Monday, 10 November 2014

The 48th Annual CMA Awards 2014 – the Details

CMA Awards 2014:
Nominees, Winners, Report, Performances, Review and Full Audio

At a glance
Winners of the 48th annual Country Music Association Awards presented Wednesday night in Nashville:

CMA Awards 2014 - Winners Montage
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Irving Waugh Award of Excellence – Vince Gill (Gill is only the second person to receive this award. The only other honoree: Johnny Cash.)
Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan
Album of the Year: Miranda Lambert — “Platinum”
Song of the Year: Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally — “Follow Your Arrow”
Single of the Year: Miranda Lambert —“Automatic”
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
New Artist of the Year: Brett Eldredge
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Music Video of the Year: Dierks Bentley — “Drunk On A Plane”
Musical Event of the Year: Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert — “We Were Us”
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally

The Nominations and the winners of The 48th Annual CMA Awards" were:

NEW = New to the Category for 2014 compared to the 2013 nominees

Entertainer Of The Year (Category 1)
Luke Bryan ** Winner **
Miranda Lambert NEW
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban NEW

Single Of The Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s)) (Category 2)
“Automatic”, Miranda Lambert (Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf/ RCA Nashville) ** Winner **
“Drunk On A Plane”, Dierks Bentley (Produced by Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora, Jr./ Capitol Records Nashville)
“Give Me Back My Hometown”, Eric Church (Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr. / EMI Records Nashville)
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill (Produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw/ Big Machine)
“Mine Would Be You”, Blake Shelton (Produced by Scott Hendricks/ Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville)

Album Of The Year (Category 3)
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Crash My Party, Luke Bryan (Produced by Jeff Stevens/ Capitol Records Nashville)
Fuse, Keith Urban (Produced by Benny Blanco, Nathan Chapman, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Mike Elizondo, Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Stargate, Keith Urban, and Butch Walker Capitol Records Nashville)
Platinum, Miranda Lambert (Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf/ RCA Nashville) ** Winner **
Riser, Dierks Bentley (Produced by Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, and Arturo Buenahora, Jr. Capitol Records Nashville)
The Outsiders, Eric Church (Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr. / EMI Records Nashville)

Song Of The Year (Category 4)
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
“Automatic”, Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, and Miranda Lambert
“Follow Your Arrow”, Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, and Shane McAnally ** Winner **
“Give Me Back My Hometown” Eric Church and Luke Laird
“I Don’t Dance” Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Dallas Davidson
“I Hold On” Brett James and Dierks Bentley

Female Vocalist Of The Year (Category 5)
Miranda Lambert ** Winner **
Martina McBride NEW
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist Of The Year (Category 6)
Dierks Bentley NEW
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton ** Winner **
Keith Urban

Vocal Group Of The Year (Category 7)
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town ** Winner **
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo Of The Year (Category 8)
Dan + Shay  NEW
Florida Georgia Line ** Winner **
Love and Theft
The Swon Brothers NEW
Thompson Square

Musical Event Of The Year (Category 9)
(Award goes to each artist)
Bakersfield, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin/ Mercury Nashville
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”, Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill/ Big Machine
“Somethin’ Bad”, Miranda Lambert duet with Carrie Underwood/ RCA Nashville
“We Were Us”, Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert/ Capitol Records Nashville ** Winner **
“You Can’t Make Old Friends”, Kenny Rogers duet with Dolly Parton/ Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville

Musician Of The Year (Category 10)
Sam Bush (Mandolin)
Jerry Douglas (Dobro) NEW
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar) ** Winner **

Music Video Of The Year (Category 11)
“Automatic”, Miranda Lambert (Directed by Trey Fanjoy)
“Bartender”, Lady Antebellum (Directed by Shane Drake)
“Drunk On A Plane”, Dierks Bentley (Directed by Wes Edwards) ** Winner **
“Follow Your Arrow”, Kacey Musgraves (Directed by Kacey Musgraves and Honey)
“Somethin’ Bad”, Miranda Lambert duet with Carrie Underwood (Directed by Trey Fanjoy)

New Artist Of The Year (Category 12)
Brandy Clark NEW
Brett Eldredge ** Winner **
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett NEW

Cole Swindell NEW

* The CMA Awards eligibility period was July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
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.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” were determined in a final round of voting by eligible members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting was officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.

The winners of the 2014 CMA Broadcast Awards are:
2014 CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year Winners:
National – Lon Helton, “Country Countdown USA” – Westwood One
2014 CMA Radio Station of the Year Winners
Major Market – KKBQ – Houston-Galveston, Texas
Large Market – WQDR – Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
Medium Market – KXKT – Omaha, Neb./Council Bluffs, Iowa
Small Market – WUSY – Chattanooga, Tenn.
Read More CMA World Press

2014 CMA Media Achievement Award
Backstage in the media center saw Chuck Dauphin the veteran radio and 615 columnist for Billboard.com and music journalist  presented with the 2014 CMA Media Achievement Award -  “I am truly blessed and humbled to be in the list of names who have won this award,” said Dauphin. Read More CMA World Press

About The CMA’s
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 11,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music. The first "CMA Awards Banquet and Show" was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest-running annual music awards program on network television. The Awards aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005. The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it will remain through 2021.

CMA Awards 2014 Report

"The 48th Annual CMA Awards" was hosted for the seventh consecutive year on Wednesday Nov 5, 2014 by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC TV Network.

  • Ratings for the 48th Annual CMA Awards were 16.1 million ranking No.1 in each half-hour and beating second-place CBS by 7.4 million viewers.This was on par with its year-ago telecast in viewers and young adults (16.8 million) and was up for the second year in Teens 12-17 (+4%) and Kids 2-11 (+19%). It was Wednesday’s most-social broadcast with 1,043,707 tweets.
  • While the Lambert/Shelton juggernaut was a dose of repetition, there were plenty of firsts during the evening.
  • After four years of nominations, Luke Bryan finally collected his first CMA Award the coveted Entertainer of theYear. The win was Bryan's first CMA, despite his multiple hits, top-selling albums and top-grossing tours. For the last four years, Bryan has watched
    from his seat as his friends in the music business collected CMA trophies. Even at this year's ceremony, he was passed over once again in the Male Vocalist and Album categories. He has racked up 10 CMA Nominations: New Artist of the Year twice (2010-2011), Album of the Year twice (2012) for TAILGATES & TANLINES and (2014) for CRASH MY PARTY, Male Vocalist of the Year three times (2012-2014), Musical Event of the Year (2013) for "The Only Way I Know" (Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church) and finally Entertainer of the Year (2013-14). When his name was called, Luke fought back tears, then made his way to the podium. There, he found Garth Brooks waiting. After an embrace, Bryan stepped to the microphone and said, "First of all, I've never met Garth. Hey, Garth. Can I hug you again?".
  • Despite missing out on the Entertainer top prize, Miranda Lambert dominated Wednesday night’s CMA Awards for another memorable year at the star-studded
    extravaganza during which Oklahoma talents were given plenty of opportunities to shine. Lambert, who lives in Tishomingo, took home four CMA trophies after going into the 48th Annual CMA Awards leading with nine nominations. She could only win a maximum of 7 because she was competing with herself in two of the categories (Musical Event and Music Video). Firstly earlier in the day she shared the Musical Event of the Year prize with Keith Urban for their duet “We Were Us,” when winners in two CMA Award categories were announced live on “Good Morning America” from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the site of of the 2014 CMA Awards. The news was delivered by GMA chief meteorologist Ginger Zee and welcomed by cheers from the thousands of rain-soaked fans gathered on the Bridgestone Arena plaza. Miranda earned her second career Album of the Year award for PLATINUM (beating out all male big hitters Luke Bryan's Crash My Party, Keith Urban's Fuse, Eric Church's The Outsiders and Dierks Bentley's Riser) and nabbed her first Single of the Year honors for “Automatic”. The singer-songwriter, who performed on the show with pop newcomer Meghan Trainor and CMA vocal group of the year Little Big Town, also set a record with her fifth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year title, surpassing the four won by herself, Oklahoma native Reba McEntire and Martina McBride. She edged out Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood once more -  “I don’t even know what to say. I just can’t believe that I’m standing here. I can’t believe this is my life, this is what I get to do this for a living, this is my job. Thank you fans for that. I just appreciate what God allowed me to do in my life,” Lambert said as she tearfully accepted the female vocalist trophy. In her Album of the year speech Lambert told the audience: "I was just sitting there watching that whole reel pass, thinking how great every album in that category is,". "I have them all, and they're amazing." She thanked her team for helping bring the album to life and country radio for supporting the new material. "I really poured my heart and soul into this one more than ever," she added. "I turned 30 last year and felt like I needed to sing about new stuff." PLATINUM is only the sixth album by a solo female artist in CMA history to win the award, and Lambert is the first woman to earn the honor twice. She previously won for REVOLUTION in 2010. The women who have previously won in this category include Taylor Swift (Fearless, 2009), Lee Ann Womack (There's More Where That Came From, 2005), Dixie Chicks (Fly, 2000), Patty Loveless (When Fallen Angels Fly, 1995) and Anne Murray (A Little Good News, 1984). These awards bring Lambert’s career totals to 12 CMA Award wins and 34 nominations. Lambert's four wins Wednesday night gave the 30 year-old a total of 11 CMA trophies throughout her career, putting her ahead of any other female act. Her first nomination was for a Horizon Award (2005) and first wins were for Album of the Year, Female Vocalist and Music Video (2010).
  • Blake Shelton won his fifth consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year trophy (2010-2014) and dedicated it to his hero, Earl Thomas Conley. He was now won 9 trophies out of 23 nominations. He was first nominated for a Horizon Award and Vocal Event of the Year (“The Truth About Men” : Tracy Byrd, Andy Griggs, Montgomery Gentry and Blake Shelton) in 2003 then no more nominations till he received four more in 2010 winning first Male Vocalist and also Musical Event of the Year. In 2012 he surprisingly won Entertainer of theYear.
  • The Song of the Year went to Kacey Musgraves, who won for "Follow Your Arrow," which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, who was among the
    contenders for New Artist of the Year and was also previously nominated for Song of the Year in 2013 via "Mama's Broken Heart" performed by Miranda Lambert. "Follow Your Arrow," was a song that was censored during last year's television airing of the CMA Awards for a mention of "roll up a joint." - "Oh my goodness! Do you guys realize what this means for country music?" Musgraves said, as Clark and songwriter Shane McAnally stood behind her. "Our genre was built on simple good songs about real life and that's what this was." Brandy fortunately recovered from illness when she wasn’t' able to perform in the week at the CMA Songwriter Series having woken with fever and not feeling well.
  • Vocal Group of the Year winners Little Big Town and Vocal Duo of the Year champs Florida Georgia Line enjoyed repeat victories. It was the third straight win in the category for Little Big Town who have now bagged 4 CMA trophies out of 16 nominations (2006-2014). Their other category win was Single of the Year in 2012 for summer hit “Pontoon”. It was the second straight win Duo for Florida Georgia Line. “I’m shaking, I’m shaking,” singer Brian Kelley said when the duo hit the stage. “How are we still so nervous?” duo mate Tyler Hubbard asked the crowd. They have now won 3 CMA Awards out of 5 nominations the other being Single of the Year in 2013 for the biggest ever country seller smash "Cruise".
  • Brett Eldredge rocking lanky crooner wore a tuxedo in tribute to his personal inspiration Frank Sinatra and bagged New Artist of the Year with his second nom in category, with his mother in attendance.
  • Winning and piloting the CMA Music Video of the Year was Dierks Bentley and director Wes Edwards for “Drunk On A Plane.” Bentley was the most-nominated male
    artist in 2014 with five nominations including Male Vocalist; Album of the Year for RISER, which was produced by Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, and Arturo Buenahora Jr.; Song of the Year for “I Hold On,” which Bentley wrote with Brett James; and Single and Music Video of the Year for “Drunk On A Plane,” which was produced by Copperman, Johnston, Buena Hora, and directed by Edwards. After a total of 15 CMA nominations and one previous win this marked Bentley’s first nom for Music Video of the Year. Bentley won his first CMA Award in 2005 for the Horizon Award, now known as New Artist of the Year (Source: CMA World Press)
  • Guitarist Mac McAnally won Musician of the Year for the seventh time, extending his streak for most consecutive wins in the category winning 7 out of eight since 2007. His other CMA win was for Musical Event of the Year in 2009 with “Down The Road “ (Kenny Chesney with Mac McAnally)
  • Dubbed “the best friend country’s ever had” by co-host and fellow Oklahoman Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill was honored with the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence in a lengthy segment. The Norman-born and Oklahoma City-bred superstar is just the second
    recording artist to receive the award, which honors those who have made “an historic impact on country music”; the late Johnny Cash garnered it in 2003. “A lot of you may not know who Irving Waugh was. He was a great man, lived until he was 94 years old, and he’s the reason the CMA Awards ever wound up on television,” said Gill, who hosted the awards show for 12 years. “Irving was the consummate gentleman....He was the gentleman’s gentleman. And something a young gentleman can do is learn from an old gentleman how to be a better gentleman.” An obviously emotional Gill noted that the honor capped a big week for him: He had a 9 ½-foot statue in his likeness unveiled last Wednesday at his Oklahoma City alma mater Northwest Classen High School – he cracked up the CMAs crowd by joking the sculpture is anatomically correct – and Tuesday night in Nashville the Broadcast Music Inc. recognized his songwriting success with the BMI Icon award. Yes the students of Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City won’t soon forget that Gill once attended there. There’s a huge statue of him out front. Vince attended the dedication of a 10-foot sculpture of him with his hands resting on a guitar balanced on its end. Alumni and students welcomed him back during a school assembly Vince Gill talks to students and alumni before the unveiling of his statue on the Northwest Classen High School campus in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.
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CMA Awards 2014: Performances and Presentations

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CMA Awards 2014 - Performers Montage
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The 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards contained the usual blend of all-star concert event mixing in POP and ROCK, following on from the glitzy red carpet glam. Hosted yet again by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, the Nashville-based country music kudosfest was packed with live performances and Award presentations on the 3 hour show.

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)

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The CMA 2014 Running Order
Show Performances & Awards in Chronological Order
0:00 Kenny Chesney - “American Kids”
3:12 Miranda Lambert with Meghan Trainor - “All About That Bass” (recorded by Meghan)
06:00 Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood Opening Monologue/ Skits
16:00 Award: Single of the Year
20:10 Lady Antebellum - “Bartender”
23:40 Florida Georgia Line - “Dirt”
28:10 Keith Urban - “Somewhere In My Car”
31:50 Award: Song of the Year
35:00 The Band Perry - “Gentle On My Mind” (Glen Campbell)
39:10 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees
39:50 Kacey Musgraves and Loretta Lynn - “You’re Lookin’ At Country”
42:30 Award: New Artist of the Year
45:30 Jason Aldean - “Burnin’ It Down”
50:30 Little Big Town with Ariana Grande “Day Drinking” / “Bang Bang”
57:10 Tim McGraw - “Shotgun Rider”
01:01:00 Award: Vocal Duo of the Year
01:03:00 Cole Swindell – “Chillin’ it” / Country Radio Stations of the year
01:05:40 Dierks Bentley - “Drunk on a Plane”
01:09:40 Award: Album of the Year
01:13:45 Brad Paisley - “Perfect Storm”
01:17:30 Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe - “Lonely Tonight”
01:21:50 Carrie Underwood - “Something in the Water”
01:25:45 Award: Vocal Group of the Year
01:28:45 Luke Bryan – ”Roller Coaster”
01:33:20 Miranda Lambert with Little Big Town - “Smokin’ and Drinkin’”
01:38:00 Award: Vince Gill, Irving Waugh Award of Excellence
01:45:50 George Strait with Eric Church - “Cowboys Like Us”
01:48:45 Award: Male Vocalist of the Year
01:51:20 Thomas Rehett “Give Me Some Of That” / Country Radio Personalities Awards
01:53:00 The Doobie Brothers with Jennifer Nettles, Hillary Scott and Hunter Hayes - “Listen to the Music” then at 02:05:00 “Takin’ It to the Streets” with Michael McDonald singing lead to play out the awards show.
02:01:00 Award: Entertainer of the Year

CMA Awards 2014: Review

1) Performance Kenny Chesney kicked off the 2014 CMA proceedings singing Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” into
peppy opener "American Kids” his No.1 Country Airplay single from his album THE BIG REVIVAL. It rocked a colourful flower power 70’s vibe as hot girls came off a spray-painted bus, wearing fringe, cut-off shorts and crop tops. Chesney sang how he was in his song “American Kids” as he was backed by a huge band with dancers all around him - Image >> Video

2) PerformanceMiranda Lambert (30) & Meghan Trainor (20) performed a girly flawless duet of the smash single, "All About That Bass," taking to the stage wearing flirty A-line frocks - Image >> Video.
The duo in CMT Crossroads mode harmonized in unison as they sang the platinum-selling hit and playfully stared each other down. Prior to the awards Lambert had not met her in person saying in an interview - "I've not met Meghan yet, but we've been texting back and forth". We've listened to 'All About That Bass' probably about a thousand times this summer on the tour, so I already know it, obviously" and she spilled that “she and Trainor will make a great match”
Bass" is spending its eighth week on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Trainor, who released an EP this year is due to drop a full-length album in January. The doo-wop pop song has sold more than 3 million tracks so far.

2b) Monologue - CMA hosts Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood took to the stage for their opening skits. The white-hot duo, hosting the CMAs for a seventh time, earned laugh after laugh
for jokes that ranged from Ebola to Taylor Swift to Underwood's baby bump. Taylor’s switch to pop from country was referred to as "Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder," or PPTSD. "President Barack Obama doesn't care about PPTSD!" Paisley yelled. Underwood chimed in with: "I'm pretty sure it's why the democrats lost the senate." To huge cheers from the Republican biased country audience. Underwood and Paisley put a twist on Dolly Parton's "Jolene," calling it "Quarantine." Paisley also earned roaring laughter when he noted that the ABC series "Black-ish," which airs Wednesdays, would not be on because of the CMAs. "If you were expecting to see the show 'Black-ish,' this ain't it ... I hope you're enjoying 'White-ish,'" he said. This remark was later criticized on social media.
Faith Hill & Tim McGraw laugh at the Brad & Carrie skits





















3) Presentation & Award -  Aerosmith arena rocker Steven Tyler who said “Country is the new rock and roll.” came out to present the Single of the Year to: Miranda Lambert for “Automatic” a No1 in June on the Mediabase Country Aircheck chart. >> Video

4) PerformanceLady Antebellum performed their Country Airplay No.1 radio single in September, "Bartender", which was the lead off single from their album 747. They aimed for lift with the energy mounting all through the hit as flashing lights pulsated throughout the arena - Live Image >> Video

5) Performance –  Florida Georgia Line performed their Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs No.1 hit "Dirt" showing what is a rare sensitive side from their album late October release ANYTHING GOES as images of churches and telephone poles glimmered in the background - Image >> Video
WINNER: The announcement that Mac McAnally had won a 7th consecutive Musician of the Year award was made which didn’t make the telecast.

6) PerformanceKeith Urban performed "Somewhere in My Car" going with his signature winning formula of natural charisma, dynamic singing and impressive guitar wailing with white beams of light onstage - Image >> Video

7) Presentation & Award Darius Rucker along with “Good Morning America” Correspondent Tim Tebow  came out to present the Song of the Year to: “Follow Your Arrow” performed and written by Kacey Musgraves co-written with Brandy Clark, and Shane McAnally. The award goes to the songwriters.

8) Performance –  The Band Perry performed their latest single "Gentle on My Mind" (written by John Hartford) delivering a delightful and appreciative rendition of Glen Campbell's classic hit in honor of the country music legend who won the CMA entertainer and male vocalist awards in 1968 - Image >> Video

The Inductees for 2014 into the revered Country Music Hall of Fame were announced today with Hank Cochran, Ronnie Milsap, and Mac Wiseman becoming the newest members of. Milsap was inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, Wiseman was inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category and Cochran was inducted in the “Songwriter” category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980” and “Non-Performer” categories. Cochran, Milsap, and Wiseman increased membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 121 to 124 members.
See photo with country star Brenda Lee as she hangs a medallion on Ronnie Milsap's neck on October 26, 2014 at the 2014 Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater in Nashville.

9) PerformanceKacey Musgraves performed "You're Lookin' at Country" joined by iconic Opry legend and 1972 CMA entertainer Loretta Lynn for a duet with a signature Grand Ole Opry barn backdrop. Song trophy winner Musgraves was beaming sharing the stage with her while former multi CMA Feamle Vocalist Martina McBride could be seen in the audience wiping away tears. - PHOTO >> Video
It was later revealed in the Press Room that Kacey had suffered a wardrobe malfunction and had to think quickly seconds before she was to sing “You’re Lookin”. The “Follow Your Arrow” winners underwear literally fell off - “Right before I sang, my panties totally came off,” Musgraves told reporters backstage. “They were the stick-on kind — look at this dress, there’s not much to work with — so they were stuck on. And then they weren’t stuck on, and the curtain was about to come up, so literally I had to rip them off and throw them to the side.” “In case you see ‘em, they’re mine,” she added humorously >> Watch Video.
See what the “fans” thought about Kacey’s performance on Facebook - Taste Of Country Facebook = Everyone's hating on Kacey: Eg “that girl with Loretta is disgusting..”
Loretta has just signed a deal with Legacy Recordings for several albums of new songs, recorded over the past seven years at the famed Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tenn., outside Nashville. The recordings were produced by Loretta's daughter Patsy Russell and John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash and June Carter. The first album, as yet untitled, is slated for release in 2015.

10) Presentation & Award – Lee Brice and Brantley Gilbert presented New Artist of the Year to: Brett Eldredge

11) PerformanceJason Aldean performed his 14 week Hot Country Songs and 2 week Country Airplay hit “Burnin’ It Down” from his No.1 Billboard Country album OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT. This steamy single is more sexual than flirtatious, as is depicted in the soft porn official video. Aldean’s performance focused on his “simmering stage presence” omitting the running around the stage from his arena tours and elected to play it cool close to the mic - Image >> Video

12) PerformanceLittle Big Town with Ariana Grande (sporting a mini top and skirt) perform their Top 5 Country Airplay hit “Day Drinking followed by “Bang Bang” (original by Ariana, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj). In this unlikely Country-meets-Pop pairing LBT began the medley with an attention-grabbing two-tier drum line on risers behind the band, all illuminated with glowing red piping on their outfits, the set was full of color. The four members wore matching futuristic ensembles which even changed color halfway through the performance. Then Grande posed center stage with similarly-space-inspired outfit, though hers was silver alight with purple. She belted the first line of her verse in ‘Bang Bang,’ her current single. – Image >> Video

13) PerformanceTim McGraw performed his Top 10 Country Aiplay single “Shotgun Rider” from his #1 album SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN. McGraw strummed along as an eight-piece band supported him and later slid the guitar behind his back to round out the CMA number - Photo >> Video

14) Presentation & Award – New Artist nominees Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge & Kip Moore came out to present the Vocal Duo of the Year to: Florida Georgia Line

15) Performance –  Dierks Bentley performed his 2-week Country Airplay No.1 “Drunk on a Plane” which took off as the chorus hit. With arrival and departure screens flickering behind him, Bentley added some confident swag after previously landing the Music Video award for "Drunk” earlier in the day - Image >> Video

16) Presentation & Award Martina McBride and Nashville TV drama actress Connie Britton presented Album of the Year to: Miranda Lambert for PLATINUM

17) Performance – CMA host Brad Paisley performed his latest radio single "Perfect Storm" surrounded by fans clustered around the stage – Image >> Video

18) Performance – With an understated backdrop, Blake Shelton unveiled his newest single, "Lonely Tonight," with duet partner Ashley Monroe - Image. >> Video .
She is a member of the currently shelved side project The Pistol Annies and as a pal of Shelton’s wife also served as one of Lambert's bridesmaids. One of the highlights of Ashley‘s 2013 album LIKE A ROSE was considered to be “You Ain’t Dolly (and You Ain’t Porter),” a good-natured, rib-poking duet she did with Shelton. For Shelton’s October 2014 No.1 Country Album BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE  Monroe returned the favor, pairing up with the Okie singer.

Talking point: The official video debuted this week on Amazon (>> Watch on YouTube ), with wider distribution to follow.  Written by Brent Anderson and Ryan Hurd, “Lonely Tonight” is a booty-call ballad between two former lovers! Here the main narrative has the lead character (voiced by Shelton) asking his onetime romantic partner (Monroe) if she’d like to hook up for
Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe
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“one last one more time,” in order to ease the anguish of being alone — even if it’s only a temporary salve. “I know we shouldn’t, but I don’t care,” Monroe sings, showing that the feeling is apparently mutual. Miranda is obviously very trusting of both her BFF and hubby allowing them to act out the role on both the video and the CMA Stage. The tempress Ashley, who along with Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underodd has some of the best pins in country biz, came very close to a wardrobe malfunction at the CMA Awards. While belting out the “heart-stopping” duet of "Lonely Tonight," Ashley's dress nearly exposed her bottom half more than once, with the slinky silver number just barely protecting the starlet from a Mariah Carey-esque performance misfire. Itty-bitty hemline aside, the shimmering halter dress made for a mesmerizing performance outfit. In fact, it even resembled the country star's red carpet dress form earlier in the evening; a glittering metallic mini-shift dress!  The photo-shoot for the new single also shows Monroe wearing a very similar dress(?1!). Ashley herself got married in October 2013 with Miranda helped by Lambert to plan the wedding who was her maid of honor and Blake officiated! Talk about BFFs!
What the fans thought of Ashley’s CMA performance that mini dress! – Facebook Post
The first three rows got an anatomy lesson - Facebook AshleyMonroe

19) Performance – CMA co-host Carrie Underwood performed her new single “Something in the Water” fast rising up the Country Airplay charts. With a now decade in the spotlight the pregnant powerhouse CMA nominated vocalist (previoss 3 time winner; 2006-2008) made it look effortless enlisting a gospel choir with a stage set featuring shimmering waterfall imagery - Image >> Video

20) Presentation & Award Lucy Hale and Dan + Shay came out to present the  Vocal Group of the Year to: Little Big Town

21) PerformanceLuke Bryan performed his latest hit and Country Airplay #1 "Roller Coaster" focusing on the lyrics and emotion with a backdrop displaying a twisted roller coaster. He like many of his fellow performers received a standing ovation from the country music’s industry folks. 

22) PerformanceMiranda Lambert teamed up with Little Big Town to perform "Smokin' and Drinkin'," from her now 2014 CMA Album of the Year PLATINUM on a song depicting a smoldering anthem of regret and bad decisions – Image >> Video

23) Presentation & AwardVince Gill became the recipient of the CMA's Irving Waugh Award of Excellence and received a heartfelt video salute from his admirers Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Rodney Crowell and James Taylor among them. >> Video Gill admitted he misses hosting the show after 12 years of being the master of ceremonies, then praised the current generation of artists for their obvious camaraderie and friendship. The Irving Waugh Award of Excellence is awarded to that individual who is the originator and caretaker of demonstrated ideas and actions that have dramatically broadened and improved Country Music’s influence on a national or international level for the benefit of the industry as a whole. It is the intention that these ideas and actions typically will have run a course of years and shall have a proven historical impact on Country Music. The award shall not be presented more often than annually.

24) PerformanceGeorge Strait and Eric Church stood side by side to perform "Cowboys Like Us," as likenesses of Hank Williams, Kris Kristofferson and more pioneers appeared behind them – Image >> Video

25) Presentation & Award –  Trisha Yearwood presented the Male Vocalist of the Year to: Blake Shelton his fifth successive win in the category and his 9th CMA win. He dedicated it to his hero, Earl Thomas Conley.
This was followed by a quck-fire performance of “Get Me Some Of That” from Thomas Rhett leading into the announcements of the CMA Country Radio Personalities of the Year for 2014 - Image

26) Performance – With a new album SOUTHBOUND to promote The Doobie Brothers (the latest country red carpet baggers) hit the joint running with "Listen to the Music" featuring Jennifer Nettles, Lady A's Hillary Scott (who both took a few lines each scattered throughout the song) and Hunter Hayes playing guitar >> Video.
The mega-collaboration project is “star-studded” with the country artists’ excited to be performing with such music icons on the CMA stage. Hayes wailed on a red telecaster alongside the Doobie’s Tom Johnson. After the last award of the night for Entertainer, the Doobie Brothers returned for an encore performance, this time bringing out frontman Michael McDonald for a nostalgic performance of  “Takin’ It to the Streets” with CMA host Brad Paisley jumping in with guitar solos in between choruses >> Video. Fans of The Doobies throughtout the 70’s and beyond should be advised to give the new album set a miss and stick with the originals. It may introduce the band to a brand new younger audience but it smacks of Sony Nashville trying to cash in on another country-meets-rock project.

27) Presentation & Award – Sam Hunt and Victoria's Secret Angel model Lily Aldridge came out the Female Vocalist of the Year to: Miranda Lambert, her fifth successive win in the category.

28) Presentation & Award – Garth Books presented the Entertainer of the Year to: Luke Bryan, his first ever CMA Award as the keen angler lands the BIG ONE, nabbing the coveted trophy >> Video

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Taste Of Country : Why It’s Difficult to Sing Well at the CMA Awards .........CMA Awards broadcast featured performances by the top acts in country music, but many viewers noted that some sounded … off. In a post to Facebook, Ronnie Dunn explained why it’s so difficult for singers to perform well on live television -  “Singing (on pitch) on awards shows and live television is challenging. I’ve laid my share of off pitch eggs,” he writes: “The audio people have countless acts to mix in quick order, one after the other. Great emphasis is put on camera angles (blocking) during pre-show ‘sound checks,’” he adds. “Almost every act is accustomed to different live audio playback systems (monitors). You, understandably don’t have a choice on multi act shows. You get what you get. As a singer, your pitch is determined by what you hear. In an arena the sound reverberates / swims…. so, if you aren’t hearing accurately you will most likely be ‘off.’ Emphasis on sound quality is a fairly recent dynamic.

UK Reaction
The Guardian: The best and worst moments from the 2014 CMA awards
Best performance: The Band Perry, Gentle on my Mind. 
Worst performance: Jason Aldean, Burnin’ it Down. Meandering lazily around the stage with a scowl upon his face, Jason Aldean brought about as much energy and sex appeal to his rendition of Burnin’ It Down as a common garden slug. The hollow drum-pad made the whole “nekkid” affair feel lifeless from the get-go, and the song’s repetitive R&B structure needed excellent vocals to bring it to life – which weren’t forthcoming. A limp performance.
Worst collaboration: Little Big Town and Ariana Grande: The combination of Day Drinkin’ and Bang Bang sounded fine, but the whole performance felt too gimmicky and desperate to please.
Best Speech: Vince Gill

Country Music People Magazine  7 November What are your thoughts on the way it turned out? Facebook Posts

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  • Country Music Assoc Twitter Profile / #CMAawards Twitter Feed
  • Brad Paisley tweeted @BradPaisley Wanna see my Garth selfie just before I let the cat out of the bag? Lil' Garth Fisher. Just sayin' #bradblewit
  • Bob Harris tweeted @WhisperingBob And Entertainer of the Year is @LukeBryanOnline #CMAawards
  • Bob Harris Country tweeted @BHarrisCountry Winning writers @TheBrandyClark @shanemcanally with @WhisperingBob #CMAawards
  • Bob Harris Country tweeted @BHarrisCountry One of our favourite winners - @TheBrandyClark #CMAawards @WhisperingBob
  • Gretchen Peters tweeted @gretchenpeters Congrats to @TheBrandyClark @KaceyMusgraves #songoftheyear
  • Luke Bryan tweeted @LukeBryanOnline Love y'all so much #CMAawards
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