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First Performers Announced for 2015 CMT Music Awards

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CMT today announced Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan are the first set of highly anticipated performers set to take the stage at the 2015 “CMT Music Awards”. The star-studded lineup marks the loudest night in country music and will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 10th at 8:00 PM ET/PT.

Last week through an ambitious multiplatform rollout, CMT unveiled nominations for the awards, which includes more than 45 nominated artists/groups. This year, each performer scored multiple nods. Country superstar Carrie Underwood is the frontrunner with five awards nominations, including two for “Video of the Year,” two for “Female Video of the Year” and one for “Collaborative Video of the Year” for her duet with Miranda Lambert. Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney followed with an impressive four nominations each. Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean earned a respective three nominations, while Keith Urban and Luke Bryan both scored two nods. Additional performers, presenters and host will be announced at a later date.

To celebrate the upcoming performances, CMT will be airing nominee videos during morning music hours, while CMT Pure, CMT’s 24-hour music channel, will feature nomination blocks by category throughout the day. In addition, CMT Radio will feature performer interviews on both “CMT After Midnite” and “CMT Radio Live”.

Fans can vote now via through June 7 at 11:59 PM ET to determine the winners.  The six finalists for Video of the Year will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.

For more information as it becomes available, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram, use hashtag #CMTawards and like the CMT Music Awards on Facebook.

Kenny Chesney Rolls Over a Million


Kenny Chesney was a scrappy East Tennessee kid who wasn’t afraid to chase a dream. Along the way, the songwriter/entertainer covered a lot of ground – from county fairs and beer joints to multiple nights in NFL Stadiums, as well as producing Willie Nelson, writing with the Wailers, recording with Grace Potter, Dave Matthews and Joe Walsh. Rolling out of St Louis, Mo. to Des Moines, Iowa, the man The Los Angeles Times called “The People’s Superstar” saw his original tour bus roll over 1,000,000 miles.

“Talk about heavy,” he laughed. “We were on Interstate 64 headed west, just passing exit 24 – and all those zeros just rolled over. It was a used Silver Eagle when I bought it – and the bank had no business lending me the money ‘cause all I owned was a little pickup and my guitar. But I knew if I owned my bus, we could keep doing this, keep bringing the music to the people!”

The white Silver Eagle is the subject of “If This Bus Could Talk” on Chesney’s 13th No. 1 The Big Revival. The piano-grounded ballad captures the essence and innocence of the road through the headlights: “He’s seen pool halls in Texas/ And every corndog county fair…Late night conversations, full of drunk philosophy/ On politics and religion, football and family/ The loved ones that we missed and the lovers that we lost/ Oh the secrets he could share, if this bus could talk”

“I always thought it was important, no matter what happened, to keep Moby on the road. He’s seen it all – and it reminds me and the guys who’ve been here from the beginning where we came from. Right now some of the No Shoes Radio folks and the tech people are riding it, but we park it right up front… and everybody who walks by just smiles.”

The 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, as well as CMA Album of the Year winner, and 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year is a big believer in roots. Whether it’s signing to Acuff Rose as a young writer, establishing Blue Chair Bay Records or producing an album on David Lee Murphy that’s nearing completion, Chesney doesn’t forget.

He also doesn’t slow down. Beyond buying a bus to stay on the road during the lean years, he will surpass 113 NFL Stadium shows this summer – and has already sold in excess of a million tickets. This weekend at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, the high velocity musician rocked 47,265 people. The Fort Worth Star Telegram raved, “A simple, direct man singing of things both complicated and not, but who has fostered such a deep, intense connection with his audience… Chesney’s The Big Revival tour effectively and effortlessly used the cavernous stadium, creating a startling sense of intimacy,” while The Dallas Morning News offered, “Chesney was a nonstop dynamo – two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen, one part Billy Graham.”

Scoring four CMT Video Music Awards nominations for Video, Male, Collaboration, CMT Performance, Chesney is currently cresting the Top 5 with “Wild Child,” his duet with hippie rocker Grace Potter. With a weekend run that includes Austin’s Austin 360 Amphitheater, Houston’s Compass Stadium and Baton Rouge’s BCS Superfest, there’s plenty of highway in front of Chesney – and Moby. And that’s just the way they like it.


Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes TV Hits The Beach


Kenny Chesney’s brand new No Shoes TV has been hitting the road. After launching the web “tune in” based series as an outgrowth of his No Shoes Radio music-driven programming at his two sold-out nights’ Big Revival 2015 Tour Kick-Off at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, host Deanna Kay catches up with Chesney, his band and the No Shoes Nation at the Tortuga Music Festival.

The second installment has Chesney bringing viewers into his private lounge and on stage – and looking out to the boats at sea. Catch up with the fans, see some songs and enjoy the vibe.

Kenny Chesney’s Two-Fisted No. 1 Party: “American Kids” & “‘Til It’s Gone”

Kenny Chesney The Big Revival

When you reach for songs that capture people’s lives, country fans respond. For Kenny Chesney, who took a year off to concentrate on making what became The Big Revival, he’s already seen the project yield the GRAMMY – and triple Academy of Country Music-nominated “American Kids” and the surging “’Til It’s Gone,” his 25th and 26th No. 1 hits.

“I’ve been blessed to know some of the very best songwriters there are,” Chesney says, “starting at Acuff Rose as a kid, I learned when you can give folks their lives, people will respond. It’s an honor to be able to give songs like ‘American Kids’ and ‘’Til It’s Gone’ to the fans – and to be able to call people like Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, David Lee Murphy and Jimmy Yeary my friends.”

The Big Revival, Chesney’s 13th No. 1 Album debut, pushed country’s boundaries. Celebrating the way people live in the flyover, both songs capture the details, realities and especially the exuberance of the moments, memories and laughter that define being absolutely alive in America today.

“With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay I’ve ever heard, ‘American Kids’ was a song that stopped me in my tracks,” Chesney says, “seven, eight, ten seconds in, I took my head phones off and said to Shane (McAnally), ‘I’m gonna cut it.’ Songs you can wrap your record around don’t come along very often. I’m glad this one came to me.”

Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, “American Kids” evokes the little pink houses and “born in the USA” of several generations, while embodying the swept-up-in-the-moment urgency and complete abandon of today’s teens and twenty-somethings.

“’Til It’s Gone” gave Clawson back-to-back No. 1s at the party. “’Til It’s Gone” was written with Jimmy Yeary and David Lee Murphy. With the sweeping melody and a bridge that breaks down the ultimate invitation to live and love in full, the man The Los Angeles Times deemed “The People’s Superstar” ratifies the power of music to inspire.

“When Kenny Chesney cuts one of your songs, you know it’s going to get delivered,” Murphy told publishers, songwriters and industry insiders present to resounding applause.

“I think it was David Lee who said to me,” Chesney responded, “‘Well, when you get back out there, what do you want to say to your audience?’ And this song is about living in the moment WITH someone, but if you back away… and look at it as all those people (in the audience), that’s exactly what I wanted to say. I knew when I heard the demo, the groove, the mood, the lyric that was it! I’m blessed they send me their demos.”

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