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Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris & Grand Ole Opry to Be Honored at 33rd American Eagle Awards

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The National Music Council will bring its annual American Eagle Awards presentation to Nashville, Tennessee, for a second year in a row on Saturday, June 25, 2016. The highly prestigious Eagle Awards are presented each year in national celebration of an individual’s or an organization’s long term contribution to America’s musical culture and heritage. This year, music legends Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill will be honored, along with the iconic Grand Ole Opry.

Past American Eagle Award recipients include Kris Kristofferson, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Clive Davis, Van Cliburn, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Morton Gould, Dave Brubeck, Marian Anderson, Jim Halsey, Lena Horne, Roy Clark, Elliott Carter, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roberta Peters, Odetta, Sherman Halsey, Stephen Sondheim, Sesame Street, Hard Rock Cafe, Music Makes Us, and VH-1 Save the Music Foundation. This year’s event in Nashville will mark the 33rd year of formal presentations of the Awards.

The awards will be presented at a 1:00 pm ceremony in the Davidson Ballroom of the Nashville Music City Center as part of the Summer NAMM Show. A VIP luncheon and interview/reception with the honorees will accompany the awards presentation. For tickets, schedule, and sponsorship information, visit musiccouncil.org.

Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, and More Honor Merle Haggard at All for the Hall

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Keith Urban and Vince Gill hosted the 6th annual All for the Hall, a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame, this week at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. With the recent passing of legend Merle Haggard, the event became a tribute to Haggard with many of the artists performing his songs.

Urban helped get the crowd on their feet with performances of his own hits “Somewhere in my Car” and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

It was also co-host Vince Gill’s birthday, but true to his nature, he didn’t take the spotlight that he easily deserves. Each artist had a two-song set and Gill used the opportunity to pay tribute to Haggard with his renditions of “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and “Fightin Side of Me.”

Guest artists throughout the night ranged from the elegant and classic Emmylou Harris to contemporary high-energy acts Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan. Newcomer Chris Janson brought one of the highest energy performances of the night with his hit “Buy Me a Boat.”

Keith Urban even commented that Janson was the “entertainer of the year right there!”

Maddie and Tae, Tracy Lawrence, Marren Morris, Jason Isbell, and Peter Frampton all performed as well, with a mixture of original songs and covers of both country and rock classics.

One of the surprising moments of the show was when Sam Hunt performed the Haggard hit “The Way I Am.” Known for his R&B-infused style, Hunt masterfully scaled back his performance to a reverent, traditional country sound.

All of the artists returned to the stage at the end of the night for a final tribute to Haggard with a performance of the classic hit “Mama Tried.”

A large portion of the proceeds from the event go toward music education programs, which was highlighted when students from McGavock High School took the stage to perform an original song they had written through the Words & Music program. This year’s event raised more than $750,000, bringing the grand total of money raised for the Country Music Hall of Fame since the event’s inception to $3.5 million.

 

Keith Urban and Vince Gill Mentor Young Songwriters

Keith Urban and Vince Gill  shared their gifts and time mentoring some gifted young song writers from a local Nashville area school. The writers debuted their song, “Limited Time Offer, ” at last night’s “All for the Hall Benefit concert for the Country music Hall of Fame and Museum.

All For the Hall Pays Tribute to Merle Haggard

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During last night’s All for the Hall concert in Nashville, artists took their turn performing, many playing Merle Haggard covers, honoring the late legend who inspired them.

Sam Hunt performed a cover of “The Way I Am.”

Luke Bryan performed a cover of “Big City.”

Vince Gill and Keith Urban performed “The Bottle Let Me Down.”

Emmylou Harris also performed ” “Kern River.”

All for the Hall raised over $750,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s music education program making the total from the fundraiser over the years a whopping $3.5 million.

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