“The Grammy Nominations Concert Live — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night,” takes place tonight (10/2) at Club NOKIA in Los Angeles. The special will air on CBS from 8-9 pm CT and marks the second time for Grammy nominations to be announced live on prime time television. Performers include the Black Eyed Peas, Sugarland, Maxwell, and Nick Jonas & the Administration. LL Cool J will take on hosting duties, and scheduled presenters include Linkin Park, George Lopez, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Ringo Starr, T-Pain, and Dwight Yoakam. The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live at 7 pm CT Sunday, January 31, 2010 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A full list of nominees can be found at www.grammy.com following tonight’s show.
It was an evening to celebrate songs and songwriters at BMI’s Country Awards, held last night (11/10) at the organization’s Music Row offices. Bobby Pinson was named Songwriter of the Year, Taylor Swift’s smash “Love Story” received Song of the Year honors, and its publisher Sony/ATV Music was awarded Publisher of the Year. The 57th annual event saluted Kris Kristofferson as a BMI Icon, and honored Brooks & Dunn with the BMI President’s Award.
Pinson’s string of recent hits leading up to his first Songwriter of the Year award include co-writing Sugarland’s chart-toppers “All I Want to Do” and “Already Gone,” as well as Toby Keith’s “She Never Cried in Front of Me.”
Swift’s “Love Story” topped the Billboard Country, pop and AC charts and became the best-selling country song in the U.S. and the most-downloaded country single in U.S. history.
It was the eighth consecutive BMI Country Publisher of the Year title for Sony/ATV, which placed 14 songs among the year’s top 50, including Jimmy Wayne’s “Do You Believe Me Now,” Billy Currington’s “Don’t,” Keith Urban’s “You Look Good in My Shirt,” George Strait’s “Troubadour” and “River of Love,” Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder & Lead,” and Swift’s “Love Story,” “Picture to Burn,” and “Should’ve Said No.”
BMI President & CEO Del Bryant; BMI VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville Jody Williams; and BMI Asst. VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville Clay Bradley led the ceremony at the black tie gala.
Patty Griffin, Vince Gill, and Willie Nelson offered musical tributes to a visibly moved Kristofferson, who has earned 48 BMI awards. Griffin gave a spellbinding take on “Help Me Make it Through The Night,” Gill was superb on the classic “Why Me?” and Nelson shined on “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)” before they all united for the most loved Kristofferson classic of all, “Me and Bobby McGee.”
Bryant congratulated Brooks & Dunn with the BMI President’s Award, given only on unique occasions when an artist has profoundly influenced the music industry. Last night it celebrated the duo’s two decades of hitmaking, which has made them the most-awarded artists in Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association history.
Other top BMI winners included songwriters Jeffrey Steele and Lee Thomas Miller, who added three songs each to the top 50 most-performed list, as well as Toby Keith, Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Phil O’Donnell, Jim Beavers, Brett Beavers, James Otto, Clint Daniels, and Dallas Davidson, who each contributed two compositions.
Taking home three or more awards each were publishers EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., Universal Music Publishing Group, Music of Stage Three, Bobby’s Song and Salvage, Bug Music/Songs of Windswept Pacific, Jeffrey Steele Music/My Life’s Work Music, Noah’s Little Boat Music, Songs of Sea Gayle/New Songs of Sea Gayle, and Taylor Swift Music.
We Are Family.
That concept was repeatedly invoked at Monday night’s SESAC banquet on Music Row (11/9). And, my, how the “family” has grown: The event is now double in size what it was just a few short years ago.
“I’m proud to be a member of the SESAC family,” said Songwriter of the Year winner Monty Powell. Monty won for his Keith Urban hits “Sweet Thing” and “Kiss a Girl,” and the former was named SESAC’s Country Song of the Year. He is also the co-writer of Urban’s new single, “’Til Summer Comes Around.”
“For me, it really is like a big family gathering,” said SESAC’s Tim Fink.
He pointed out that SESAC is the only performing rights organization that honors Americana songwriters and introduced a video montage that included SESAC Americana celebs Hayes Carl, Gurf Morlix, The Avett Brothers, Todd Snider, The Greencards, Band of Heathens, Kieran Kane, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Jim Lauderdale.
Dustin, Savannah and their father Kevin Welch accepted a SESAC Americana trophy. Peter Cooper picked up two. Carol Young, Joe Lee King, Colin Brooks and Kieran Kane were also Americana honorees. Bug Music’s Roger Murrah accepted for an absent Gurf Morlix. Also not attending was double Americana winner Bob Dylan.
Following opening remarks by Pat Collins and dinner, Trevor Gale announced, “a special performance from someone who is considered a song’s best friend…the one and only Joe Nichols.”
“This is a song from the record,” said Joe introducing a track from his new Old Things New collection. “It’s not the single, which I’m supposed to plug at every opportunity.”
He proceeded to stun the crowd with the ballad that closes the CD, “An Old Friend of Mine.” The song is about gaining sobriety, which the performer did not long ago. His emotional delivery of the extraordinary lyric drew gasps, shouts and a standing ovation.
“Wow,” said Tim, “that’s a powerful performance.”
The other performance during the event was a stirring, highly political song called “Across America,” sung by new SESAC signee Nanci Griffith with co-writers Charley Stefl and Thomm Jutz. It appears on Nanci’s CD The Loving Kind. Nanci, by the way, also referred to SESAC as her new “family.”
SESAC’s Shannon Tipton Neese and John Mullins joined Tim Fink for the presentation of the country awards. Honorees included Scooter Caruso (“Better as a Memory”), Tim Johnson (“Do You Believe Me Now”), Hillary Scott (“Looking for a Good Time,” “I Run to You” and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”), Brice Long (“Anything Goes”), Liz Rose (“You Belong with Me” and “White Horse”), Anthony Smith (“I Want My Life Back”), Kim Tribble (“One in Every Crowd”) and the afore mentioned Monty Powell.
Pat Higdon and Kent Earls accepted Publisher of the Year honors for Universal Tunes and Eden Valley Music.
I used to describe this banquet by writing something like, “SESAC celebrated in intimate elegance.” With more than 400 guests attending this year, it might not be quite so “intimate.” But it is still the most elegant of the performance rights events in Music City.
Gold and mauve metallic cloths covered the dining tables. Each held a centerpiece of massed crimson carnations, and the same flowers hung in globes from branches stationed throughout the cocktail tent. The dining tent’s chandeliers were crystal curtains and tubes that shimmered under pastel lights of various hues. Crystals were also tucked into the tent drapes. The entire room seemed to glitter.
Dinner was exquisite. We began with a salad with a pear center surrounded by mixed greens, spiced pecans and bleu cheese mousse drizzled with a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The main course was pan-seared grouper over sautéed baby spinach, plus savory corn bread pudding and sliced beef tenderloin that you could cut with merely a fork. The irresistible (believe me, I tried) dessert was an apple cake truffle over pumpkin mousse topped with whipped cream. The brandy finale was a nice touch, too.
Gliding through the evening and looking fabulous were Lady Antebellum, Pam Rose, Billy & Jill Block, Butch Baker, Jamie Johnson of The Grascals, Burt Stein, Jerry Salley, Blaine Larsen, Scott Siman, Jim Zumwalt, Victoria Shaw, Richard Leigh, Roxie Dean, Gary Burr, Rick & Janis Carnes, Clay Myers, Pete Fisher, Nancy Shapiro, Troy Tomlinson, Nashville First Lady Anne Davis, Jed Hilly, Kira Florita, Ree Guyer Buchanan, Dwight Wiles, Tinti Moffatt, Frank Liddell, Gary Overton, Ben Vaughn, Kyle Young, Glenn Middleworth, David & Carolyn Corlew, David & Susana Ross, John Grady, Blake Chancey, Dan Hill, Kevin Lamb, Debbie Carroll, Jill Colucci, Jeff Walker, Gilles Godard and Pat Finch. The balmy fall evening weather could not have been more perfect.
Country Music Week activities actually got underway the day before, on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at Hall of Fame Park (11/8). This was a Music City Walk of Fame induction ceremony for Dolly Parton, Kid Rock, Charlie Daniels and the late Ernest Tubb and Tootsie Bess.
“It’s great to be married to the Mayor and be in love with the Governor,” said Dolly, referring to husband Carl Dean (who was not there), the similarly named Karl Dean (who was) and Gov. Phil Bredesen (also present).
Dolly remained in the spotlight Monday afternoon (11/9) via a screening and press conference for her new Live From London DVD at The Tracking Room.
“I love doing what I do, and I’m going to do it until the day I die,” vowed the ageless wonder. She swore that she will never retire.
In addition to a star-struck international press corps, her admirers included Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, George Jones and Charlie Monk.
It was announced today (11/8) that four-time nominee Taylor Swift will deliver the opening performance at Wednesday night’s (11/11) CMA Awards. The 43rd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by fellow nominees Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, will air live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on ABC.
Swift, who won the Horizon Award in 2007, received four nominations this year with Entertainer; Female; Album for Fearless; and Music Video for “Love Story.” She could receive a second trophy for producing Fearless with Nathan Chapman. At age 19, Swift is the youngest artist ever to be nominated for Entertainer. The last solo female artist to win the category was Shania Twain in 1999.
In addition to Swift, performers already announced include Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and Dave Mathews, Billy Currington, Vince Gill and Daughtry, Kid Rock and Jamey Johnson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.
Announced as Awards presenters during “Country Music’s Biggest Night(tm)” are Dale Earnhardt Jr., Neil Flynn, Patricia Heaton, Julianne Hough, Randy Houser, The Judds, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Robin Roberts, and Lee Ann Womack. Love And Theft will host the Pre-Telecast Awards.
MusicRow.com has just posted an industry poll on the home page. Vote anonymously and tell us who you think will take home the big prize at next week’s CMA Awards. A new fan poll by CMT.com says Taylor Swift will win Entertainer of the Year on Nov. 11.
If Swift wins, she’ll become the youngest artist ever to win Entertainer and join an elite group of only six other women ― the Dixie Chicks, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, Reba and Shania Twain ― who have received the CMA’s highest honor. A win in this category would also mark the first win for a female since the Dixie Chicks took the top prize in 2000.
CMT commissioned its annual poll using a random sample of 1,000 country music fans ages 18 and older. Complete CMT poll results are as follows:
1) Entertainer of the Year – Taylor Swift
2) Album of the Year – Taylor Swift’s Fearless
3) Song of the Year – Carrie Underwood’s “I Told You So” written by Randy Travis
4) Female Vocalist of the Year – Taylor Swift
5) Male Vocalist of the Year – George Strait
6) Vocal Group of the Year – Rascal Flatts
7) Vocal Duo of the Year – Brooks and Dunn
CMT goes live with its annual, exclusive coverage of the CMA Awards Red Carpet on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT.
More than 1500 songwriters, industry VIPs and big name artists such as Kenny Chesney and Martina McBride gathered last night (10/19) at the ASCAP Country Awards to celebrate its most performed songs of the year.
Ashley Gorley was named Songwriter of the Year for his hits “Start A Band,” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.” The latter of which was also named ASCAP Country Song of the Year, an award going to publishers Songs of Combustion Music and Bug Music/Windswept.
The Songwriter/Artist of the Year honors went to Alan Jackson who had major hits with the self-penned “Good Time” and “Country Boy.” Gibson presented Jackson and Gorley limited edition Les Paul guitars as part of the ceremony.
EMI Music, was named Publisher of the Year, thanks to its share in the Jackson hits, as well as other smashes including “All Summer Long,” “I’m Still a Guy,” “Country Man,” “Relentless,” “I Still Miss You” and “Start a Band.”
Sharing hosting duties on the Ryman stage were ASCAP Sr. VP Connie Bradley and ASCAP president and chairman of the board Paul Williams, who opened the show with a medley of his songs “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” and “Just An Old Fashioned Love Song.” Artist David Nail offered the lead-in prior to the awards presentation.
The writers behind ASCAP’s five most played songs of the year performed their hits including “Good Time” by Alan Jackson; “You’re Gonna Miss This” (Trace Adkins) performed by Ashley Gorley; “Waitin’ on a Woman” (Brad Paisley) performed by Don Sampson; “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” (Darius Rucker) performed by Clay Mills; and “Roll With Me” (Montgomery Gentry) performed by Tommy Karlas.
A highlight was revered songwriter JD Souther receiving the prestigious Golden Note Award. Known for numerous Eagles classics, and many others, Souther was saluted by Lee Ann Womack performing his song “Faithless Love,” Rodney Crowell singing “New Kid in Town,” and Love and Theft’s take on “You’re Only Lonely.” Longtime friend Jackson Browne offered a moving speech about Souther before the honoree gave his own interpretation of the Eagles’ “Best of My Love.”
Artists in attendance included Dierks Bentley, Trace Adkins, Keith Anderson, Darryl Worley, Jason Michael Carroll, Eric Church, Bucky Covington, Heidi Newfield, Jimmy Webb, Chuck Wicks, Danny Gokey and Billy Currington.
McBride presented Gerry House and the House Foundation (Richard Falklen, Al Voecks, Mike Bohan, Duncan Stewart) the ASCAP Partners in Music Award for their contributions toward the promotion and support of songwriters, musicians and artists.
Following the show, guests strolled the red carpet to the AT&T building for the official Post Awards Party. ASCAP at the Ryman was co-produced by Terry Bumgarner and Josh Jackson, with Keith Beck of BSA as associate producer. Additional planning for the evening was provided by ASCAP staffers John Briggs, Marc Driskill, Chad Green, Dan Keen, Suzanne Lee, Anna Maki, Ralph Murphy, Meghan Muse, Pat Rolfe, Mary Self, Earle Simmons, Mike Sistad, Charline Wilhite, Herky Williams, and Jesse Willoughby.
Look for more in depth coverage later in Bobby Karl Works The Room.
Ricky Skaggs, Craig Morgan and Tracy Lawrence were among the winners at the 15th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Award Show, held last night (10/16) at the Trinity Music City USA Auditorium. Skaggs was selected Mainstream Country Artist of the Year, and joined The Whites to perform “Salt of The Earth.” Morgan received Video of the Year for his single “God Must Really Love Me” and performed the song during the show. Lawrence won Mainstream Inspirational Song of the Year for “Up To Him.” Point of Grace, who recently crossed in to the country music arena with the poignant hit “How You Live (Turn Up the Music),” won Vocal Group of the Year.
Also on hand to perform were Jason Crabb, Randy Houser, Adam Gregory, Carter Twins, Halfway to Hazard, Cherryholmes, Katalyst, Jordyn Shellhart, CrossCountry the Band, James Payne, Del Way, Tommy Brandt, Dennis Agajanian, Greg McDougal and Amanda Fessant.
Wayne Elsey, CEO & Founder of charity Soles4Souls, went barefoot as he presented an award to raise awareness for the more than 300 million children worldwide who do not have shoes.
Voted on by the CCMA membership, the 2009 ICM Awards will be aired on TCT Networks, The Worship Network, and more channels, which reach a combined 500 million people throughout the world.
Complete list of winners:
Entertainer of the Year CrossCountry the Band
Male Vocalist Tommy Brandt
Female Vocalist Sandra Dee
Vocal Duo The Roys
Vocal Group Point of Grace
Mainstream Inspirational Country Song “Up To Him,” Tracy Lawrence
Mainstream Country Artist Ricky Skaggs
Christian Country Song “Good Ole Boys,” James Payne & Del Way
Songwriter Russ Murphy
Video “God Must Really Love Me, Craig Morgan, Director, Eric Welch
New Artist Steve Richard
Musician Dennis Agajanian
Comedy Act Barry McGee
Radio Personality Leon Joplin
Radio Station WCWV, Summersville, WV
Living Legend Award Ken Holloway
Inspirational Bluegrass Artist The Isaacs
Youth In Music Award Matthew Wacaster
Music Evangelist of the Year Russ Murphy
Faith, Family, & Country Movie Fireproof, Provident Films
Television Network TCT Network
Tim McGraw will perform at the CMA Awards for the first time since 2005 when the event lands at the Sommet Center on Wed., Nov. 11.
The star-packed lineup continues to grow dramatically with the addition of McGraw, a special Vince Gill/Daughtry duet, and Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, and Zac Brown Band.
“The 43rd Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live Nov. 11 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Underwood, and Keith Urban.
McGraw last performed on the CMA Awards stage in 2005, when he joined wife Faith Hill on “Like We Never Loved At All.” His last solo performance on the CMA Awards was in 2004, when he opened the show with “How Bad Do You Want It?”
Taylor Swift leads the nominations for the 2009 American Music Awards with a total of six, including Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist (in both Pop/Rock and Country) and Favorite Album (in both Pop/Rock and Country). Swift is followed by Michael Jackson, who received five nominations, and Eminem, who received four. Nashville rockers Kings of Leon earned three nominations (including one for Artist of the Year), as did Beyonce, Lady GaGa, T.I., and Black Eyed Peas. Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band are both nominated in Favorite Country Album and Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group. Getting one nomination apiece were Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Sugarland.
The fan-voted show will be broadcast on ABC Nov. 22, at 7pm. Confirmed performers include Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez and Adam Lambert.
An abbreviated list of the nominees is below. Get the full list at http://abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards/nominations or vote for your favorites here.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kings of Leon
POP/ROCK – Favorite Female Artist
POP/ROCK – Favorite Album
Fame – Lady Gaga
Number Ones – Michael Jackson
Fearless – Taylor Swift
COUNTRY – Favorite Male Artist
COUNTRY – Favorite Female Artist
COUNTRY – Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band
COUNTRY – Favorite Album
Unstoppable – Rascal Flatts
Fearless – Taylor Swift
Foundation – Zac Brown Band
SOUNDTRACKS – Favorite Album
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Hannah Montana 3
ADULT CONTEMPORARY – Favorite Artist
CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL – Favorite Artist
Jamey Johnson called several special radio stations on-air this morning (10/13) to tell them they won CMA Awards for Broadcast Personality of the Year and Radio Station of the Year. The winners, covering all market sizes, will be recognized during the The 43rd Annual CMA Awards, airing live Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from the Sommet Center in Nashville.
Among the newly revealed winners is Kix Brooks, who is the first Country artist in history to claim a CMA Broadcast Awards trophy. As host of Citadel Media’s American Country Countdown, he won the National Broadcast Personality of the Year Award. “When Jamey Johnson walked in our ACC studio today, I wasn’t sure what was going on—thought maybe I’d forgotten about an interview or something. Next thing I know, he’s telling me that we won the CMA National Air Personality of the Year Award,” said Brooks. “The whole ACC team was in here screaming and jumping around! Everyone works hard and puts their all into making ACC the best it can be. I’m shocked, humbled, and extremely honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire American Country Countdown staff.”
2009 CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year Winners:
National – Kix Brooks, American Country Countdown, (Citadel Media)
Major Market – Cornbread, Pat James, Annie Henson, Harry Schroeder, Mac “Captain Mac” Douglas, “The Cornbread Morning Show featuring Cornbread, Pat James, Producer Annie, Father Harry, and Captain Mac,” WIL, St. Louis, Mo. (Bonneville International).
Large Market – Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt, Kevin Freeman, “Jim Denny and Friends,” WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind. (Cumulus Media).
Medium Market – Jack Ryan, “WIVK at Night with Jack Ryan,” WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn. (Citadel).
Small Market – Gator Harrison, Greg “StyckMan” Owens, “Gator & The StyckMan,” WGSQ, Cookeville, Tenn. (Cookeville Communications).
2009 CMA Radio Station of the Year Winners:
Major Market – KYGO, Denver/Boulder, Colo.
Large Market – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Medium Market – KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.
Small Market – WKSF, Asheville, N.C.
• CMA Broadcast Award winners are not eligible to enter in consecutive years; therefore, those who received trophies in 2008 were not eligible in 2009.