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  • Shania Twain Celebrates Her“Best Friend”at 2016 CMT Artists of the Year
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:06 PM
    Shania Twain was the center of attention at the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year celebration, but what got her attention was a powerhouse performance by Kelsea Ballerini, R&B vocalist Jill Scott and pop star Meghan Trainor. The three vocalists sang a medley of three of Twain’s biggest hits — “Still the One,” “Any Man... Read more »
  • Thomas Rhett, Zara Larsson Shine in CMT Artists of the Year Mashup
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 10:00 PM
    In his first-ever acceptance speech at the CMT Artists of the Year party, Thomas Rhett was quick to thank international pop star Zara Larsson for going out of her way to join him onstage in Nashville. Backed by a band with a hefty, soulful horn section, Rhett and Larsson performed a mashup of his crossover... Read more »
  • Carrie Underwood Gets Emotional at 2016 CMT Artists of the Year
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:57 PM
    Carrie Underwood got visibly emotional after Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian presented her with her CMT Artists of the Year trophy. But Underwood handled the moment with grace. “Aw, man,” she said, smiling at her husband Mike Fisher in the audience. “I don’t know why I’m getting teary-eyed. I think it was seeing... Read more »
  • Luke Bryan’s Trophy Came With Training Wheels
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:54 PM
    “Dude, seriously,” Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook told Luke Bryan, “what are you thinking trying to learn how to ride a bike at 40 years old? It doesn’t make a lot of sense.” Bryan’s bike accident during his 2016 Farm Tour made him an easy target for humorous jab at the CMT Artists of the... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini Celebrates Breakthrough Year With Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:50 PM
    When Kelsea Ballerini took the stage to sing her third No. 1 single, “Peter Pan,” at the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year, it was an awards show moment that showed women in music at their best: They genuinely support one another. When Ballerini soared into the chorus, cameras caught Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood... Read more »
  • Chris Stapleton Brings Down the House at 2016 CMT Artists of the Year
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:48 PM
    One voice and one guitar — that’s all Chris Stapleton needed to bring down the house during the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year special. He performed “Whiskey and You,” which has also been recorded by Tim McGraw, Aaron Lewis, Julie Roberts and Jason Eady. Fellow 2016 honoree Luke Bryan presented Stapleton his award, calling... Read more »
  • Florida Georgia Line Kick Off 2016 CMT Artists of the Year
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:46 PM
    Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley traded lead vocals to kick off the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year show with “May We All,” the current Top 10 hit they recorded with Tim McGraw. Hubbard and Kelley appeared to be as grateful as ever to accept their fourth Artists of the Year honor.... Read more »
  • CMT Artists of the Year: Video Preview
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 1:31 PM
    If you can’t wait for the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year special to premiere Thursday (Oct. 20) at 9 p.m. ET/PT, we’ve got a preview of just a few highlights from the celebration with Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Shania Twain and Thomas Rhett. Taped Wednesday night at... Read more »
  • LOCASH and Jason Aldean Claim Top Song and Album Slots
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:44 AM
    It’s a leap Superman would envy. Without bothering to tiptoe respectfully into the lower reaches of the Top 5 and wait its turn to move up, LOCASH‘s “I Know Somebody” has vaulted straight from No. 6 to No. 1 this week on Billboard’s country airplay chart. It’s taken the duo — formerly known as the... Read more »
  • Keith Urban: Why He’s a High School Dropout
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 8:57 AM
    For someone who dropped out of school at 15, Keith Urban was really persuasive when he was a teenager. “For me, I was in public school and the curriculum was super basic,” he said. “I was already playing in a band on the weekend and the band would play during the week without me “I... Read more »
  • Carrie Underwood Airs“Laundry”Details
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 8:54 AM
    “Dirty Laundry”, Carrie Underwood‘s new single, isn’t so much about laundry as it is about the lies she finds inside the pile of it: the wrong lipstick, the cheap perfume and the red wine, for starters. The lyrics all tell the story, so Underwood says she wanted the video to be a little more abstract.... Read more »
  • Florida Georgia Line’s Year Capped by Dig Your Roots
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:35 PM
    Editor’s note: Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Thomas RhettChris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood are the honorees at the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year special premiering Thursday (Oct. 20) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. They’d had a stellar year prior to August’s release of Dig Your Roots, but Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley... Read more »
  • Luke Bryan’s Five Years With CMT Artists of the Year
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:30 PM
    Editor’s note: Luke Bryan will join Florida Georgia Line, Thomas RhettChris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood as honorees at the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year special premiering Thursday (Oct. 20) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. “Hey, I remember not being one, so I’m enjoying being one for five years,” Luke Bryan says of his CMT Artists... Read more »
  • Tortuga Music Festival Books Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:29 PM
    Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton will headline the 2017 Tortuga Music Festival, running April 7-9 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The all-genre three-day event will feature mix live country, pop and rock with performances by Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge, Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion Maren Morris, Granger Smith, Kane Brown, Michael Ray, LOCASH,... Read more »
  • Maren Morris’ Hero Gets a Tour
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:27 PM
    Maren Morris will launch the Hero Tour 2017 on Feb. 3 in Boston. The initial 11 dates include stops in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Dallas. Additional shows will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on Friday (Oct. 21). She is currently opening for Keith Urban on the ripCORD World Tour 2016. Her last... Read more »
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