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Big Machine Label Group Celebrates 51st Annual CMA Awards

Big Machine Label Group’s celebration of the 51st Annual CMA Awards at FGL House in Nashville on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  Photo credit: Getty Images

BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP hosted their annual CMA Awards After Party in Nashville at FGL House to celebrate and treat guests to a special surprise. Alongside label family, friends and industry executives BMLG President/CEO SCOTT BORCHETTA toasted with Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka to the independent powerhouse’s star-studded roster and introduced the return of Superstar duo SUGARLAND. JENNIFER NETTLES and KRISTIAN BUSH took the stage to perform some of their smash hits – “Baby Girl” and “Stay.” MAYOR MEGAN BARRY, NASCAR driver JIMMIE JOHNSON and ABC’s The Bachelorette’s LUKE PELL were all on hand to sing along on the Cruise rooftop.

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 09: Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland perform onstage during the Big Machine Label Group’s celebration of the 51st Annual CMA Awards at FGL House in Nashville on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMLG ) *** Local Caption *** Jennifer Nettles;Kristian Bush

BMLG artists kicked off “Country Music’s Biggest Night” with REBA McENTIRE, RONNIE DUNN and THOMAS RHETT singing “Hold My Hand” in the all-star opening performance. McEntire performed “Legends” alongside KELSEA BALLERINI as well as present Entertainer of the Year to close the show. Thomas Rhett serenaded the audience with his latest chart-topping single “Unforgettable” from his Billboard 200 No. 1 album LIFE CHANGES (The Valory Music Co.). Solidifying their highly-anticipated return on the CMA Awards, five-time Duo of the Year winners Sugarland presented the category during ABC’s live broadcast. BRETT YOUNG presented Song of the Year to LITTLE BIG TOWN, who accepted on behalf of his labelmate TAYLOR SWIFT for single-handedly penning the band’s “Better Man.” Swift’s highly-anticipated sixth studio album reputation (Big Machine Records) recently became Target’s biggest music pre-sale ever ahead of tomorrow’s (11/10) official release.

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 09: (L-R) Carly Pearce, Drake White, Trent Harmon, Danielle Bradbery and Brett Young attend Big Machine Label Group’s celebration of the 51st Annual CMA Awards at FGL House in Nashville on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMLG ) *** Local Caption *** Carly Pearce;Drake White;Trent Harmon;Danielle Bradbery;Brett Young

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Nashville’s Premier Event Planner Announces CMA After Party Sweepstakes

For country music fans, the CMA Awards (airing this year on Wednesday, November 8), are like a national holiday. Yet for all the fun to be had at the ceremony itself, there’s nothing like the private after parties—where the stars let loose and the music doesn’t stop until 2 am.

And this year, Nashville event planner Randi Lesnick is hosting a sweepstakes that will allow one winner and a guest to attend a CMA after party planned by Lesnick’s company, Randi Events.

“The CMAs are one of my favorite events during the year,” says Lesnick. “They’re normally closed to the public, so I’m excited to provide this opportunity for a very lucky country music fan.”

Since launching Randi Events more than 20 years ago, Lesnick has been the go-to planner for Nashville’s music industry, regularly organizing events for industry notables including Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Tim McGraw, and many others.

For the 2017 CMA Awards, Randi Events is planning some after parties and the winner of a random draw will get to tag along with Randi as she stops by each of the events.

Fans can enter the competition by visiting http://www.randilesnick.com/cma-awards-contest/ and following submissions instructions. Entries are earned by following Randi Lesnick and/or Randi Events on social media, as well as by sharing the content post on Instagram or Facebook. Each completed task qualifies for one entry, giving fans up to eight shots at the highly coveted prize.

While the contest is open to country fans across the country, Randi Events will not pay for travel to or lodging in Nashville. Deadline for all entries is 11:59 pm PST.

About Randi Lesnick/Randi Events

Randi Lesnick took a leap of faith nearly 20 years ago when announcing to a former executive of Dreamworks Records that she was a party planner, when, in fact, she wasn’t. Through sheer will, Randi landed the contract to plan the grand opening party for Dreamworks Nashville, and since then, Randi Events been the go-to event planner for Nashville’s music industry. In addition to rubbing shoulders with Music City elite like Scott Borchetta and Reba McEntire, Randi also plans luxury weddings around the southeastern U.S. and is currently working on a book detailing her rise to entrepreneurial success as a wife and mom of two.

For more information, visit RandiLesnick.com and RandiEvents.com.

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CMA Announces More Unexpected Musical Performances And Collaborations For “The 51st Annual CMA Awards,” Airing Wednesday, Nov. 8, On ABC

Artist PR Photo 2017 – Lady Antebellum

One of the best things about the CMA Awards are the surprises, and “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” has more unexpected collaborations to share as another round of superstar performances are announced for the Wednesday, Nov. 8 (8-11 PM ET), live broadcast from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, P!NK, and Keith Urban will perform on this year’s Awards, and an unprecedented opening collaboration will feature Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban and more. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host The Awards for the 10th consecutive year.

Hill and McGraw are among Country Music’s most nominated couples and “Speak to a Girl” marks the sixth time they’ve been nominated together for a CMA in the Vocal Event of the Year and Musical Event of the Year categories since 1997’s “It’s Your Love,” which they won. The couple has 61 nominations combined, with McGraw winning 11 times, including the 2001 Entertainer of the Year. Hill has three victories.

Grammy Award-winning pop star P!NK is nominated for a CMA Award for the first time this year. She’s up for Musical Event of the Year for her “Setting the World on Fire” duet with Kenny Chesney, and just released her new album Beautiful Trauma, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart this week.

Urban is a 10-time CMA Awards winner, including the 2005 Entertainer of the Year Award, and has been nominated 45 times since 2001 – one of the most consistent streaks of nominations over that time. He’s up for four awards this year, including Entertainer of the Year again.

Church is a rare two-time winner of the prestigious Album of the Year Award for CHIEF and Mr. Misunderstood. He’s been nominated 25 times since 2011, and is up for three awards this year, including Entertainer of the Year for the second time.

The trio of Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott have won seven CMA Awards, starting with New Artist of the Year in 2008. The trio also has taken Single of the Year twice and Vocal Group of the Year three times. Lady A is up for two Awards this year, including Album of the Year for Heart Break.

One of pop music’s most popular figures for more than two decades, Rucker won New Artist of the Year in 2009 and has performed at The CMA Awards multiple times since.

Performers previously announced for the Nov. 8 Awards include duet partners Kelsea Ballerini & Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley & Rascal Flatts, Maren Morris & Niall Horan, Brad Paisley & Kane Brown as well as Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood.

Winners of “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” are determined by eligible voting CMA members. Ballots are tabulated by the professional services organization Deloitte & Touche LLP.

“The 51st Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton serves as the Executive Producer for the 11th year, and Gary Halvorson as the Director for the first time.

More information about “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” is on CMAawards.com. Listen to nominee playlists and purchase official CMA Awards apparel and accessories online.

About the CMA Awards: The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC is the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021. The CMA Awards air in 43 countries.

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10-DVD Collection CMA Awards Live: Greatest Moments 1968-2015 Available For The First Time Ever

Time Life in conjunction with the Country Music Association is proud to announce the upcoming release of CMA Awards Live: Greatest Moments 1968-2015, an extensive 10-DVD set of many of Country’s musical moments that have made history over the years. Time Life will begin taking pre-orders Wednesday, Oct. 11, with a 30-minute infomercial promoting the package airing throughout the fourth quarter of 2017. CMA Awards Live will be officially released to retail early next year.

Since 1968, millions of Country Music fans tune in each year to the CMA Awards to see which of their favorites walk away with the most coveted awards in the industry. In addition to the presentation of the yearly accolades to the biggest stars in the Country format, the yearly telecast is famous for historic performances and collaborations – many of which are the first time legendary songs were featured on television. Outside of their original airings, these performances have never been commercially available.

The set includes 127 performances from five decades of the nationally-televised ceremony, with performances from many of the premiere artists in the genre – Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Barbara Mandrell, Buck Owens and Kenny Rogers – all of which helped define the sound that brought popular appeal to Country Music.

CMA Awards Live: Greatest Moments 1968-2015 features unforgettable moments from the artists who have nurtured the sound over the past decade and taken the music to new heights, like Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.

Besides the performances, the set also includes bonus features and interviews with artists who have performed – and won – on the telecast over the years, including Naomi Judd and Charley Pride, as well as the last interview with the longest-serving CMA Executive Director, Jo Walker Meador, and CMA’s current Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. Other moments include:

• Merle Haggard’s performance of the iconic “Okie From Muskogee,” the Single of the Year from 1970 – the same night that he was named CMA Entertainer of the Year.

• Dolly Parton and Kenny Roger’s riveting performance of “Islands In The Stream,” which opened up the 1983 telecast – the same year that the song topped the Country and Pop charts throughout the world.

• Alan Jackson’s 2001 world premiere performance of “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” which captivated America following the tragic 9/11 attacks.

• CMA Entertainer of the Year winners Brooks and Dunn (1996) and Reba McEntire (1986) performing a passionate version of “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” in 2008.

• Alan Jackson and George Strait’s tender tribute to George Jones following his passing in 2013 with a soaring version of “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” a CMA Single and Song of the Year winner from 1980.

And, speaking of collaborations, there are plenty in the collection, like once-in-a-lifetime pairings of artists Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette, from 1993 performing “Silver Threads and Golden Needles,” and an incredible performance from Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, and Sheryl Crow of Lynn’s signature “Coal Miners’ Daughter” from 2010.

CMA Awards Live: Greatest Moments 1968-2015 also features many performances from some of music’s biggest stars from outside of the format, including Jimmy Buffett, Rita Coolidge and Lionel Richie. Also included with the collection is a 44-page collectible booklet featuring Award winners and the history of the CMA Awards shows.

About Time Life

Time Life is one of the world’s pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.

About the CMA Awards

The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network TV. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021.


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AT&T Live From The Red Carpet At “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” On AUDIENCE Network  


AT&T* is giving Country Music fans a front row seat at “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” red carpet. AUDIENCE® Network presents an exclusive look at the “AT&T CMA Awards Red Carpet” show hosted by Bobby Bones, host of iHeartRadio’s nationally syndicated radio program “The Bobby Bones Show,” and a performance by Country Music star Chris Janson. Janson’s “Buy Me A Boat” was named Country Song of the Year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in May. Continue Reading →

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After 10 days of speculation, the star-studded list of 30 former CMA Award winners in the “Forever Country” music video has been announced. Continue Reading →

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Country Music Association Will Celebrate 50 Years of the CMA Awards by Sponsoring Awards Breakfast at Music Biz 2016


The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has announced that the Country Music Association (CMA) will sponsor the Music Biz 2016 Awards Breakfast on May 17, 2016, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville. CMA will use the opportunity to highlight “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” which will take place in November 2016. The CMA Awards got its start in October 1967 as an untelevised event hosted by Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry. The ceremony was broadcast on television for the first time the following year, making it the longest running annual music awards program on network TV. A video and live performance are expected to be part of the Breakfast.


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Getting Red Carpet Ready With Cassadee Pope And Colgate Optic White


During CMA Awards week we caught up with country artist Cassadee Pope backstage at Bridgestone Arena in the Colgate Optic White lounge for artists, where the CMA Awards took place, to get some beauty tips from her about how to get Red Carpet ready and talk about her new music.
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JCPenney’s Honors American Hero And Sponsors CMA Awards Red Carpet #JCPstyle

JCPenney CMA AwardsJCPenney’s was the official sponsor of the 2015 CMA Awards Red Carpet this year and generously honored an American hero that same night, too.
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CMA Awards Arrivals: Cole Swindell Bringing Special Guest


Country star Cole Swindell will be attending the CMA Awards with veteran Sgt. Joseph James and his wife, Jarin. Through a partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME, JCPenney recently provided the military family with a brand new, fully furnished home.  During tonight’s telecast, Cole will be featured in two commercials that promote the project that provides military families with mortgage-free homes. 

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