Country Music 411 Archives for 2019-08

Kane Brown Shuts Twitter Account After No CMA Nomination

Kane Brown, country singer and songwriter came to prominence thanks to social media but he is backing off of it now. After not receiving any CMA award nominations, Kane announced that his management would be taking over the running of his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Wednesday, after the Nominee announcements by CMA, Kane reportedly shared a gif of Stephen Curry shaking his head in dissapointment. Soon after, the Twitter account was wiped away. This is the second year in a row that Kane Brown was passed up for a CMA award nomination.

While Kane Brown certainly has made a big splash in the Country Music world the last few years, the CMA has put its foot down when it comes to handing out awards solely due to commercial achievement, and has started to value critical acclaim.

2019 CMA Award Nominees: The List

The Country Music Association released the 2019 CMA Award Nominees this week online and on air. We have the full list together here for you. 

The 2019 CMA Awards are set for Nov. 13 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena; the ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 8PM ET. Carrie Underwood is returning to co-host the event for the 12th consecutive year, with Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton as her guest co-hosts.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Garth Brooks
  • Eric Church
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
  • Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year

  • Cody Johnson
  • Midland
  • Carly Pearce
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Morgan Wallen

Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Producer(s)

  • Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett (Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett, Julian Bunetta, The Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson)
  • Cry Pretty, Carrie Underwood (Producers: David Garcia, Jim Jonsin, Carrie Underwood)
  • Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay (Producers: Dan Smyers, Scott Hendricks)
  • Desperate Man, Eric Church (Producers: Jay Joyce, Arturo Buenahora Jr.)
  • Girl, Maren Morris (Producers: busbee, Maren Morris, Greg Kurstin)

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriter(s)

  • Beautiful Crazy," Luke Combs (Songwriters: Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Robert Williford)
  • Girl," Maren Morris (Songwriters: Maren Morris, Sarah Aarons, Greg Kurstin)
  • God's Country," Blake Shelton (Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy)
  • Rainbow," Kacey Musgraves (Songwriters: Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves)
  • Tequila," Dan + Shay (Songwriters: Dan Smyers, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds)

Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s)

  • Burning Man," Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne (Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall, Arturo Buenahora Jr.; Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen)
  • Girl," Maren Morris (Producer: Greg Kurstin; Mix Engineer: Greg Kurstin)
  • God's Country," Blake Shelton (Producer: Scott Hendricks)
  • Millionaire," Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton; Mix Engineer: Vance Powell)
  • Speechless," Dan + Shay (Producers: Dan Smyers, Scott Hendricks; Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano)

Musical Event of the Year (Awarded to Artists and Producer(s)

  • Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne, "All My Favorite People" (Producers: Maren Morris, busbee)
  • Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs, "Brand New Man" (Producer: Dann Huff)
  • Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton, "Dive Bar" (Producer: Garth Brooks)
  • Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, "Old Town Road (Remix)" (Producers: YoungKio, Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross)
  • Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell, "What Happens in a Small Town" (Producer: Dann Huff)

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Director(s))

  • Burning Man," Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne (Director: Wes Edwards)
  • Girl," Maren Morris (Director: Dave Meyers)
  • God's Country," Blake Shelton (Director: Sophie Muller)
  • Rainbow," Kacey Musgraves (Director: Hannah Lux Davis)
  • Some of It," Eric Church (Director: Reid Long)

Musician of the Year

  • Jenee Fleenor
  • Paul Franklin
  • Mac McAnally
  • Ilya Toshinsky
  • Derek Wells

Country Music News for August 17-23

Here are the top news stories among the Country Music circut. Check back every week for a quick round-up of what you need to know to stay in the loop. 

Netflix to release an adult animated comedy series about Elvis Presley

Netflix announced plans to release an animated series titled Agent King. The show will highlight the life of Elvis Presley using an imaginative play on the King's life as if he were not just performing music but also an undercover spy working for the government to reveal the evil doers of the world. 

According to Presley's widow, Priscilla, the idea of this animation was inspired by Elvis himself. She claims since childhood, Elvis dreamt of being a "superhero fighting crime and saving the world".

"Elvis Presley trades in his white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves -- all while holding down his day job as the King of Rock and Roll," adds Netflix.

As of now there is not a public release date but be sure to keep an eye on Netflix for Agent King in the coming months.

Drake White Tells of Rare Brain Condition After Nearly Collapsing on Stage

On Friday, August 16th, 35 year old Drake White became light-headed, dizzy and weak on stage. His band mates rushed to help him and he was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital in Roanoke VA. A couple of days later Drake White shared with his fans that he suffers from a rare brain condition called arteriovenous malformation, AVM. 

AVM effects only 1% of the population as a tangle of abnormal and poorly formed blood vessels in the brain that provides restricted access of oxygen. 

Drake began experiencing symptoms of AVM back in January of this year as a headache that would not go away. The doctors believe he has had this condition since birth and are confident it can be treated. In fact, they believe they have already eliminated up to 75% of the mass of abnormal vessels. 

Drake White is staying in positive spirits and says it has helped him appreciate all that he has and all that is to come.


Lauren Alaina to join 'Dancing With The Stars"

Country music singer and American Idol Season ten runner up, Lauren Alaina, will be joining Dancing with The Stars this season. The 24 year old, Lauren Alaina has over a million spins on spotify and two number one hits on Country Airplay Chart. 

You can catch Alaina on DWTS September 16th.

Other members of the fall 2019 cast:

  • Actor James Van Der Beek, 42, of "Dawson's Creek."
  • Actress Kate Flannery, 55, of "The Office."
  • Kel Mitchell, 40, known for Nickelodeon's "Kenan & Kel" and "All That."
  • Athlete Lamar Odom, 39, a two-time NBA champ who struggled in a basketball comeback attempt this year.
  • Pro football Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, 44.
  • Singer Ally Brooke, 26, a Fifth Harmony member and solo performer.
  • Mary Wilson, 75, a founding member of The Supremes.
  • "Queer Eye" culture expert Karamo Brown, 38.
  • Sean Spicer, former White House Press Secretary.

Luke Combs’ This One’s for You is back up as country music’s No. 1 album


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