Tuesday, 5 November 2013

47th Annual CMA Awards - 2013 Build Up

47th Annual CMA Awards 2013 Build Up

SESAC, ASCAP Awards, CMA 2013 Pre-show thoughts and artist interviews

2013 SESAC Nashville Music Awards
On Sunday night (Nov 3rd), 500 guests gathered at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to celebrate the songs those stars sing, and the talented people who brought them to life.
SESAC’s annual Nashville Music Awards recognized the year’s most-performed country and Americana songs written by the performing rights organization’s member.
Top honours went to Keifer Thompson (Thompson Square) , and Song of the Year was the smash hit  “‘Cruise”

2013 SESAC Nashville Music Awards winners:
Songwriter of the Year: Keifer Thompson
Song of the Year: “Cruise,” Jesse Rice, Artist Revolution Publishing, recorded by Florida Georgia Line
Publisher of the Year: Magic Mustang Music
For complete list of awards and honorees visit The Tennessean

The 51st annual ASCAP Country Awards
51st annual ASCAP Country Awards took place at the Music City Center in Nashville on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
George Strait took the evening’s top honour at Music City Center’s Grand Ballroom.
ASCAP, a performing rights organization that represents songwriters, honored Strait with the Founder’s Award, its most prestigious award reserved for those who have made “pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.”
Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and Lee Ann Womack performed a tribute to George at the invitation-only event.
>> Watch George Strait’s ASCAP Press Conference

(Top): Brandy Clark, Leah Turner, RaeLynn, Cassadee Pope 
(Bottom): Danielle Bradbery, Lee Holyfield, 
Angaleena Presley and Jennifer Nettles
51st Annual ASCAP Awards - Red Carpet (4 Nov 2013)

Some of the country genre’s up-and-comers including Leah Turner and Brothers Osborne announced the most played country songs of the year written by ASCAP writers.

Country Song of the Year (tie): “How Country Feels,” Neil Thrasher (Randy Houser); and “Drunk on You,” Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins (Luke Bryan)
Country Songwriter of the Year: Josh Kear
Music Publisher of the Year: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing
Top Five Country Songs: “Drunk on You”; “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” Eric Paslay (Eric Paslay); “How Country Feels”; “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” Shane McAnally (Luke Bryan); and “(Kissed You) Good Night,” Josh Kear, Tom Gossin (Gloriana)
Read the FULL Report and view the Photo Gallery at The Tennessean
Jessi Alexander's "I Drive Your Truck" is honored at the ASCAP Country Awards at the Music City Center in Nashville on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

Jennifer Nettles & Friends - Spotify Showcase

The Sugarland singer performed new music with help from Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet, Richard Marx and Ronnie Milsap, whose "Stranger In My House" brought down the ... house. She previewed her new solo music...get ready to be blown away! #SpotifyCMA. 

Her forthcoming debut solo album, THAT GIRL, will be released in early January. 
Other performers and guests included:  
Brandy Clark, Dustin Lynch, Cassadee Pope, Josh Thompson, RaeLynn and Lucy Hale.

The 47th Annual CMA Awards 2013
Are you ready for Country Music's Biggest night?

  • >> Watch the Preview
  • The 47th Annual CMA Awards COUNTDOWN
  • CMA Awards 360 is your exclusive, all-access pass visit cmaworld.com
  • Watch the CMA red carpet at gactv.com
  • Check out the Performers and Presenters who will be appearing at cmaworld.com , 47th CMA Awards Nominees Listing - www.opry.com
  • Download the CMA Awards App: This is the official app for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” .This is your ultimate electronic guide to “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Join Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood as they host the show together for the sixth year in a row. Download this app to get 24/7 access to all the nominees, photos, interviews and more.
  • Danielle Bradbery will live-tweet her first CMA Awards experience Wednesday (Nov 6th). Follow her here. She is also the newest addition to CMT's "Next Women Of Country" franchise
  • Predict The Winners at spotify-cma.com - 2013 CMA Awards Nominees on Spotify
10 Greatest CMA Awards Moments Ever at Taste Of Country

BBC Radio 2 Country are in Nashville all this week for the CMA Country Music Association Awards and associated!
Hear Patrick Kielty between 14:00 & 17:00 tomorrow (Thursday) with Kacey Musgraves, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and live music from Chuck Mead. 
See BBC Radio 2 page for details/ Listen Back

Kicking off the 47th Annual CMA Awards week are the Blue Room Exclusive Interviews!
Watch >> Eric Church  Watch >> Lady Antebellum

Watch >> The Band Perry - Tune in to to see The Band Perry perform their latest hit, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely." -

Presenters & Performers

Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice and Eli Young Band have been tapped to present trophies at Wednesday night's 47th Annual CMA Awards.

Nashville stars Connie  Britton and Charles Esten, plus Willie & Korie Roberts and Jase & Missy Roberts of Duck Dynasty fame are also handing out hardware.
Lennon & Maisy Stella, who play Rayna James' daughters on Nashville, have been added to the performers lineup as well!

Artist Pre-Show Quotes/ Thoughts

Eric Church who is nominated for Male Vocalist and Musical Event Of The Year told the Associated Press: "Could be crowd-surfing, could be mosh pits," "They could be throwing cans at me."
He isn't sure what reaction he'll get when he plays his new single, the hard rock anthem "The Outsiders," on Wednesday night (Nov 6th) during the Country Music Association Awards.
Listen to the song in FULL >> iheart.com The song is available for download on Amazon.com and US iTunes
Church's last album, "Chief," won the CMA and Academy of Country Music album of the year awards, sold 1.5 million copies and changed his career. The album's success moved him from promising songwriter to arena-filling star. He did it by tapping into the growing hunger for hard rock sounds in country. His new album, produced again by Jay Joyce is set for release Feb 11, 2014Other tracks on the album include "Cold One," "Roller Coaster Ride," "The Joint," and "Devil Devil," that latter with a prelude of Shel Silverstein's poem, "The Devil and Billy Markham."

Luke Bryan who is nominated for Entertainer Of The Year, Male Vocalist Of The Year and Musical Event Of The Year opens to ABC news up about the two tragedies that nearly broke him. He was sickly when he was little baby, so I bounced him all the time ... and hummed "'Rock of Ages,'" Bryan's mother, LeClaire, told "20/20." "He could literally hum "Rock of Ages" before he could talk." Bryan later joined high school musicals and started his own band. By the time he was 19, he planned to move to Nashville to follow his dreams. But days before Bryan was going to leave home, tragedy struck his family.
Luke centre (childhood pic)
"My older brother, Chris, was unexpectedly killed in a ... car accident," Bryan said. "I'm kind of hyperventilating talking about it. ... You never truly ...move beyond it."
Once in Nashville, Bryan found initial success as a songwriter, and soon after, he was signed as a performer and had his first hit song, "All My Friends Say." When he was invited to perform at the famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Bryan's older sister, Kelly Cheshire, organized 129 people, practically Bryan's entire hometown, to attend his Opry debut. Tragically, just a few days after Bryan's performance, his sister died at home. Bryan said the cause remains undetermined.

Taylor Swift who top the list of nominees for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” with six nominations (including Entertainer Of The Year and Album of the year) will receive the CMA's Pinnacle Award Wednesday (11/6) during the 47th Annual CMA Awards. The honor recognizes unique national and international prominence through concert performances and record sales, as well as a long-term positive impact on upcoming generations' appreciation of country. The award was created in 2005.
Country Star Trivia: The Pinnacle Award has only been given to one other artist, who was it? Answer: Garth Brooks

Kacey Musgraves who jointly tops the list of nominees with six nominations (including Song, Single, Album and Female Vocalist) says winning the Album of the Year trophy for Same Trailer Different Park would be ideal since she could share it with her entire team. 
She says, "If you can take that home, then I feel like your entire body of work is rewarded. It’s not just the songs or the singer, it’s the whole band. It’s the package. It’s the photography that’s on the album cover, which my sister did!"
Making Same Trailer Different Park was a real labor of love for Kacey, who co-produced the project along with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird. Kacey adds, "The songs are near and dear to my heart, so it represents a time in my life that I’m really proud of."
So, what would Kacey do if Same Trailer Different Park ended up taking the Album of the Year prize?
"If I got to take home that award, I think I would just melt into a puddle," she says with a big laugh. Kacey is expected to perform her brand-new single, "Follow Your Arrow," on the awards show.

Florida Georgia Line could walk away with the first CMA trophies Wednesday night. 
They're up for three awards including Duo of the Year and Single of the Year for "Cruise," the song that catapulted their career into the stratosphere. It seems the duo's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley get big news about awards show nominations and sold-out headlining concerts just about every day, so how do they keep it all from running together. Tyler tells ABC News Radio, "We try to let it sink in every few days. It seems like every morning we're waking up realizing how blessed we are looking at all the crazy stuff that's going on. It makes us want to work even harder, and we're just having a good time." Florida Georgia Line hopes to be on the nominations list for next year's CMA Awards, too.

Keith Urban has 4 nominations including Male Vocalist, Single and Musical Event of the Year is set to perform his hit duet with Miranda Lambert, "We Were Us," on the CMA night. He admits singing on live shows like this one can be a bit jarring since something could easily go wrong in front of millions of TV viewers. "TV is just hard because it's so run-and-gun," Keith explains. "You know, you don't have time to check things, and you can do it on sound check and then it doesn't sound like anything on the night. It's so quick and it's just like, I like being able to sort of get into the zone, and you can't do that in three minutes."
In the end, focusing on the music is the only thing Keith can do during those live TV performances.
He says, "I just try and play. I mean, I try not to think about all the people sitting down in the front and all that sort of thing."

Jason Aldean nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year has got his eye on the top prize -- Entertainer of the Year.  After the success of his Night Train tour and album this year, Jason feels he has a real shot at taking that trophy home. "Any time you're in that category and have a shot at that one is pretty special," Jason says. "That's one that's kind of, to this point in my career, has kind of eluded us so far. So, if there was one I would like to get before my career is done, it'd be that one." Even if he walks away empty-handed, Jason knows he'll have a good time with his fellow country stars at some of the after-parties.

Darius Rucker's hit, "Wagon Wheel," is up for CMA Single of the Year as well as Song of the Year for the songwriters, Ketch Secor and Bob Dylan. Ketch's band Old Crow Medicine Show originally released "Wagon Wheel" as a bluegrass song about a decade ago, and Darius has been a big fan of their version for years now. He says, "They do it so perfectly. I mean, the way they do the song is the way it should be done. It's just a perfect bluegrass song.  I didn't think I could make it a country song."
It wasn't until Darius heard another band do "Wagon Wheel" with a country feel that he decided to cut it. He goes on to call it a "perfect country song," adding, "Man, I don't know if I could ever be any countrier than that."

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood tells ABC News Radio, "It's always that front row, they always stack, like, Reba, George [Strait], Tim [McGraw], Faith [Hill]. Taylor Swift's always in there. Yeah, it'll be a little nerve-wracking for sure."
On top of that, Lady Antebellum will be performing their brand-new song, "Compass," on the show.
"It's a new song," Dave explains. "So [we're] kind of getting all those parts worked out again. We've been rehearsing and stuff leading up to this."

Though they've already won six CMA Awards, Lady A is extremely grateful for their nods this year for Vocal Group of the Year and Video of the Year for "Downtown." - "It's never a guarantee to get into any of those categories by any means for the CMAs," Dave explains. "You know, there's so many great country artists doing so many really cool things right now. So, we're honored to be there." "Compass" is the lead single from Lady Antebellum's expanded re-release of their current album, Golden Deluxe, hitting stores November 11.

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