1. The CMA Awards' Golden Anniversary: 50 Years, 50 Highlights

    November 01, 2016 2:04 PM EDT George Strait, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift and even a former president are part of the trophy's history. From Jack Greene ’s triple play in the first year to Chris Stapleton ’s career-making appearance at the 49th installment, the Country Music Association Awards have become…

  2. Miranda Lambert's 'Vice' 
Puts A Broken Spirit On Display

    August 23, 2016 3:17 PM EDT A gutsy single from her upcoming album mines tough emotions from the singer's 2015 divorce. When Miranda Lambert unveiled the first single from her next album, the stark a cappella opening practically begged the listener to lean into the speaker. In essence, Lambert was launching the…

  3. Female Country Stars Kacey Musgraves, Cam, Maren Morris and More on Industry Sexism, the 'Freak Show' Presidential Election and Tomato-gate

    July 28, 2016 6:04 PM EDT On a hot summer morning in downtown Nashville, six young country standouts take seats around a table, making small talk while awaiting instructions from a surrounding film crew. “Pretend like we’re not here,” urges a producer. “Yeah, it sure feels intimate,” deadpans singer-songwriter…

  4. Willie Nelson, Neil Young & Sheryl Crow Will Headline First Outlaw Music Fest

    July 26, 2016 11:26 AM EDT Back in March the country music festival Dega Jam, which was slated for early July, was canceled . This was only a few weeks after Delaware's  Big Barrel along  with two other country festival​s announced they were also shuttering . Then, on Monday ,  PromoWest  Productions  announced…

  5. Country's Fascination With Water Gets Smart Makeover With Eli Young Band's 'Gospel'

    July 22, 2016 8:57 AM EDT "Saltwater Gospel" connects the sea with spirituality. Country has had a fascination with the water in recent years, evident in such major titles as  Dierks Bentley ’s “Somewhere on a Beach,”  Little Big Town ’s “Pontoon” and  Jake Owen ’s “Beachin’.” Eli Young Band’s new “Saltwater…

  6. Terri Clark Is 'Giddy' Over New Gig As Host Of Country Gold

    March 30, 2016 12:11 PM EDT Terri Clark is a big fan of ’90s country, and not just because most of her own hits occurred during the latter half of that decade. She calls the era’s music “pretty amazing,” noting, “They were still writing songs about stories and life” in those days. Those are some of the many reasons why…

  7. Grammys 2016 Preview: The Inside Scoop on the Best Country Song and Country Album Nominees

    February 13, 2016 9:00 AM EST Best Country Album Montevallo Sam Hunt Label MCA Nashville Hunt may have confirmed the end of country's "hat act" era, eschewing not just Stetsons but also the ball caps of bro-country for his own suave style. That goes for his sound, too, with a romantic hip-hop influence that…

  8. Watch Jennifer Lopez Perform Mashup of Zedd's 'Clarity'

    February 09, 2016 12:09 PM EST Jennifer Lopez is bringing Zedd ’s hit single "Clarity" back into the spotlight. Jennifer Lopez on Las Vegas Residency: 'I've Been Preparing for This My Whole Life' Her new Las Vegas residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino includes the record as…

  9. Aubrie Sellers Celebrates Her Garage Country Debut in New York City: Live Review

    January 28, 2016 1:30 PM EST In the middle of her show last night (Jan. 27) in downtown Manhattan, the country singer Aubrie Sellers offered a self-assessment -- and maybe a warning: “There’s 14 songs on [my] record and only one of them is sweet.” Those 13 strident tunes and their lone sugary cousin appear on New City…

  10. New Year, New Artists: Country Circulates Young Blood In 2016

    January 22, 2016 2:37 PM EST Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and solo Charles Kelley are among the newbies with albums out or on the way. A year ago, Cam , Old Dominion and Chris Stapleton were relative unknowns who had some irons in the fire but no guarantees for their future. Now, they’re all key pieces of country’s…

  11. For Brothers Osborne, a Grammy Nod Arrived Before Even Releasing an Album

    January 07, 2016 12:15 PM EST came to a pretty remarkable close for  Brothers Osborne . Vocalist  T.J. Osborne  and guitarist  John Osborne  went into the holiday break with a top 10 single — “Stay a Little Longer,” which rises to No. 4 on the current Country Airplay chart — and the song brought them a Grammy…

  12. 2016 Grammy Nominations: Chris Stapleton and Other Country Artists Poised to Win Big

    December 07, 2015 2:14 PM EST In looking at the country nominees for the upcoming 58 th Annual Grammy Awards, there were no major surprises. But, as is often the case, there were a few curveballs that might have thrown some industry insiders for something of a loop -- along with two of the format’s most diverse talents…

  13. Lee Ann Womack's 'I Hope You Dance' Waltzes Back In With a Thanksgiving Special

    November 26, 2015 12:42 PM EST Time, according to the Lee Ann Womack crossover hit “I Hope You Dance,” is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along. When songwriter Mark D. Sanders looks back on the 15 years that have transpired since its release, he has seen “Hope” roll through numerous people’s life stories. He…

  14. Aubrie Sellers' 'Loveless Rolling Stone' Video: Exclusive Premiere

    November 06, 2015 3:50 PM EST The best thing Sellers has learned from her mom, Lee Ann Womack? "She has a really great head on her shoulders about everything & always has been 100% about the music and not about the other junk." One of the most-talked-about artists in Music City these days is Aubrie Sellers.…

  15. CMT Music Awards 2015: See the Full Winners List

    June 10, 2015 10:35 PM EDT Carrie Underwood was the big winner at Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards, walking away with honors for Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year.  Inside the 2015 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood's First Post-Baby Appearance and More Surprises in…

  16. Chris Stapleton: Get to Know Writer Behind Tracks for Luke Bryan, Adele, Blake Shelton & More

    May 04, 2015 5:03 PM EDT Country singer Chris Stapleton releases a new album, Traveller , on Tuesday. It's Stapleton's solo debut at age 37, but you've been probably been hearing him for years without knowing it: As a Nashville songwriter, he's written songs for nearly every big name in country…

  17. Live Review: Lee Ann Womack Presents an Alternative History of Country at New York's City Winery

    April 21, 2015 5:26 PM EDT Although she's best known for the crossover hit, "I Hope You Dance,"  Lee Ann Womack is a country traditionalist. This speaks to the distance that the genre's center has shifted in 15 years and the durability of Womack as a performer. The last decade has not been kind…

  18. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, with a first single coming this summer.…

  19. Ask Billboard: More No. 14 Hits For '14

    January 07, 2014 11:15 AM EST Celebrating the new year with more No. 14-peaking Hot 100 hits, from the Beatles to Britney Spears, the Cars to Coldplay and Robert Palmer to Katy Perry As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  20. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

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