COUNTRY MUSIC’S BIGGEST STARS
LADY ANTEBELLUM, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, JASON ALDEAN, KEITH URBAN,
KENNY CHESNEY, CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND LUKE BRYAN
TO HEAT UP THE STAGE AT THE ‘2015 CMT MUSIC AWARDS’
LIVE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10TH AT 8:00 PM ET/PT FROM NASHVILLE
CMT, CMT Pure, and CMT Radio To Run Nominee Video Blocks and Performer Interviews Throughout The Day
NASHVILLE – May 19, 2015 – CMT today announced Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan are the first set of highly anticipated performers set to take the stage at the 2015 “CMT Music Awards”. The star-studded lineup marks the loudest night in country music and will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 10th at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
Last week through an ambitious multiplatform rollout, CMT unveiled nominations for the awards, which includes more than 45 nominated artists/groups. This year, each performer scored multiple nods. Country superstar Carrie Underwood is the frontrunner with five awards nominations, including two for “Video of the Year,” two for “Female Video of the Year” and one for “Collaborative Video of the Year” for her duet with Miranda Lambert. Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney followed with an impressive four nominations each. Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean earned a respective three nominations, while Keith Urban and Luke Bryan both scored two nods. Additional performers, presenters and host will be announced at a later date.
To celebrate the upcoming performances, CMT will be airing nominee videos during morning music hours, while CMT Pure, CMT's 24-hour music channel, will feature nomination blocks by category throughout the day. In addition, CMT Radio will feature performer interviews on both “CMT After Midnite” and “CMT Radio Live”.
Fans can vote now via CMT.com through June 7 at 11:59 PM ET to determine the winners. The six finalists for Video of the Year will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.
Official sponsors of the 2015 “CMT Music Awards” include American Airlines, Aveeno®, Crown Royal®, Dentastix®, Dove, Garnier Fructis, Kellogg’s® Special K®, KIA Motors, Little Ceasar’s, Mountain Dew®, Nationwide Insurance, Olive Garden and Verizon.
The 2014 “CMT Music Awards” was the second most-watched telecast in franchise history, experiencing growth across all screens, up +10% from the prior year with 3.0 million Total Viewers. Last year’s show also ranked as the #1 original cable telecast for the day and across Prime, CMT was the #1 cable network among P18-49, F18-49 and Total Viewer L+SD impressions. It was also the # 1 most social telecast on Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings for the day, and the # 1 most social show on cable for the week. CMT wrapped its most recent quarter on a high note, posting A18-49 gains in both Primetime (+32%) and Total Day (+8%) over the previous quarter.
Lady A is nominated for 4 CMT Awards this year in the categories of Video and Group Video for “Bartender" and Performance of the Year for “Drink A Beer” w/ Chris Stapleton from the 2014 CMT Awards and “Wake Me Up” w/ Aloe Blacc at the 2015 CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party!
Fans will find out which of their favorite country superstars are nominated for a buckle at this year’s 2015 CMT MUSIC AWARDS when Lady Antebellum kicks off the nominations announcement live on Wednesday, May 13 during the 8 a.m. EST hour of the TODAY show. The superstar trio will perform their new single “Long Stretch of Love” and announce the nominees for “Female Video of the Year” and “Male Video of the Year” on-air, and reveal the “Video of the Year” nominees at Today.com.
Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood will also join in the fun by announcing “Best Group Video of the Year” and “Breakthrough Video of the Year” respectively on their social media accounts Wednesday morning. Additional categories will be unveiled with the help of Nashville locals via photos taken from iconic areas around Music City and posted on CMT’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms. All categories will be announced by 11 a.m. ET.
To request press credentials for the 2015 CMT Music Awards, please visit cmtmusicawardspress.com.
Watch the new video for Long Stretch Of Love! We'll see y'all on the Wheels Up Tour this summer!
The Academy of Country Musicand dick clark productions announced the full lineup of country music luminaries and chart-topping artists who will perform together on ACM Presents: Superstar Duets and make up the evening portion of the 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival. Performances at the two-day outdoor music festival celebrating the 50th ACM Awards will begin at 7:30pm on Friday, April 17 and continue Saturday, April 18 on the Main Stage inside of Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. A two-hour special including performances from the event will air on Friday, May 15 on the CBS Television Network.
Friday's lineup will include special collaborations by Alabama & Eli Young Band, Brooks & Dunn & Reba, Darius Rucker & Sara Evans, Dierks Bentley & Kip Moore & Ashley Monroe, Dwight Yoakam & Sam Hunt, and Luke Bryan & Ronnie Milsap, along with a special performance by Brantley Gilbert.
Saturday's lineup will include duet performances by Alan Jackson & Cole Swindell, Clint Black & Joe Nichols, Eric Church & Marty Stuart, Florida Georgia Line & David Lee Murphy, Hunter Hayes & Brett Eldredge, Keith Urban & John Anderson, Lady Antebellum & Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert & Patty Loveless, and The Band Perry & Deana Carter along withspecial performances by Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen.
Ticket packages to the ACM Party for a Cause Festival INCLUDING the 50th ACM Awards are available NOW at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the 50TH ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes but as staging changes became final for the ACM Awards, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards show and festival are now available.
Please see a full lineup of tentatively scheduled performances below for ACM Presents: Superstar Duets listed by order of appearance and subject to change. For additional updates please visit www.ACMcountry.com.
Friday, April 17, 2015 (Listed in Order of Appearance)
Dwight Yoakam & Sam Hunt
Darius Rucker & Sara Evans
Alabama & Eli Young Band
Brooks & Dunn & Reba
Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore & Ashley Monroe
Luke Bryan & Ronnie Milsap
Saturday, April 18, 2015 (Listed in Order of Appearance)
Clint Black & Joe Nichols
The Band Perry & Deana Carter
Lady Antebellum & Brandy Clark
Hunter Hayes & Brett Eldredge
Alan Jackson & Cole Swindell
Miranda Lambert & Patty Loveless
Keith Urban & John Anderson
Eric Church & Marty Stuart
Florida Georgia Line & David Lee Murphy
The 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, beginning at 12:00 PM on April 17-18, 2015, will include multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive experiences, a family-friendly country marketplace with food trucks and vendors from around the country, and much more, all leading up to the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Proceeds from the event will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music and military philanthropies including Folds of Honor Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, Navy SEAL Foundation, and Task Force Dagger Foundation.
ACM Presents: Superstar Duets is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Tom Forrest are co-executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Skyville Live will present a legendary night of music featuring live performances from music icon and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Kris Kristofferson, seven time Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum and award-winning acclaimed singer/songwriter Jason Isbell. The show will be streamed exclusively online via SkyvilleLive.com at 8:00p ET/7:00p CT.
In addition to performing some of their biggest hits, artists will also honor Kristofferson by performing some of the most memorable songs in the living legend's remarkable career. As always, the evening promises to hold plenty of spectacular moments on stage with the collaboration of these incredibly talented artists.
Few artists in any genre of music have penned such timeless and classic hits as Kris Kristofferson. His songwriting talents have set the bar high with hits such as "Me and Bobby McGee," "For the Good Times," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," and many others. He has paved the way for contemporary artists to follow, making him one of the most loved and respected artists of his generation. Kristofferson's 28th album, Feeling Mortal was released in 2013, and he was recently honored with a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and the PEN Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award.
"We're quick to embrace opportunities like Skyville Live," said Lady A's Dave Haywood. "Helping kickstart a new and unique event, especially alongside an idol like Kristofferson, is a really great way for us to reach our fans across the world. Hopefully it'll give us a chance to make a few new ones too!"
ACM "Vocal Group of the Year" nominee Lady Antebellum recently released their fifth studio album, 747, which has already spawned the Platinum certified multi-week chart-topping smash hit "Bartender," and its new single "Freestyle" is quickly climbing the charts. The new album follows over 11 million albums sold worldwide, nine trips to No. one on the country radio charts, six Platinum singles and "Vocal Group of the Year" honors from both the CMA and ACMs three years in a row. The group just kicked off their headlining WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR with a European trek and will begin the North American leg on May 1 in Lubbock, TX.
In recent years, Jason Isbell has become a name to remember in music. His fourth album, Southeastern, was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2013. The album fueled Isbell's clean sweep of the 2014 Americana Music Awards, taking home Album of the Year, as well as Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for his hit "Cover Me Up." Isbell is currently in the midst of working in the studio on his follow-up project slated for release later in the year, while embarking on a highly successful tour that has him all over the country. For more information visit JasonIsbell.com. Follow Jason on Twitter @JasonIsbell
Skyville Live is a series of monthly music events featuring collaborations from great artists from all generations and all music genres. Never before has a live, network-quality program featuring major national and international artists been broadcast exclusively to the internet. Each episode filmed in front of a live studio audience from the Skyville Live headquarters located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. For more information and to sign up to watch the show visit SkyvilleLive.com. Follow Skyville Live on Twitter @SkyvilleLive
Recorded with full HD video, shows are live-streamed exclusively to online viewers around the world, capturing the magic and intimacy of the performances in a unique and interactive way, while still providing a high-quality experience on any device viewers are using.
During the inaugural episode of Skyville Live in January, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gladys Knight , country superstar Martina McBride and Grammy-winning R&B singer Estelle came together for a magical night of unforgettable collaboration. Their stellar performances brought the packed house to their feet for numerous standing ovations, leaving everyone in awe when all was said and done. More shows and exciting artists for the online series are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Executive producers for Skyville Live are Wally Wilson, Dan Bean and Tisha Fein.
The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced the next round of star-studded artists that will perform at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, plus special duets by Christina Aguilera with surprise artists as well as Nick Jonas with Dan + Shay have all been added to this year’s incredible lineup. Brooks & Dunn will take the stage for a historic reunion in honor of the Academy’s golden anniversary, marking their first televised performance together since 2010. The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM - 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
These artists join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, plus Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell, the nominees for New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s.
Ticket packages for the 50th ACM Awards are available NOW at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes, but as staging changes became final for the telecast, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards have been added. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com, like us on Facebook, Instagram or follow us on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates.