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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.

Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to Cross Genres at the CMA Awards

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“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will present genre-crossing duet performances by Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor who will perform with Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert respectively. “Pretty Little Liars” actress and DMG Nashville recording artist Lucy Hale will be joining the evening as a presenter live, Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ will also feature superstar performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Underwood, and Keith Urban.

Grande will be joining two-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town for an on-air collaboration. Within less than a year, Grande captured No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her Republic Records debut Yours Truly and also with its 2014 follow-up My Everything.

Trainor will team up with nine-time nominee and reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lambert. This dynamic duo’s performance of Trainor’s “All About That Bass” is sure to be a must see moment. Singer/songwriter Trainor has written songs for such stars as Rascal Flatts before skyrocketing to success with her international hit “All About That Bass,” which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the past six weeks.

While Hale made her mark early on as an actress, best known for her role on the hit ABC Family drama “Pretty Little Liars,” music was always her first love. The Memphis born and bred singer’s debut album, Road Between, was released by DMG Nashville on June 3 and features her brand new single, “Lie A Little Better.” Hale will also be performing on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special airing Monday, Dec. 1 (8:00-10:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).

“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

For more information, please visit CMAawards.com and CMAchristmas.com.

Brantley Gilbert Credits Keith Urban for Helping Him Get Sober

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Brantley Gilbert is three years in to a new and sober life, and even though the road wasn’t easy, he credits Keith Urban for encouraging him during some dark times. He spoke highly of the fellow country artist with Lon Helton on Country Countdown USA.

Keith’s actually been a really good dude to me. When I was making changes in my life, I was down and out, I was even in the hospital, and he showed up and spent several hours with me one day out of nowhere, just encouraging me, because I had a lot of worries about doing my job. Looking back, I was thinking, since I was 15 years old, I’d been sneaking beers, I hadn’t been sober for a lot of these things, I was nervous about writing, performing, and doing my job like I used to. He told me, ‘Man it’s a whole new world. It’s different but you’re gonna have a lot more fun with it.’ He was just uplifting and reassuring, he’s one of those guys when you meet him, you know he has a good soul. He has an awesome heart and is an awesome dude. That was a pretty impressive thing to me. You meet people in the business, and wonder how compassionate they are. But he showed up out of the blue, and I hardly knew the guy. I’ll never forget that as long as I live, and I’m indebted to him now. For somebody of that stature to take that kind of time.”

Keith has been very open about his struggles with drugs and alcohol, but after entering rehab seven years ago, he’s well beyond the other side, and in a better place.

It’s refreshing to see these guys help each other through the hard times, and encourage them to take the better path…not always the popular.

Jason Aldean to Give Thanks with a Radio Holiday Special

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Country superstar Jason Aldean has teamed up with Westwood One and will host the all-star “A Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration,” featuring music from Florida Georgia Line, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and more. And what’s Thanksgiving without being thankful? Jason has invited some of his all-star pals–like Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, and Tim McGraw–who will share what they’re grateful for this holiday.

Throughout the four-hour special, Jason will share songs from his new album “Old Boots, New Dirt,” along with stories behind the songs. They include his hit single “Burnin’ It Down” as well as “Two Night Town,” “Just Gettin’ Started,” “Tonight Looks Good on You,” and the title track. “Old Boots, New Dirt” came out on Tuesday, October 7th..

It’s a holiday feast–four hours of great music and stories from today’s Country superstars as we celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend. Make “A Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration with Jason Aldean” a part of your holiday.  For more information you can visit www.westwoodone.com.

“15 Songs That Changed Country Music” to Air On ABC

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Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Tim McGraw will take part in an ABC special about the most influential songs in country music.

“Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music” will not necessarily be about the best-selling country songs, but songs across the decades that influenced country music. Other acts who will appear on the special are Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line and Darius Rucker. Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes and Kacey Musgraves will perform musical tributes.

What do you consider the most influential songs in country music??

The special airs November 3.

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