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Last night, to kick off Country Music Association (“CMA”) Awards week, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”) recognized the most successful songwriters of 2012 during an awards ceremony at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. During the ceremony, Brad Paisley received one of the biggest nods of the evening, being named ASCAP’s Songwriter/Artist of the Year. Brad was honored for his hit songs “Camouflage,” “Old Alabama,” and “Remind Me.”
Ben Hayslip was awarded Songwriter of the Year for his co-writing efforts on Blake Shelton‘s “Honey Bee,” Luke Bryan‘s “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” Martina McBride‘s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” and Craig Morgan‘s “This Ole Boy.” Other honors also went to Dierks Bentley, David Nail, and Darius Rucker. And, as a surprise, the King of Country, George Strait, showed up to pick up an award as well.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have been ramping up the promotion for their hosting gig with the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards on November 1st. The award show is their fifth time hosting together, and will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC at 8 pm EST. This time, Carrie and Brad try their hand at hosting a game of Bingo to keep their host skills sharp. See what happens in the new ad below:
The CMA Awards are building quite the lineup of performers for their 46th Awards show. ABC has announced that the show’s co-host Carrie Underwood will perform, as will Kenny Chesney, Eric Church & the Band Perry.
The new group of performers join previously announced performers, including Underwood’s co-host Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson & the Zac Brown Band.
The show will air on ABC on November 1st, live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena ABC.
Country superstar Brad Paisley recently released his brand new lyric video for his latest single “Southern Comfort Zone.” It’s the lead-off single from his upcoming still-untitled album due out sometime in 2013. The song celebrates what makes the South so special, but why Brad still needs to see the world to appreciate what he has back home in Tennessee. Check out the lyric video below and let us know what you think about the serious-songwriting side of Brad:
ABC has announced the first round of performers for the 46th CMA Awards, taking place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 1st. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson and Little Big Town are the first acts to be announced with many more to come.
While Aldean, Bentley & Little Big Town aren’t surprises, we have to wonder what Kelly Clarkson will be performing. Will we be getting a countrified ”Mr. Know It All” or is KC finally releasing a full country single. We sure hope that it’s the latter!
Maybe Brad Paisley was feeling a little homesick while in Europe on his latest World Tour when he came up with the idea of his new single. “Southern Comfort Zone” was sent out to country radio last night, and will be on his upcoming brand new album due out April 9th. It will be available at digital music retailers on October 2nd.
The song is a co-write by Brad with Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace – the same team behind his number one hits “Online,” “Remind Me,” and “Water.” Check out the behind-the-scenes footage below of the recording of the single and let us know if you’ve heard it on your station:
Country music superstar Brad Paisley won’t be the only one taking over Nashville. His wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, has taken on a role in ABC’s upcoming drama series “Nashville.” Kimberly, who has been in various major acting roles ranging from “Father Of The Bride,” and as Dana on “According To Jim,” will play the character of Peggy Samper. Peggy is the ex-girlfriend of main character Teddy Conrad.
“Nashville” is gearing up to being one of the bigger shows on ABC later this year. Writers of the series include the team behind the “Thelma & Louise” movie, and the producers behind “The September Issue,” “War Room,” and “A Perfect Candidate.” The series is being produced by Gaylord Entertainment and is being filmed around the actual Nashville, Tennessee. The story follows a country music star who is trying to return to the spotlight and revitalize her career while a new, hot young star steals the spotlight.
The series will make its premiere on ABC on Wednesday, October 10th at 10 pm EST. Make sure to tune in and see how accurate Hollywood can make Nashville look.
The Country Music Association announced today that Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be returning once again as co-hosts for the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards on November 1st. It’s the fifth time the pair are co-hosting the award show together, which will air November 1st at 8 pm EST on ABC live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we are extremely excited to be back for a fifth year hosting the CMA Awards,” said Underwood. “Each year we work harder so that we can help present the best show possible.”
“We’re waiting on someone to do something really stupid between now and then,” said Paisley. “I have faith. We are excited. I think you walk out there with people expecting a certain thing now and that’s a great place to be. I think they know who we are. They know what we do up there together and we’ve become something different together than we are separately I think, which is fun.”
Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards since receiving the Horizon Award (now the New Artist Award) in 2000, including Entertainer of the Year (2010), Male Vocalist (2007, 2008, 2009) and Album (2006 for Time Well Wasted). He won Musical Event of the Year three times, first in 2004 with Alison Krauss for “Whiskey Lullaby,” second in 2006 for “When I Get Where I’m Going” with Dolly Parton, and a third time in 2009 for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban. He claimed the Vocal Event of the Year trophy in 2001 for “Too Country” with Bill Anderson, George Jones, and Buck Owens and won Music Video of the Year three times, first in 2002 for “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” second in 2004 for “Whiskey Lullaby” (again with Krauss), and third in 2007 for “Online.” He is No. 5 on the list of top CMA Award winners of all time.
“I really think that the CMA Awards are a very special thing in our town,” said Paisley. “When they say it’s ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night™,’ it is. It’s the biggest night of ratings that we ever get. The reason that I think it has worked is because we both take it so seriously that we’re ready when we walk out there. We are focused on making sure that we’re not just crossing our fingers that it works, that what we have ready is ready.”
Underwood has received five CMA Awards in her career, including three consecutive wins as Female Vocalist (2006, 2007, 2008), as well as Single of the Year (2007 for “Before He Cheats”), and the Horizon Award (2006).
“I feel like each year our hosting gets better and better,” said Underwood. “We want to top that every year, so it’s a good challenge.”
Rumors have been flying for days now on who will be the replacement for Steven Tyler on American Idol next season, and many country stars have found their names in the mix. A report out now from Deadline is saying that Brad Paisley is being strongly considered for the new judge on the hit reality singing competition.
Brad has performed on American Idol in the past, and co-hosts the Country Music Association (CMA) awards with former winner Carrie Underwood. There’s been quite a few successful country acts to come from Idol – Kelly Clarkson, Kellie Pickler, Carrie, Casey James, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery, all started their careers on the show.
Brad’s former tour mate, Blake Shelton, is currently one of the four coaches on The Voice.
What do you think about Brad being a judge? Do you think it will steal viewers back from The Voice or are you sick of Idol?
Brad Paisley is teaming up with Dollar General and Pepsico to help raise money for the Dollar General Literacy Campaign. The campaign, called “Tune In To Giving,” will give fans a download of a Brad tune in exchange for purchasing a two liter bottle of Pepsi and a bag of Lay’s potato chips at Dollar General. With that purchase, they will have a special code on the bottom of the receipt to enter online at dollargeneral.com, and a $1 donation per purchase will be put towards the charity.
Fans the follow through by punching in the code online will be entered to win gift cards from Dollar General, Brad merchandise, or even tickets to a show on his “Virtual Reality World Tour.” The campaign runs until Sunday, August 19th so make sure to stop by Dollar General before then to get your name in the draw! Good luck.