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Watch the CMA LiveStream of the Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Announcement NOW!!!

CMA will announce the 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees today at 10am CT.

The announcement will be hosted by Country Music Hall of Fame member Brenda Lee who will introduce inductees in three categories: “Veterans Era Artist,” “Modern Era Artist,” and “Non-Performer,” which is awarded every third year in rotation with the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980” and “Songwriter” categories.

The Class of 2016 marks the 56th group of Country Music legends to be inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame, which was created in 1961 by the Country Music Association.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum to Open in Nashville

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Starting next year, Carrie Underwood will literally be a ticket away at any given moment in Nashville. The famed wax museum, Madame Tussauds is opening a music themed museum at Opry Mills Mall entitled, “Soundtrack of America.”

Guests will step into immersive iconic scenes and musical performances that are unique to Madame Tussauds Nashville,” the company said and promises that customers will be able to “touch, see, feel and photograph figures of their favorite musicians.” The roster of figurines will include Underwood, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash and about 45 others.

Madame Tussauds Nashville is slated to open spring of 2017.

Dierks Bentley, Reba, Willie Nelson, and More Honor Living Legend Kris Kristofferson

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When the Nashville music community comes together to honor an icon like Kris Kristofferson, talent bursts at the seams to be part of the event. The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson featured more than 20 of country music’s finest artists performing songs that he has written over the past 50 years, while 79-year-old Kristofferson watched from the side of the stage with his wife, Lisa.

Actor W. Earl Brown hosted the event, sharing stories about Kristofferson’s life throughout the night. Other celebrities who shared their memories and accolades by video messages were the iconic singer/actress Barbra Streisand and actor Ethan Hawke. Nashville mayor Megan Barry also proclaimed March 16, 2016 as “Kris Kristofferson Day.”

Larry Gatlin, Jessi Alexander, and Jon Randall kicked off the concert with a performance of a song appropriately called “Kristofferson,” which also appears on Tim McGraw’s “Let It Go” album.

The rest of the show featured songs that Kristofferson has penned for himself and others, such as the legendary “Me and Bobby McGee,” performed this night by Reba McEntire.

Jennifer Nettles’ powerhouse vocals resonated throughout Bridgestone Arena with her rendition of “Worth Fighting For,” garnering the night’s first standing ovation.

Other memorable moments included Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson, singing the classic hit “For the Good Times.” The duo’s sharp contrast in vocal traits made for a hauntingly poignant performance.

Darius Rucker kicked up the tempo with his take on “Under the Gun” and Dierks Bentley brought in the Travelin’ McCourys for a bluegrass rendition of “From the Bottle to the Bottom.”

And when you thought the night couldn’t get any better, Willie Nelson came on stage. Kristofferson joined him to perform the iconic “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down.” The duo is often remembered for being part of the Highwaymen, along with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Waylon’s son Shooter, along with Jamey Johnson, joined Kristofferson and Nelson on stage to perform “Highwayman.”

The show concluded with all of the guest artists collaborating on one of Kristofferson’s biggest hits as an artist, “Why Me.”
Produced by Blackbird Events, the concert was recorded for future distribution. Stay tuned for more information about how you can watch it!

Set list
• Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall, Larry Gatlin: Kristofferson [recorded by Tim McGraw]
• Jack Ingram: Jesus Was a Capricorn
• Jessi Colter: The Captive
• Buddy Miller: Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends
• Martina McBride: Here Comes That Rainbow Again
• Ryan Bingham: The Taker
• LeeAnn Womack: Nobody Wins
• Jennifer Nettles: Worth Fighting For
• Roseanne Cash: Loving Her Was Easier
• Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell: Chase the Feeling
• Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson: The Pilgrim – Chapter 33
• Dierks Bentley, The Travelin’ McCourys: From the Bottle to the Bottom
• Lady Antebellum: Help Me Make it Through the Night
• Darius Rucker: Under the Gun
• Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson: For the Good Times
• Alison Krauss: Casey’s Last Ride
• Hank Williams Jr.: If You Don’t Like Hank Williams
• Reba: Me and Bobby McGee
• Willie Nelson: Living Legend
• Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson: Sunday Morning Coming Down
• Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson: Highwayman
• ALL: Why Me

CMC Rocks Sells OUT!!!

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The 2016 CMC Rocks QLD Country Music Festival, to be held in Queensland, Australia, March 11-13, 2016 has sold out of all tickets. This is Australian music history in the making as it is the first country music festival to have ever sold out in Australia.

This year’s festival has some of the biggest names in country music charts going to Australia, with ACM “Entertainer of the Year” nominee Jason Aldean being this year’s festival headliner. RIAA’s top digital country male artist of all time has headlined stadiums in The States and will continue the momentum when playing in front of a capacity crowd in Queensland. His “most ambitious album to date” (Associated Press) OLD BOOTS NEW DIRT has been certified PLATINUM and has yielded three consecutive number one hits.

“I’ve heard Australians know how to have a good time,” said Aldean. “I have been looking forward to heading down under, but to hear it’s sold out already without ever playing Australia is really cool. We’re going to be sure those fans are talking about our show until the next time we make it over!”

Other big international names performing this year include Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Kip Moore, Brandley Gilbert and more. They will be joined by some of Australia’s most successful and exciting country music stars during the three day country music festival.

“We started this festival 9 years ago with a real belief that if we could deliver an exciting format and world’s best festival standards and practices, Australian and indeed, country fans from across the world, would come out and support the event,” says festival promoter Rob Potts. “We have seen the festival evolve and grow, and the move last year to Willowbank near Ipswich in Queensland was the final piece in its evolution to maximum SOLD OUT capacity. It is truly exciting to be making music history with the first ever sold out country music festival in Australia. We look forward to delivering many more great local and International line-ups as CMC Rocks Aussie country music for many years to come.”

“We’re thrilled to announce that for the first time in the festivals history, CMC Rocks has completely sold out. We couldn’t have achieved this incredible milestone without the support and loyalty of passionate country music lovers from across Australia and New Zealand and thank them for their on-going support,” says promoter Matthew Lazarus Hall of Chugg Entertainment. “We look forward to hosting some of the biggest names in country music next month and putting on one of the best country music festivals Australia has ever experienced.”

From the first incarnation of the festival in 2008, CMC Rocks has grown and evolved to become the key event on the Australian country music calendar. Attracting the biggest global names in country music over the last nine years and now one of Australia’s most recognized annual music events, audience numbers have kept growing year after year. Massive international stars from Taylor Swift to Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw to Lady Antebellum, have traveled from the other side of the world to headline the festival, and lineups have seen the Aussie debuts of both legends and rising stars.

CMC Rocks QLD 2016 will be held on Fri March 11 – Sun March 13, over three days and nights in Ipswich, Queensland. Located within a one hour drive from Brisbane and Gold Coast domestic and international airports, the site allows for fantastic camping and glamping and a variety of travel options for festival goers as well as added accommodation options within a multitude of price categories to suit all budgets.

For more information please go to cmcrocks.com

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