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CMT’s Next Women of Country Adds Five Artists

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We can’t say enough about the fierce females who are a huge part of today’s country music. CMT echoes our sentiment, as it gives nods to five upcoming country music starlets who are on their way to striking gold (or platinum) in the genre we all know and love.

This year’s “Next Women of Country” are: Lindsay Ell, Lucy Hale, Nikki Lane, Angaleena Presley, and Natalie Stovall & the Drive. CMT chose these particular ladies for their voices, but also for their music in general. CMT coins each of these talented artists as the types of “women [who] dig deep and find the stories and the lyrics that make listeners stop and think.”

You can find out more about each of these artists by visiting NextWomen.CMT.com, or by checking out the hashtag #NextWomen on Twitter.

CMT’s Artists of the Year Include Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and More

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It’s been a big year for the boys of country music and CMT has announced that they will honor some of the biggest male names as their 2013 CMT Artists of the Year. The honorees are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw.

The Artists of the Year were chosen based on their success in the past year, including radio airplay, song downloads, album sales, videos and concert tours. This is Jason Aldean’s fourth honor and Luke’s second, but a first for the rest of the pack.

The artists will be honored in Nashville by peers both in and out of country music. The show will premiere on CMT on December 3rd, at 8PM EST.

DVR Alert: Cassadee Pope Doc-U-Series on CMT

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Cassadee Pope‘s debut country album will be hitting stores on October 8th. In anticipation of the album release, CMT will be airing a doc-u-series, Frame By Frame, all about Cassadee. The show will follow Cassadee while she is recording in the studio, interviewing with different radio stations throughout the country, and touring with country mega trio, Rascal Flatts.

Frame By Frame will premiere on CMT on Friday, October 4th, at 10:00pm EST/9:00pm CST. Make sure to tune in and/or set your DVRs for a chance to get a glimpse into the process of Cassadee recording her first country album and all the promotion that goes along with the project.

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CMT Crossroads: The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy

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Country trio The Band Perry and pop/rock group Fall Out Boy will team up for the next installment of CMT Crossroads. The groups will swap stories and vocals on one another’s songs in front of an invitation-only audience in Nashville on October 2nd. The show will air on CMT on a date to be determined.

DVR Alert! CMT Crossroads with Lady Antebellum & Stevie Nicks

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CMT Crossroads is probably one of the best music concepts in decades. Pairing our favorite country artists with artists from other genres, the show always brings stellar collaborations.

This Friday (Sept. 13th), Crossroads will present Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks! The episode airs at 10 pm ET on CMT. Performances will feature hits from both song catalogues including Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen,” “Landslide,” and “Rhiannon,” in addition to Lady A’s “Need You Now,” “Love Don’t Live Here,” and “Golden.” Set your DVR’s!

CMT recorded the performance last spring in Los Angeles before the trio’s Hillary Scott gave birth to her first child this summer. Lady A is currently on hiatus, but will return in November with a bang with their Take Me Downtown Tour!

Luke Bryan taking over CMT this weekend

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Look out ladies! Luke Bryan will be taking over (American) CMT this weekend with his own appropriately-titled special “Luke Bryan CMT Weekend Takeover.” It kicks off Saturday with “Making Of: Luke Bryan: Crash My Party at 2 pm EST. The special will re-air at different times all weekend long, so make sure to check your local listings if you miss it the first time around.

Other specials airing during the Takeover Weekend include Luke’s music videos, behind-the-scenes footage of his albums and videos, a Hot-20 Performance, and much more!

Will you be tuning in? What’s your favorite Luke Bryan memory?

Laura Bell Bundy’s “Two Step” to Hit Radio and CMT

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Big Machine’s newest artist, Laura Bell Bundy, is about to experience a whirlwind, courtesy of her new partnership. Laura’s new single, “Two Step,” which will surely be the next line dancing phenomenon in country bars and clubs, will officially be available on iTunes July 9th and impact Country radio on August 5th.

Additionally, CMT and CMT.com will run a 24-hour, exclusive world premiere of the brand new music video for “Two Step” tomorrow, July 4th, with subsequent re-airs promoted across all of CMT’s digital platforms and 5.3 million social media fans.

More CMT Awards performers announced

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Tonight’s CMT Awards just got a little bigger. Being added to the already huge list of performers is Nelly, who will join Florida-Georgia Line for their new version of “Cruise,” and Lenny Kravitz who will join Jason Aldean.

Presenters added to the line-up include Blake Shelton, Cassadee Pope, Dax Shepard, Annasophia Robb, Dr. Drew, Ed Sheeran, Sheryl Crow, Jana Kramer, Kenny Rogers, Reba, The Band Perry, Vince Vaughn, Kelsey Grammar, Lorraine Bracco, and more.

The CMT Video Awards air TONIGHT live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on CMT and CMT.com at 8 pm EST.

Hunter Hayes to Headline CMT Tour with Ashley Monroe

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Hunter Hayes is about to join an exclusive club of country’s elite. He will be embarking on the 21-city CMT Tour this fall, a spot reserved for country’s fastest rising stars. Previous headliners have included the likes of Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and more of the biggest names in country music.

CMT on Tour: Hunter Hayes Let’s Be Crazy Tour will kick off October 10 in Knoxville, TN. The tour will also feature rising solo artist and Pistol Annie, Ashley Monroe, as the supporting act.

“The fall is going to be a production, a show, an experience based on years of my dreaming about it,” Hayes tells USA Today. “It’s kind of like my first record — you have your entire life to make your first record, I’ve had my entire life to plan for this tour.

“This is my first chance to look at a stage and go, ‘What do I want to do?’ as opposed to ‘What can we do?’ I’ve got truck space, I’ve got a crew that can really put on a show, we’ve got a band that is more than capable.”

CMT Music Awards Nominations Announced

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Earlier today, the nominations for the 2013 CMT Music Awards were revealed. With Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert leading with four nominations each, as well as Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and Rascal Flatts following with three a piece, the show is sure to be a good one! Fan voting is now available at www.cmt.com through Sunday, June 2nd at midnight EST.

The show, which will be hosted by Jason and actress Kristen Bell, will air LIVE from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, June 5th at 8PM EST.