Saturday, 21 May 2016

The 3rd Annual American Country Countdown Awards

(1 May 2015)
Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood were the big winners at The 3rd Annual American Country Countdown Awards held at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (Shown at 8p (ET) on FOX-TV).
Country’s biggest stars and rising newcomers including Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Dan + Shay, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, and Cole Swindell joined previously announced powerhouse performers Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and more on the star-studded “American Country Countdown Awards” which aired Sunday, May 1, 2016 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Brooks & Dunn (“Red Dirt Road”), Cam ( “Mayday”), Carrie Underwood (“Church Bells”), Chris Janson ( “Buy Me A Boat”), Cole Swindell (“You Should Be Here”), Dan + Shay (“Nothin’ Like You” and “From The Ground Up”), Florida Georgia Line ( “H.O.L.Y.”) , Kelsea Ballerini (“Dibs”), Luke Bryan ( “Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day”) , Martina McBride (“Reckless”), Jennifer Nettles and Cam singing “This One’s for the Girls”, Sam Hunt (“Make You Miss Me”), Thomas Rhett (“Die A Happy Man”), Toby Keith and the Strangers (Merle Haggard Tribute)

Scotty McCreery, Chase Bryant, Maddie & Tae, Jennifer Nettles, Sara Evans, Dwight Yoakam, Michael Ray, Canaan Smith, Jana Kramer, Chris Lane, Reba McEntire, Matthew McConaughey, Trent Harmon, Paula Abdul, Terry Crews, Cat Deely and Luke Wilson,

Luke Bryan was the big winner at Sunday night's (May 1, 2016) American Country Countdown Awards show, winning trophies for Male Artist of the Year and overall Artist of the Year. The Capitol Nashville recording artist repeated his win from 2014’s telecast, and unseated Jason Aldean in the overall category. (The ACCAs were not presented in 2015.)
The night’s other multiple winner was Sam Hunt, who won Breakthrough Male Artist of the Year, as well as Top Digital Album for his million-selling MONTEVALLO disc.
Carrie Underwood took home honors in the Female Vocalist category, snatching the trophy from Miranda Lambert – who won in
Kelsea Ballerini won the prize for Breakthrough Female Artist of the Year, after a twelve-month period where her first two singles ("Love Me Like You Mean It" and "Dibs") topped the charts.
Other winners during the evening included Thomas Rhett for Song of the Year for his "Die A Happy Man" single, Little Big Town’s "Girl Crush" for Digital Song of the Year, Chris Stapleton for Album of the Year (TRAVELLER), Old Dominion for Breakthrough Group / Duo of the Year, and Florida Georgia Line in the Group / Duo of the Year field.
Reba & Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks
red carpet-American Country Countdown
 Awards 3rd Annual 1 May 2016

Reba McEntire presented longtime friends Brooks & Dunn with the Nash Icon Award for their long and illustrious career. They treated the crowd to a laid-back performance of “Red Dirt Road,” a No.1 single from 2003 that also enjoyed crossover success, peaking at No.25 on the Hot 100. The stakes were low, but the duo’s catalog remains vital, and the pair seemed to be enjoying themselves -- near the end of the song, Brooks gave Dunn a playful push.

Read Billboards ACCAs 2016: All the Performances Ranked From Worst to Best here
"Brooks & Dunn have indelibly etched their legacy as the biggest-selling duo in Country music history," said Executive Producer Mark Bracco (News April 19, 2016). "Their outstanding career achievements have influenced legions of artists and fans alike, and we're proud to recognize their tremendous success and ongoing musical impact with this well-deserved award."

Indio, CALIF. (Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | Press Release) – The Press-Enterprise raved Old Dominion brought “fun summer vibes” and The Desert Sun noted Stagecoach-goers were “impressed by Old Dominion’s modern country” when the five-piece band made their debut on the Mane Stage at the 10th Anniversary of the festival May 1. But it was later that night that the enormity of the weekend sank in following a win for Breakthrough Group/Duo of the Year on the ACC Awards on FOX.
When we started this band, winning awards never crossed our minds,” shared front-man Matthew Ramsey who, like his bandmates, have celebrated successes as songwriters before having hit records as a band. “We just wanted to make the best music we could. But winning this award really shows us that the years of work we have put into this are paying off in ways we never dreamed of. We owe so much to our families, our management team, our record label, country radio and our FANS for embracing what we do and making us feel at home in the country music family!”
The win follows on the heels of earlier 2016 award wins at the Academy of Country Music Awards for Best New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year and the Association of Independent Music Publisher Awards (AIMPs) last month for Artist/Writer of the Year.

This one’s for the girls and all about girl power!
Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Cam teamed up to open the American Country Countdown Awards with Martina’s 2004 hit “This One’s For the Girls” and they rocked the ACCAs house. This was a performance “to celebrate a fantastic year for women in country.” As Sara Evans put it later, “country music is a team sport”, and the camera took the song’s mandate literally, focusing only on female fans in the crowd as they bobbed their heads and sang along.
“This One’s For the Girls” peaked at No.1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 2004, but it’s message of female empowerment is still relevant 12 years later.
Jennifer, Cam and Martina all began the song on different parts of the stage. Jennifer opened the track with Cam joining in on the second verse. Martina then took center stage, where the other two singers soon joined her.
A photo posted by Cam (@camcountry) on

Kelsea Ballerini just called dibs on an amazing ACCAs moment. The 22-year-old singer performed her single “Dibs” for the first time on the American Country Countdown Awards and lit up the stage.
Kelsea wowed the crowd with a bright, colorful performance reminiscent of her “Dibs” music video she shot at a fair, complete with ferris wheels and lots of lights.
She kicked off the song by sending a tweet from her phone. Kelsea kept the social media theme going with emojis corresponding to her song lyrics appearing on screen.
In the press room she wore A George Hobeikaa dress, open strappy Stuart Weitzman sandals, Drukker Designs fine gemstone jewelry, SWAROVSKI jewelry, Navette and Round Crystal Adornment Post Earring in African Violet.

WINNERS: The 3rd Annual American Country Countdown Awards
Artist of the Year: Luke Bryan - WINNER
Album of the Year - Traveller – Chris Stapleton - WINNER
Touring Artist of the Year - Garth Brooks - WINNER
Breakthrough Group/Duo of the Year - Old Dominion - WINNER
Breakthrough Female of the Year - Kelsea Ballerini - WINNER
Female Vocalist of the Year - Carrie Underwood - WINNER
Song of the Year - “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett - WINNER
Digital Album of the Year - Montevallo – Sam Hunt - WINNER
Breakthrough Male of the Year - Sam Hunt - WINNER
Group/Duo of the Year - Florida Georgia Line - WINNER
Male Vocalist of the Year - Luke Bryan - WINNER
See complete list of Nominees at Billboard

FASHION: The 3rd Annual American Country Countdown Awards

Her very own fashion show! Carrie Underwood dazzled in FOUR different outfits during 2016 American Country Countdown Awards
Carrie Underwood took home honors for the Female Vocalist category and was on hand to present an award as well as perform at the award ceremony
She wowed in four dazzling looks on the night.
A) Sheer Daring: Arriving at the red carpet she wore a beautiful Gauri and Nainika dress which featured see-through portions. The transparent fabric flashed a glimpse of her colourful hotpants underneath while she wore bright yellow strappy Jimmy Choo stilettos. Her blonde tresses looked great in beachy waves and she wore Vhernier silver dangle earrings, a Anne Sisteron and L’Dezen ring to complete the glam look.

B) Golden Girl: She then took to the stage to perform "Church Bells" in a sexy outfit as she moved and grooved in a white Rocky Gathercole mini dress with gold detailing. The sexy look featured a sheer garment featuring gold stripes along the hemline and matching polka dots around the shoulder and around the torso. Carrie showed a bit of edge as it featured a gold metal breastplate along with matching wristbands, collar and strappy Giuseppe Zanotti knee-high stilettos (£795 Product Detail) and added Archive PR jewelry.

C) Hot Stuff: Carrie (aka yummy mummy) then presented the award for Male Vocalist of the Year wearing in a black and red long sleeve top and multi-coloured patterned Elie Madi mini skirt which perfectly showcased her toned legs adding Giuseppe Zanotti strappy black patent leather stilettos.
She added height to her look with nude open-toe heels and styled her locks to the side in a faux shaved up-so.
A tweet was shared by Carrie’s team in celebration of her award as they wrote: ‘Congrats Carrie on winning the #ACCAs Female Vocalist of the Year award! –TeamCU’

D) Job done: Her final look of the night in the press room saw her in a colour patterned Elie Madi mini dress which perfectly showcased her toned legs. She added Anne Sisteron jewelry and beige Jimmy Choo Kayden Leather Sandals (Product) these chic and versatile neutrally hued sandals will elongate the leg for a flattering finish to any look. See more Daily Mail

Cam: Wore a Gomez-Gracia Mist Gown made from boucle and silk chiffon and donned Paul Andrew footwear (British-born, New York-based), Terri Apanasewicz Makeup Artist | Kerrie Urban Hair
For her performance she wore a Joseph Cassell Falconer emsemble, adding her signature color with bright yellow pointy heels.

Chris Janson – The Missouri “Buy Me A Boat” performer rocked casual in a black leather jacket, white Waylon Jennings T-Shirt and denims. 
Chris & Kelly Janson
He was joined by his side by his lovely wife Kelly Lynn Janson (formerly Roland) who wore a sleeved black lace top and black mini skirt showing off her shapely sturdy legs, wore beige heels and rocked flowing blonde locks. 
Known to millions of American TV viewers and UK country fans (on Showbiz TV) she was a former Inside Music Row television personality presenting on over 250 shows

The couple wed in July 2010 at sunset in a small ceremony in Franklin, TN held at Panorama Farms. After a brief honeymoon, the couple resided in Williamson County, TN. Kelly Lynn brought two children into the marriage and they have two children together. 

With the success of “Buy Me a Boat,” he hoped to add another tour bus to his entourage so his family didn’t need to share a bus with his band.
Kelly Lynn (now his Tour Manager) welcomed son Jesse Bo Janson on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 who joined then 2-year-old big sister Georgia, Chris and Kelly’s other child, and two older step-siblings, son Graham and daughter Chel.

Dan + Shay
Dan Smyers is currently dating a girl named Abby Law and Shay Mooney has been previously linked to music artist Veronica Ballestrini. However, the two are no longer together.
Abby Law (L) looked like beaded perfection wearing a MLV Collection dress from the Showroom Nashville (1212 8th Ave S Nashville, TN)

Florida Georgia Line – Duo/ Group nominees Brian Kelley (second from left) with his wife, Brittany, and Tyler Hubbard (second from right) and his wife, Hayley posed for the cameras. Brian wore a smart burgundy blazer with matching shiny shoes and black shirt and trousers with Tyley opting fpr a white blazer and black lapels

FGL wives Brittney-Marie Cole Kelley wore a black Rare London Scandinavia outfit, adding Emerald Duv jewelry.
Hayley Hubbard wore an elegant one shoulder Balmain gown with Brooke Worthington Jewelry. Makeup was courtesy of Stella Kae (Celebrity/WWE Artist) and styling from Gina Ketchum Designs (Celebrity Stylist)

Jana Kramer: Just weeks after giving birth, she rocked summer-chic and stunned in a low-cut, long-sleeved embellished pink romper by Hayley Paige (Image). Kramer opted for a blush tone with this sexy number embellished with silver and hot pink beading and sequins. Styling - Lo VonRumpf Celebrity Stylist | Hair/ Makeup - Tarryn Feldman
L-R Cam (Gomez-Gracia), Jana Kramer (Hayley Paige),
Jennifer Nettles (Genny) & Kalie Shorr (The Showroom Nashville) 

Jennifer Nettles – There to present an award she made a cool choice with a metallic, geometric-patterned pantsuit by Genny for the American Country Countdown Awards.

Kalie Shorr: Polished and chic in a navy number from The Showroom Nashville 1212 8th Ave S Nashville, TN. She carried a
Charming Charlie clutch and wore silver pointy heels from the Jessica Simpson Collection. Kalie is a singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine who currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She is best known for her Youtube popularity, which boasts over one million views. Find her on Facebook

Kelsea Ballerini: She looked pretty in pink as she worked the American Country Countdown red carpet. The “Dibs” singer kept things conservative in her Georges Hobeika floor-length pink gown, which featured stunning, multi-colored flower embellishments around the waist. The rising country star also had a little fun with her award show ensemble, opting for a thigh high slit to show off her Stuart Weitzman electric blue heels. She carried a Lee Savage clutch adding jewelry by Swarovski and Drukker Designs.
For her performance she wore a black light up romper.

In the press room she wore A George Hobeikaa dress, open strappy Stuart Weitzman sandals adding Drukker Designs fine gemstone jewelry, SWAROVSKI jewelry and Sorrelli “Crystal” Navette and Round Crystal Adornment post earrings in African Violet
Kelsea Ballerini: Wearing Georges Hobeika 

Maddie & Tae: Maddie opted for a Hayley Paige top and pants. She added Stuart Weitzman shoes carried a Jill Milan Designer vegan handbag. Makeup was provided by Tarryn Feldman and Styling from Hayley Paige
Tae wore a Georges Hobeika dress and shoes by Alejandra G. she accessorized with a Rebecca Minkoff clutch, Le Vian Jewelry, Doves by Doron Paloma jewelry. Hair and Makeup was courtesy of Kristen Carbine.

Martina McBride – The performer kept it simple and summer fresh in a lightweight sleeveless floor length pale blue gown adding open toe silver sandals.  

Top: Maddie (Hayley Paige) & Tae (Georges Hobeika) |
Olivia Lane (HALSTON HERITAGE) ,Martina McBride |
Bottom: Sara Evans printed dress and shoe detail

Olivia Lane: The “Make My Own Sunshine” singer wore a dark blue HALSTON HERITAGE Ongedragen jumpsuit (Product) adding DVF Black open-toe platforms, a ONE.61 creative handbag and Ash + Ames jewelry: Indian Sun Dial Ring, Ladder Gold Necklace, and a Gold Alligator Cuff. (Instagram)

Sara Evans – There on presenter duties, despite her "red carpet woes" documented on Twitter, the "Put My Heart Down" singer looked like fine while posing in her printed dress, wearing silver strappy open sandals and carried a pink clutch.

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