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We’re continuing with our Grammy polls…
Up now is the “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” category. Vote for your favorite!
Also, sound off in our comments section and let us know who you think was snubbed a nod.
Grammy: Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Total Voters: 32
Our condolences are with Little Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman who has announced the tragic passing of her brother-in-law. Kimberly’s brother-in-law, Allen Schlapman, was visiting the family in Nashville for Thanksgiving from Virginia, when he was struck by a drunk driver in an accident on Wednesday, November 21st. He was only 45 years old.
According to a report by The Tennessean, Gregory Powers, also 45, of Franklin, Tennessee, has been charged with vehicular homicide.
In a statement released by Kimberly on Facebook, she said:
“Last Wednesday, November 21st, my brother-in-law was killed by a drunk driver. He had come to Nashville, from Virginia to visit us for Thanksgiving, which is our long-standing family tradition. He is married & has a 9 year old little girl. This is a part of life that one never imagines or plans for. It has been very difficult to accept. Allen Schlapman was an amazing father, husband, brother & son. We will miss him so much. I have been deeply touched by all your well-wishes & prayers. Thank you. GOD has proven himself faithful to us & has given us great peace amidst this horrible tragedy.”
Little Big Town’s current single, title track “Tornado,” is out on country radio now.
Little Big Town has been forced to cancel a series of shows, effective immediately, due to a loss in their immediate family. In a statement posted yesterday to their official website, the group announced that they will reschedule the effected dates. The headlining dates being moved are their California ones: Riverside tonight, and Los Angeles concert on November 29th. Riverside, CA will be rescheduled at a later date and the Los Angeles show at The Wiltern will now take place on February 8, 2013. Tickets for The Wiltern show will be honored on the rescheduled night. The band would like to thank their fans for their understanding and compassion during this very difficult time.
No other information has been released yet at this time. The group’s new single, the title track from their brand new album “Tornado,” is at country radio right now.
This morning, Keith Urban fans were eager for the artist’s big announcement. At 9AM CT sharp, the announcement was made: the artist is hitting the road in the New Year.
Keith’s first leg of his 2013 North American tour will feature stops right across the United States throughout the summer months of next year. Dustin Lynch and Little Big Town will be joining Keith on tour.
Check out the video Keith and friends posted announcing the tour, as well as the announced dates:
There were a lot of surprises last night during the broadcast of the 46th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Some new artists were finally able to take home their first awards versus industry heavyweights, and a brand new king of country music was crowned. The award show was hosted for the fifth year by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC. Even as a voting member of the CMAs, some of the winners shocked me in the end. While most were my votes and who I wanted to win, there were a few that the rest of the industry did surprise me with.
The big names of the night were once again country’s supercouple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. After an emotional acceptance speech for Song Of The Year for “Over You,” they both made their way back up to the stage several times – for Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Blake taking home the big prize – Entertainer of the Year. Other notable, and just as surprised winners, were Hunter Hayes for New Artist of the Year, and Little Big Town finally taking home the Group of the Year award. Thompson Square emotionally accepted the award for Duo of the Year, also ending Sugarland’s streak of wins in that category.
Eric Church‘s “Chief” won Album of the Year, finally putting Miranda’s album of the year streak to an end.
See the full list of winners below and let us know how you did with your predictions. Do you agree with the industry?
With the CMA’s coming up on Thursday night, country fans everywhere are buzzing with anticipation over who will claim the biggest awards. Will Taylor repeat as Entertainer of the Year or could someone else finally upset her shocked face? Could Kelly Clarkson score a major upset for female vocalist? Is there really any other choice besides “Red Solo Cup” for music video of the year?!
Even OUR staff couldn’t agree, so read on and let us know who you think will score big on Thursday night!
Even more tour news this week for country fans! Little Big Town—consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman—will be launching a new tour entitled The Tornado Tour January 31, 2013 in Murray, KY.
Fresh off of the success of their #1 album, “Tornado”, Little Big Town along with special guests Kacey Musgraves and David Nail (in select cities) will hit over 25 cities nationwide in some of the most beautiful theaters the US and Canada have to offer.
The group is pretty excited about the tour, and their two friends they’re bringing along for the ride, according to Kimberly:
“We’ve been looking forward to announcing this tour for so long and can’t wait to hit the road next year. It’s going to be so much fun to share more music from this record with our fans and we feel very honored to have Kacey and David opening for us. They’re incredible artists. This new album means so much to us and to be able to showcase all of these songs is a dream come true.”
Kacey Musgraves, one of Nashville’s hottest new young talents, is just as excited to hit the road with the group. She shares:
“I can’t wait to kick off the new year with Little Big Town. As a musician and fan I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this amazing show. Theaters alone project a special vibe for live music and adding Little Big Town’s sound to that will be magical.”
David Nail explains why it’s so important to be out on the road with people you love:
“The only thing better than being on the road, is being out on the road with people who’re friends. Being able to get out there with Little Big Town is gonna be a big time – and I can’t wait.”
CMT will have an exclusive presale for The Tornado Tour beginning at 11am ET today. Visit CMT’s Facebook page for the exclusive presale code to get tickets. The network exclusively premiered Little Big Town’s music video for their latest single “Tornado” this morning at 6am ET and will feature it every hour throughout music hours today. You can also view the video on CMT.com’s homepage now. “Tornado” is the follow up single to the #1 summer hit “Pontoon” and is their fastest rising single to date, currently sitting inside the Top 30 after only 5 weeks at country radio.
See the full list of tour dates below and let us know if you’ll be going.
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.
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.