2012 CMT Music Awards

The 2012 CMT Music Awards Airs Tonight! We are hours/minutes away from the 2012 CMT Music Awards! Fans had the opportunity to vote for their favorites in all categories and tonight we will see who takes home the beloved CMT Buckles! The show will be hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell and will include plenty of performances and plenty of your favorite artists and stars presenting awards! The Red Carpet will be aired live on CMT and cmt.com starting at 6:00pm CT, 7:00pm ET/PT. The show begins directly after at 7:00pm CT, 8:00pm ET/PT. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mycountrymusic and follow us on Twitter @CountryMusicNB to get all the latest updates and opinions of the CMNB crew! Plus we would love to know how you are feeling about everything that is happening as well! As soon as the show is over visit us back here at countrymusicnewsblog.com to see a full list of winners and highlights of the show! Get your snacks and cold beverages ready, find a comfy place on the couch and be prepared for the surprises that I’m sure will be thrown our way! -HaleighT

2012 CMT Music Awards Presenters

A Complete List Of Who Will Present Tomorrow At The 2012 CMT Music Awards! The 2012 CMT Music Awards is TOMORROW, June 6! Nashville will be one big party as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, The Band Perry and Carrie Underwood present the big winners of the night with their shiny, new, CMT Buckle! Along with those country stars, CMT Hosts Tom Arnold and Steve Austin, American Idol finalists Colton Dixon and Skylar Laine, Dario Franchitti, Ashley Greene, Tony Hawk, Denise Richards, Dax Shepard and Jordin Sparks will also be presenting awards. The 2012 CMT Music Awards will air LIVE on Wednesday, June 6 at 8:00pm ET/PC on CMT and cmt.com. Hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell, the show will include performances by Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams Jr. and Zac Brown Band. The five finalists for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can vote at cmt.com, CMT Mobile, on the CMT Insider app and via text message throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner. Michael Dempsey will executive produce the show alongside director Joe DeMaio. John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.

Scotty McCreery Performs At 2012 CMT Music Awards

Scotty McCreery, Casey James, Lauren Alaina and More Added to CMT Music Awards Performances! Scotty McCreery has been added to the performance line-up for the 2012 CMT Music Awards that are coming up in just a few days! He is joined by fellow American Idol alumns Lauren Alaina and Casey James in addition to Kip Moore and Jana Kramer. They will be performing on the Nationwide Insurance stage, which will be featured throughout the show. Additionally, Nationwide is presenting a special award, the On Your Side® Award, to country music’s best new live act as determined by the fans. Fans can watch their videos and vote through June 4th at CMT.com for nominees Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen and Thompson Square. The CMT Awards will air LIVE on Wednesday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com. This year’s show will be hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell. Find more on the performance line-up!

Luke Bryan Added to CMT Music Awards Performances

Luke Bryan, Willie Nelson, The Band Perry and More Added to CMT Music Awards Performances! The CMT Music Awards are not messing around this year adding even more country music stars to their list performers! Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band have already been announced and now Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry and Hank Williams, Jr. have been confirmed as well! The awards show will be hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell and will air live on CMT and cmt.com on Wednesday, June 6th at 8pm CT!

CMT Music Awards 2012 Hosts

Toby Keith and Kristen Bell Host 2012 CMT Music Awards. Well, it looks like Toby Keith has been tapped for host of the 2012 CMT Music Awards! That makes complete and total sense, especially with the wild popularity of his crowd favorite “Red Solo Cup” still going strong! What makes less sense is his co-host, Kristen Bell. Bell is a talented and funny actress…but she has no connection to country music…what so ever. So, not entirely sure how she was chosen. “Toby Keith and Kristen Bell are a terrific one-two knockout punch for the 2012 CMT Music Awards…Toby has been involved with our show every year since its inception and Kristen is as entertaining and witty as any young actor working today. We’re thrilled to have them both as hosts for this year’s show.” -John Hamlin, SVP, Music Events and Talent, CMT So, that statement isn’t super helpful in trying to figure out the reasoning behind their choices, but figured I’d give it to you anyway. I’m not too worried though. The show already has a pretty great performance line-up, and no doubt Keith will do what he can to keep things good and country. This is a fan voted show, and the voting is open NOW…through June 4th. You can vote online at CMT.com, and you can get fancy on your mobile device and vote with CMT Mobile or the CMT Insider app available on iPhone, iPad and Android. The five finalists for Video of the Year will be announced at the beginning of the show and you will be able to vote at CMT.com, CMT mobile, on the CMT Insider app and via text message throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine winner. The 2012 CMT Music Awards will air LIVE simultaneously on CMT stations and online, Wednesday June 6th at 8/7c!

CMT Awards 2012 Performers

First Round of 2012 CMT Awards Performers Announced The CMT Music Awards are quickly approaching (less than a month away!), and they are lining up the performances for the evening! So far, the line-up includes Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum! This is pretty good news for the country music fans who can’t make it to CMA Fest this year! You can at least catch some good performances online or on TV! The show airs Wednesday, June 6th at 8pm! It’s fan voted, and you can vote all the way through June 4th! Now, last year if you remember, we had some odd guests (i.e. Justin Bieber and Ludacris) that had country music fans scratching their heads in confusion. Think we’ll have a similar situation this year? Leave your guesses in the comment section below!

2012 CMT Music Award Nominees

Here Are The Nominees For The 2012 CMT Music Awards! The CMT Music Awards will be live Wednesday, June 6! Below are all the artist that are nominated in each category. To vote, head over to cmt.com and register! Male Video Of The Year Jason Aldean – “Dirt Road Anthem” Luke Bryan – “I Don’t Want This Night To End” Eric Church – “Drink In My Hand” Toby Keith – “Red Solo Cup” Blake Shelton – “God Gave Me You” Keith Urban – “Long Hot Summer” Female Video of the Year Sara Evans – “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” Miranda Lambert – “Over You” Martina McBride – “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” Kellie Pickler – “Tough” Taylor Swift – “Ours” Carrie Underwood – “Good Girl” Group Video of the Year The Band Perry – “All Your Life” Eli Young Band – “Crazy Girl” Lady Antebellum – “We Owned the Night” Pistol Annies – “Hell On Heels” Rascal Flatts – “Banjo” Zac Brown Band – “Keep Me In Mind” Duo Video of the Year The Civil Wars – “Poison & Wine” Love and Theft – “Angel Eyes” Montgomery Gentry – “Where I Come From” Sugarland – “Tonight” Thompson Square – “Glass” Thompson Square – “I Got You” USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year Lauren Alaina – “Georgia Peaches” Brantley Gilbert – “Country Most Be Country Wide” Hunter Hayes – “Storm Warning” Scotty McCreery – “The Trouble With Girls” Pistol Annies – “Hell On Heels” Thompson Square – “I Got You” Collaboration Video of the Year Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter – “You and Tequila” Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood – “Remind Me” Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield – “Easy” Lionel Richie and Shania Twain – “Endless Love” Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars – “Safe and Sound” Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett – “Knee Deep” CMT Performance of the Year Jason Aldean – “Tattoos On This Town” from Artist of the Year Lady Antebellum – “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” from Artist of the Year Little Big Town – “Fix You” from Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert Blake Shelton – “Footloose” from Invitation Only Sting & Vince Gill – “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” from Crossroads Steven Tyler & Carrie Underwood – “Just A Dream/Dream On” from Crossroads Video of the Year Jason Aldean – “Dirt Road Anthem” Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter – “You and Tequila” Toby Keith – “Red Solo Cup” Lady Antebellum – “We Owned the Night” Miranda Lambert – “Over You” Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood – “Remind Me” Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield – “Easy” Blake Shelton – “God Gave Me You” Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars – “Safe and Sound” Carrie Underwood – “Good Girl”

The Band Perry Collaborates with Justin Bieber

The Band Perry Joins Bieber On His Upcoming Christmas Album. It is an epidemic. I am honestly considering calling the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Okay, maybe I’m being just a tad over dramatic here, but country music fans, we have a problem. The Band Perry is collaborating with Justin Bieber on his upcoming Christmas album. Now, maybe if this was the first time this had happened, I would be a little less irritated (or maybe not…). However, I am beginning to notice a trend, and I do not like where it is headed. We have not kept our opinions to ourselves on this topic, over here at the CMNB newsroom. I have discussed this whole Bieber and country music …thing… several times, and HaleighT sounded off on it in her video segment last week (check that out here.) Yet, we’ve really only talked about it in bits and pieces, so right now, I’m going to paint the big picture. So, let’s go over this one more time. Rascal Flatts started this when they collaborated with Justin Bieber on his single “That Should Be Me” released in February of 2011 on his Never Say Never album. Then this summer at the 2011 CMT Music Awards, Justin Bieber won the very first award of the evening for this collaboration. I would like to point out two things. First, this award was won by Justin Bieber not Rascal Flatts. Second, this is not a country song. It isn’t even trying to pretend to be a country song. Actually, this song is so not country, it makes Rascal Flatts sound like they are not country. Yet, there we were at the 2011 Country Music Television Awards watching Justin Bieber win the first award of the evening…for not country music. Then just a couple of weeks ago, Justin Bieber popped up at Taylor Swift’s concert in L.A., and they performed a song together. Did they perform one of Taylor’s songs? No, they performed Justin’s “Baby“. (Sidenote, Bieber collaborated with Ludacris on that song. If you remember, Ludacris performed “Dirt Road Anthem” with Jason Aldean at the close of the 2011 CMT Awards. I’m just sayin’.). Shortly after Taylor and Justin’s performance together, we got word that Taylor and Justin are actually recording an original song together. Now, Taylor is known for branching into other genres that are a little less than country oriented (Think The Story of Us, released as a single earlier this year, pretty much 100% Pop. You can kind of hear the banjo in the background, but only if you ignore the drums and electric guitar.) Also, it could be argued that Taylor and Justin already share a substantial fan base (i.e. 13 year-old girls). Still, did she really have to record with Justin Bieber? Are there no other options? Now, The Band Perry is on the Bieber train. That’s three country artists/groups in just under a year. All three collaborating with a teenage pop sensation. My question is: Why? And Continue reading The Band Perry Collaborates with Justin Bieber

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina at CMA Fest

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Gain Experience and Perspective at CMA Music Festival. Recent American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery and runner-up, Lauren Alaina have hit the ground running with appearances and performances every other day last week during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The pair attended the 2011 CMT Music Awards where they had the chance to help bring attention to the devastation created by this Spring’s storms, the relief efforts being made by some country music stars, and specifically introduce Sugarland‘s performance. Additionally, the two had the career starting opportunity Friday during the CMA Music Festival to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Lauren sang LeAnn Rimes’ “Blue” as well as her debut single “Like My Mother Does“, and Scotty performed his debut single, “I Love You This Big” and George Strait’s “Check Yes Or No“. Saturday night during the nightly concerts at LP Field both Scotty and Lauren were able to perform with their own idols. Scotty, of course, performed a duet with Josh Turner on “Your Man” while Lauren sang “Anyway” with Martina McBride. On top of all this, both of these new and rising stars learned just recently that both of their singles are fairing very well on the charts, proving just how much American loves them. So, not only are Scotty and Lauren getting to jump right in, presenting at awards shows, performing with the artists who inspire them, and gracing the iconic Opry stage, they are already proving their worth with success on their first singles. Regardless of these opportunities and successes however, they are aware of the need to establish an identity of their own. Lauren who has sited Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert as influences in addition to Martina McBride, recognizes the need to create original content, and set herself appear as a female country artist. “I got a record deal, at 16. That’s weird. Making this record is going to be the biggest step I’m ever going to have to do. People know who I am because of a TV show, but it’s from singing cover songs…I have to be different from everybody else.” -Lauren Alaina Scotty who garnered much of his attention on Idol because of his vocal similarity to Josh Turner openly acknowledges the similarity, but underscores his responsibility to present something fresh and different, understanding that it will take a lot of hard work. “I might sound like them, kind of, but it’ll be a different career. They’re older, well-established guys. There’s going to be a lot of work for me to get out of this and hit the ground running. I’m trying to put my foot in the door.” -Scotty McCreery With CMA Fest and their whirlwind schedule concluded, hopefully Scotty and Lauren will get a little breather The they can get started on those albums they’ve promised fans! Watch Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina at the 2011 CMT Music Awards Here! More CMT Shows – More CMT Videos

CMT Music Award Performances!

CMT Music Award Performances Make The Night! Tonight was the night for the long awaited CMT Music Awards! Although I am happy for all the artists who received a buckle, I’m not happy with all of the results. But…life goes on, life isn’t fair, there is always next year, on to the next, and every other “keep your chin up” moto out there is running through my mind. So instead of giving my thoughts on the winners, I’ll give my thoughts on the major performances. Country stars had Nashville rocking and everyone else in America wishing we were there! It started off strong with Toby Keith and his latest single “Made In America“. This Oklahoma native has a tremendous amount of pride for his country and never fails to describe it in his lyrics! The Band Perry was next with the intro of “Love The Way You Lie” originally by Rihanna and then went straight into their latest hit “You Lie“. It was an energetic display with sister Kimberly traveling from the main stage, to a mini stage equipped with her piano, then back to the main stage. One of my favorite parts of the night was Luke Bryan singing “Country Girl (Shake It For ME)”. He looked like he was having the time of his life on stage dancing to his recent hit! This performance definitely brought up the level of excitement in the enormous room. Rascal Flatts was backed by a very talented choir as they sang “I Won’t Let Go“. It was touching and I was very impressed with their humble performance. For the first time in 3 years Big and Rich graced the stage with a little help from their favorite redneck woman, Gretchen Wilson. The three rocked the stage with “Fake ID“, a comical tale of a youngster looking for a good time! My all-time favorite part of the night by far was Sheryl Crow with host Kid Rock and their performance of “Collide“. These two always hit the ball out of the park when the team up, “Picture” is still a classic in my mind! Tonight the duo was both sincere and entertaining, ending the song with a slow dance. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that is country music at its finest! Zac Brown Band kept it tropical and breezy with “Knee Deep“. Sugarland had an emotional performance with “Stand Up“, having two sisters from Joplin, Mo join them on stage to wave the “LOVE Flag”. Keith Urban shared with us “Long Hot Summer“, which is sure to be the next summer hit. Lady Antebellum gave us a surprise when they followed up their song “Just A Kiss” with “Kiss” by Prince. The extra something at the end was fun and livened up their whole performance! Probably the most shocking part of the night was Jason Aldean with Ludacris and their re-vamped version of “Dirt Road Anthem“. Aldean always impresses me with his “rapping” abilities and having the rap star Continue reading CMT Music Award Performances!