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2012 CMA Jawdropper Winners

Posted on 01 November 2012 by Bill West

Blake Shelton

The 2012 Country Music Awards (CMA Awards) were handed out on Nashville and there were more than a few surprises including a biggie for Blake Shelton who rose to the top of the heap thanks to Network TV exposure.   Shelton also grabbed trophys for Male Vocalist and an emotional Song Of The Year.   Little Big Town won the Group Award and Taylor Swift walked away empty handed (but gracious).  Check out the complete list of winners below.

Entertainer of the year: Blake Shelton

Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert

Male vocalist of the year: Blake Shelton

New artist of the year: Hunter Hayes

Vocal group of the year: Little Big Town

Vocal duo of the year: Thompson Square

Single of the year: “Pontoon” – Little Big Town

Album of the year: “Chief” – Eric Church

Song of the year: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton – “Over You”

Musical event of the year: Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw – “Feel Like a Rock Star”

Music video of the year: Toby Keith – “Red Solo Cup”

Musician of the year: Mac McAnally

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2011 CMA Award Winners

Posted on 09 November 2011 by Bill West

See Who Wins 11/10 8pm

CountryMusic’s Biggest night lived up to the hype with a CMA Awards telecast that seemed to continue the evolutionof modern country.    The Band Perry has exploded onto the scene thanks to a young appeal and a cutting edge Single and Song of the year in “If I Die Young.”   There was a moving tribute to Glen Campbell, who revealed in June that he has Alzheimer’s disease. Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Vince Gill will all saluted the famed guitarist and Country Music Hall of Fame member.

Other notable performances came from Scotty McCreery, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland, Martina McBride, Zac Brown Band, Faith Hill, and co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.

Major winners include:

Entertainer of the Year:  Taylor Swift

Female Vocalist of the Year:  Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

New Artist of the Year: The Band Perry

Vocal Group of the Year:  Lady Antebellum

Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland

Single of the Year: “If I Die Young” – The Band Perry.

Album of the Year: “My Kinda Party” – Jason Aldean,

Music Video of the Year:  “You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney f/ Grace Potter.

There is a clear evolution taking place… surprising that Kenny, Keith, Flatts and others seem to have been passed by with a new crew.

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Country Music Awards

Posted on 15 October 2011 by editor

See Who Wins 11/10 8pm

This Years CMA Awards (different from the ACM Awards) will be held in Nashville on November 9th (Televised on ABC at 8pm Eastern).  Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are set to host.


By Andy McCarthy

Each year, the Country Music Association, composed of country music industry professionals, presents the County Music Association Awards – more succinctly known as Country Music Awards or CMAs – to recognize excellence among the latest in country music. In 1958, the Country Music Association formed and became the first trade association for a single musical genre, with the mission to provide professional and educational resources that would contribute to advancements within the country music industry. Their first Country Music Awards banquet took place in 1967, introduced as a vehicle for furthering the organization’s mission and providing honor and recognition to outstanding contributions to the genre and the industry during the past year.

The first ceremony took place in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Municipal Auditorium, with Eddy Arnold taking home the CMA’s very first honor for Entertainer of the Year. The first two years’ banquets were not televised; 1969 was the first year that the awards ceremony was broadcast live on television for all the viewing public to see. Beginning in 1978, the awards have been broadcast live nationwide on both television and radio stations.

The twelve awards distributed each year include:

� Entertainer of the Year

� Single of the Year

� Album of the Year

� Song of the Year

� Female Vocalist of the Year

� Male Vocalist of the Year

� Vocal Group of the Year

� Vocal Duo of the Year

� Musical Event of the Year

� Musician of the Year

� Music Video of the Year

� New Artist of the Year

In order to qualify as a nominee, Music singles, albums, and videos must have been released during the given year’s eligibility period, usually from the 1st of July of the previous year through the 30th of June of the ceremony year. Country music charts harts used to determine eligibility for certain categories include Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart, Music Row Country Breakout Chart, and Country Aircheck Chart.

The voting process that determines each year’s winners involves all Country Music Association industry professional members and consists of three rounds, all supervised by Deloitte and Touche, an international accounting firm. During the first round, members may nominate a single act in each category. From those selections, the top twenty qualifiers are compiled as official nominees for the next round of voting. During the second round, members may select up to five nominees in each category – and the top five nominees selected in each category after the votes have been tabulated become the official nominees for the final ballot. During the third and final round of voting, members choose one nominee in each category as their picks for the winners.

The trophy that Country Music Award winners receive was designed in 1967, made of walnut and marble, signifying the genre’s warmth, strength, and durability, constructed to resemble a chart bullet, and decorated with a music note labeled by the caption, “Best Liked World Wide.” Since 1982, fine Italian crystal has been used in place of walnut due to the wood’s limited supply. Constructed of hand-blown crystal in Florence, Italy, then assembled in Nashville, TN by Francis & Lusky, the trophy in its finished form is now a crystal obelisk award that stands at fifteen inches tall and weighs seven and a half pounds, with the Country Music Association logo engraved on a die-struck medallion with three levels in polished bronze. After winners are announced, a satin brass nameplate displaying the name of the winner and category is added to each winner’s trophy.

The author of this article is 10 year veteran in the crystal awards and recognition gifts industry.

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Remind Me – Brad and Carrie Video

Posted on 26 July 2011 by editor

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Posted on 10 November 2010 by editor

COUNTRY AWARDS2010 CMA Award Winners:


Brad Paisley pays tribute to his Grandfather in a humble acceptance speech. Thanks wife and the fans. “If you see a turtle on a fencepost it’s because he had help getting there…”

Single of the Year:   Lady Antebellum “Need You Now”

New Artist Of The Year: Zac Brown Band

Vocal Group Of The Year: Lady Antebellum

Single Of The Year: “Need You Now” Lady Antebellum

Song Of The Year: “The House That Built Me” Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist Of The Year: Blake Shelton

Vocal Duo: Sugarland

Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert

Musical Event: “Hillbilly Bone” Trace Adkins / Blake Shelton

Entertainer Of The Year: Brad Paisley

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Swift Underwood CMA Snub – 2010 Nominees

Posted on 31 August 2010 by editor

The 44th Annual CMA Awards were announced by Justin Moore and Chris Young at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The rest of the nominations were announced this morning (in red).  The winners will be revealed during the CMA Awards telecast airing on ABC-TV Wednesday, Nov. 10 8-11pm ET. 

Entertainer Of The Year

Male Vocalist Of The Year
Female Vocalist Of The Year
Album Of The Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer)
“Revolution” by MIRANDA LAMBERT
“Up On the Ridge” by DIERKS BENTLEY 
Musical Event Of The Year (Award goes to each Artist)
“Can’t You See” ZAC BROWN BAND featuring KID ROCK
“Hillbilly Bone” BLAKE SHELTON featuring TRACE ADKINS

• “A Little More Country Than That,”Easton Corbin
• “Need You Now,”Lady Antebellum
• “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
• “Toes,” Zac Brown Band
• “White Liar,” Miranda Lambert 

• “A Little More Country Than That,” Easton Corbin
• “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton f/Trace Adkins
• “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
• “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
• “White Liar,” Miranda Lambert 

• “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton f/Trace Adkins
• “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
• “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
• “Water,” Brad Paisley
• “White Liar,” Miranda Lambert 

• Paul Franklin
• Dann Huff
• Brent Mason
• Mac McAnally
• Randy Scruggs 

New Artist
• Luke Bryan
• Easton Corbin
• Jerrod Niemann
• Chris Young
• Zac Brown Band 

• Brooks & Dunn
• Joey+Rory
• Montgomery Gentry
• Steel Magnolia
• Sugarland 

• Lady Antebellum
• Little Big Town
• Rascal Flatts
• The Band Perry
• Zac Brown Band 

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McGraw Back at CMA Awards

Posted on 12 November 2009 by Bill West

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Country Music Awards 2009 Review

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Bill West

No doubt it was Taylor Swift’s night at the 2009 CMA Awards as she took home the biggest award plus two other top honors.   Swift became the youngest ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR in CMA history (she’s 19).   She also won Album of the Year for “Fearless“, and Female Vocalist of The Year.    “I’d like to thank everyone in this room for not rushing up on stage” she quipped in her heartfelt and eloquent acceptance speech.   It was also touching to see her parents in tears in the the front row.   They should be proud.

Swift’s victories along with surprise wins from Lady Antebellum (Flatts are now left to do Wendy’s commercials?!) and Darius Rucker’s new artist win (great speech) signals a seismic shift in Country Music.  Is it the class of 2009?  It may be too early to tell but with the “departure” of Brooks and Dunn it feels a bit different.   Are things leaning too pop?  Can’t stop change.

The other surprise of the evening was, perhaps, that Zac Brown walked away empty handed after the best musical performance of the night.

Overall the best awards show in decades.

Other winners:

Musical Event – Paisley / Urban “Start a Band”

Male Vocalist – Brad Paisley

Song Of The Year – Jamey Johnson “In Color”

Single Of The Year – Lady Antebellum “I Run To You”

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2009 CMA Nominees

Posted on 09 September 2009 by editor

logo_2_106621JPGCMA Award nominations were announced this morning by Darius Rucker and LeeAnn Womack on Good Morning America.  See who wins on November 11th 8pm on ABC. 

 Rucker surprises with at least two nominations and Taylor Swift could with the BIGGIE.

2009 CMA Nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Taylor Swift
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Darius Rucker
George Strait
Keith Urban

New Artist
Randy Houser
Jamey Johnson
Jake Owen
Darius Rucker
Zac Brown Band

Musical Event of the Year
“Cowgirls Don’t Cry” Brooks & Dunn ft. Reba McEntire
“Down The Road” Kenny Chesney (with Mac McAnally)
“Everything But Quits” Lee Ann Womack (duet with George Strait)
“I Told You So” Carrie Underwood ft. Randy Travis
“Old Enough” The Raconteurs ft. Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe

Vocal Group
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Joey & Rory
Montgomery Gentry

Single of the Year
(Award goes to artist and producer.)
“Chicken Fried”
Zac Brown Band
Producer: Keith Stegall
Atlantic Records

“I Run to You”
Lady Antebellum
Producers: Victoria Shaw and Paul Worley
Capitol Records Nashville

“In Color”
Jamey Johnson
Producers: The Kent Hardly Playboys
Mercury Nashville

“People Are Crazy”
Billy Currington
Producers: Carson Chamberlain and Billy Currington
Mercury Nashville

Brad Paisley
Producers: Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois
Arista Nashville


Album of the Year
(Award goes to artist and producer.)
American Saturday Night
Brad Paisley
Producers: Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois
Arista Nashville

Defying Gravity
Keith Urban
Producers: Dann Huff and Keith Urban
Capitol Records Nashville

Taylor Swift
Producers: Nathan Chapman and Taylor Swift
Big Machine Records

Love on the Inside
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles
Mercury Nashville

That Lonesome Song
Jamey Johnson
Producers: The Kent Hardly Playboys
Mercury Nashville


Song of the Year
(Award goes to songwriters.)

“Chicken Fried”
Songwriters: Zac Brown and Wyatt Durette

“I Told You So”
Songwriter: Randy Travis

“In Color”
Songwriters: Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller and James Otto

“People Are Crazy”
Songwriters: Bobby Braddock and Troy Jones

Songwriters: Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley


Musical Event
(Award goes to each artist.)

“Cowgirls Don’t Cry”
Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba McEntire
Arista Nashville

“Down the Road”
Kenny Chesney (with Mac McAnally)
Blue Chair Records, BNA Records

“Everything But Quits”
Lee Ann Womack (duet with George Strait)
MCA Records

“I Told You So”
Carrie Underwood featuring Randy Travis
19 Recordings/Arista

“Old Enough”
The Raconteurs featuring Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe
Third Man Records, Warner Bros. Records


Music Video
(Award goes to artist and director.)
“Boots On”
Randy Houser
Director: Eric Welch

“Love Story”
Taylor Swift
Director: Trey Fanjoy

“People Are Crazy”
Billy Currington
Directors: The Brads

“Start a Band”
Brad Paisley (duet with Keith Urban)
Directors: Jim Shea

George Strait
Director: Trey Fanjoy


Musician of the Year
Eddie Bayers — drums
Paul Franklin — steel guitar
Dann Huff — guitar
Brent Mason — guitar
Mac McAnally — guitar


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