All posts in March 2017

Brett Eldredge Wins in Vegas With CMT Instant Jam

Brett Eldredge‘s CMT Instant Jam live at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas served as a pre-party leading up to Sunday night’s (April 2) Academy of Country Music Awards. Thousands of free wristbands to get into the pop-up event were distributed within minutes after Eldredge first announced their availability on social media hours before Thursday’s (March... Read more »

ACM Awards: Country Artists Prepare for the Party [PHOTOS]

The anticipation is building for the 52nd annual ACM Awards taking place live from Las Vegas Sunday (April 2). While it’s hard to guess who will walk away a winner with all the fierce competition, it’s easy to see the night will be filled with superstar performances. Take a look at photos from the rehearsals.... Read more »

Nominees Weigh In on ACM Awards Co-Hosts

CMT Hot 20 Countdown is all about the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards taking place Sunday (April 2) in Las Vegas. Several nominees including Kelsea Ballerini, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Maren Morris and others will appear on the all-new episode and give a preview of what to expect from awards show co-hosts... Read more »

Kelsea Ballerini Happy to Be in the ACM’s Female Vocalist Snapshot

Earlier this week, CBS-TV tweeted a video of Kelsea Ballerini talking about what it means to her to be one of the five nominees for the Academy of Country Music’s female vocalist of the year award. But not just in a cliche “it’s-an-honor-just-to-be-nominated” way. Instead, Ballerini talks about her fellow nominees — Carrie Underwood, Miranda... Read more »

Jon Pardi Is Ready to Do the Obvious in Las Vegas

Jon Pardi has every reason to party in Las Vegas this weekend for Sunday’s (April 2) 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards. He heads to the show already a winner as the reigning new male vocalist. It also marks the first time the California native heads to a major music award show with back-to-back... Read more »

Chris Stapleton to Premiere New Music Live on ACM Awards

Editor’s Note: On Friday’s (March 31) CMT Hometown Heroes, Stapleton goes home to Paintsville, Kentucky to support the music program at his alma mater Johnson Central High School. The show premieres at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Chris Stapleton‘s performance at Sunday’s (April 2) 52nd annual ACM Awards will mark the live television premiere of new music... Read more »

Lady Antebellum Flashback to First ACM Win

The ACM Awards are more than a big deal to Lady Antebellum. The first major music award they won was the 2008 ACM for new vocal duo or group, an honor they received from the year’s previous winners Little Big Town. “I remember thinking our first single was barely out,” Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott recalls... Read more »

Luke Bryan Says His Fingers Are Crossed

I think Dierks Bentley said it best when he said, “Nice to be nominated when you’re up there hosting.” I mean, right? It’s one thing to get a hosting gig, but quite another to get nominated. And to get both? Well, that’s the ultimate goal. So when the Academy of Country Music posed the question... Read more »

Maren Morris: The ACM Before & After

Last year, Maren Morris just felt like a fan. “I remember sitting in the audience and I was with my boyfriend, Ryan Hurd,” Morris told the Academy of Country Music. “We were just in awe of everything that goes into those shows, and just how cool it was to see all these songs representing in... Read more »

Inaugural Innovation in Music Awards to Honor CMT’s Leslie Fram

CMT senior vice president of music strategy and talent Leslie Fram will receive the Innovation in National Media Award at the inaugural Innovation in Music Awards on June 6 in Nashville. Additionally, radio veteran Mike McVay will be honored with the Heritage Award in Innovation which recognizes music-industry professionals who have committed his entire career... Read more »