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Lady Antebellum & Toby Keith Team-Up for CMT’s Ultimate KickOff Party

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Fans of both country music and college football will be the first to tell you that the two go hand in hand – just like beer and hot dogs. So this year, before they settle in their seats to see who will win the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, fans will be able to celebrate the biggest college football weekend of the year with the first ever CMT ULTIMATE KICKOFF PARTY LIVE FROM THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, a live television special premiering on CMT on Friday, January 9th at 9:00 p.m. ET. The concert special marks a first-time partnership with CMT and College Football Playoff and is the kickoff entertainment event at the national championship playoff weekend. Superstars Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are scheduled to perform in the live 90-minute special, being broadcast from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. More artists will soon be announced.

The inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship is on January 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

CMT to Reair the “48th Annual CMA Awards”

CMA Awards

Country music fans can relive the excitement of the “48th Annual CMA Awards” when CMT hosts the cable premiere on Friday, November 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  The awards show, which originally aired live from Nashville on ABC, is co-hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and features surprise guests and all-star performances from country and pop superstars, including: Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, the Doobie Brothers, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves, Jennifer Nettles, Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Cole Swindell, Meghan Trainor, Underwood and Keith Urban. CMT will repeat the “CMA Awards” again on Saturday, November 22 at 3 p.m. ET/PT.

Leading into the awards, CMT will also re-telecast “Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs that Changed Country Music with Robin Roberts,” airing Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The special shines a spotlight on 15 iconic songs that made a permanent mark on the country music world, recounting the unique stories behind each.

For an instant recap of the evening’s highlights, fans can visit CMAawards.CMT.com for in-depth coverage, including winner recaps, performance highlights, photo galleries, exclusive video coverage and a recap from CMT’s RED CARPET SPECIAL. More than 40 years of “CMA Awards” history is available on CMT.com, along with more than 30 photo galleries featuring the most memorable fashion moments over the years.

 

CMT Celebrates the “Next Women of Country” at Star-Studded Event

Photo credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Photo credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

For the second year in a row, CMT gathered today to celebrate the rising female artists in country music at Nashville’s recently-opened City Winery. Co-hosted by CMT’s SVP of Music Strategy Leslie Fram and country music powerhouse Lee Ann Womack, the event brought together artists and industry dignitaries to pay homage to the new generation of signed and unsigned female artists making an impact on country music.

CMT announced it will continue to expand its NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY franchise, adding four new females to the list: Kelsea Ballerini, Mickey Guyton, Maddie & Tae and RaeLynn. In a newly-announced role as mentor, singer/songwriter Jewel took the stage and pledged her support in a heartfelt speech, imploring female artists to take chances and feel as important as their male counterparts.

“Our mission remains as critical as ever now in our second year of NEXT WOMEN,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy, CMT. “As champions of music, we have to ensure these incredible female voices are heard. It’s time for a change in the male-dominated format, and CMT is proud to celebrate and empower the female voices that are making an indelible mark in country music.”

Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw surprised the crowd by introducing co-hosts Fram and Womack. Guests of the event were treated to acoustic performances by nine of CMT’s NEXT WOMEN, including: Ballerini, Kelleigh Bannen, Lindsay Ell, Guyton, Jana Kramer, Maddie & Tae, Angaleena Presley, RaeLynn and Natalie Stovall. Among the industry guests in attendance were: George Briner, SVP of promotion for The Valory Music Co.; Mike Dungan, chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville; John Esposito, president & CEO of Warner Music Nashville; Gordon S. Kerr, CEO of Black River Entertainment; Chris Loss, VP of promotion for Stoney Creek Records; Shane McAnally, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter; Chris Stacey, general manager of Dot Records; and Brian Thomas, corporate program director at Cumulus and program director of NASH FM/New York.

CMT’s NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY franchise showcases signed and unsigned female artists across CMT platforms and at NextWomen.CMT.com. Since its launch in January 2013, several alumnae — Brandy Clark, Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves and Cassadee Pope — found success ranging from commercial to critical acclaim. With the newest additions, the network has named 25 major label, indie label and unsigned female artists to its NEXT WOMEN list.

For more on the latest rising female stars in country music, visit NextWomen.CMT.com. Here, fans can find exclusive content from the NEXT WOMEN artists, including video premieres, exclusive performances and more. Join the conversation using #NextWomen on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Photo: Front (L-R): Jana Kramer, Kelsea Ballerini, Rachel Farley, Mickey Guyton, RaeLynn, Angaleena Presley, Maddie Marlow (Maddie & Tae), Tae Dye (Maddie & Tae), Lindsay Ell, Kelleigh Bannen, Natalie Stovall; Back (L-R): Rose Falcon, Cassadee Pope, Lee Ann Womack, Leslie Fram, CMT SVP of Music Strategy, Kristen Kelly, Sarah Darling, Lauren Alaina, Danielle Bradbery;

Jason Aldean and Bob Seger Come Together for CMT Crossroads

Jason Aldean

Get ready to “take those old records off the shelf” – American music icon Bob Seger will collaborate with country superstar Jason Aldean later this month for an all-new installment of CMT CROSSROADS. The network’s flagship music series pairs Seger, described by New York Daily News music critic Jim Farber as the “lion of literate American rock,” with Aldean, country music’s most downloaded male artist in history, for an evening of never-before-heard duets on one another’s hit songs. CMT CROSSROADS: BOB SEGER AND JASON ALDEAN will premiere Black Friday, November 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.

Two-time ACM “Male Vocalist Of The Year” Aldean recently released his sixth studio album, Old Boots, New Dirt. The new album’s smoking lead single, “Burnin’ It Down” earned platinum certification in only nine weeks, making it the fastest selling single of 2014. To date, Aldean has sold more than 9 million albums and has taken 13 trips to No. 1 on the country radio charts. Each of Aldean’s albums has been certified platinum with his last album, Night Train, earning certification only four weeks after its release. Aldean was recently recognized by the RIAA as the top male digital country artist in history with sales totaling more than 21 million downloads. He is currently headlining his monumental 2014 Burn It Down Tour, which saw him play five stadium dates in addition to sold out shows in the country’s biggest amphitheaters and arenas. For more info, visit www.jasonaldean.com.

Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean & Florida Georgia Line Named CMT’s Artists of the Year

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CMT will celebrate an incredible year in the country music industry by honoring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban as the top country artists of 2014 in an all-new CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR, premiering LIVE from Nashville on Tuesday, December 2nd at 8:00 p.m. ET. The 90-minute special will bring together this year’s five honorees and their peers for an evening filled with star-studded performances and celebration, honoring each artist’s successes over the past year.

Urban, a first-time honoree, joins Aldean, Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Lambert, all of whom have been honored in previous years at the annual ceremony. Aldean has been named a CMT ARTIST OF THE YEAR since the award’s inception in 2010.

“Country music has never been bigger, and these five are its biggest stars of 2014,’’ said John Hamlin, SVP Music Events and Talent, CMT. “We do everything we can do to make sure this is the party of the year for them. And rightfully so. They’ve earned it.”

Over the past 12 months, all five honorees have illustrated their impact in country music through massive radio airplay, chart-topping album sales and millions of individual downloads of their current singles. Additionally, these acts have sold out concert tours and, collectively, their videos have received hundreds of millions of streams, earning them the honor of being named one of CMT’s ARTISTS OF THE YEAR.

Past artists named as CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR include Aldean, Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Lambert, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band.

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