Country Music 411 Archives for 2021-04

Miranda Lambert Breaks Down During Texas Weekend Show

Miranda Lambert was moved to tears during her first show back since the pandemic last Thursday (April 22nd) during her show at Billy Bob's Texas while performing "The House That Built Me."


All three of her weekend back-to-back shows at the Fort Worth venue were sold out.


Miranda told the crowd, “No matter what I’ve ever done in my career and what I’m still gonna do, somehow I still feel most at home on a barstool under a neon sign. I walked in here and I took a little tour around, and I just felt so at home. I remembered why I do this and why I missed y’all’s faces so damn much.”


She treated fans to a glimpse at her upcoming project when Jack Ingram surprised her on Thursday evening for a performance of “Tequila Does.” The song is included on their The Marfa Tapes album, which also features Jon Randall and is due out on May 7th.



First show back. Love y’all ??

? original sound - Miranda Lambert


Is Carrie Underwood Planning a Las Vegas Residency?

Carrie Underwood sent fans into a flurry on Monday afternoon by teasing some exciting news. 
She posted a video on social media, saying she’s got something to share in a few days.

“I’m all aflutter with something exciting coming April 21,” Underwood posted.

The news sent fans into a frenzy as they quickly tried to decipher the message. As they were decoding, they noticed that longtime Vegas residency performer and musical icon Celine Dion also teased a very similar message.

“A little teaser for a fabulous reveal on April 21. Stay tuned,” wrote Dion in both English and French. In her clip, the Canada native is seen surrounded by neon lights and is standing in a pinball machine.

Fans are guessing Carrie is heading to Las Vegas for a residency at The Theatre in the new Resorts World Las Vegas hotel. The resort doesn’t open until June 24, but reportedly has a list of performers scheduled to perform.

Among the confirmed acts is Zedd and Tiesto. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry are supposedly on a list as headliners for the 5,000 seat venue!



The ACM Awards Full List of Winners!

The 56th ACM Awards returned to Music City to celebrate the finest in country music. Co-hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton from iconic Nashville venues, including the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe.

Miranda Lambert and Elle King kicked off the show with their new duet, ‘Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home) giving King a chance to show off her baby bump! The girls were rocking some serious neon fringe on their matching black leather jackets. 

Next Chris Young and Kane Brown took the stage to perform "Famous Friends" and then the first award of the night was handed out by Blanco Brown. His first public appearance since his near fatal motorcycle accident back on August, 31, 2020.

And the winner is:
SONG OF THE YEAR - Maren Morris "The Bones"
SINGLE OF THE YEAR - Carly Pearce & Lee Brice "I Hope Your Happy Now"
ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Chris Stapleton "Starting Over"
GROUP OF THE YEAR - Old Dominion
VIDEO OF THE YEAR - “Worldwide Beautiful” – Kane Brown Director: Alex Alvga Producer: Christen Pinkston
MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR -  “I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice Producer: busbee



The ACMs are THIS Sunday, Here's Your Nominees and Early Winners!

The ACMs are back in Nashville this year!

Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead all 2021 ACM Awards nominees with six each and Miranda Lambert has five. Thomas Rhett and Ashley McBryde have four.

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice won a BIG one! 'Music Event of the Year' for "I Hope Your Happy Now"

Gabby Barrett won New Female Artist of the Year!

Jimmie Allen is your New Male Artist of the Year!

Kane Brown won 'Video of the Year' for "Worldwide Beautiful"
Here's the list of all nominations.

Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton
Female Artist of the Year: Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Carly Pearce

Male Artist of the Year: Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton
Duo of the Year: Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year: Lady A, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, The Cadillac Three, The Highwomen
Album of the Year: Born Here, Live Here, Die Here, Luke Bryan Mixtape Vol. 1, Kane Brown, Never Will, Ashley McBryde, Skeletons, Brothers Osborne, Starting Over, Chris Stapleton 
Single of the Year: "Bluebird," Miranda Lambert, "I Hope," Gabby Barrett, "I Hope You’re Happy Now," Carly Pearce and Lee Brice, "More Hearts Than Mine," Ingrid Andress, "The Bones," Maren Morris

Song of the Year: "Bluebird," Miranda Lambert, "One Night Standards," Ashley McBryde, "Some People Do," Old Dominion, "Starting Over," Chris Stapleton, "The Bones," Maren Morris 
Songwriter of the Year: Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

Good luck to all the nominees!

Don't miss the ACMs this Sunday night, April, 18 at 8PM ET live on CBS. Stream it live on Paramount+.

Eric Church Has New Perspective On Entertainer Of The Year

Eric Church is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, and he's up for the same honor at Sunday (April 18th) night's ACM Awards in Nashville. Since taking home CMA Entertainer in November, Eric tells us he has a completely new perspective on carrying that title.


“Coming off the CMA Entertainer of the Year, I did not know what that award would mean to me. I know what that award means to the format; I know what that means historically, and I tried to live up to that. I think with the vaccinations, I think with the touring, I think with the things we’ve tried to do during this, I’ve done more in that regard than I ever would’ve, because I understand the people that came before me, and I understand the people that will come after me. So, that nomination means more to me now than it probably ever has, and I think representing the format that I adore is something that I’m trying to live up to.”


Eric is also nominated for Male Artist and Music Event of the Year for "Does To Me" with Luke Combs. He is set to perform during the live ACM Awards broadcast, which airs on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Miranda Lambert & Elle King, Chris Young & Kane Brown Among Collabs At ACM Awards

Sunday's (April 18th) 56th ACM Awards will feature an unprecedented number of world television premiere performances including Elle King and Miranda Lambert opening the show with “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Dierks Bentley performing U2’s classic “Pride (In The Name of Love)” with husband and wife duo The War and TreatyBrothers Osborne (“I’m Not For Everyone”), Kenny Chesney (“Knowing You”), Eric Church (“Bunch Of Nothing”), Luke Combs (“Forever After All”), Dan + Shay (“Glad You Exist”), Mickey Guyton (“Hold On”), Alan Jackson with “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and a special mashup for “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall (“In His Arms”), Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd (“Chasing After You”), Thomas Rhett premiering “What’s Your Country Song” and “Country Again,” Blake Shelton celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his first hit single “Austin” as well as “Minimum Wage,” Chris Stapleton (“Maggie’s Song”), and Chris Young and Kane Brown (“Famous Friends”).


Additional collaborations include Carly Pearce and Lee Brice duetting on “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carrie Underwood performing a medley from her new album of gospel hymns, My Savior, which will also feature a duet with CeCe Winans, and Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney performing together for “half of my hometown.”


Lady A will join the lineup in addition to recently revealed New Male Artist of the Year, Jimmie Allen, and New Female Artist of the Year, Gabby Barrett, who will all perform on this year’s show. Previously announced performers include, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, and Keith Urban.


The ACM Awards, hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, will air live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Performances will air from three iconic venues in Nashville -- the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry House and The Bluebird Cafe.

Kelsea Ballerini Duets with Kenny Chesney for New Single, "Half of My Hometown"

Knoxville, Tennessee natives Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney have joined together for “Half of My Hometown,” and the back story to this country magic is sweet.

Kelsea shared a touching story about superstar Kenny Chesney. She was preparing to play at the Playstation Theater in New York’s Times Square when Kenny reached out to her through text and said, “I’m so proud of you, hometown girl.” 

“Two and a half years ago, it was the most encouraging and magical thing that could’ve happened to me,” Ballerini says. “The fact that [Chesney] knew who I was was wild.”
After recording Half of my Hometown, she got the wild idea to reach out to Kenny and see if he wanted to be on the song.

“I love this song. It made me emotional listening to it. Let me figure out my plans because I want to do [the collaboration] and do it right.” After a few months elapsed, the two joined forces in the studio and recording this amazing song.

For Kelsea, it was an extraordinary moment.

 “I wore my ’Knoxville’ t-shirt and [Chesney] face-timed my dad. It was wild,” she noted. “My dad still lives in Knoxville, so when he got that face-time [from me], he couldn’t keep it cool.”
"Half of my Hometown" is the fourth single from her album 'Kelsea' and her favorite song! 



Jason Aldean, Ryan Tedder And More Among All-Star Celebrity Duets On 'American Idol'

Jason Aldean, Jewel, Ryan Tedder and more are among the celebrity duets to take place during the live rounds on American Idol.

As if these Idol hopeful's weren't nervous enough, the Top 24 will compete to make it to the live shows alongside some A-list talent. 

The contestants will face off to try and impress Idol judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry by performing one-of-a-kind duets with a superstar singer.

The star-studded list of artists includes Aldean, Jewel and Tedder as well as Josh Groban, Incubus’ Brandon Boyd, Tori Kelly, Brian McKnight, Katharine McPhee, Ben Rector, Maroon 5’s Pj Morton and Joss Stone.

The all-star duet rounds will kick off on April 4 & 5th from 8-10 p.m. EST on ABC.