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  1. It’s a Mistake for Tech to Ignore Country Music Fans (Guest Post)

    February 25, 2014 12:42 PM EST Matthew Siegel Leslie Fram Leslie Fram is CMT's SVP of music strategy and Matthew Siegel is Viacom Music Group's VP of music strategy. Here they write about what they say is a "missed opportunity" by the tech industry to activ ...

  2. CMT Awards Book Record Sponsors, Nationwide Expands Jana Kramer Relationship

    June 05, 2013 4:58 PM EDT Wednesday’s CMT Awards will be supported by “without a doubt the highest volume and probably the most meaningful advertiser integrations,” says Anthony Barton, CMT’s senior VP of integrated marketing. This year’s ceremony, held in the middle of ...

  3. Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Luke Bryan Lead CMT Music Awards Nominations

    May 06, 2013 1:38 PM EDT Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan lead with four nominations apiece at this year's CMT Music Awards. The three artists are nominated in Video of the Year and CMT Performance of the Year. Church and Bryan are also up for Male Video of the Ye ...

  4. ACM Awards 2013: Eric Church, Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift Lead Nominees

    February 13, 2013 11:40 AM EST The nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced today via a digial press conference. When the final nominations were all tallied, it became clear voters went to "Church" -- as Capitol Nashville recording ...

  5. Luke Bryan Wins Big at American Country Awards

    December 11, 2012 1:47 AM EST Luke Bryan at the American Country Awards. (Getty Images) Luke Bryan was the top winner at the third annual American Country Music Awards Monday night (Dec. 10) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Bryan took home nine awards, including Male Artist, Sing ...

  6. Hurricane Sandy Makes Its Mark on CMA Week

    November 02, 2012 7:39 PM EDT Hurricane Sandy left its mark on Nashville during a week filled with awards dinners and the annual CMA Awards. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco. FutureSound will feature keynotes from the top min ...

  7. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town Win Big at CMA Awards

    November 01, 2012 11:52 PM EDT Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars." The ABC network telecast, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, was a mix of the old and the new, with m ...

  8. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Honor the Greats At Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction

    October 08, 2012 5:37 PM EDT Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Marc Cohn, Bekka Bramlett and J. Fred Knobloch were among those paying tribute Sunday night (Oct.7) as Larry Henley, Kim Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tony Arata were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hal ...

  9. Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Band Perry Added To CMA Awards Lineup

    October 08, 2012 10:27 AM EDT Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and the Band Perry have joined the roster of performers at the 46th Annual CMA Awards on November 1. Register today for the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards November 7-8 in New York City and Sa ...

  10. Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Lead CMA Award Nominations

    September 05, 2012 10:36 AM EDT Eric Church grabbed five nominations for this year's CMA Awards -- including nods for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Chief , and three nominations for hit song "Springsteen -- to lead all artists, with husband and wife ...

  11. Frances Preston, Former BMI CEO and Pioneering Female Exec, Dead at 83

    June 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT (Photo: Richard Patire) Frances Williams Preston, longtime president/CEO of BMI, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a pioneering executive in the music industry, died this morning in Nashville from congestive heart failure, according t ...

  12. Backbeat: CMA Fest Attracts Over 70,000; Blake Shelton, Gary Overton, WME Execs Hang in Press Room

    June 12, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Blake Shelton makes a point during the press conference prior to his performance at LP Field during CMA Music Fest. (Photo: Vernell Hackett) Milder weather and expanded seating at LP Field for the night shows brought in more fans to the CMA Music ...

  13. Backbeat: WSM-AM Co-Sponsors Durango Stage With Gene Watson, Billy Dean at CMA Fest

    June 11, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Gene Watson performs at the WSM-sponsored Durango Acoustic Corner at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. (Photo: Robin Roberts Ladisa) Many radio stations were in Music City over the past few days doing live radio broadcasts from the CMA Music Fe ...

  14. CMA Fest: Eric Church, Faith Hill Perform; Softball With Carrie Underwood; TNT Revives 'Dallas'

    June 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT The CMA Music Festival continued at a frentic pace on Saturday, with music seemingly at every turn along the way in a very crowded downtown Nashville. At the Riverfront Stage, Big Machine recording trio Eden's Edge -- set to release their deb ...

  15. Backbeat: Scott Borchetta, Shooter Jennings, John Hogan, More at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson signs autographs for fans during the Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Country Music Summit for 2012 ended with a cocktail party and performances by some of Nashville's upcoming stars, Maggie Rose, Andy Gibson, Kate Ar ...

  16. Country Music Fans Generally Wealthy, Married, Digitally Engaged, Says CMA

    June 06, 2012 4:55 PM EDT Country music fans are faring well financially, optimistic about the future and engaged with popular digital technologies, according to a survey by the Country Music Association (CMA). Every year the CMA reveals some research findings aimed at hig ...

  17. Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood to Perform at CMT Awards

    May 14, 2012 12:04 PM EDT The CMT Awards today announced some of the country music superstars set to perform on the awards show in Nashville June 6. Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, The Wanted to Perform at Billboard Music Awards The 3rd Annual Billboard Country Mus ...

  18. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Lead CMT Nominations

    April 23, 2012 1:27 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift atop the list, look no further than the CMT Music Awards nominations for proof country music's new favorite color is blonde. Underwood earned five nominations, L ...

  19. Tim McGraw Cracks Top 10, Lee Brice Scores First No. 1 on Country Songs

    April 13, 2012 6:45 AM EDT (Getty Images) Tim McGraw has competed 46 times in the top 10 on Country Songs, and nearly made it a two-fer this week, as his current solo single "Better Than I Used to Be" enters the upper tier (11-10), and a new duet with Kenny Chesne ...

  20. Backbeat: ACM Weekend With Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley; Capitol and Warner Afterparties and Blake Shelton's NRA Celebrity Shoot!

    April 03, 2012 2:01 PM EDT From left: Musicians Craig Morgan, Blake Shelton and TV personality Lee Lakosky participate in the NRA Country ACM Celebrity Shoot Hosted By Blake Shelton at the Desert Hills Shooting Club in South Boulder City, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Gett ...

  21. Web Trends: Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert Win Big at Academy of Country Music Awards

    April 02, 2012 5:11 PM EDT Google Trends: 2. acm awards 2012 - Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton hosted last night's Academy of Country Music Awards, with Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift winning big. 4. country music awards - The Academy of Country Music Awards were hel ...

  22. ACM Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Lady A Own the Night

    April 02, 2012 6:32 AM EDT Kiss with Lady Antebellum at Sunday night's Academy of Country Music Awards. (Getty Images) The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a mixture of expected winners sprinkled with a couple ...

  23. ACM Awards Preview: Who Will Win?

    March 29, 2012 6:20 PM EDT The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held this Sunday, April 1 with Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton hosting on CBS. This year's categories look to be more competitive than ever. Who has the inside track? We take a look at t ...

  24. Billboard Power 100: Steve Moore

    January 26, 2012 10:06 PM EST No. 61 Steve Moore CEO Country Music Assn. Twitter: @CountryMusic Music City's Main Man... A longtime fixture on Nashville's live music scene, Steve Moore was appointed CEO of the Country Music Assn. in August 2010. No other style-focuse ...

  25. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift Lead Academy of Country Music Awards Noms

    January 26, 2012 11:58 AM EST Nominations were announced for the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday. Kenny Chesney leads with nine nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, a category he has won four times since 2004. Following him in nominations is Jason A ...

  26. Blake Shelton Returns to Co-host Academy of Country Music Awards with Reba McEntire

    January 10, 2012 9:45 PM EST Get ready for another dose of Blake Shelton as country's hottest leading man joins Reba McEntire again this year as co-host of The Academy of Country Music Awards. The 47th annual show will be held Sunday, April 1, at the MGM Grand in Las Veg ...

  27. Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown - i.e. 'Rising Stars' - Lead American Country Award Noms

    December 05, 2011 9:00 AM EST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It didn't all start for The Band Perry at last year's American Country Awards. But the inaugural show gave the sibling trio a significant shove down the path to stardom and the long string of accolades they'v ...

  28. CMT Awards: Hank Jr. Walks Off, as 5 Stars Honored

    November 30, 2011 11:05 AM EST Brad Paisley fully endorses the format of the CMT Artists of the Year celebration. Paisley was one of five country music stars honored Tuesday night during a taping of the second annual event, joining Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum a ...

  29. The Band Perry, 2011 CMA Song of the Year Winners, On Having a Cross-Over Hit

    November 10, 2011 8:45 AM EST Backstage at the 45th Annual CMA Awards, The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry said she and her brothers Neil and Reid are happy to be taking their favorite music beyond the format's borders with their award-winning hit "If I Die Young.&q ...

  30. Swift, Aldean, Lambert, Shelton: 2011 Country Music Awards Full Winners List

    November 10, 2011 8:00 AM EST Taylor swift was last night's (Nov. 9) 45th annual Country Music Association Awards' big winner taking home Entertainer of the Year honors and beating out her fellow all-male nominees Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Jason Al ...

  31. Taylor Swift, The Band Perry Win Big at 2011 CMA Awards

    November 09, 2011 11:56 PM EST It was a mix of old favorites and new blood at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards, as many acts on the show claimed their first trophies. The first award of the night was proof of this, as Republic Nashville's The Band Perry, th ...

  32. Jason Aldean and The Band Perry early CMA winners

    November 09, 2011 9:56 PM EST It's Jason Aldean's party at the Country Music Association Awards, but a melancholy song about dying young by rising stars The Band Perry is the early surprise. Country music's biggest night Wednesday started with unexpected appeara ...

  33. Aldean, Chesney, Paisley, Shelton or Urban: Who Will Win CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award?

    November 08, 2011 4:09 PM EST The male vocalist category at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards is stacked with titans of (the music) industry, but only one guy can win it. To get you ready for the big show (Wednesday night at 8/7c) The 615 is offering our pick, a ...

  34. Ricky Skaggs Wins Big at 2011 Inspirational Country Music Awards

    October 31, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Faith, family and country music were celebrated Friday night (Oct. 28) at the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Ricky Skaggs was the evening's top winner, claiming the Enter ...

  35. American Country Awards: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean, Thompson Square Lead Nominees

    October 13, 2011 12:33 PM EDT The nominations for the 2nd Annual American Country Awards were announced, and it was a big day for many of the top younger stars in the format. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band led the way with eight nominations each. On their heels were newco ...

  36. Rising Country Stars Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton Shake-Up CMA Nominations

    September 06, 2011 5:00 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After a decade toiling away at the microphone without much recognition, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton are breaking through in a big way. Two of country's leading men nabbed their first Country Music Association Award ...

  37. Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton Top 2011 CMA Award Nominations

    September 06, 2011 11:07 AM EDT Topping the list of final nominees for the 45th Annual CMA Awards announced today are Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift who each received five nominations. All were nominated for Entertainer of the Year honors along with ...

  38. Leslie Fram Joins CMT as Senior Vice President, Music Strategy

    August 16, 2011 3:36 PM EDT Leslie Fram, most recently program director and morning show co-host of New York's WRXP, has joined CMT as Senior Vice President, Music Strategy, effective September 1, it was announced today by CMT President Brian Philips. Fram will lead the ...

  39. Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley To Co-Host 2011 CMA Awards (Watch Announcement)

    July 11, 2011 2:01 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will be back together again in November. They've been picked to host the Country Music Association Awards for a fourth straight year. The 45th annual awards will be aired live Nov. 9 fr ...

  40. CMA Music Fest Generates a Record $30 Million for Nashville

    June 23, 2011 5:37 PM EDT The 40th annual CMA Music Festival generated approximately $30 million in direct visitor spending for the city of Nashville, according to a press release from the organization. The figure was up from $24 million last year, and $15.5 million in 200 ...

  41. Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum Win Big, Shania Twain Slips at 2011 CMT Music Awards

    June 09, 2011 7:25 AM EDT Ludacris. Jason Aldean. A full arena on its feet waving its hands in the air. The close of the CMT Music Awards Wednesday night was one of the most telling moments in the two-and-a-half-hour show as a veteran rapper joined one of country's bo ...

  42. Diversity of Country Sound on View at CMT Awards

    June 08, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Taylor Swift joined Shania Twain for their own version of "Thelma & Louise." Justin Bieber induced tears from teenagers as he walked the red carpet with Rascal Flatts. And Hines Ward wore cowboy boots. The CMT Music Awards kicked off ...

  43. CMT Music Awards Winners List

    June 04, 2011 12:43 AM EDT Winners of the 2011 CMT Music Awards : Video of the year: Taylor Swift, "Mine." Male video of the year: Blake Shelton, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking." Female video of the year: Miranda Lambert, "The House That Bui ...

  44. Global Showcases Help Kick-Off Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 02, 2011 2:41 PM EDT Eighteen Country artists representing five different countries were announced for this year's annual Global Events showcases, set for June 6-7 and coinciding with the Billboard/CMA Country Music Summit , which kicks off CMA Music Festival wee ...

  45. Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Others Urge Support at CMT Disaster Benefit

    May 13, 2011 7:00 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Help is on the way. That's the message celebrities and music stars sent to storm victims across the South on Thursday night during a star-studded benefit concert on CMT. Hank Williams Jr. kicked off "Music Builds: The ...

  46. Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum to Headline Tornado-Relief Concert

    May 06, 2011 8:08 AM EDT Country music stars Hank Williams Jr., Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and the band Lady Antebellum are to hold a concert to raise funds for victims of storms and tornadoes that struck Alabama and nearby states, organizers said on Thursday. Country Music ...

  47. Jason Aldean Leads CMT Music Awards Nominations

    April 27, 2011 12:08 PM EDT The party just keeps rolling for country music star Jason Aldean . Long left out of major award consideration, Aldean's recent tear continued Wednesday morning when he received a leading four 2011 CMT Music Awards nominations. The singer' ...

  48. Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert Top Academy of Country Music Awards

    April 04, 2011 7:05 AM EDT The young women of country ruled The Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night with Taylor Swift winning the prestigious entertainer of the year award and the night's top nominee, Miranda Lambert, taking home a leading four trophies. Sw ...

  49. Toby Keith To Jason Aldean: New Faces Mingle with Familiar names at ACM Awards

    April 01, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Toby Keith is all about democracy when it comes to The Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award. Keith won that trophy in 2003 and 2004 thanks to a vote of his peers and members of the industry. But if he wins the coveted trop ...

  50. Country Fans Are Wealthier And More Technologically Savvy Than Expected, Survey Says

    March 04, 2011 11:09 AM EST The music industry and America's mainstream media have long underestimated the country music fan. Apparently, Nashville and country radio programmers do, too. A dual survey of core country consumers' habits and the country industry' ...

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