listen loudly. Country music sounds better that way anyway.

Happy new COUNTRY music Friday!

“Time Marches On” Was Almost A Brooks & Dunn Song

According to Tracy Lawrence “Time Marches On” was almost a Brooks & Dunn song, but Tracy Lawrence put the song on hold before Ronnie Dunn did. The rest as they say is history and it’s damn good history.

Could you imagine “Time Marches On” being a Brooks & Dunn song in the ‘90s? Of course we wouldn’t have known any different if it was, but Tracy Lawrence sang the shit out of that song. He made us all to want smoke dope with the brother while feeling sorry for their mom with dad had a girlfriend in another town. Is clear complexion soap even worth using?

“Time Marches On” was hands down one the of best songs out of the ‘90s and it still makes us think about time never stopping no matter how much you’d like to just pause for a great moment in time. Tracy Lawrence recording that song was meant to be and that song will forever live on no matter how much time passes us by.

Blake Shelton And Gwen Stefani Are Officially Married Y’all

If you would’ve told me 10 years ago that redneck Blake Shelton and No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani would be dating or even married. I say you’re insane. Looks like I can’t think outside the box. Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are now husband and wife.

As for a quick rundown of them meeting and dating life. The two met in 2014 when Stefani became a judge on The Voice. Blake has been a judge on the NBC show since its inception in 2014. They confirmed that they were dating November 2015. Then made their dating life public on the red carpet at the Vanity Fair 2016 Oscars afterparty.

You build it and they come is definitely true for Blake Shelton. Blake built a chapel on the grounds of his Oklahoma ranch with some help of course in December 2020.

Here we are now. Blake and Gwen officially said “I do” Saturday July 3rd 2021 in that chapel that Blake built on his property in Oklahoma. Hopefully a song and movie will get made about the chapel Blake built and their love story. Why the hell not? The Redneck and No Doubts Stefani found love in each other. That’s a damn story.

Dierks Bentley Knows Your Biggest Shows Are For One Person

Dierks Bentley recently had one his biggest and most heartfelt shows ever. He posted this on social media Monday (6/21/21)

“Rest In Peace Baylee Barradas

Up until a month ago, I thought that the free gigs led to the gigs where I got paid in beer, and then tips on lower broadway, to the clubs and theaters…working my way up towards bigger crowds and the biggest shows at msg and Bridgestone Arena and my hometown arena in PHX.

Seeing now that I had it upside down…

those big shows were all just preparation for my most important show, for an audience of one.

The phrase honored and humbled gets used a lot but it is the only one appropriate for how it felt to be included by this family and be able to spend this past weekend with them, Baylee, her friends, and her dogs Arlo and Arnie.

Thankful to my friends Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Tyler Hubbard, and Cole Swindell for making videos for this big time country music fan. grateful to Country Radio for the hits and having a chance to use those songs in a way that brought a lot of joy, comfort, peace and love to an unbelievably sad situation.

Baylee’s father said to me, “it’s never too late to make a lifelong friend.” Nothing could be more true for me and my friend Baylee. God bless.”

Our respect level for Dierks Bentley went up 100% after seeing he took time to even play for Baylee. We’re all trying to make it through life and when life comes to an end…we just feel that it mattered.

Brooks & Dunn’s Reboot Tour 2021 Is Coming Y’all

Brooks & Dunn are hitting the road again for the previously announced REBOOT 2021 tour—their first nationwide tour in ten years! The extended tour now includes seven new dates, kicking off on September 2nd in Indianapolis’s Ruoff Music Center with stops in Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas, and more before wrapping up in Orange Beach, AL’s The Wharf Amphitheater on October 9th.

Get first access to tickets and VIP Packages for the new dates starting Tuesday, June 15th at 10:00 AM local venue time by signing up to the Brooks & Dunn email newsletter. The public onsale begins Friday, June 18th at 10:00 AM local venue time

Tickets and VIP Packages for rescheduled shows are currently on sale now. All previously purchased tickets and VIP Packages will be honored. For any further ticket inquiries, fans are advised to reach out to point of purchase.

BROOKS & DUNN REBOOT 2021 TOUR Official Dates:

Seeing Brooks & Dunn with Travis Tritt on tour 2021 is everything country fans need.

Trace Adkins Shows Us What Memorial Day Means With ‘Empty Chair’

Trace Adkins has always done our military right and shows what patriotism means. This new song the ‘Empty Chair’ is just another example of reminding people what our military means.

Memorial Day isn’t just about getting 3 days off from work to barbecue and drink. Which is great. Who doesn’t enjoy being away for the boss and work. Memorial Day is about remembering our military who fought for us to even have a free weekend to do as we wish and remember that some of them that never made it back home. They never made it home, because they gave their all for us.

Military people who give their all for our country deserve all of our respect and not just one weekend a month. Drink for them on Memorial Day. Drink for them every weekend. Raise a glass for them every chance you can. They deserve to be respected and remembered for giving their lives for our pursuit to whatever the hell makes us free and happy in life. This song from Trace Adkins is the perfect reminder of what our military sacrifices for us.

God bless the men and women who gave their all for us and thank you Trace Adkins for another great reminder with the ‘Empty Chair’.

Even Though Morgan Wallen Was Banned From The Billboard Music Awards…He Still WON

MORGAN fucking WALLEN was named TOP COUNTRY ARTIST, TOP MALE COUNTRY ARTIST and TOP COUNTRY ALBUM (for “Dangerous: The Double Album”) even though he’s been missing from action for the last few months because of the ridiculous cancel culture. 

Morgan Wallen was banned from appearing at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards over the video that was leaked of him saying something he probably shouldn’t have said. He definitely wasn’t barred from being nominated for major awards, however, since nominations are tied to his position on Billboard charts as well as his music sales and streams on online platforms. Which we all know his “Dangerous: The Double Album” owned the charts for at least 10 weeks in 2021.

Morgan’s real fans never gave up on him. Mainly because his fans know he’s a human being and no one is perfect. Take his moments of being ‘not so perfect’ away from him. Morgan Wallen is hands down…a damn good man.

Over the weekend, the Academy of Country Music restricted Wallen from taking home any awards in individual categories such as male vocalist of the year over the viral video. Wallen will still be eligible to receive awards in other categories so as to give credit to his collaborators.

Morgan Wallen said it best, “the video you saw was me on hour 72 of a bender, and that’s not something I’m proud of either,” Wallen said in the video, posted to social media and sent to TMZ. “Obviously, the natural thing to do is to apologize further and continue to apologize because you got caught, and that’s not what I wanted to do. I let so many people down who mean a lot to me, who have given so much to me, it’s just not fair,” he said. “I let my parents down and they’re the furthest thing from the person in that video. I let my son down and I’m not OK with that.” You can see the entire video on Morgan Wallen’s heartfelt apology on his social media pages.

Never underestimate the real country music family. We’re always there for each other. Mistakes happen (sometimes often), but we stick together. Family and friends alway do look out for one another. That’s the real country music family.