Billboard, CMA To Present Country Music Summit

Thompson Square is one of the latest additions to the Summit line up.

Billboard and the Country Music Association are partnering to present the Country Music Summit June 4-5, 2012 in Nashville. The event precedes the CMA Music Festival, running June 7-10. The Cannery is the host venue for the Summit and the Hilton Nashville Downtown is the host hotel.

Among the sessions at the Summit are:
Thompson Square–Makin’ Tracks: Journey of A Song about “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”
• Q&A with Willie Nelson
• Artist Development Case Study with Luke Bryan
• CMA Research Study
• The Manager Roundtable featuring Clint Higham (Morris Management Group), Doc McGhee (McGhee Entertainment) and Clarence Spalding (Spalding Entertainment)
• Touring Part I: Buyers Talk Business (sponsored by Bridgestone Arena)
• Touring Part II: The Agents (sponsored by Global Spectrum)
• Networking Roundtables and Cocktail Receptions
• On Air: The Radio Block

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The 2012 Billboard Music Awards will air May 20, 8-11 p.m. from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Competing in all-genre categories will be Lady Antebellum (Top Duo/Group), Scotty McCreery (Top New Artist) and Taylor Swift (Top Touring Artist).

Among the Country and Christian nominees are:

Top Country Artist: Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift

Top Country Album: Jason Aldean My Kinda Party, The Band Perry The Band Perry, Luke Bryan Tailgates and Tanlines, Lady Antebellum Own The Night, Scotty McCreery Clear As Day
Top Country Song: “Dirt Road Anthem” Jason Aldean; “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” Luke Bryan; “Crazy Girl” Eli Young Band; “Just A Kiss” Lady Antebellum; “Honey Bee” Blake Shelton
Top Christian Artist: Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Skillet, Laura Story, Chris Tomlin
Top Christian Album: Casting Crowns Come To The Well, Casting Crowns Until The Whole World Hears, Skillet Awake, Laura Story Blessings, Wow Hits 2012 Various Artists
Top Christian Song: “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)” Casting Crowns; “Hold Me” Jamie Grace ft. TobyMac; “Stronger” Mandisa; “Blessings” Laura Story; “Strong Enough” Matthew West


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