ACM Award Artist & Broadcast Nominations

Here is a complete listing of the artist and broadcast nominations for the 51st Annual ACM Awards, which will air live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8pm (ET) on CBS.

Entertainer Of The Year:

 Male Vocalist Of The Year:

 Female Vocalist Of The Year:

 Vocal Duo Of The Year:

 Vocal Group Of The Year:

 New Male Vocalist Of The Year:

 New Female Vocalist Of The Year:

 New Vocal Duo Or Group Of The Year:

 Album Of The Year:

  • “I’m Comin’ Over” – CHRIS YOUNG, Producers: COREY CROWDER, CHRIS YOUNG
  • “Montevallo”- SAM HUNT, Producers: ZACH CROWELL, SHANE MCANALLY
  • “Mr. Misunderstood” – ERIC CHURCH, Producer: JAY JOYCE
  • “Tangled Up” – THOMAS RHETT, Producers: DANN HUFF, JESSE FRASURE, CHRIS     DESTEFANO, JOE    LONDON
  • “Traveller” – CHRIS STAPLETON, Producers: DAVE COBB, CHRIS STAPLETON

 Single Record of the Year:

  • “Burning House” – CAM, Producers: JEFF BHASKER, TYLER JOHNSON, CAMARON      OCHS
  • “Buy Me A Boat” – CHRIS JANSON, Producers: BRENT ANDERSON, CHRIS DUBOIS,    CHRIS JANSON
  • “Die A Happy Man” – THOMAS RHETT, Producers: DANN HUFF, JESSE FRASURE
  • “Girl Crush” – LITTLE BIG TOWN, Producer: JAY JOYCE
  • “I’m Comin’ Over”- CHRIS YOUNG, Producers: COREY CROWDER, CHRIS YOUNG
  • “Take Your Time” – SAM HUNT, Producers: ZACH CROWELL, SHANE MCANALLY

 Video of the Year:

  • “Biscuits” – KACEY MUSGRAVES, Director: MARK KLASFELD
  • “Burning House” – CAM, Director: TREY FANJOY
  • “Girl Crush” – LITTLE BIG TOWN, Directors: KARLA WELCH, MATTHEW WELCH
  • “Mr. Misunderstood” – ERIC CHURCH, Directors: REID LONG, JOHN PEETS
  • “Riser” – DIERKS BENTLEY, Director: WES EDWARDS

 

ACM BROADCAST AWARD NOMINEES

BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

National:

  • “Americas Morning Show” (BLAIR GARNER, CHUCK WICKS)
  • “After Midnight with Cody Alan” (CODY ALAN)
  • “Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton” (LON HELTON)
  • “The Crook & Chase Countdown” (LORIANNE CROOK, CHARLIE CHASE)
  • “Taste of Country Nights” (SAM ALEX)
  • “The Bobby Bones Show” (BOBBY BONES SHOW)
  • “The Big Time with Whitney Allen” (WHITNEY ALLEN, JACKIE STEVENS &        MIKE MCNAMEE)

 Major Market:

  •   Ben Campbell & Matt McAllister – KNIX/PHOENIX
  •   Cadillac Jack – WQYK/TAMPA
  •   Chris Carr, Maverick & Kia – KEEY/MINNEAPOLIS
  •   Paul Schadt, Meg Butterfly & Geof Knight –  WKKT/CHARLOTTE
  •   Tanner in the Morning – WSOC/CHARLOTTE

 Large Market:

  • AJ & Ashley – WWKA/ORLANDO, FL
  •   Dave O’Brian – WLHK/INDIANAPOLIS, IN
  •   Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman – WFMS/INDIANAPOLIS, IN
  •   Karen, Scott & Radar – WMIL/MILWAUKEE. WI
  •   Randy Carrol, & JAmie Martin – KAJA/SAN ANTONIO, TX

 Medium Market:

  •   Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer & Jimmy Holt – WIVK/KNOXVILLE, TN
  •   Broadway, Cory & Jordan – WWYZ/HARTFORD, CT
  •   Buzz Jackson – KIIM/TUCSON,  AZ
  •   Scott Wynn, Sarah Kay & Sue Wilson – WQMX/AKRON, OH
  •   The Dex & Mo Show – WUSY/CHATTANOOGA, TN

 Small Market:

  •   Bill Barrett, Tim Fox & Tracy Berry – KKNU/EUGENE, OR
  •   Brent Lane & Candy Ruddy – WYCT/PENSACOLA, FL
  •   Bran Gary, Todd Harding & Susan Moore – KUAD/FT. COLLINS, CO
  •   Scotty Cox & Cara Denis – KCLR/COLUMBIA, MO
  •   Sherry St. John – WXFL/FLORENCE, AL

 

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR

 Major Market:

  • KMLE/PHOENIX, AZ
  • WKKT/CHARLOTTE, NC
  • WKLB/BOSTON, MA
  • WQYK/TAMPA, FL
  • WYCD/DETROIT, MI

 Large Market:

  • KAJA/SAN ANTONIO, TX
  • WLHK/INDIANAPOLIS, IN
  • WMIL/MILWAUKEE, WI
  • WUBE/CINCINNATI, OH
  • WQDR/RALEIGH, NC

 Medium Market:

  • KUZZ/BAKERSFIELD, CA
  • WHKO/DAYTON, OH
  • WIVK/KNOXVILLE, TN
  • WQMX/AKRON, OH
  • WUSY/CHATTANOOGA, TN

 Small Market:

  • KKNU/EUGENE, OR
  • KTTS/SPRINGFIELD, MO
  • WGSQ/COOKEVILLE, TN
  • WXFL/FLORENCE, AL
  • WYCT/PENSACOLA, FL

 

 

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Favorite Music of 2015

2015

 

Best Musical Groups of 2015:

The Lone Bellow, Mumford & Sons, Hillsong United, Florence + The Machine, Dawes, Imagine Dragons, Alabama Shakes, The Steeldrivers,

Best Female Musical Artists of 2015:

Adele, Grace Potter, Cam, Ashley Monroe, Laura Marling, Megan Trainor, Taylor Swift, Lauren Daigle, Rachel Platten, Allison Moorer, Ellie Goulding, Kacey Musgraves

Best Male Musical Artists of 2015:

Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Gary Clark, Jr., Jason Isbell, Matt Maher, Pat Green, Marc Scibilia, Harry Connick, Jr., Aaron Watson

Best Albums of 2015:

  • Chris Stapleton “Traveller”
  • Adele “25”
  • Grace Potter “Midnight”
  • Asleep at the Wheel “Still The King”
  • Mumford & Sons “Wilder Mind”
  • Ashley Monroe “The Blade”
  • Eric Church “Mr. Misunderstood”
  • The Lone Bellow “Then Came The Morning”
  • Cam “Untamed”
  • Matt Maher “Saints and Sinners”
  • Dawes “All Your Favorite Bands”
  • Alison Moorer “Down To Believing”
  • Ellie Goulding “Delirium”
  • Wade Bowen & Randy Rogers “Hold My Beer, Vol. 1”
  • Florence + The Machine “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”

Best Singles of 2015:

  • “Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton
  • “Brother” – NEEDTOBREATHE
  • “Riser” – Dierks Bentley
  • “Burning House” – Cam
  • “Hello” – Adele
  • “Your Girl” – Grace Potter
  • “Cold As It Is” – The Lone Bellow
  • “Drink You Away” – Justin Timberlake
  • “(I Do) Like We Do” – Harry Connick, Jr. 
  • “Don’t Wanna Fight” – Alabama Shakes
  • “On My Mind” – Ellie Goulding
  • “Empty Heart” – Grace Potter
  • “Traveller” – Chris Stapleton
  • “Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt
  • “Buy Me A Boat” – Chris Janson
  • “Because He Live (Amen)” – Matt Maher
  • “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Megan Trainor
  • “Same Old Love” – Selena Gomez
  • “While I Was Away” – Pat Green
  • “Greater” – MercyMe
  • “Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band
  • “The Driver” – Charles Kelley
  • “Want To Want Me” – Jason Derulo
  • “Nobody To Blame” – Chris Stapleton
  • “Drag Me Down” – One Direction
  • “Soul On Fire” – Third Day
  • “First” – Lauren Daigle
  • “Fly” – Maddie & Tae
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Grammy Nominations 2016

Grammy Nominations 2016

Following is a comprehensive list of the nominees in featured categories. The Grammy Awards will be taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 15 and will be aired live on CBS. Congrats to all of the nominees!

Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Chris Stapleton, Traveler
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

Record of the Year
D’Angelo and the Vanguard, “Really Love”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel my Face”

Best New Artist
Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

 Best Pop Solo Performance
• Heartbeat Song
Kelly Clarkson

• Love Me Like You Do
Ellie Goulding

• Thinking Out Loud
Ed Sheeran
Track from: X
[Atlantic]

• Blank Space
Taylor Swift

• Can’t Feel My Face
The Weeknd

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
• Ship To Wreck
Florence + The Machine

• Sugar
Maroon 5

• Uptown Funk
Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars

• Bad Blood
Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar

• See You Again
Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth

Best Country Solo Performance
• Burning House
Cam
Track from: Welcome To Cam Country
[Sony Music Entertainment]

• Traveller
Chris Stapleton
Track from: Traveller
[Mercury Nashville]

• Little Toy Guns
Carrie Underwood
Track from: Greatest Hits: Decade #1
[19 Recordings/Arista Nashville]

• John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16
Keith Urban
[Capitol Records Nashville]

• Chances Are
Lee Ann Womack
Track from: The Way I’m Livin’
[Sugar Hill Records]

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

• Stay A Little Longer
Brothers Osborne
[EMI Records Nashville]

• If I Needed You
Joey+Rory
Track from: Country Classics
[Gaither Music Group]

• The Driver
Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay
[Capitol Records Nashville]

• Girl Crush
Little Big Town
Track from: Pain Killer
[Capitol Records Nashville]

• Lonely Tonight
Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe
[Warner Bros]

Best Country Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• Chances Are
Hayes Carll, songwriter (Lee Ann Womack)
Track from: The Way I’m Livin’
[Sugar Hill Records; Publisher(s): Highway 87 Music admin. by BMG/Chrysalis]

• Diamond Rings And Old Barstools
Barry Dean, Luke Laird & Jonathan Singleton, songwriters (Tim McGraw)
Track from: Sundown Heaven Town
[Big Machine Records/McGraw Music; Publisher(s): Songs of Universal, Inc./Creative Nation Music/Twangin and Slangin Songs/Country Paper/Pulse Nation/BMG Gold Songs /Glassbean/We Jam Writers Group]

• Girl Crush
Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)
Track from: Pain Killer
[Capitol Records Nashville; Publisher(s): Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Songs Of Crazy Girl Music, Songs of Universal, Inc., Hoodie Songs, HillarodyRathbone Music admin. by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC]

• Hold My Hand
Brandy Clark & Mark Stephen Jones, songwriters (Brandy Clark)
Track from: 12 Stories
[Warner Bros Records; Publisher(s): Songs of Parallel/Vista Loma Music admin. by Amplified Administration and Harlan Howard Songs]

• Traveller
Chris Stapleton, songwriter (Chris Stapleton)
Track from: Traveller
[Mercury Nashville; Publisher(s): WB Music Corp./Ken Tucky Music]

Best Country Album
• Montevallo
Sam Hunt
[MCA Nashville]

• Pain Killer
Little Big Town
[Capitol Records Nashville]

• The Blade
Ashley Monroe
[Warner Bros.]

• Pageant Material
Kacey Musgraves
[Mercury Nashville]

• Traveller
Chris Stapleton
[Mercury Records]

Best American Roots Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).)

• And Am I Born To Die
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

• Born To Play Guitar
Buddy Guy

• City Of Our Lady
The Milk Carton Kids

• Julep
Punch Brothers

• See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
Mavis Staples

Best American Roots Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots songs. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

• All Night Long
The Mavericks
Raul Malo, songwriter (The Mavericks)

• The Cost Of Living
Don Henley & Merle Haggard
Don Henley & Stan Lynch, songwriters (Don Henley & Merle Haggard)

• Julep
Punch Brothers
Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny, Chris Thile & Gabe Witcher, songwriters (Punch Brothers)

• The Traveling Kind
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris, songwriters (Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell)

• 24 Frames
Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell)

 Best Americana Album
• The Firewatcher’s Daughter
Brandi Carlile

• The Traveling Kind
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

• Something More Than Free
Jason Isbell

• Mono
The Mavericks

• The Phosphorescent Blues
Punch Brothers

Best Bluegrass Album
• Pocket Full Of Keys
Dale Ann Bradley

• Before The Sun Goes Down
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

• In Session
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

• Man Of Constant Sorrow
Ralph Stanley & Friends

• The Muscle Shoals Recordings
The Steeldrivers Continue reading

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Nashville is Songwriter City

I’ve been in the music industry for over 25 years and have seen every type of show and performance. From my time working at record labels traveling around the country, I’ve witnessed the biggest artists in country music, the newest emerging acts, and everything in between. There are so many incredible performances that come to mind and each stand out for different reasons, but on a whole there is nothing that compares to the experience of a well executed songwriter round. Web site capture 2

If you’ve been to songwriter rounds, occasionally called “guitar pulls,” you are likely nodding your head in agreement. For those of you unfamiliar with these special songwriter events, they are typically a group of 2 to 5 songwriters who gather together to swap stories, tell jokes, describe how their songs came to life, and then perform those songs acoustically. It’s an intimate look behind the music.

It’s common to think that singles heard on the radio from top artists were written by them personally, and while some recording artists are also songwriters, many do not solely write their own material (and some not at all). They seek out songs from the amazing pool of songwriting talent that makes up Music City, which is not only the home of many genres of music, but is essentially the songwriting capital of the world. This fact has been nicely portrayed on ABC’s television series Nashville, as well as in many articles, features, and videos over the years.

You would be hard pressed to find a more engaging and honest form of entertainment than songwriter rounds. It’s true not every songwriter is wired for the stage, but when you combine extraordinarily talented writers who love telling stories and entertaining a crowd, the environment is nothing short of magical. You’ll laugh, you may cry, and you’ll be thoroughly entertained by Nashville’s brightest behind the music stars.

You hear it so many times, but it all really does start with the song and songwriters are the core creative force behind everything you hear. 

If you’re ever planning a visit to Nashville and looking for the best places to locate a songwriter night, start at the Bluebird Cafe and also see what’s happening at The ListeningRoom, 3rd & Lindsley, Puckett’s, The Commodore Lounge, and Douglas Corner

If you happen to be searching for the best songwriter entertainment for a corporate, seminar, convention, or other private event, you should check out something I’m involved with – Songwriter City. We partner with the very best songwriters and customize round-type shows to meet specific needs and budgets. It’s the ultimate authentic music experience from Music City’s biggest hit makers.

No matter where you are, make it a point to support and encourage your local songwriters. They are the heartbeat of musical life, not only in Nashville, but around the world.

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2015 CMA Award Winners

Here’s a quick recap of the winners from the 49th annual Country Music Association Awards held in Nashville:

Entertainer of the Year
WINNER: Luke Bryan
Garth Brooks
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Single of the Year
WINNER: Girl Crush, Little Big Town
American Kids, Kenny Chesney
I Don’t Dance, Lee Brice
Take Your Time, Sam Hunt
Talladega, Eric Church

Song of the Year (award goes to songwriters)
WINNER: Girl Crush (Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey)
American Kids (Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally)
Like a Cowboy (Randy Houser and Brice Long)
Like a Wrecking Ball (Eric Church and Casey Beathard)
Take Your Time (Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne)

Male Vocalist of the Year  
WINNER: Chris Stapleton
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year 
WINNER: Miranda Lambert
Kelsea Ballerini
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack

Vocal Group of the Year  
WINNER: Little Big Town
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Duo of the Year 
WINNER: Florida Georgia Line
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Maddie & Tae
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year
WINNER: Chris Stapleton
Kelsea Ballerini
Sam Hunt
Maddie & Tae
Thomas Rhett

Album of the Year
WINNER: Traveller, Chris Stapleton
Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves
Pain Killer, Little Big Town
The Big Revival, Kenny Chesney

Musical Event of the Year 
WINNER: Raise ‘Em Up, Keith Urban featuring Eric Church
Django and Jimmie, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Lonely Tonight, Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe
Smokin’ and Drinkin’, Miranda Lambert featuring Little Big Town
Wild Child, Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter

Musician of the Year
WINNER: Mac McAnally, guitar
Sam Bush, mandolin
Jerry Douglas, Dobro
Paul Franklin, steel guitar
Dann Huff, guitar

Music Video of the Year
WINNER: Girl in a Country Song, Maddie & Tae
Biscuits, Kacey Musgraves
Girl Crush, Little Big Town
Little Red Wagon, Miranda Lambert
Something in the Water, Carrie Underwood

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BMI Country Music Awards 2015 Winners

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Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) held their Country Music Awards last night on Music Row. Taking top songwriter and publisher honors were:

Songwriter of the Year: Rodney Clawson

Song of the Year: “Beat of the Music,” written by Brett Eldredge, Ross Copperman, and Heather Morgan

Publisher of the Year: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville

Champion Award: Lee Thomas Miller

BMI Icon: Mac Davis

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2015 ASCAP Country Music Award Winners

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As CMA week continues in Nashville, ASCAP hosted their 2015 awards at the downtown Omni Hotel. This year’s top winners were:

Songwriter of the Year: Ashley Gorley

Songwriter-Artist of the Year: Sam Hunt

Song of the Year:  “Leave the Night On,” written by Sam Hunt and Josh Osborne, performed by Sam Hunt

Publisher of the Year: Warner/Chappell Music

ASCAP’s Voice of Music Award: Trisha Yearwood, 

See the complete and extensive list of winners HERE.

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