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Vince Gill & Lyle Lovett Join Forces for Special 4-day Gig

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Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett will team for a four-date acoustic tour starting Jan. 27th in Glenside, PA. Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett: Songs and Stories will feature both solo and duo performances, with Gill and Lovett serving as their own accompanists. They’ll also hit Englewood, NJ Jan. 28th, Norfolk, VA Jan. 29th and North Charleston, SC Jan. 30th.

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Vince Gill Named BMI Icon

Vince Gill BMI Icon

Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, presented the 2014 BMI Country Awards, honoring the prolific songwriting career of BMI Icon Vince Gill, as well as the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year Tuesday night in Nashville. The 62nd annual event, which is the genre’s oldest awards ceremony, also celebrated the songwriters and publishers of the most-performed country songs of the past year. BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill hosted the ceremony with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville; and Clay Bradley, BMI Assistant Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville.

Gill, who was named this year’s BMI Icon, joins an elite list of songwriters who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” and was honored with a tribute from three fellow musicians: Keith Urban, Ashley Monroe, and Michael McDonald. Ashley Monroe serenaded attendees with “Whenever You Come Around.” Urban performed “I Still Believe In You,” and Michael McDonald gave his heartbreaking rendition of “When I Call Your Name.” Urban and Monroe closed out the set with a raucous version of the perennial Vince Gill classic “Liza Jane.”
Rhett Akins was named Songwriter of the Year, with writing credits on seven of the most-performed songs of the past year, including “Boys Round Here,” recorded by Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies, “Hey Girl” by Billy Currington, “I Can Take It From There” by Chris Young, “It Goes Like This” by Thomas Rhett, “Parking Lot Party” by Lee Brice, “Point at You” by Justin Moore, and “When She Says Baby” by Jason Aldean.

Darius Rucker’s hit “Wagon Wheel,” penned by Ketch Secor, won the coveted Song of the Year award. Published by Blood Donor Music, “Wagon Wheel” was one of the most-performed country songs of the year.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville continued their winning streak of more than a decade, again taking home the Publisher of the Year accolade. Responsible for 28 of the 50 most-performed songs of the year, Sony/ATV published megahits such as Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer,” Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck,” Cole Swindell’s “Chillin’ It,” and many more. During the ceremony, BMI also saluted the songwriters and publishers of the 50 most-performed country songs of the previous year.

For a complete list of 2014 BMI Country Awards winners, please visit www.bmi.com/country

48th Annual CMA Awards Winners

CMA Awards

  • Entertainer of the Year
    Luke Bryan
  • Female Vocalist of the Year
    Miranda Lambert
  • Male Vocalist of the Year
    Blake Shelton
  • Irving Waugh Award of Excellence Award
    Vince Gill
  • Vocal Group of the Year
    Little Big Town
  • Album of the Year
    Platinum
    Miranda Lambert
    Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf
    RCA Nashville
  • Vocal Duo of the Year
    Florida Georgia Line
  • New Artist of the Year
    Brett Eldredge
  • “Follow Your Arrow”
    Song of the Year
    Written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, and Shane McAnally
    Performed by Kacey Musgraves
  • Single of the Year
    “Automatic”
    Miranda Lambert
    Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf
    RCA Nashville
  • CMA Musical Event of the Year
    “We Were Us”
    Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
  • CMA Music Video of the Year
    “Drunk on a Plane”
    Dierks Bentley

Vince Gill’s High School Unveils Statue Of Him

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The students of Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City won’t soon forget that Vince Gill once attended there. There’s a huge statue of him out front.

Vince attended yesterday’s dedication of a 10-foot sculpture of him with his hands resting on a guitar balanced on its end. Alumni and students welcomed him back during a school assembly.

Photo: Vince Gill and sculptor Jack Nortz pose for photos at the unveiling of Gill’s statue on the Northwest Classen High School campus in Oklahoma City Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

Little Big Town Inducted As Newest Member of Grand Ole Opry

©2014 Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

©2014 Grand Ole Opry / Photos By: Chris Hollo

The critically acclaimed Grammy®-winning vocal group Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook) was formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this evening by Opry members Little Jimmy Dickens and Vince Gill. The group had been invited to join the Opry on Oct. 3 by Opry member and friend Reba McEntire. The night marked a major milestone for the group whose first-ever public performance together was on the Opry in 1999.

The group opened its set with a performance of its hit “Bring it On Home,” hearkening back to its Opry debut. On that night, as the members recalled backstage, they had been accompanied by only a borrowed guitar. After the group’s performance of the smash “Boondocks,” Dickens and Gill took the stage along with Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher to present the group with its Opry Member Award.

“The word ‘family’ really means something out here. It really does,” Gill said to the group. “You’ll make friends like I have with this man right here,” he continued, nodding to Dickens. “You’ll be so be blessed by the friends you’ll make out here, and they’ll last your entire life. Welcome to the family, and remember to come here as often as you can.”

After the group shared its thanks to the Opry, family members, friends, and others who’d helped make its Opry dream come true, the members invited Gill to join them on their final song of the night, the Kris Kristofferson classic “Why Me.”

“Welcome them home!” Gill cheered before a standing ovation sold out audience.

Backstage, group members reflected on having grown up with the Opry and on its importance to their music. “This feels like the biggest moment of our lives and our career,” Schlapman said.

“I’m so excited about sharing this moment with the band,” Fairchild added. “We’ve been through the highest of highs together, and this is sure to be the highest. This is as good as it gets.”

Sweet reflected on everyone at the Opry having embraced the group over the years. “It feels like home,” he said. “It’s family.”

“There’s nothing like walking those halls backstage,” added Westbrook, later sharing amazement with the other members that the group’s name would be added to the Opry Member Gallery at the Opry House backstage entrance.

 

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