ABC/Image Group LAWhen the 2020 CMT Music Awards nominees were announced earlier this week, Blanco Brown made the list twice with his viral 2019 smash, “The Git Up.”
The first-time CMT Awards nominee not only netted a mention in the Breakthrough Video of the Year category, but he also scored a nod in the event’s most coveted honor of the night: Video of the Year. He’s one of fourteen nominees in the latter category; that list will be whittled down to five fan-voted finalists by October 12.
Blanco’s accomplishments ahead of the awards show were particularly poignant due to recent events in the singer’s personal life. Early in September, he was hospital after being involved in a head-on motorcycle crash, and underwent a 12-hour surgery to address his injuries.
Fortunately, Blanco's now on the mend and expected to make a full recovery, but he was still recuperating in a hospital bed when word got out that he’s nominated at the CMT Awards. He posted footage on social media of the special moment when he found out he was in the running, as well as his first reaction to the news.
“Man, I tell you, I can’t even imagine that. CMT, I love y’all,” Blanco said, shaking his head in disbelief. “It’s a blessing. Especially, like...the family over there. It’s deeper than just a song. I mean, it’s a blessing, man.”
Blanco joked that he was going to have to find a way to celebrate, hospital-style. “Now I gotta go take a shot of water!” he said, grinning ear to ear.
The 2020 CMT Music Awards will air on Wednesday, October 21 at 8PM ET on CMT. You can vote for your favorite artists in all categories now through October 12 at 12PM ET.
Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesCanaanSmith finds a creative way to get over heartbreak in the music video for his latest single, “Colder Than You.”
In the clip, Canaan hightails it out into the woods to hide from a relationship gone bad, with only his pickup truck and some beer-brewing gear for company. Over the course of the video, we see Canaan mix together water, hops and so much more, ending up with a delicious beer that’s a surefire cure for heartache.
Filmed by a creek in a scenic stretch of Georgia near the Blue Ridge Mountains, the “Colder Than You” video combines two of the singer’s real-life passions: The outdoors and a delicious chilled beer. In fact, Canaan hints that the video’s subject matter is also a clue about at something to come that he’s got brewing off-camera.
It’s certainly not the first time that Canaan has celebrated the magic of a cold beer in his songs. Previously-released tunes include “Pour Decisions” and “Beer Drinkin’ Weather.” His latest tune was co-produced by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley; Canaan is also signed to the duo’s Round Here Records.
ABC/Image Group LANearly a year after the release of her seventh studio album, Wildcard, Miranda Lambert revisits the process of making the record in a new behind-the-scenes video featuring her producer, Jay Joyce, and some of the writers who helped her make the album.
The project marked a turning point for Miranda, who says that she returned to the mindset of making her first album, Kerosene, and also changed directions by taking a break from working with her longtime producer, Frank Liddell.
The result, she reflects, was an album that came together completely naturally.
“Of all the albums I’ve made, [Wildcard] is the one that I’ve over-thought the least. I just had confidence in the process,” she explains. “I just felt like it was gonna work.”
“It ended up in a place of just owning it -- all of it,” the singer continues, explaining that while Wildcard marked a new venture for her in some respects, it also sees her getting closer than ever to the musical identity she’s always had.
“I’ve always been that way in my music. I’ve never tried to hide anything. Sometimes I’ve been too honest, uncomfortably honest,” Miranda points out. “But I just believe in it, because that’s my job, is to just say, ‘Here’s my story, hope y’all have one similar.”
Throughout the behind-the-scenes video, Miranda also revisits some specific songs off of Wildcard and shares the stories behind them, with songwriters such as Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Ashley Monroe and many more.
ABC/Image Group LAMatt Stell returns today with news of a new EP, Better Than That, due for release on October 16.
Matt’s next batch of tunes will include his current top-10 single “Everywhere but On,” as well as his breakout hit “Prayed for You” and another previously-released song, “If I Was a Bar.”
In addition to those three songs that fans already know and love, Matt’s including five new tracks on Better Than That. The singer says that although he’s been sad to be off the road this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these songs have been an upside to quarantine.
“I think the silver lining to quarantine and being off the road is that I’ve been able to focus on writing and becoming more creative,” the singer explains. “I’m really proud of these new songs, so it’s exciting to finally get them out to the fans.”
Though the full Better Than ThatEP won’t drop until next month, Matt is tiding fans over with the release of the title track, “Better Than That.” It’s a catchy, mid-tempo love song for a girl worth waiting for, with lyrics that focus on how sometimes, a more subtle strategy is more effective when it comes to flirting.
Now, the venue announces that they will begin welcoming back concertgoers on Saturday, October 3 -- with some safety measures in place.
Each show will have a strict capacity cap at 500 audience members, with physically distanced seating that allows groups to sit together but distances them from other audience members. All guests, staff and Opry operations personnel will be required to wear masks, and there will be no concessions services. Furthermore, the venue will have enhanced cleaning procedures and temperature checks for all staff.
Dierks Bentley, Terri Clark, Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan are on deck to perform on October 3, which is also the Opry’s 95th anniversary celebration. Appropriately enough, it also marks Dierks’ 15th anniversary of being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry family.
The show will continue to be livestreamed on the venue’s website, as well as broadcast on the Opry’s flagship home of 650 WSM AM.
ABC/Image Group LADolly Parton’s heard some pretty salacious rumors about herself over the years. She’s been falsely romantically linked to everyone from Elvis Presley to Kenny Rogers, accused of being ultra-high maintenance in the studio, and much more.
The star has gotten used to shutting down stories about herself that aren’t true, but there is one long-time rumor that she admits holds a little bit of water.
“I do have some tattoos, that’s true,” Dolly tells People. “But they’re tasteful. I’m not a tattoo girl. My tattoos are pretty, they’re artful...”
In fact, she adds, she got the idea to start adding some ink to her skin not because she loved the idea of tattoos necessarily, but in order to cover up scarring related to long-ago medical procedures.
“They usually started out to cover some scar, not to make a big statement. Ribbons and bows and butterflies are the things that I have,” the singer continues. “I was very sick for a while and I had to wear a feeding tube. It left a little indentation on my side and I didn’t like it because I’m so fair that scars turn purple on me.”
So, she decided to take matters into her own hands. “I like to make positives out of negatives. I had a little beehive tattooed over it -- a little yellow-and-brown beehive with a tiny little bee on top of the hive. The mouth of it is that little sinkhole,” Dolly explains.
She goes on to say that she’s not ruling out the possibility of adding to her collection, especially after seeing how fascinated fans are with her tattoos.
“Who knows, I may get some more later,” Dolly adds. “I may just have to get covered with tattoos just so everybody could be right!”
Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2015, the superstar pop-country crossover artist who duetted with Dolly Parton for “Islands in the Stream” officially announced his retirement. The singer called the music business quits after his final tour. Can you name him? ANSWER: Kenny Rogers.
Capitol Records NashvilleAs the Friday release date nears for Carrie Underwood’s holiday album, My Gift, the singer reveals that she’s got yet another holiday treat in store for fans.
This week, Carrie revealed that she'll release a holiday television special on HBO Max to go along with her new album. The show, which is set to shoot this fall in time for the holiday season, will feature Carrie performing songs off of My Gift. She’ll be backed by a live orchestra and choir.
The singer says that she can’t wait to add a visual component to her new holiday collection, which is the first full-length Christmas album she’s ever released.
“The journey of writing and recording this album started last year when I finished my tour, and we could have never anticipated the circumstances we would be in this year,” Carrie explains. “Creating this album has been good for my heart, and I’m thrilled to get to share it with the world and bring it to life with Playtone and HBO Max.”
The My Gift special is produced in partnership with Playtone, which is Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s film and television production company. Carrie also co-executive produces the event, along with her manager, Ann Edelbute.
My Gift is due for release on September 25, and will be available on special red vinyl on October 30. Ahead of release day, Carrie shared one of the tracks on the album, her rendition of "Let There Be Peace."
ABC/Image Group LA Fresh off winning Group and Song of the Year at last week's ACM Awards, Old Dominion's heading back into the studio to start work on their next album.
And in a rare bright spot in a year when they can't play live shows because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they'll get to make their record in a way they've always envisioned.
"The cool thing is we are looking forward to making more music," lead singer Matthew Ramsey tells ABC Audio. "So we actually decided, 'You know what? We've always talked about, "Wouldn't be great to make an album like they did in the old days where they had all the time in the world, and they just lived in the studio and went in there and created? And when they were done, they left."'"
"We actually booked a recording studio in another town," Matthew explains. "And it's got a house and everything, and we're just going to live for like a month."
"And we have no plan," he adds. "We're just gonna go in there and come out with something. We'll see, you know."
So far, OD's excited about their prospects.
"I think it's gonna be good," Matthew says, "because we've started to sort of work on things here. And the things that we're kind of playing with are really different and really cool, and [it's] exciting for us to be able to create again."
Still, Matthew jokes it could go either way: "I was talking to my brother the other day... and I said, 'We're either gonna come out with something great or kill each other -- or both!'"
OD also vies for Vocal Group and Album of the Year at the CMA Awards November 11 on ABC.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSinger-songwriter Brandy Clark just dropped “Same Devil,” a collaboration with Brandi Carlile.
Lakeview spotlights local Music City bars in their music video for “She Drove Me to the Bar,” sitting down with two Nashville bar owners to talk about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the March tornado that devastated several buildings throughout middle Tennessee.
John Shearer/Getty Images for Sony Music NashvilleEver since Kane Brown and his wife, Katelyn, welcomed baby girl Kingsley in October of last year, the proud parents have been happily adjusting to life as a family of three. In fact, the singer says he’s such a big fan of dad life that he’s not done having babies just yet.
“Kingsley has changed my life. She smiles at me and my heart melts,” Kane tells Extra. “I want a little boy, too. I want a boy and a girl.”
However, Kane’s not sugar-coating how tough parenting is, especially since his daughter seems to have inherited his famous pipes.
“She can scream so loud she’ll make your ears bleed,” he adds with a smile.
When he’s not on dad duty, Kane is gearing up for an exciting performance: This Saturday, he’ll helm his one-night-only drive-in show, which will be simulcast to more than 300 drive-in theaters across the U.S. and Canada.
Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, are proud parents to three adorable little girls: Willa Gray, Ada James and Lennon Love. While Ada and Lennon are the couple’s biological children, Willa was adopted, and traveled to the U.S. from her native country of Uganda.
As the only Black child in a white family, Thomas says he and Lauren are making sure that their children have “open conversations” about the similarities and differences between them.
“It’s something we talk about really openly,” the singer explains to ET Online. “I think me and Lauren’s main thing we want to get across is how proud we are and that we want her to grow up proud of herself and her family.”
As the parent of a Black child, Thomas says that watching the current news cycle of police brutality, protests and racial injustice is especially heart-wrenching.
“We just try to preach to our kids to shine your light everywhere you go and realize that the world is cruel, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be,” he reflects. “We’re still dealing with it just like everybody else and we’re still trying to ask the right questions and educate ourselves as well.”
Willa knows that her family “looks a lot different” than other families, Thomas goes on to say, but he hopes she’ll continue to embrace those differences, and her Ugandan heritage, as she grows up.
“[We want to teach her] to embrace who you are and to embrace your uniqueness and embrace your culture as well,” he says. “That’s something we want to educate her on as long as she’s still in our household and even beyond that.”
ABC/Image Group LABlake Shelton will bring a little country flair to the stage of NBC's America’s Got Talent tonight: He’s signed on to perform during the show’s Season 15 finale. Blake is one of several stars who are on deck to take the stage, though he's the only country performer in the bunch.
Blake will appearl appear alongside pop singer/songwriter Julia Michaels -- Keith Urban's duet partner on "Coming Home" -- as well as Usher, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, rising pop star Ava Max and more.
Ahead of his performance, Blake joked on social media that his upcoming spot on AGT represents a bit of a flipped script: Thanks to his role as coach on The Voice, he’s used to being in the judge’s seat, not on stage.
“Y’all think the judges will hit that golden buzzer for me...?” he wrote.
He didn't offer any hints as to what he'll be performing when he takes the stage.
AGT kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. In the hour prior to the finale, fans can watch a recap show featuring season highlights and behind-the-scenes footage.
Gwendolyn RecordsTrisha Yearwood showcases the personal meaning behind her heart-tugging new ballad, “I’ll Carry You Home,” in the song’s music video. The clip takes a look back at the singer’s own family home movies from her childhood.
Trisha offers a look into her first few years at home in Georgia, surrounded by her parents, friends and family.
She says her song is a tribute to all of those who’ve lifted her up over the years -- even literally, such as when her parents carried her home from the hospital as a newborn.
“For me, it’s very much about the people in my life that have my back, and also my strong spiritual belief that God’s got me, no matter what. I believe that. It’s really like a prayer,” Trisha says of “I’ll Carry You Home.”
“It’s just one of the most beautiful songs that I’ve heard,” she adds.
The new release comes on the heels of Trisha’s performance of “I’ll Carry You Home” at the 2020 ACMs, where she sang during the in memoriam segment honoring of all the country greats we’ve lost in 2020.
Courtesy of CMTAshleyMcBryde, Luke Combs, Dan Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt are the most-nominated artists at the 2020 CMT Music Awards, which unveiled its nominees this week.
Other nominated artists include Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Kane Brown, Old Dominion and more. The Chicks received their first CMT nomination since 2007 this year. There’s also plenty of genre crossover in the list, with Nelly, Halsey, Gwen Stefani and more out-of-genre artists notching mentions.
The entirely fan-voted show will air on Wednesday, October 21 at 8PM ET on CMT. You can vote for your favorite artists in all the categories now through October 12 at 12PM ET.
The top award of the ceremony, “Video of the Year,” currently has 14 nominees in the running. Those will be whittled down to a selection of five finalists by October 12; fans will be able to continue voting for those remaining contenders until October 16 to determine the winner.
Here’s the complete list nominees for the 2020 CMT Music Awards:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR Ashley McBryde -- “One Night Standards” Blanco Brown -- “The Git Up” Carrie Underwood -- “Drinking Alone” Dan Shay -- “I Should Probably Go to Bed” Keith Urban -- “Polaroid” Kelsea Ballerini -- “homecoming queen?” Little Big Town -- “Sugar Coat” Luke Combs -- “Beer Never Broke My Heart” Miranda Lambert -- “Bluebird” Old Dominion -- “Some People Do” Sam Hunt -- “Hard to Forget” Tanya Tucker -- “Bring My Flowers Now” The Chicks -- “Gaslighter” Thomas Rhett -- “Remember You Young”
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR Jason Alden -- “Got What I Got” Luke Bryan -- “One Margarita” Luke Combs -- “Even Though I’m Leaving” Morgan Wallen -- “Chasin’ You (Dream Video)” Sam Hunt -- “Hard to Forget” Thomas Rhett -- “Remember You Young”
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR Ashley McBryde -- “One Night Standards” Carrie Underwood - “Drinking Alone” Gabby Barrett -- “I Hope” Kelsea Ballerini -- “homecoming queen?” Maren Morris -- “The Bones” Miranda Lambert -- “Bluebird”
DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR Brothers Osborne -- “All Night (Studio Performance)” Dan Shay --“I Should Probably Go To Bed” Florida Georgia Line -- “Blessings” LOCASH -- “One Big Country Song” Maddie & Tae -“Die From A Broken Heart”
GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR Lady A -- “Champagne Night” Little Big Town --“Wine, Beer, Whiskey” Midland -- “Cheatin' Songs (Live From the Palomino)” Old Dominion -- “One Man Band” The Chicks -- “Gaslighter” The Highwomen -- “Crowded Table”
BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR Blanco Brown -- “The Git Up” Caylee Hammack -- “Family Tree” Gabby Barrett -- “I Hope” Ingrid Andress -- “More Hearts Than Mine” Riley Green -- “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” Travis Denning -- “After a Few”
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani -- “Nobody But You” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice -- “I Hope You're Happy Now” Dan Shay and Justin Bieber -- “10,000 Hours” Kane Brown featuring Nelly -- “Cool Again” Marshmello and Kane Brown -- “One Thing Right” Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi -- “Beer Can't Fix”
CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR From CMT Artists of the Year: Ashley McBryde -- “One Night Standards” From CMT Crossroads: Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs -- “Brand New Man” From CMT Artists of the Year: Chris Young -- “Drowning” From CMT Crossroads: Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini -- “Graveyard” From CMT Artists of the Year: Sam Hunt --“Fancy” From CMT Crossroads: Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton -- “Tell Me When It's Over”
ABC/Image Group LAIt’s been six whole months since Maren Morris and her husband, fellow artist Ryan Hurd, welcomed their baby boy, Hayes, the couple’s first child.
Since then, the singer has been open about the ups and downs of new parenthood, sharing her story with postpartum depression and responding to the mommy-shamers who’ve critiqued her mothering style on social media.
But to celebrate little Hayes' half year of life, Maren focused on the sweet parts of being her son’s mama.
“He smiled early and stared at you intently like he’d known you in a past life,” she wrote on social media, alongside a family selfie. “He eats all the green foods I would never touch, and I think we’ve only heard him really cry 4 different times.”
The singer went on to say that she doesn’t take this sweet phase for granted, and knows there might well be more challenging times ahead.
“We are honestly just waiting for the spell to wear off and he becomes a terror, but so far, he’s just been our sweet, sensitive son,” Maren continued. “Happy half year, Bub.”
Maren has a whole lot to celebrate these days. In addition to her baby’s half-birthday, she recently brought home the Female Artist of the Year trophy at the 2020 ACM Awards, and also scored four nominations at the upcoming 2020 Billboard Music Awards.
ABC/Image Group LAThe old saying goes that “idle hands are the Devil’s workshop,” but in Dolly Parton’s case, idle hands sometimes result in a massive hit.
In the singer’s new book, Dolly Parton, Storyteller: My Life in Lyrics, she remembers how she wrote her 1980 hit “9 to 5,” while on the set of the 1979 movie of the same title. The film starred Dolly alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and it remains one of the singer’s best-loved acting appearances to this day.
According to a preview from the new book in People, Dolly says that she got just a little bit bored backstage while she was waiting for her character’s scene to be filmed.
“The thing I hate about the movies is all the waiting-around time,” she writes. “I realized on the set of 9 to 5 in 1979 that I had to do something besides just sitting there. I couldn’t play my guitar -- I didn’t want to disrupt everything on the set by making music.”
Instead, Dolly found another way to make music.
“I would just click my nails making them sound like a typewriter. Then I used that sound as my music. I started writing ‘9 to 5’ on the set of the movie that way,” she continues. “I’d go back to my hotel every night and put down what I had written that day, playing my guitar and getting it on tape. Over a long period of time, I wrote the song on my nails.”
Dolly Parton, Storyteller: My Life in Lyrics will be out on November 17.
Triple TigersScotty McCreery returns this week with his brand-new single, “You Time.” The song follows a busy couple as they put their demanding work schedules aside for a few hours in order to enjoy each other’s company.
That’s a real-life problem for Scotty, whose wife Gabi is a pediatric nurse. Between her hectic work life and his schedule as a busy touring and recording artist, the singer admits that the lyrics were inspired by how difficult it can be for the couple to carve out quality time together.
But instead of complaining about how hard it is to find downtime together, “You Time” is a playful ode to how much fun it is when the two lovebirds finally do get some time to themselves.
“I need a little you time, you time, red wine / Sippin’ in the moonlight / Your touch, your skin, your lips / Kissin’ on me all night,” Scotty sings in the chorus. “I ain’t tryin’ to monopolize / Your 24/7, 365 / But sometimes, I need just a little bit of me and you time...”
Of course, Scotty and Gabi -- as well as many other couples throughout the world -- are getting a little more “You Time” than they bargained for in 2020, amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
Scotty debuted the live version of his new single during a Ryman performance in early September. It was his first in-person, albeit socially distanced, show since the onset of the pandemic.
“You Time” is the first taste of an upcoming album from Scotty, the singer’s follow-up to his massively successful Seasons Change.
ABC/Image Group LA After proposing to his longtime girlfriend onstage during his show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium last October, Jon Pardi and Summer Duncan planned to get married in Montana in May.
But like so many other things in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic changed all that. Now, Jon reveals he and Summer are only a couple months away from their big day, even though it won't be quite the event they'd envisioned.
"We're shooting for November," Jon tells ABC Audio. "And it's gonna be a small crowd. It's not the big giant wedding we always wanted. We can't do that. But we're gonna get married. It's gonna be fun."
"We don't have any idea for a honeymoon," he confesses.
Instead, the newlyweds will spend some time visiting their family.
"We are going to do like a wedding tour," Jon explains, "because we have so many relatives in California, and then maybe Texas, and then we'll do a party in Nashville. So [we're] just kinda gonna make the rounds after we get married and have a big party."
"So it's tough, you know," he admits, "and everybody gets it. But it's not a great year to have a wedding."
On Monday, Summer revealed the ceremony is "2 months from today" on Instagram, which would make November 21 the official date.
In the meantime, Jon's putting out the Deluxe Edition of his ACM-nominated Heartache Medication album on October 2, which features the "Western Version" of his current hit, "Ain't Always the Cowboy."