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Payton Rae Turns Heads at CMA Music Festival


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.

Little Big Town To Reveal CMT Nominees

Little Big Town.

Country music group Little Big Town will be making a big announcement on Monday morning. They’ll be announcing the nominees for the 2012 CMT Music Awards on the TODAY show during the 10 am EST hour with Kathy Lee and Hoda Kotb. The foursome, who will be releasing their new single “Pontoon” later this month, will sit down with NBC’s co-hosts to reveal the final nominees for the June award show. This is the second year that NBC and CMT have teamed up for the announcement.

The 2012 CMT Music Awards are in its 11th year this year. They’ll air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 6th on CMT and CMT.com. More details, including this year’s host, will be announced as the date gets closer.

Who do you hope is going to be nominated this year?

CMT Awards Announced


CMT has announced the date for their CMT Awards this year. The 2012 edition of the award show will take place on Wednesday, June 6th 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. As tradition, the award show takes place right in the middle of CMA Fan Fest.

Host, performer, and presenter announcements will be made as the date gets closer. Stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country to get all the up-to-date information on the CMT Awards.

Sheryl Crow Found Out Underwear Incident From Her Dad

Sheryl Crow.

Viewers watching the CMT awards probably remember a few-seconds flash moment that made it past the filter. Sheryl Crow was singing with host Kid Rock on a stool, and when she went to get up off of it and showed the world her underwear. She recovered quickly and made a joke about it later on in the night about the Tweets she was getting about her ‘oops’ moment. When presenting the performance for Lady Antebellum’s “Just A Kiss,” Sheryl joked:

“People all over America are tweeting that I was wearing a really short skirt when I sang with Kid Rock and that when I got up off the stool, I showed my underwear.”

Sheryl told the listeners at KMPS radio that it was her Dad that told her about the incident originally. I wonder what that conversation was like!

CMT Awards Viewers Up 19% From Last Year


Over 2.9 million viewers watched the June 8th, 2011 CMT Awards this year; giving the show an increase of nearly 19% viewership. If you add it up with the encore presentation of the show, it’s a total of 4.1 million total viewers for the award show. This year’s award show was the third highest-ranked in it’s ten year history, and the fourth most-watched program in CMT’s history.

It will re-air again tomorrow (Sunday) at 2 pm EST for those that missed the show.

How did you feel about this year’s award show? What did you like the best? The least? Let us know in the comments and on our Facebook page!

Taylor Swift takes home Biggest Award of the Night


You didn’t have to be in attendance to win the awards tonight at the 2011 CMT Music Awards. Taylor Swift, away on her “Speak Now” tour, was live via satellite to receive her award for Video Of The Year. Her acceptance speech was cut out by a poor feed, however. Blake Shelton took home the most hardware for the night, winning the first ever Web Video Of The Year off-camera for “Kiss My Country Ass”, as well as getting the Male Video of the Year for “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”. He accepted the later one by a taped segment while on the set of The Voice last night.

Sugarland took home the duo video of the year honors for “Stuck Like Glue”, and Miranda Lambert took home one CMT buckle for Female Video of the Year for the touching “The House That Built Me”. Director Trey Fanjoy was named the Video Director of the Year for her work on both Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” and Shelton’s “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”.

See under the “more” tag for a full list of tonight’s winners.

Toby Keith to debut new single at CMT Awards

Toby Keith.

Toby Keith’s planning on debuting his brand new single, “Made in America,” live on the CMT Awards tomorrow night.  Announced as his brand-new single, Made In America will be available on iTunes immediately at midnight after the world premiere of the song.

Right after the awards, Keith will join Blair Garner to perform the single for the second time on After Midnite with Blair Garner. After Midnite will be the first syndicated program to air Keith’s new single after the CMT Awards.

You can watch the CMT Awards when they air live tomorrow night at 8 pm EST / 7 pm CST.


Laura Bell Bundy to Host CMT’s “Video of The Year” Special


The always entertaining Laura Bell Bundy will serve as host to CMT’s Video of the Year special on June 4th at 2 pm EST. The one-hour special will feature the ten nominees for the CMT Awards Video of the Year with commentary from Bundy.

The highlights include Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party,” Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys Of Fall,” and Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.”

Fans can vote the Video of the Year award at CMT.com during the broadcast of the CMT awards on June 8th live from Nashville, Tennessee.

More Artists Added for 2011 CMT Awards Lineup


Being added to the current list of performers for the CMT Music Awards are Toby Keith, The Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, and Big & Rich.

The award show takes place on June 8th at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Toby Keith will be making his 10th performance, having been a performer every year the award show has been on!

Lee Brice reacts to his CMT Award nomination

Lee Brice.

“I’ve been watching CMT since we got it in my hometown so I was excited when I heard the news.  A video is so important to a song in terms of feeling.  I’m so glad that Eric Welch nailed the lyric content of the song but really knows artistically who I am as well,” explains Brice, “The other nominees are not only talented artists but also my friends so it should be a lot of fun.”