The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced music superstars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton have been added to the star-studded lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 3 at 8:00PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
Exclusive to the 51st ACM Awards, 16-time ACM Award winner Tim McGraw will perform the national television debut of his new single, “Humble And Kind,” from his latest album, Damn Country Music.
In addition to performing on the 51st ACM Awards, Chris Stapleton leads the ACM nominations with seven nods, including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Thomas Rhett earned three including Album of the Year, and Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan each received two nominations, including nods for ACM Entertainer of the Year.
Aldean, Bryan, McGraw, Rhett and Stapleton join previously announced performers including Kelsea Ballerini,Dierks Bentley, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Nominations were announced today for the 51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS®, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Hosted by Dierks Bentley and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards are produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
Dierks Bentley announced the nominees for six categories including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Album of the Year live today on “CBS This Morning.” Additionally, “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Nancy O’Dell revealed nominees for the newcomer categories, Single Record of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year on ETOnline.com
Eric Church is nominated in five categories, including his first for Entertainer of the Year and third for Male Vocalist of the Year. Also, Church is nominated for Album of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood, Video of the Year for “Mr. Misunderstood,” and Vocal Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.
Chris Stapleton earned five nominations, including his first-ever nods for Male Vocalist of the Year, New Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year for “Hangover Tonight” with Gary Allan, and is twice nominated as both artist and producer in the Album of the Year category for Traveller.
Cam, first-time ACM Awards nominee, received four nominations, including New Female Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year for “Burning House,“ and is twice nominated as both artist and producer in the Single Record of the Year category for “Burning House.”
Chris Young received four nominations, including his first Album of the Year nomination for I’m Comin’ Over as both the artist and producer. Also, he received two nods as artist and producer in the Single Record of the Year category for “I’m Comin’ Over.”
Little Big Town, reigning Vocal Group of the Year, leads group nominations with four, including their 10th nomination for Vocal Group of the Year. The group earned nominations in the Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year categories for the song “Girl Crush.” Also, Little Big Town received a Vocal Event of the Year nomination for “Smokin’ And Drinkin’” with Miranda Lambert. Additionally, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild received an individual nomination for Vocal Event of the Year for “Home Alone Tonight” with Luke Bryan.
First-time ACM Awards nominee, Chris Janson earned three nominations, including New Male Vocalist of the Year, and is twice nominated as both artist and producer in the Single Record of the Year category for “Buy Me A Boat.”
Reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert earned three nominations, including her fifth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and 10th consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. Additionally, she is nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for “Smokin’ And Drinkin’” featuring Little Big Town.
Thomas Rhett earned three nominations including his first in the Album of the Year category for Tangled Up and Single Record of the Year category for “Die a Happy Man.” Also, he received a nomination for New Male Vocalist of the Year.
Previously fan-voted, Entertainer of the Year and Newcomer categories, New Male Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, are now all incorporated into the professional membership voting process this year.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)] • I’m Comin’ Over – Chris Young Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young Record Label: RCA Records
• Montevallo – Sam Hunt Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally Record Label: MCA Nashville
• Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church Producer: Jay Joyce Record Label: EMI Records Nashville
• Tangled Up – Thomas Rhett Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Chris DeStefano, Joe London Record Label: The Valory Music Co.
• Traveller – Chris Stapleton Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton Record Label: Mercury Records
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
• Burning House – Cam
Producers: Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Camaron Ochs
Record Labels: Arista Nashville, RCA Records, Kravenworks
• Buy Me A Boat – Chris Janson
Producers: Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois, Chris Janson
Record Label: Warner Music Nashville
• Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.
• Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
• I’m Comin’ Over – Chris Young
Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
Record Label: RCA Nashville
• Take Your Time – Sam Hunt
Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally
Record Label: MCA Nashville
NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR • Brett Eldredge • Chris Janson • Thomas Rhett • Chase Rice • Chris Stapleton
Thomas Rhett commands the radio charts once again this week, spending a fifth consecutive week at No. One on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with his PLATINUM certified hit “Die A Happy Man.” Most recently accomplished in 2009, it was Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” that last maintained the long-standing hold.
The expressive track also claims a fourth week at the top of the Mediabase radio chart, six weeks at No. One on the Mediabase Canada Country chart and continues to be the best-selling country digital track for an 11th week. Thomas Rhett is also making waves overseas as his PLATINUM certified No. One “Crash And Burn” off his sophomore release TANGLED UP (Valory Music Co.) makes its way onto the BBC A-List in advance of his C2C MainStage performance in March.
“I’m at a loss for words – there really isn’t any better way to start off the new year than like this,” shares Thomas Rhett. “Everyone knows how personal and special this song is to me and my wife, so for it to be connecting the way it has with fans is all the more gratifying.”
“As Thomas Rett’s star continues to rise, his fifth consecutive number one single is already arguably his biggest and has become a ‘career record,’” adds Scott Borchetta, President/CEO of Big Machine Label Group. “He’ll likely never be able to play another show without performing ‘Die A Happy Man!’ Also, there’s already huge Song of The Year buzz around it. There’s not a bigger artist priority at BMLG - it’s all faders up - TR is next level.”
After recently wrapping his first headlining run with the 2015 CMT ON TOUR, Thomas Rhett will continue to prove to critics “he’s on his way to superstardom" (Patriot Ledger), as he will serve as direct support on Jason Aldean’s WE WERE HERE 2016 TOUR kicking off next Thursday (1/14) in Moline, IL.
Nashville, TN – Oct. 16, 2015 – RIAA’s top digital country male artist of all time Jason Aldean will launch his WE WERE HERE 2016 TOUR on Jan. 15 following a monumental run that sold over two million tickets and hosted capacity crowds at the nation’s biggest stadiums, amphitheaters and arenas. Tickets for select shows on the 24-city run with special guests Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses go on-sale next Friday, Oct. 23 at JasonAldean.com and LiveNation.com. Additionally, next spring Aldean will make his first-ever trip to Australia where he’ll also play a string of headlining tour dates.
“This song pretty much sums up how I feel like me and my fans live our lives,” said Aldean. “That same excitement is what we feel out there on the road every night, which made it a great name for next year’s tour. It was pretty cool that we could bring that vibe to the music video too by shooting it back in Macon with a ton of people from my hometown. Getting back there and on that high school football field really reminded me of that rush of just living life without any regrets.“
The CMA nominee simultaneously releases the official music video for his Top 15 single from which the new tour drew its name. Directed by Shaun Silva, the spirited video for “Gonna Know You Were Here” takes Aldean back to his stomping grounds in Macon, GA. To watch the video on Yahoo click here: XX
JASON ALDEAN: WE WERE HERE 2016 TOUR Dates:
1/14/16 Moline, IL
1/15/16 Evansville, IN
1/16/16 Bloomington, IL
1/17/16 Bloomington, IL
1/21/16 Des Moines, IA
1/22/16 Omaha, NE
1/23/16 Springfield, MO
1/28/16 Grand Forks, ND
1/29/16 Bismarck, ND
1/30/16 Sioux Falls, SD
2/04/16 Southaven, MS
2/05/16 Oklahoma City, OK
2/06/16 Columbia, MO
2/18/16 Roanoke, VA
2/19/16 Charlottesville, VA
2/20/16 Fayetteville, NC
2/25/16 Manchester, NH
2/26/16 State College, PA
2/27/16 Atlantic City, NJ
3/08/16 Melbourne, AU*
3/09/16 Sydney, AU*
3/12/16 Willowbank, AU*
4/28/16 Portland, ME
4/29/16 Uncasville, CT
4/30/16 Uncasville, CT
5/05/16 Erie, PA
5/06/16 Allentown, PA
*Dates do not include Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses
Aldean will wrap his 2015 BURN IT DOWN TOUR next weekend, which has been praised by critics all year-long as he “ushers in the era of the new country star; he’s equal parts rock star, sensitive balladeer and wild-eyed backroads guide” (Billboard). Capacity crowds and triumphant stadium shows have been a common denominator as fans “loved it from start to finish” (Toronto Sun) and were “burned by fiery guitar licks and Aldean’s brand of smoking hot country” (Arizona Republic). The three-time and reigning ACM “Male Vocalist of the Year" will close out the tour on Oct. 24 in West Palm Beach with his 10th Annual “Concert For The Cure” where a portion of they year’s ticket sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen South Florida. Aldean has sold more than 10 million albums, with each release being certified PLATINUM or better. His “most ambitious album to date” (Associated Press) OLD BOOTS NEW DIRT was the first country album released and certified PLATINUM in 2014 and has yielded three consecutive No. ones marking Alean’s 16th career chart-topper. It is currently nominated for “Album of the Year" at the upcoming CMA Awards as well as “Favorite Country Album” at the upcoming AMA’s where he nabbed a “Favorite Country Male Artist" nod.
PLATINUM-selling Thomas Rhett leads the pack as one of country music’s elite new artists with four consecutive No. one hits leading into his new single “Die A Happy Man” off his recently released sophomore album, TANGLED UP. Rolling Stone notes “he’s discovered the artist he was always meant to be,” as the new music follows his debut album IT GOES LIKE THIS (The Valory Music Co.), which spawned three chart-toppers hits, making him Billboard’s first male country artist to do so from a debut album in over two decades. Initially garnering attention as a gifted songwriter with credits including hits by Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and Lee Brice, it is his “high-energy all the way” (El Paso Times) live show that has “the audience dancing all the way up in the rafters of the stadium” (Billboard) that continues to catch the attention of critics out on the road.
A Thousand Horses is a fresh fusion of classic sounds – a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes and Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones - wrapped up in a modern-country context. Their first single “Smoke” went to No. one after making Country Aircheck history as the highest debut for a new artist’s first single and becoming the first band to send a debut single to No. one on Billboard Country Airplay Chart this decade. The band initially gained momentum playing clubs across the South with Rolling Stone Country hailing the foursome as the Best Up-and-Comer at 2014’s Austin City Limits, and USA Today named them one of 2015’s Artists to Watch and an On the Verge Artist. Their first album on the Big Machine Label Group, Southernality, is now available on iTunes and the second single from the album, “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial” is currently making its way up the Country charts.