Kelsea Ballerini opens up about making the 'really difficult' decision to divorce husband Morgan Evans
Kelsea Ballerini opened up about her "very difficult" decision to divorce her husband Morgan Evans after almost five years of marriage. She said that she is now on an "active, healing journey."foxnews.com
Country star Kane Brown leads nominees for CMT Music Awards
Kane Brown is the leading nominee for the 2022 CMT Music Awards, which celebrates the best in country music videos. Brown's four nominations for the fan-voted awards show, airing live from Nashville on CBS April 11, include the top honor of video of the year along with male video of the year, both for his hit “One Mississippi,” CMT announced Wednesday. Kelsea Ballerini, who co-hosted the show with Brown last year and will do the same this year with actor Anthony Mackie, is nominated for three awards including video of the year.news.yahoo.com
Kelsea Ballerini and Brothers Osborne talk ACM Awards, push for change in country music
Kelsea Ballerini and Brothers Osborne talk ACM Awards, push for change in country music Country artists Kelsea Ballerini and the Brothers Osborne discuss the ACM Awards, and the push for more female representation and inclusion in country music.cbsnews.com
Dan + Shay, Lady A and more stars nominated in 56th Academy of Country Music Awards
Maren Morris, Lady A, Thomas Rhett and more country stars are nominated for the top honors at the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday, April 18 on CBS and Paramount+. Award-winning singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini and country music duo Brothers Osborne joined "CBS This Morning" Friday to announce some of the highly-anticipated award categories. Because of COVID-19 safety measures, the star-studded event will be shown live from three of Nashville's historic venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe. The same three locations were used to broadcast the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Keith Urban, after being postponed from April until September because of the pandemic. Here are the nominees announced on "CBS This Morning":Group of the YearLady ALittle Big TownOld DominionThe Cadillac ThreeThe HighwomenDuo of the YearBrooks & DunnDan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineMaddie & TaeBrothers OsborneMale Artist of the YearDierks BentleyLuke CombsEric ChurchThomas RhettChris StapletonFemale Artist of the YearMiranda LambertAshley McBrydeMaren MorrisCarly PearceKelsea BalleriniSingle of the Year"Bluebird" by Miranda Lambert"I Hope" by Gabby Barrett"I Hope You're Happy Now" by Carly Pearce and Lee Brice"More Hearts Than Mine" by Ingrid Andress"The Bones" by Maren MorrisEntertainer of the Yearcbsnews.com
ACM Awards: Kelsea Ballerini and Brothers Osborne reveal nominees
ACM Awards: Kelsea Ballerini and Brothers Osborne reveal nominees Singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini and country duo Brothers Osborne join "CBS This Morning" to reveal some of the nominees for the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards.cbsnews.com
Carrie Underwood named top artist at CMT Music Awards
In this video image provided by CMT, Carrie Underwood accepts the female of the year award for Drinking Alone during the Country Music Television awards airing on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (CMT via AP)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Carrie Underwood already had the most CMT Music Awards of any artist, but she'll need to make more room on her shelf. The superstar picked up two more trophies for video of the year and female video of the year in a remotely shot awards show. "I am so proud to be a part of this legacy of women in country music with you. Singer Granger Smith won for his on-the-nose music video called “Don't Cough On Me!"
Shania Twain reflects on breakout album that changed country
FILE - Shania Twain appears during a portrait session in New York on June 14, 2019. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The record that turned Shania Twain from a struggling singer-songwriter from Canada into a global superstar also changed country music for years to come. But her life changed after “The Woman in Me,” her Grammy-winning second album released in February 1995, which was the best-selling release by a woman in country music at the time. But she was also taking a risk as a country artist to be so forward with her sexuality and her classic supermodel looks. Despite taking a long break from recording between 2002’s “Up!” and 2017’s “Now,” Twain is still the best-selling female country artist, according to the Recording Industry of America.
Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs top CMT noms
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett top the 2020 CMT Music Awards nominations with three each. In nominations announced Wednesday for the pandemic-delayed show, 14 videos are vying for the top prize of video of the year. The fan-voted show will air on CMT and other networks on Oct. 21 with outdoor performances. The Highwomen, a group made up of Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires, also got their first nomination for group video. Electronic producer and DJ Marshmello also earned a nomination in collaborative video for the crossover hit “One Thing Right" with Kane Brown.
ACM Awards brings live performances back to TV amid pandemic
This combination photo shows country singers, from left, Luke Bryan, Kane Brown and Mickey Guyton who will perform at this year's ACM Awards in Nashville. (AP Photo)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At the Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday, there won’t be fake fans, canned applause or pre-taped acceptance speeches. After a five-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the awards show wants to bring the live television experience back again. The 55th annual ACM Awards, normally held in April in Las Vegas, were delayed this year and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, for the first time. “I don’t know if it’s gonna look like an NFL Draft night when we hand out the awards,” Urban said laughing.
Kane Brown, Mickey Guyton, Luke Bryan to sing at ACM Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Academy of Country Music Awards will feature performances by Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton and Morgan Wallen, all from the Grand Ole Opry House. Riley Green won new male artist of the year and Tenille Townes won new female artist of the year. The Bluebird Cafe will host performances by Jimmie Allen, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert featuring songwriters Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick, and Tim McGraw. And Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, and Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi will put on their shows from the Ryman. Keith Urban will host the show from the Grand Ole Opry House.
Apple Music launching shows with Snoop Dogg, Shania Twain
NEW YORK – Apple Music is launching several new radio shows hosted by A-list musical acts, including Snoop Dogg, Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood. The streaming service announced that it will debut two new radio stations Tuesday: Apple Music Hits, focused on popular songs of the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s, as well as Apple Music Country, dedicated to the country music genre. Both channels will have daily on-air hosts but will also include several shows hosted by well-known musicians. Apple Music Hits will include shows hosted by Snoop Dogg, Twain, Alanis Morissette, Backstreet Boys, Meghan Trainor, Ciara, blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Huey Lewis. Apple Music also announced Tuesday that its popular Beats 1 radio station — featuring shows hosted by Billie Eilish, Elton John and Lil Wayne — will be renamed to Apple Music 1.
Critics slam country artists for playing for unmasked crowds
Musicians and fans alike are criticizing country artists like Janson and Rice who performed at outdoor concerts this weekend where social media pictures showed large crowds without masks. Rice performed in front of a large crowd in Tennessee and Janson performed at an outdoor festival in Idaho. (AP Photo)NASHVILLE, Tenn. Fellow musicians and fans alike are criticizing country artists who performed at outdoor concerts this weekend where social media pictures showed large, tight crowds without masks, even as COVID-19 cases resurge in the United States. Country star Kelsea Ballerini called Rice selfish for risking people's health by playing in front of a large crowd. But the owner of the venue where Rice played said the concert was approved by both city and county officials.