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The People’s Choice Awards have kicked off their open nominations phase on Tuesday, asking fans on who should make the final ballot for the fan-voted award show. In the country category artists nominated include the Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Jason Aldean, and Dierks Bentley with the option to write-in your favorite artist that didn’t make the list. Voting is open now at peopleschoice.com/pca.
The award show will air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, January 9th at 9 pm EST on CBS. Who are you voting for?
Here’s some exciting breaking news for country music fans – Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley will be hitting the road together this January for the “Locked & Reloaded” tour. Check out their official announcement below, and we’ll post tour dates as they are announced. Will you be going?
What country acts would you love to see touring together?
“Making music for our fans is the best job in the world,” said Miranda. “It’s especially great being able to take to that music on the road with someone I respect as an artist and human being. This will be a tour of ‘epic badassery.’”
“Some of my favorite times on tour over the years were with Miranda and her crew. We have a lot in common musically and our fans do too. It’s going to be a killer year.”
See the list of cities below and let us know if you’ll be checking out the tour:
Christmas is coming a little early this year for Jennifer Nettles and friends. On November 3, Jennifer will host a CMA “Country Christmas” in Nashville, Tennessee at the Bridgestone Arena. Along with Jennifer, the following artists will be bringing the seasonal spirit to Nashville: Dierks Bentley, Colbie Caillat, Katherine Jenkins, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry and Keith Urban.
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 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.
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!
Dierks Bentley made the day for some lucky students in The Bronx this week. As part of the Country Music Association (CMA)’s “Keep The Music Playing” program he visited the school and spoke about how important it is for children to stay interested in music, and why music can be used as a sign of expression. After speaking with the students, he then took a tour of their music room which was given $20,000 worth of new instruments and supplies from the program.
Dierks shared the importance of the visit, and why he was glad the program expanded outside Nashville:
“CMA’s “Keep The Music Playing” does so much to enable the future of kids who might not have a hands-on experience with music otherwise. I was honored that they asked me to be their ambassador for the day on behalf of all the Country music artists who donate their time each year to help this cause. They’ve made a huge dent in the music needs in Nashville, so it was really cool to help expand their mission to one of Country music’s top markets, like New York City.”
Every year at CMA Music Fest, the majority of the artists play for free with half of the net proceeds going towards CMA’s Keep The Music Playing program. This tradition began in 2001 when it was re-named from Fan Fair to CMA Music Festival. Between 2001 to 2005, over $800,000 has been donated towards musical education in schools across the United States.
Dierks Bentley is taking on a pretty big role this month. He’ll be hosting the 6th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Honors event at the Ryman Auditorium on September 24th. Not only will he host the night, but he’ll also be performing along with some special guests. Other artists expected to perform include Ashley Monroe, Luke Bryan, Clint Black, Kellie Pickler, Dailey & Vincent, Randy Houser, Rodney Crowell and more performers to be announced! Jana Kramer and Love & Theft will serve as two of the presenters on the evening dedicated to honoring the off-camera award winners from the ACM awards earlier this year.
Tickets are still available for the night at the Ryman box office, Ryman.com, or through Ticketmaster and its outlets.
Dierks shares why he feels lucky to be hosting the ACM Honors event, and why it’s important for country music. Watch the video on our server HERE.
Dierks Bentley is bringing in even more firepower for his charity concert. He’s just announced the addition of country icon Kix Brooks to his “Miles & Music For Kids” charity event on October 14th in Nashville, Tennessee. The motorcycle ride and concert will also feature the previously announced Sheryl Crow, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, The Cadillac Black, and Craig Campbell.Tickets for the family-friendly event are still on-sale on Ticketmaster.com, so make sure to get your tickets before it sells out!
The ride begins at the Harley-Davidson of Columbia (1616 Harley Davidson Blvd., Columbia, TN) for a scenic hour-long motorcycle ride ending at downtown Nashville’s Riverfront Park where the ACM Lifting Lives Stage will hold the all-star concert.
Dierks Bentley has achieved something that most artists only dream about. He played to a sold-out crowd at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. He was joined by a crowd of over 9, 450 loud and rowdy country music fans on Thursday night. The venue is known for its perfect acoustics and for hosting shows for music greats like U2 and the Beatles. It’s something that Dierks is still celebrating:
“Red Rocks is right there at the top of every artist’s bucket list to play,” said Bentley. “It’s crazy to be able to perfom there again and this time with a wild, sold out crowd…can’t wait to go back!” ‘