Brooks & Dunn will receive the NASH Icon Award Presented by Ford F-Series, and will perform at the 2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS airing live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA, Sunday, May 1st (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
Reba McEntire, recipient of the 2014 NASH Icon Award and longtime friend of Brooks & Dunn, will present the award, which is given to an artist whose extraordinary talent has influenced generations of musicians and honors the accomplishments and artistry of the recipient.
“Brooks & Dunn have indelibly etched their legacy as the biggest-selling duo in country music history,” said executive producer Mark Bracco. “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.”
Brooks & Dunn join previously announced performers Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Cam, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and Carrie Underwood.
“Many Ford customers – especially our F-Series truck customers – are fans of country music,” said Matt McDonnell, Ford Truck Experiential Marketing Manager. “Country music is part of Ford’s heritage, and we are pleased to support the Nash Icon Award Presented by Ford F-Series and this incredible showcase of talent.”
The trio will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in May for “REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas,” already selling out all 18 consecutive shows for over 75,000 fans.
Tickets for the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS at the “Fabulous” Forum are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.
Multi-media entertainer and entrepreneur Reba McEntire joined Change the Conversation to share her career experiences and advise during last night’s (3/29) inaugural Rising Young Artists Mentoring Session, hosted by Taylor Guitars, at The Bluebird Cafe.
Change the Conversation co-founder Beverly Keel spoke with the Grammy-Award winning icon about her illustrious forty-year career that has garnered 35 #1 singles, 56 million albums sold worldwide and prestigious industry honors. Her latest offering, the chart-topping LOVE SOMEBODY (Nash Icon Records), solidified Reba with the most #1 Billboard Top Country Albums among women and scored the biggest single sales debut of her career with the lead single “Going Out Like That.” The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in May for REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas, already selling out 18 consecutive for over 75,000 fans. Reba has become a household name across music, television, film, theater and retail.
The sold-out evening also featured performances from aspiring female singer-songwriters Savannah Keyes, Lexi Mackenzie, Kalie Shorr, Alana Springsteen and Allison Veltz.
Change the Conversation is a coalition designed to tackle country music’s gender issues that was formed by Tracy Gershon, Keel and Leslie Fram in 2014. The group’s goal is to increase the number of women played on Country radio and signed to label and publishing deals. The organization funds research and hosts industry experts to speak to the group.
Following the success of CMA’s involvement in the largest Country Music festival in the U.K. – C2C, Country to County – the Country Music Association announced today the 2016 recipients of the organization’s International Awards.
“Advancing Country Music around the world is central to CMA’s mission and we are delighted to acknowledge the exhaustive efforts of our international and domestic colleagues and their dedication to developing new territories and fans for Country Music beyond our U.S. borders,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
The timing of the announcement coincided with the return of the CMA Songwriters Series and the fourth C2C London event, which is presented by AEG Europe and SJM Concerts in association with the Country Music Association. More than 60,000 Country Music fans attended a weekend of live performances from the biggest names in Country Music, alongside emerging artists from the U.K. and Europe.
During the event, Kacey Musgraves was presented the International Artist Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 personality Bob Harris and then surprised the respected broadcaster with the Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award.
International superstar Reba congratulated Musgraves and Harris and notified recipients Gord Bamford and Paul McGuire of Canada via personalized email messages.
“Access to Country Music has never been easier or more prevalent,” Trahern said. “Utilizing email and social media to have one of our format superstars notify the winners of our international honors brings it all home.”
CMA has been associated with C2C since the inaugural event in 2013. CMA-sponsored activities this year included the popular CMA Talks series, which featured “Live with Charles Esten” followed by a signing and “Nashville Heavy Hitters” with Susan Bank, Mike Dungan, Ali Harnell, and Randy Goodman. CMA Cinema returned with a screening of CMA Music Festival and CMA Songwriters Series shows featuring Little Big Town and Darius Rucker. The joint CMA/Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation (NCVC) booth was the hot spot for autograph seekers in Town Square. And the popular CMA Songwriters Series featuring Charles Esten, Lori McKenna, Ashley Monroe, Charlie Worsham, and host Shane McAnally – with a surprise appearance by Miranda Lambert – was a sold-out success. The Series made its international debut in London in 2012.
Following is a list of the 2016 Recipients of the CMA International Awards: