Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert on Clouds

Nashville’s music community will be out in full force Wednesday night for the 44th annual Country Music Association Awards, an event brimming with lots of possibility and plenty of tension. One of country’s happiest couples is even more exuberant about the night than usual. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are very prominent in the awards — in fact, they actually compete against each other in three categories on a night that’s big for both of them. After nearly a decade as a hitmaker, Blake got his first CMA nomination and ended up with four total, including Male Vocalist of the Year. Read More

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert on Clouds

Nashville’s music community will be out in full force Wednesday night for the 44th annual Country Music Association Awards, an event brimming with lots of possibility and plenty of tension. One of country’s happiest couples is even more exuberant about the night than usual. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are very prominent in the awards — in fact, they actually compete against each other in three categories on a night that’s big for both of them. After nearly a decade as a hitmaker, Blake got his first CMA nomination and ended up with four total, including Male Vocalist of the Year. Read More

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert on Clouds

Nashville’s music community will be out in full force Wednesday night for the 44th annual Country Music Association Awards, an event brimming with lots of possibility and plenty of tension. One of country’s happiest couples is even more exuberant about the night than usual. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are very prominent in the awards — in fact, they actually compete against each other in three categories on a night that’s big for both of them. After nearly a decade as a hitmaker, Blake got his first CMA nomination and ended up with four total, including Male Vocalist of the Year. Read More

Taylor Swift Leads Songwriter Honors

Taylor Swift couldn’t ask for much better timing. As she heads into the last week of promotion for her new album, Speak Now, she was named Songwriter/Artist of the Year Sunday night during the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s annual songwriter awards at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin took Song of the Year for penning the emotional Miranda Lambert hit “The House That Built Me,” and Chris DuBois earned Songwriter of the Year for his work as an author of Craig Morgan’s “This Ain’t Nothin’” and the Brad Paisley singles “Then” and “Welcome To The Future.” The awards were part of a formal evening that saw four new members added to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and had 11 titles recognized by the songwriting community as the cream of the crop: Songs I Wish I’d Written. That list included “Need You Now,” “White Liar,” “Big Green Tractor” and Taylor’s “You Belong With Me.” Read More

Keith Urban, Vince Gill Lead All-Star Hall Event

The building that houses country music’s family treasures just got a big infusion of cash. Keith Urban and Vince Gill played hosts Tuesday night at All For The Hall, a multi-artist concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Country Music Hall of Fame. The arena and the hall share an intersection in Music City, and the artists who paraded across the Bridgestone stage shared a love for the district’s best-known genre. Billy Currington threw judicious moments of vocal ferocity into his version of Kenny Rogers’ “Sweet Music Man,” Martina McBride emulated Reba McEntire well with a few well-placed trills at the close of “Is There Life Out There,” and Dolly Parton resurrected George Jones’ funereal “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Read More