The 2012 CMT Music Awards winners will undoubtedly be the best of the best, as the show honors country music’s top videos — mostly decided by fans. Female artists dominate the nominees, with Carrie Underwood leading the way with five and Miranda Lambert close behind with four. Eight total awards will be decided by the fan vote. Who do you think will win each award at the 2012 CMT Music Awards?
With Memorial Day last weekend, many country stars took to Twitter to make sure their fans know the reason we’re free to celebrate an extra day off before the start of summer. A few, like Kellie Pickler, went a little further. Learn who had the most touching messages to the troops in This Week’s Best Tweets.
Happy birthday to Ronnie Dunn! The singer and one-half of country’s greatest duo turns 59-years-old today. During a career that’s lasted over 20 years, Dunn has proven to be amongst the most versatile and talented vocalists in Nashville. He and partner Kix Brooks charted 26 No. 1 singles before separating to pursue solo careers. Which Brooks & Dunn song is your all-time favorite?
For the second time this month, a man as important to country music as the stars that play through the radio speakers has died. According to Country Aircheck, longtime record promotion representative and former Academy of Country Music president Jack Lameier has died after a long battle with cancer.
Happy birthday to Wynonna! The country singer and one-half of the legendary duo the Judds celebrates her 48th year of life today (May 30). Since 1983, Wynonna has been one of the most successful and influential female vocalists in country music. She may be best known for her work with Naomi Judd, but beginning in 1992, the younger Judd scored a number of memorable solo hits. Which Wynonna song is your favorite?
As a holiday weekend approaches, it’s clear that a few country stars may have begun celebrating a little early. Joe Nichols has something to celebrate, while a few others — like Jerrod Niemann and Tyler Farr — may just be celebrating life. Of course Blake Shelton is included in this list of the week’s best tweets, but his submission is much more domestic than fans are used to — but still hilarious.
Country music has a long tradition of supporting the troops, with stars like Toby Keith, Kellie Pickler and Darryl Worley taking frequent trips overseas to play for the men and women stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of course, before the Gulf Wars, country musicians were quick to join the USO to play for troops stationed just about anywhere. While only a minority of Nashville’s best served in the military, more than a few on this list may surprise you.
Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift are now labelmates. Just this morning McGraw announced that he signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records. In a press release, the country music legend explained how the deal — signed on May 9 — is the start of his next chapter.
With a wall of mechanical fans blowing hair all across her face, Carrie Underwood performed the title track from her new ‘Blown Away’ album at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. The country singer’s performance lacked the luminaries, exotic dancers and costumes many of the previous artists employed, but it lacked nothing in talent. She was as vocally strong as she’s ever been during a televised performance.
Willie Nelson‘s new album ‘Heroes’ is an eclectic collection of ambient emo-country, Texas swing and jazzy ballads. The singer isn’t confined by the country genre on any of the 14 songs. No one will ever doubt his credentials, so even songs like ‘The Scientist’ feel like one Hank Sr. may have chosen decades ago. OK, perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but few other singers could give the political lyric the proper twang.
There are dozens (if not hundreds) of country songs about moms, and many country singers are even mothers themselves. For this reason, the Mother’s Day holiday is sure to be one that is surely not going to be overlooked on any humble artist’s calendar. Take a look at the women who helped shape the ladies and gents of country music — the ones that give us so much wonderful music year after year — in this list of Country Stars and Their Moms.
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