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?
There are already two early winners today before the 46th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards even air! The CMAs announced the winner of Musical Event of the Year and Video of the Year this morning, and the award show will air tonight at 8 pm EST on ABC. Congratulations to Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw for winning Musical Event of the Year for their duet “Feel Like A Rock Star.” Both Kenny and Tim will be performing during tonight’s broadcast – Tim with a brand new song!
The Video of the Year went to Toby Keith‘s smash hit “Red Solo Cup” director Michael Saloman. Toby, who won’t be attending tonight’s award show, released his brand new album “Hope On The Rocks” this week. On not attending the CMA awards, Toby told a newspaper:
“Your industry can get behind you and crank you up and make you a household name, help you get there. Or you can be abandoned like I was. I’m not going to leave it up to this industry that I’m in to give me any support.”
While Toby won’t be in attendance tonight, he’s 100% at this year’s award show – going one for one for the nomination for “Red Solo Cup.” What do you think about the winners so far? Don’t forget to follow along with us on Twitter tonight for our live Tweets for the East Coast as the awards air!
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!
Toby Keith has always been one of the most supportive artist for the American military. At a recent show in Texas, he surprised a military wife with the return of her husband. Major Pete Cruz was serving in Afghanistan and his wife had no idea that he was coming home that night. Toby and his crew surprised her in a way only Toby could. Check out the video below:
Toby Keith released some pretty exciting news for fans on Twitter and Facebook this week. The country superstar will be dropping a new album “Hope On The Rocks” on October 30th. It’s the sixteenth studio album for Toby, who will also put out a deluxe edition and a standard edition of the record. The standard edition is a 10-track album, and the deluxe will give fans four more songs – including a remix of his smash hit “Red Solo Cup,” a live version of “Whiskey Girl,” and his last single “Beers Ago.”
We have your full track list, and deluxe cover, below. Are you excited for Toby’s new album?
Earlier this week, Toby Keith released his brand new music video for his single “I Like Girls That Beer Beer.” The video captures his live performance out on the road for his Live in Overdrive Tour. Check out the fun, energetic video below and let us know what you think of Toby’s new tune:
In case you missed it, earlier this week Toby Keith released a lyric video for his fun new single “I Like Girls That Drink Beer.” Check out his official lyric video below and let us know if you’re singing along. What’s your favorite Toby Keith single of all time?
You’re always guaranteed to have a good time at one of Toby Keith‘s shows, but a special moment had the crowd up on its feet during his Live In Overdrive stop in Saratoga Springs. During his show, he spotted one fan holding up an Armed Forces t-shirt in the crowd. After asking him if he was military, Toby brought him up onstage during his encore of “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)”. While it’s not the first time Toby brought a soldier on-stage with him during his show, it was the first time that the military veteran stole the show by performing the song himself.
Shawn Morgan was invited to sing one line of the song: “You’ll be sorry that you messed with the U.S. of A., ’cause we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way,” but instead he tapped Toby on the shoulder and performed most of the song on his own.
Check out the video below of Shawn’s big moment on-stage:
Toby Keith will be undergoing a small outpatient procedure next week, but will be forced to reschedule one of his “Live in Overdrive” concerts August 2nd in Fort McCoy. The show will now take place on August 30th, and all tickets will be honored at the new date with no exchanges necessary. Gretchen Wilson‘s August 2nd performance at Fort McCoy will still go on as planned, with special guests to be announced. Her concert is free to all with no tickets necessary, with the beer garden opening at 3 pm and the show starting at 7 pm.
Toby’s August 3rd date in Detroit Lakes, MN will take place as scheduled at this time.
We here at Keepin’ it Country wish Toby a speedy recovery!
Toby Keith‘s last single might still be ringing in country fans’ heads, but he’s gearing up for the release today of his brand new single “I Like Girls That Drink Beer.” His new single from his upcoming album is out on radio and digital music retailers today.
“We were in the studio and everybody who heard it was like, ‘You’ve got to release that,’” Keith said.
The single is a co-write by Toby with his longtime collaborator Bobby Pinson. “I Like Girls That Drink Beer” marries a dyed-in-the-wool country sound with and equally on-point sentiment. “Bye bye, baby I’m leavin’/You can keep your mansion and your money/Your boat and your Benz and your uptown friends/And your country club that ain’t really country.” Toby promises he’ll find what he’s looking for in a honkytonk because, of course, he likes girls that drink beer.
Toby once again produced his new single, just like he did on his last album “Clancy’s Tavern.” His smash hit “Red Solo Cup” from that album was certified double platinum by the RIAA for selling more than two million copies digitally since its release. His show remains to be standing room only on his “Live in Overdrive” tour across the United States and Canada, presented by Ford F-Series.
Check out a clip of a live version of Toby’s new single, shot by a fan at Country Thunder in WI: