The Academy of Country Music will be honoring Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Carrie Underwood for achievements throughout their careers thus far with a special titled Girl's Night Out: Superstar Women of Country.
Reba has been crowned Top Female Vocalist a record setting seven times, more than any artist throughout the Academy’s 46 year history.
Martina has received the Top Female Vocalist honor by the ACM three times in 2001, 2002 and 2003 respectively. ACM Lifting Lives is honoring McBride for her dedication to raising awareness about domestic violence as well as championing female empowerment through her music. “Independence Day” and “Concrete Angel” are just a couple shining examples.
Miranda Lambert is the only female artist to win Album of the Year twice, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend back in 2007 and in 2009 with Revolution.
Jennifer Nettles, half of the country-pop duo Sugarland, is only the second female artist in ACM history to not only write but perform the winning Song of the Year solo with 2007’s surprise hit “Stay”.
George Strait's tour with Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack comes in as the No. 1 country tour on this year's list of Pollstar's top-grossing tours. The Strait tour grossed $41.6 million over the course of 2010.
The three will once again hit the road next year. Their first date is in Austin, Texas on January 14.
Brad Paisley's H20 World Tour is No. 15 with $40.7 million, followed by Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum with $39.1 million. Other country artists on the list of Top 50 tours include Carrie Underwood with $38.3 million, Taylor Swift at $34.2 million, Rascal Flatts with $28.4 million, Brooks & Dunn with $25.7 million, Toby Keith at $25.5 million and Sugarland with $19 million. Bon Jovi's tour ranked at the top of the list overall with $108.2 million.
Congratulations to Reba on her 35th No. 1 song! Her latest single, Turn on the Radio, climbs to the top of both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts this week.
"It's probably not as exciting as the first one, because that just blew us all away, but yes, it's very exciting," Reba tells The Boot. "I'm very honored and grateful that I get to do what I love so much at the level I'm getting to do it right now. Who could ask for anything more? Having a song at the top of the charts is a great way to end the year."
Reba's first No. 1 hit was back in 1983 with Can't Even Get the Blues? . Congratulations Reba! Looking forward to many more chart topping moments!
Reba will host WESTWOOD ONE’s “Christmas Around The Country” special.
The four hour holiday special will feature CHRISTMAS memories and music from artists George Strait, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift and more. Air window runs from December 18th through December 25th.
Carrie Underwood walked away as the big winner with six awards at the Inaugural American Country Awards on Fox. The show featured some killer performances, but not a whole lot in the line of awards. So how did the show stack up to the other slew of country music award shows?
On the plus side, the ACAs were overall high energy and filled with performances. I think Trace Adkins was the perfect choice for the host. For one, he's as country as country can be and you don't get the feeling with him that he's wearing the cowboy hat just for show. He was also very witty and very funny. If the ACAs come back for a year number two, I hope they keep Trace around as the host.
Okay, technically a Reba and Barbara Jean reunion isn’t happening but their portrayers, country music icon Reba McEntire and actress/comedienne Melissa Peterman are teaming up to work together once again. CMT is launching its first sitcom, Working Class, this coming January. Peterman will play Carli, a single mom who aims to give her kids a better life by moving to an upscale suburban neighborhood. Once there she soon discovers that the better life she was hoping for is harder than expected and possibly not all it’s cracked up to be. TV veteran Ed Asner and Broadway actor Steve Kazee costar as Peterman’s cranky next door neighbor/co-worker and brother respectively.
Toby Keith may have sat out the CMA Awards last week but he will be front and center performing on the inaugural American Country Awards on the Fox Network. He'll be joined by Rascal Flats, Reba, Blake Shelton and Josh Turner who are also scheduled to perform.
Other artists who will make appearances on the telecast include Lady Antebellum, Laura Bell Bundy, Rodney Carrington, Jewel and ex-Poison front man Brett Michaels. I guess the CMAs had Kid Rock, so why not Brett Michaels on the AMAs?
The awards are fan voted and will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Hotel. They take place on Monday, December 6th.
Fans can still vote here for artist of the year through December 4th on the show’s website. The nominees are Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band.
So, be honest, are you excited about this third major Country Music Award Show in the mix? Or is it too much?
Last night the stars came out in Nashville for what is billed as Country's Biggest Night at the 44th Annual CMA Awards. Overall, they put on an entertaining show with some great performances, but there were also some that missed the mark a bit.
Carrie Underwood opened up the show on a high note, belting out her hit "Songs Like This" with Brad Paisley on guitar and Keith Urban on banjo. The song set a nice pace for the evening and flowed well into Carrie and Brad doing their opening dialog talking about, and joking about, the happenings of 2010. The pair has some great chemistry and really do a good job with their hosting duties.
My two favorite performances of the night came from Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift. Miranda did her best to channel the spirit of the Ramones during her performance of "That's The Way The World Goes Round," but yet still came through with that strong country twang and charm that she has. The song just absolutely rocks in a good way.
The 44th CMA Awards are happening this week and it just reminds me of just why I think that country music award shows are actually bad for the industry. The CMA's are nothing more than a study in politics and what artists can generate more votes from the Academy. The best act doesn't always win, or may not even be nominated, and the country fan base knows this and just doesn't understand why.
The questions of who get nominated or claims victory in the coveted CMA Entertainer of the Year category seem to run rampant even through the artists themselves. This year's nominees are Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band. A lot of shiny new contenders in a category that is normally dominated by long running heavyweights. Even megastars like Reba McEntire seem a bit confused.
"I have heard they are looking for a new regime, wanting to turn things around and to kind of mix up the shuffle," said Reba McEntire, the 1986 CMA entertainer of the year. "Well, they definitely did. This has sure gotten everybody to talk about it."