Wednesday, 5 November 2014

48th Annual CMA Awards 2014 Build Up

SESAC, ASCAP Awards, BMI Awards
CMA Awards 2014: Red Carpet, Early Winners, Program Book, Presenters, Performers, 
Pre-show thoughts, Trivia, Interviews.

2014 SESAC Nashville Music Awards

SESAC kicked off CMA Week by honoring the songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed Country and Americana songs at the organization’s Nashville Music Awards held Sunday, November 2,  at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
This past year, its songwriters have been responsible for country hits with titles such as "Drink to That All Night," "Bartender," even "Beer With Jesus." It's only fitting, then, that the SESAC organization celebrated this year's hit songsmiths over drinks and dinner Sunday night at the annual SESAC Nashville Music Awards. Read More at The Tennessean

Songwriter of the Year Rob Hatch (second from right)

Drink To That All Night,” written by Lance Miller and published by Songs of StyleSonic Music, Melvin’s Pistol Music and Melvin’s Bullets Music, was named Song of the Year. The song was recorded by Jerrod Niemann who was on hand to open up the show with the infectious party anthem.
About: Established in 1930, SESAC was founded as the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers. It is a service organization created to serve both the creators of music and music users through music licensing and timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution.  Songwriters and publishers are paid royalties based on many factors, including state-of-the-art monitoring and computer database information.

Award winners
Songwriter of the Year: Rob Hatch
Song of the Year: "Drink to That All Night," written by Lance Miller; published by Melvin's Bullets Music, Melvin's Pistol Music, Songs of StyleSonic Music; recorded by Jerrod Niemann
Publisher of the Year: Magic Mustang Music
A complete list of SESAC Award Recipients Follows:

Country Performance Activity Awards/ Americana Honorees...Read More/ Press Photos at - Getty Image Search

The 52nd Annual ASCAP Country Awards

Headlines: Alan Jackson, Craig Wiseman presented with ASCAP Heritage Award; Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Robbins, Warner/Chappell among Top Honorees
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted the 52nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards on Monday, November 3rd in the Grand Ballroom of Nashville’s Music City Center. The writers of country music's most performed songs of the period between April 2013 and March 2014 were honored before an audience of distinguished Nashville songwriters, top country stars and music industry leaders. Special tribute was paid to Alan Jackson and songwriter Craig Wiseman, who were each presented with the ASCAP Heritage Award in commemoration of ASCAP’s 100th anniversary.

ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year: Ashley Gorley (Image)
ASCAP Country Music Song of the Year: "It Goes Like This," written by Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Robbins; published by Extraordinary Alien, THiS Music, Tar-Cam-Knox Music, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing; recorded by Thomas Rhett
ASCAP Country Music Publisher of the Year: Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

A total of 45 most-performed song honors were presented, highlighted by special
Angaleena Presley with
Gretchen Peters
performances from the writers of the top five most performed songs of the year. Performances included "Don’t Ya," by songwriters Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley and Brett Eldredge (recorded by Brett Eldredge); “Crash My Party,” performed by songwriter Ashley Gorley (recorded by Luke Bryan); "Friday Night," by songwriter and recording artist Eric Paslay; Song of the Year “It Goes Like This,” performed by songwriters Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Robbins, Rhett Akins and recording artist Thomas Rhett; and "Runnin’ Outta Moonlight" performed by songwriters Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace and Dallas Davidson (recorded by Randy Houser).
The show kicked off with ASCAP songwriter-artist Lee Ann Womack, who performed the song "Send It On Down" from her first studio album in nearly seven years, the critically-acclaimed The Way I’m Livin’.

Artists in attendance included Angaleena Presley (photo), Billy Currington, Cassadee Pope (photo ), Clare Dunn (photo) , Dan + Shay (photo ), David Nail, Deana Carter (photo), Dierks Bentley, the Doobie Brothers’ Michael McDonald and Patrick Simmons, Drake White, Eric Paslay with Natalie Harker (photo), Gretchen Peters (photo), Jennifer Nettles, Jerrod Niemann, Joe Nichols, John King, Kelsea Ballerini (photo), Kip Moore (photo) , Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood (photo ), Love and Theft, Maddie & Tae (photo ) , Old Dominion, RaeLynn (photo), Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Shannon and Ashley Campbell, The Cadillac Three (photo ) The Swon Brothers, Wynonna and more.

Picture Gallery The Tennessean (31 Photos) + Picture Gallery The Tennessean (12 Photos) – Getty Images Search

BMI Country Awards 2014

  • Vince Gill was honored as BMI Icon on Tuesday November 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Eleven years ago at the CMA Awards, Vince stood onstage and sang a wistful Music City tribute called "Young Man's Town." "Just teach 'em what you know, and pass it on down," he sang. "'Cause man, you gotta face it, it's a young man's town." But on Tuesday Nov 4th, 57-year-old Gill was the toast of this young man's town. Hundreds of music industry members rose to their feet in salute as Gill received a BMI Icon award, an accolade that doesn't go to young men. The Icon prize puts him in the company of past honorees including Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall and Merle Haggard. Gill's friends Keith Urban, Ashley Monroe and Michael McDonald sang for Gill, with Urban performing "I Still Believe In You" and "Liza Jane," Monroe delivering ballad "Whenever You Come Around" and McDonald offering an emotional take on Gill's "When I Call Your Name."
  • Rhett Akins was named Songwriter of the Year, with writing credits on seven of the most-performed songs of the past year, including “Boys Round Here,” recorded by Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies, “Hey Girl” by Billy Currington, “I Can Take It From There” by Chris Young, “It Goes Like This” by Thomas Rhett, “Parking Lot Party” by Lee Brice, “Point at You” by Justin Moore and “When She Says Baby” by Jason Aldean.
  • Darius Rucker’s hit “Wagon Wheel,” penned by Ketch Secor, won the coveted Song of the Year award. Published by Blood Donor Music, “Wagon Wheel” was one of the most-performed country songs of the year.
BMI Icon: Vince Gill - Photo
BMI Country Songwriter of the Year: Rhett Akins - Photo
BMI Song of the Year: "Wagon Wheel," written by Ketch Secor, published by Blood Donor Music; recorded by Darius Rucker
BMI Publisher of the Year: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville
Publisher Of The Year expanded details and Full listing of the BMI 2014 Country Awards Top 50 Songs + Photo Gallery (46 Picture Slideshow) at

The 48th Annual CMA Awards 2014

Are you ready for Country Music's Biggest night?

2014 CMA Awards Red Carpet
High Five Entertainment, is set to produce the Red Carpet on CMT as the official lead in to the "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" airing on ABC. Hosted by CMT's Katie Cook and Cody Alan, the red carpet will feature the wide diversity of superstars that make the CMA Awards one of America's most popular nights of television. -
OR join ABC for their “exclusive” red carpet and live backstage access to the 48th Annual CMA Awards without signing in! - ABC CMA Awards Live

Lucy Hale Reveals her Tips and Tricks for Getting Red Carpet Ready
Colgate® Optic White® is teaming up with the CMA Awards and Singer and Actress Lucy Hale to bring fans behind-the-scenes excitement from "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" on Wednesday, November 5. As part of the partnership, Colgate Optic White will be co-hosting an exclusive live Twitter chat with Lucy Hale, live tweeting from the red carpet

You Think You Know Everything about the CMA Awards? >> YouTube

CMA Awards Past Winners/ Nominations Database -  CMA World

Top CMA Awards Winners:
George Strait – 23 CMA Awards, Brooks & Dunn (19), Vince Gill  (18), Alan Jackson (16),
Tim McGraw (14), Brad Paisley (14), Garth Brooks (11), Dixie Chicks (10) - CMA World

CMA Awards Backstage 2014 Interviews >> YouTube CountryMusicAssoc

COUNTDOWN Clock / Red Carpet
The Awards start Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) in Nashville
= UTC/GMT -6 hours Nashville 
The Awards begin UK Time Thursday Nov 6, 2014 01:00 - 04:00 AM

Australia and Canada! Y'all can watch "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" LIVE! on and

How to LISTEN LIVE in the UK

Kicks 105-5 "Today's Best Country" Danbury Country Radio will broadcast them live on Wednesday night starting at 8pm in America (UTC/GMT -5 hours)
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Listen ONLY in the UK to the 2014 CMA Awards highlights on BBC Radio 2

  • BBC Radio 2 Country are in Nashville all this week for the CMA Country Music Association Awards and associated!
  • Patrick Kielty broadcast live from Nashville on Wednesday afternoon 14:00 & 17:00 to celebrate the biggest night in country music, with a show full of live music and guests. He was joined by singer Garth Brooks. Patrick also has a very special House Band with Lee Ann Womack and he visits the set of hit US TV show Nashville with UK star Sam Palladio. He talked to the host of the CMA Awards - Carrie Underwood and gets the latest news ahead of them with Country Music Television host Katie Cook. Patrick also visits some of the most iconic parts of the city and goes to home of American Football team The Tennessee Titans. Listen Back available for 4 weeks.
  • Bob Harris (OBE) “The Country King” previewed the CMA 2014 Awards Listen back including C2C2015 festival performer Brandy Clark with "What'll Keep Me Out Of Heaven" - "I think she is wonderful" said Bob
  • Bob Harris presents highlights of the 48th Annual CMA Awards. When: Saturday Nov 8th at 18:00 on BBC Radio 2 - BBC Page

CMA Awards Program Book 2014

BEST viewed FULL Screen, Single Page, then on the top tool bar use slider on the left to Zoom (-/+) and then “<” and “>” to page document.

Tickets to the awards have reached a new high on the secondary market, eclipsing an average of $550 per ticket. That makes it the most expensive ticket since the show moved to Bridgestone Arena in 2006, according to research by ticket search engine SeatGeek, which aggregates secondary market listings into one location. Tickets have risen 28% from last year's CMA Awards, which had an average price of $433 per ticket. In 2011, by comparison, the average ticket on the secondary market cost $343.
The cheapest ticket is $244, and that's in section 305 inside Bridgestone's upper deck - The Tennessean

Click to download CMA Recipes [PDF file download]

Download the Shazam app before the CMA Awards on Wednesday November 5! You'll be able to Shazam the show to unlock exclusive content from your favorite artists - itunes

Voting Criteria: CMA Awards winners are chosen in three rounds of voting. Votes are cast by industry professional members of the Country Music Association – meaning Awards Winners are honored by their peers in the music industry.
Eligibility Period: July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014

At its inception in 1967, the CMA Awards trophy was designed to resemble a chart bullet. Constructed of a rich walnut and a sturdy marble base, the trophy signified the strength, durability and warmth of the genre. A brass music note adorning the center read “Best Liked World Wide,” CMA’s slogan at the time. The limited supply of walnut wood in 1983 encouraged a transition to crystal, the material still used today. With the update arrived a new medallion in the center that has been modified only slightly since. Today’s 15-inch, 7.5-pound trophy is a stylish, high-value adornment made of hand-blown fine crystal in Florence, Italy, with final assembly by Francis & Lusky in Nashville, Tenn. The CMA logo appears on a tri-level, die-struck medallion in polished bronze. After the CMA Awards winners have been revealed live on the annual broadcast, the award is engraved with the winner’s name and CMA Awards category.

Performers And Presenters added to the 2014 CMA Awards Nov. 5 in Nashville
Star of “Nashville” Connie Britton; Four-Time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks; “Good Morning America” Correspondent Tim Tebow; Rock ‘N’ Roll Royalty Steven Tyler; and Two-Time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Trisha Yearwood to are to present Awards during “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” Live on the ABC Television Network, Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET)

2014 CMA Presenters: Include supermodel Lily Aldridge, Lee Brice, Connie Britton, Garth Brooks, Brandy Clark, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Lucy Hale, Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Tim Tebow, Steven Tyler and Trisha Yearwood.

2014 CMA Awards Performers: Include Jason Aldean, Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Doobie Brothers, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Michael McDonald, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Ashley Monroe (joining Blake Shelton), Kacey Musgraves, Jennifer Nettles, Brad Paisley, George Strait, The Band Perry, Thomas Rhett , Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood and Urban, as well as pop stars Ariana Grande (joining Little Big Town) and Meghan Trainor (joining Lambert)

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year George Strait makes his 24th career performance on the “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” – more than any other artist in CMA Awards history. Strait enters the coveted field of Entertainer of the Year nominees again in 2014 and retains his status as the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 83. Strait has a total of 19 nominations and three trophies just for Entertainer of the Year (1989, 1990, 2013). Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, which is determined by CMA’s Panel of Electors. Earlier this year, Strait retired from touring, but not from making music that touches millions of fans.

CMA 2014 Wake up: Celebrate into the night with two of the top nominated artists for the 2014 CMA Awards when Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban appear on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” Wednesday, Nov. 5 (7:00-9:00 AM/ET). Urban  performed live for the “Good Morning America” audience and fans can tune in that same night for Lambert and Urban’s performances on “The 48th Annual CMA Award

CMA Awards Reveal:
Music Video, Vocal Event Winners

  • Dierks Bentley's "Drunk on a Plane" is the winner of this year's CMA Award for Music Video >> YouTube (13 million views)
  • Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban's "We Were Us" claimed a victory in the Vocal Event category.
Both awards were revealed during the live broadcast from Nashville on ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday (Nov. 5).

This is Bentley's first CMA trophy since winning the Horizon Award (now re-named best new artist) in 2005, when the awards were presented in New York City. "Drunk on a Plane" is also nominated for Single of the Year, while Bentley will compete in the Male Vocalist category. In addition, "I Hold On" (which he co-wrote with Brett James) is nominated for Song of the Year.

Chris Young will host the Pre-Telecast CMA Awards ceremonies (6:30 PM/CT). Winners for Musical Event, Music Video, and Musician of the Year, as well as the 2014 CMA Broadcast Awards winners for Radio Station and Personality of the Year will be recognized.
Click Here to download a CMA Awards Ballot [PDF File] and see if you can predict the winners!

Artist Pre-Show Quotes/ Thoughts

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood ready for Seventh Turn as CMA Awards Co-Hosts - ABC News
Lead Nominee Miranda Lambert Opens Up About Her CMA Awards Performances and Fashion Choices - ABC News
Little Big Town Can't Wait to Perform with "Incredible Singer" Ariana Grande on the CMA Awards - ABC News
Kacey Musgraves: Happy to See Her Equality Anthem, "Follow Your Arrow," Up for CMA Song of the Year
She says, "It really is a shocker, and I think it says a lot for, not only where country music is heading, but kind of just where humans are heading, and I think it's cool that I got to be a small part of that." - ABC News
Cole Swindell's CMA Awards Nomination Could Have Gotten Him Arrested for Indecent Exposure - ABC News +
Thomas Rhett Honored to Be in the Running for New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards - ABC News
Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum: All Hoping for CMA Vocal Group of the Year Win - ABC News

He got to meet his hero, Reba, on Thursday in Nashville while trying on clothes for next week's CMA Awards - ABC News

Just in Time for CMA Awards Week!
Cledus T. Judd Parodies One of Country Music's Biggest Stars!

Mystery Parody to be revealed Wednesday Evening, November 5
Nashville, TN, Nov. 3, ’14….. Cledus T. Judd, the singer/songwriter who has won fans with his hilarious parodies of stars such as Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and Toby Keith, is back and funnier than ever! On Wednesday evening, Nov. 5, Judd's mystery parody will be revealed on iTunes.
Over the past few years, Judd has been hosting morning radio in Tampa, Atlanta and now Huntington, WV, where he moved to live closer to his 10-year old daughter, Caitlyn.
About: Cledus T. Judd has sold 2-million records and his hilarious videos have been viewed millions of times. Judd has also toured with, and emceed shows for, some of Country’s biggest stars including Toby Keith, Brooks and Dunn, Brad Paisley and Shania Twain. -

CMA Awards 2014 - What If's
  • If Miranda Lambert wins CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, she would set the record for the most category wins (5) and the longest category winning streak (5).
  • If Martina McBride wins CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, she would set the record for most category wins (5). It would also be her first win in this category since 2004.
  • If Carrie Underwood wins CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, she would be tied with Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Reba for most category wins (4).
  • If Blake Shelton wins CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, he would be tied with Vince Gill for most category wins and longest category winning streak (5).
  • Musical Event of the Year: If Tim McGraw and Faith Hill win CMA Musical Event of the Year, Tim would set the record for the most category wins (5). This would also be the couple’s first win in this category since “It’s Your Love” in 1997. If Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton win CMA Musical Event of the Year, Dolly would tie Vince Gill, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley for the most category wins (4).
  • Musician of the Year: Chet Atkins holds the record for the most category wins (9). Mac McAnally and Mark O’Connor currently hold the record for longest category winning streak (6). If Mac McAnally wins CMA Musician of the Year, he would set the record for the longest category winning streak (7).

FIRST Live Radio Broadcast

  • The CMA Awards was broadcasted on radio stations across the United States for the first time in 1978.
  • FIRST (and only) Time Outside of Nashville: The CMA Awards were hosted in New York City in 2005, which is the only year the show has not taken place in Nashville.  Keith Urban won Entertainer of the Year and Brooks & Dunn hosted the gala event at Madison Square Garden.
  • FIRST AND ONLY Back-to-Back Single Of The Year Winner: In 2010, Lady Antebellum became the only back-to-back CMA Single of the Year winner in CMA history with “I Run To You” (2009) and “Need You Now.”
  • FIRST Female Group Entertainer of the Year: In 2000, Dixie Chicks became the first all-female group to win Entertainer of the Year.
  • FIRST Online Voting: In 2008, member voting for the CMA Awards went digital. The CMA Awards was the first major award show to conduct the voting for the show exclusively online!
  • FIRST Non-Charting New Artist of the Year Nominee: Brandy Clark is the first CMA Awards New Artist of the Year Nominee whose music has not yet hit the Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs Chart.  Traditionally New Artist nominees have had success at radio.  However, when Brandy’s song “Stripes” was picked to be featured in a Beats Music Super Bowl ad, fans and industry paid attention.
  • The 3rd Annual CMA Awards” was the first show to broadcast live, as Johnny Cash won five Awards in a single night: Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Single (“Boy Named Sue”), Album (Johnny Cash At San Quentin Prison), and Vocal Group for his work with June Carter.  Plus, the Country Music Hall of Fame inducted Gene Autry and Bill Monroe.
  • The 1st Annual CMA Awards Banquet and Show was not televised. The 2nd Annual was taped and aired at a later date on NBC’s “Kraft Music Hall.”
CMA Trivia [PDF file download]  CMA World
  • How many times (including this year) have Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosted the CMA Awards? 7 times (2008-2014)
  • Who has hosted the most consecutive CMA Awards ceremonies in the show's history? Vince Gill (1992-2003, 12 years)
  • What year was the inaugural CMA Awards? 1967
  • Kenny Chesney and Alabama both hold the record for the most consecutive wins of CMA Entertainer of the Year. How
  • many times did each of them win this award? 3 times (Kenny Chesney: 2006-2008; Alabama: 1982-1984)
  •  What is the difference between Song of the Year and Single of the Year? Who receives the trophy? - Song of the Year is awarded to the songwriter - Single of the Year is awarded to the singer and producer
  • Who was the first female to win CMA Entertainer of the Year? Loretta Lynn
  • Only one duo has ever won CMA Entertainer of the Year. Who was it? Brooks & Dunn, 1996 

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