Category Archives: CMT awards

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Dee Jay Silver

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In today’s music, it is common to hear a remix of some of your favorite songs; even heartfelt power ballads have turned into dance hits with the help of some of music’s most talented DJs. And just when you thought DJ’ing couldn’t become anymore unique, enter Dee Jay Silver, the first DJ to be signed to a major Nashville record label. Dee Jay has played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but has ultimately found his home in Nashville. Whether he is touring with Jason Aldean and playing in sold out stadiums, performing on the American Country Awards, or remixing the work of some of country’s best known artists, Dee Jay is bringing his talents to the fans of country music in a myriad of ways. Dee Jay took some time out of his day of “bad television” while he recovered from the ACAs in Las Vegas to talk with me about his music, his favorite tour stop to date, and his future plans (which included getting back to Nashville stat!). 

Jason Aldean debuting Night Train as new single tonight

Jason Aldean. photo credit: James Minchin III

Country superstar Jason Aldean will be debuting his brand new single “Night Train” tonight on the CMT Awards. The title track from his latest album will be sent out to country radio at 12:01 am tonight, so make sure to keep your ears on your local stations to see if you’ll hear it tomorrow! It’s the fourth single from his record, and he’ll be performing it tonight alongside music icon Lenny Kravitz. He’s also co-hosting the night, which kicks off at 8 pm EST on CMT and CMT.com.

About tonight’s award show, Jason said:

“Tonight’s going to be a total blast. I’m hosting for the first time, I get to perform with Lenny Kravitz, AND I get to debut my new single… are you kidding me? I’m going to try my best not to screw anything up and just have fun with all of it. I hope everyone tunes in!”

“Night Train” was co-written by Neil Thrasher and Michael Dulaney. The pair previously had number one singles with Jason with “Fly Over States” and “Tattoos On This Town.”

More CMT Awards performers announced

Jason Aldean.

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.

Darius Rucker not invited to CMA Fest

Darius Rucker.

Here’s some news that might be surprising to country fans. Darius Rucker won’t be appearing at CMA Fest this year… because he wasn’t invited. Fans looking to catch a performance from the Hootie & The Blowfish frontman are in luck: he’ll be performing at the CMT Awards this year during CMA Fest week, and he’ll also be holding his annual St. Jude’s benefit show at the Wildhorse Saloon on June 3rd. His “Darius Rucker & Friends” concert is sold out.

The Grand Ole Opry member let fans know himself that he wasn’t invited this year via Twitter:

@TES112980: @dariusrucker Are you going to be at CMA Fest this year?” Not invited

 

Darius is currently promoting his latest single “Wagon Wheel,” from his new album “True Believers” which is now available at both digital and physical retailers.

Are you disappointed to find out Darius wasn’t invited to be part of CMA Fest this year?

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. 

Jason Aldean & Kristen Bell to host CMT Awards

Jason Aldean. Photo Credit: Reid Long

It’s official! Country superstar Jason Aldean will co-host this year’s CMT Video Awards alongside actress Kristen Bell. Jason actually made the announcement himself on his Twitter account @Jason_Aldean yesterday afternoon.

Through his Twitter, Jas0n said:

@IMKristenBell Lookin forward to hosting #CMTAwards with ya. now to finish my Veronica Mars marathon…”

He also jokingly posted this picture of himself in a Veronica Mars t-shirt … a television show that starred Kristen Bell.

Jason Aldean's Veronica Mars t-shirt he posted to Twitter.

Jason Aldean’s Veronica Mars t-shirt he posted to Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you excited for this pairing? Who are you favorite country music award show hosts?

Get Blown Away By Carrie’s 2012!

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When we caught wind of just how incredible Carrie Underwood‘s 2012 was, we were simply blown away. Not only were we amazed by the laundry list of successful moments Carrie experienced, but we were exhausted just thinking about everything Carrie accomplished in only 366 days (Leap Year, y’all … are we observant, or what?)! The following is what Carrie’s year consisted of:

AUDIO: Miranda Lambert Backstage At CMA Fest

Miranda Lambert. photo credit: Randee St. Nicholas.

Country music’s firecracker Miranda Lambert made a quick stop backstage at the 2012 CMA Music Festival to answer a few questions before hitting the stage later that night. Miranda, who was feeling pretty sick all day, still found time to meet with the press backstage. Listen to the clips of her interview below:

Miranda, as you might notice from her voice in our clips, was forced to have the Pistol Annies and Raelynn fill in last minute for her at her fanclub party during CMA Fest, apologizes to the media and her fans for being sick. She has a pretty good idea why she was feeling under the weather, and where she got it from:

Check out more of the Miranda interview below:

Payton Rae Turns Heads at CMA Music Festival

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Payton Rae may only be 16-years-old, but the Internet phenom showed her star power in Nashville during CMA Music Fest last week. She wowed fans at the Hard Rock Cafe Stage, with both her voice and her fashion choice. Rae rocked a pair of pink Betsey Johnson dresses to show off her self-proclaimed “passion for fashion!”

In addition to wow-ing crowds, Payton was wowed by some of the performances she got to see. “All of the performances I saw this week were over the top amazing,” said Payton. “If I had to pick my favorites, I would have to say Carrie Underwood’s ‘Good Girl’ performance at the 2012 CMT Music Awards and Hunter Hayes’ show at LP Field.”

While Payton was setting the stage ablaze in Nashville, her new single, “Stomp The Fire Out,” hit country radio and all of the major video channels, including The Country Network (TCN), GACtv.com and AOL. The CMA highlighted Payton Rae on their blog, noting that the 16-yr old “Generation YouTube” Internet star “draws the next generation of @CountryMusic enthusiasts.” Payton is already a huge star on social media, with over 140,000 Twitter followers, 68,000 Facebook fans and over 6.6 million YouTube channel views in less than two years. 

While her single climbs the country charts, Payton Rae is preparing to hit the road on the 2012 Camplified Tour, beginning in July. The tour, which is in its 11th year, showcases emerging teen stars by bringing them to over 50 camps and putting them before over 50,000 campers between the ages of 6 and 17.

For more info on Payton, please visit: www.paytonraemusic.com.

Scotty McCreery Wins CMT Music Award and Graduates High School

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It’s been a crazy few days for platinum-selling artist and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, who took home his first CMT Music Award on Wednesday and then graduated high school 12 hours later in Garner, N.C. After all that excitement, he headed back to Nashville yesterday to sign autographs, hold a Fan Club Party and take the stage at LP Field on Sunday.

At the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, Scotty grabbed the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble With Girls” at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. “I was pumped!” says Scotty, who also performed “Water Tower Town” during the CMT Music Awards. “It’s a fun awards show. You come here just looking for a great time, so that award just added to a great night.”

The award he won was for “The Trouble With Girls” video, which was actually shot at Garner High School, the school from which McCreery graduated on Thursday morning. “I love the video because it’s real for me,” he says. “Those are my real friends and my real high school. It was really special to shoot.” He graduated with distinguished honors, and his Senior year included a platinum debut album and pitching for his high school baseball team. “It’s been a good four years in high school,” he says. “I’ve gone a lot of places that I never thought I’d go and done a lot of things I never dreamed I’d do. This is bittersweet, but I’m really excited to spend the day with my friends and move on to the next stage in life.”

Scotty McCreery’s current single, which he performed at the CMT Awards, “Water Tower Town,” is currently climbing the charts. Additionally, he is on tour with Brad Paisley‘s epic “Virtual Reality Tour 2012.”