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While the honorees themselves are still being kept top secret, CMT has announced a big list of performers for their 2012 Artists of the Year special. Performing this year will be country superstars Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Kenny Rogers, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Thompson Square, Jason Aldean, Eli Young Band and Sammy Hagar. While the station won’t announce the honorees, or even hint about who it could be, fans are encouraged to keep up-to-date in all the announcements at cmt.com.
The 90-minute special will be hosted by Rascal Flatts and “Nashville” show star Hayden Panettiere on December 8th, 2012 airing on CMT. Who do you think deserves to be honored at the third annual event?
RCA Nashville’s Chris Young will be one of the very special guests at tonight’s Tennessee Tree Lightning Ceremony at the Tennessee State Capitol at 5:30 pm CST. The Tennessee native will also perform during the ceremony, which will last until 7 pm CST at Nashville’s War Memorial Plaza. The event is free and open to the public. The event will also have horse and carriage rides, food trucks, an appearance by Santa Claus, and a chance for kids to meet Santa’s new reindeer Snowflake.
The tree chosen this year is a 30 foot tall Norway Spruce from Arlington, Tennessee. The tree will be decorated with over 6,000 lights for the ceremony tonight.
Is it still too early for you to think about Christmas, or have you already started your holiday shopping?
Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town have just been announced as performers for this year’s American Country Awards on FOX. The award show will air live from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on December 10th at 8 pm EST. Other stars announced to appear as presenters are Dustin Lynch, Lauren Alaina, Casey James, LeAnn Rimes, Lee Brice, Jana Kramer, Scotty McCreery, and Chris Young.
The two-hour live music spectacular offers country music fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists not only in traditional categories, but also in a previously unrecognized area – touring – encompassing the entire spectrum of country music.
The nominees were just announced earlier this morning for this year’s American Country Awards. The third edition of the fan-voted award show will once again air live on FOX from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. While the co-hosts remain the same with Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, there is something new about the award show – the addition of the “Song Of The Year” category which will honor country music’s top songwriters of 2012. The nominees for Song of the Year are determined by the National Songwriters Association International (NSAI). The award show will air live on December 10th on FOX at 8 pm EST.
Artists leading all nominees this year are Luke Bryan with seven, and Lady Antebellum tying for second with Zac Brown Band with six nominations each. Eric Church and Taylor Swift both have five nominations each. Check out the full list of nominees below and let us know who you’ll be voting for. Fans can vote at theacas.com for their favorite artists, and make sure to tune in December 10th to see who wins!
Performers and presenters will be announced shortly, so stay tuned for that announcement too!
The Ryman Auditorium is going to be adding another rising star to its roster. RCA Nashville artist Chris Young announced on Friday via Twitter, that he will be making his Nashville debut at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, November 15. Fellow Valory Music label mate Thomas Rhett and Columbia Records recording artist Joanna Smith will also join Young in his debut headlining performance.
Chris Young made his claim to fame after being crowned the winner of the American singing competition, Nashville Star in 2006. After winning, he signed a recording deal with RCA Records Nashville and has since released 3 albums that have produced three number one singles.
After releasing the exciting news to his Twitter followers, Young reminisced his first time hitting the Ryman Stage:
“The first time I set foot on the Ryman stage was an unbelievable experience. I am so grateful for the support of my hometown crowd all of these years and saying I can’t wait for this show is an obvious understatement”.
For more information on Chris and to purchase tickets, visit www.chrisyoungmusic.com.
While Chris Young may not have been nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year this year, that doesn’t mean that fans can’t celebrate his voice with a new video he posted on his YouTube channel.
Chris shares the story behind his latest single “Neon,” why he chose to name his latest album after the track, and performs an acoustic version of the single in the video. Check it out below and let us know what you think:
Starting right now, fans have a chance to win a piece of GAC and Chris Young history! The GAC promotion runs through to September 10th, and one lucky country fan will win the actual “NEON” guitar used in the music video! In addition to that one-of-a-kind prize, GAC is also giving away autographed copies of Chris’ latest album to runner up winners. For more information, and to get your name in the draw, visit gactv.com.
It was a big week for Chris last week as the Sony ATV team invited Chris, his management, and his songwriters to a celebration of his five consecutive number one singles - “Tomorrow,” “You,” “Gettin’ You Home,” “The Man I Want To Be,” and “Voices.” The day before the party, Chris got even bigger news: “Tomorrow” had been certified platinum by the RIAA for selling more than one million copies. “Tomorrow” was a co-write by Chris with Frank Myers and Anthony Smith. The news came less than a week after Chris’ “The Man I Want To Be” was certified gold by the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 copies digitally.
Check out the picture from the party below and let us know what your favorite Chris Young single is:
Photo (L to R): Sony Music Nashville executives: Mike Craft, Angie Magill, Lisa Ramsey-Perkins, Alaina Vehec, Parker Fowler, Caryl Healey, Liz Sledge, Gary Overton, Chris Young, Keith Gale, Matt Galvin, Paul Barnabee and Jim Catino
Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow to CMT to catch Chris Young taking over CMT’s airwaves as he serves as VJ for an hour on the station. He’ll be playing his favorite country music videos by his friends and former tour-mates, as well as sharing stories from the road during the one-hour special. The episode debuts at 10 am EST tomorrow morning with repeats throughout the day, so if you miss it the first time around just keep your television pinned to CMT to catch it again!
Country music lovers can enter to win an exclusive Chris Young prize pack from CMT to help celebrate his special takeover of the station. Fans can win a custom NEON sign and a video chat with Chris himself! For more details or to get your name in the sweepstakes visit cmt.com.
Dierks Bentley announced earlier today that the seventh annual “Miles & Music for Kids” will be held on Sunday, October 14th in Nashville, TN. Since 2006, the celebrity motorcycle ride and concert combo has seen twelve events in seven US cities. Thus far, two million dollars has been raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.
“I really want to blow Miles & Music out this year and make it bigger than ever,” said Bentley. ”We’ve had the chance to help a lot of communities across the country, but the heart and soul of this event is in downtown Nashville with Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and the artists and friends who come out and help us raise money. It’s my favorite thing we do all year.”
Beginning at Harley-Davidson of Columbia (1616 Harley Davidson Blvd., Columbia, TN), the event will consist of a one-hour scenic ride that will finish up at downtown Nashville’s Riverfront Park. The fun doesn’t stop there: after the show, Dierks will hold a concert with special guests Sheryl Crow, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, The Cadillac Black and Craig Campbell. More artists will be added to the lineup in the next few weeks.
Fans can purchase tickets for the ride, concert and commemorative T-shirt for $50. Those looking to attend the concert only can purchase tickets for $20. Special VIP packages are also available.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 17th at 10:00A CT through TicketMaster. For more ticket info, visit www.dierks.com.