The nominees for this year’s “CMT Music Awards” have been announced. This is a fan-voted awards show so they’re counting on you to pick the winners. You have until midnight June 7th to vote, and the show airs June 10th. CARRIE UNDERWOOD leads the pack with five nominations. LADY ANTEBELLUM andKENNY CHESNEY each have four.
Here are the nominees . . .
Video of the Year Semi-Finalists:
The six Video of the Year finalists will be announced at the beginning of the live show. Then you’ll be able to vote through CMT.com, or your CMT Facebook or CMT Twitter accounts throughout the live broadcast.
Here are the 12 semi-finalists . . .
1. “Something In The Water”, Carrie Underwood
2. “Homegrown Honey”, Darius Rucker
3. “Drunk On A Plane”, Dierks Bentley
4. “Dirt”, Florida Georgia Line
5. “Burnin’ It Down”, Jason Aldean
6. “American Kids”, Kenny Chesney
7. “Bartender”, Lady Antebellum
8. “I Don’t Dance”, Lee Brice
9. “Play It Again”, Luke Bryan
10. “Girl In A Country Song”, Maddie & Tae
11. “Somethin’ Bad”, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
12. “Leave The Night On”, Sam Hunt
Male Video of the Year
“Drunk On A Plane”, Dierks Bentley
“Talladega”, Eric Church
“Burnin’ It Down”, Jason Aldean
“Somewhere In My Car”, Keith Urban
“American Kids”, Kenny Chesney
“Play It Again”, Luke Bryan
Female Video of the Year
“Little Toy Guns”, Carrie Underwood
“Something In The Water”, Carrie Underwood
“The Way I’m Livin'”, Lee Ann Womack
“Little Red Wagon”, Miranda Lambert
“God Made Girls”, RaeLynn
“Going Out Like That”, Reba McEntire
Group Video of the Year
“Smoke”, A Thousand Horses
“Dust”, Eli Young Band
“Bartender”, Lady Antebellum
“Day Drinking”, Little Big Town
“Chainsaw”, The Band Perry
“All Alright”, Zac Brown Band
Duo Video of the Year
“Look At You”, Big & Rich
“Rum”, Brothers Osborne
“Dirt”, Florida Georgia Line
“Sun Daze”, Florida Georgia Line
“Girl In A Country Song”, Maddie & Tae
“Later On”, The Swon Brothers
Collaborative Video of the Year
“Lonely Tonight”, Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe
“Small Town Throwdown”, Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett
“His Hands”, Jennifer Nettles featuring Brandy Clark
“Wild Child”, Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
“Somethin’ Bad”, Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”, Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
CMT Performance of the Year
“Turn The Page”, Bob Seger and Jason Aldean, from “CMT Crossroads”
“Beat Of The Music”, Brett Eldredge, from “CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party”
“You And I (Nobody In The World)”, John Legend and Lee Ann Womack, from “CMT Crossroads”
“Roar”, Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves, from “CMT Crossroads”
“It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”, Keith Urban, from “2014 CMT Artists Of The Year”
“American Kids”, Kenny Chesney, from “Instant Jam”
“Wake Me Up”, Lady Antebellum and Aloe Blacc, from “CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party”
“Drink A Beer”, Lady Antebellum and Chris Stapleton, from “2014 CMT Artists Of The Year”
Breakthrough Video of the Year
“Gonna Wanna Tonight”, Chase Rice
“Sunshine & Whiskey”, Frankie Ballard
“Love Me Like You Mean It”, Kelsea Ballerini
“Girl In A Country Song”, Maddie & Tae
“God Made Girls”, RaeLynn
“Leave The Night On”, Sam Hunt
Steven Tyler’s First Country Song
Steven Tyler isn’t the first rocker to give country a try, but on “Love Is Your Name,” he becomes the first to work along the genre’s edges. The folky debut single from the Aerosmith singer’s upcoming album is a what one imagines the sonic progeny of a Lady Antebellum and Mumford & Sons union would sound like.
Overall the song is milder than what some may have been expecting. Eric Paslay helped write it, and he’s far from a country bad boy, so the subdued pace and concept should have been predictable. Tyler makes it his own by filling space early and often with Steven Tyler-isms.
“Send your kisses my way / Bring your sweet heart to me / I’ve been waiting for so long,” Tyler sings to begin “Love Is Your Name.” “Tell me all your stories / Leave some open for me / Write your name into this song.”
Auto-harp, pedal steel and a soft acoustic comfort Tyler’s country stylings. He adds his own harmonies during each verse before the song swells gently into a chorus.
“I walk through the fire / Run through the rain / I’ll wait for forever / If love is your name.”
The song doesn’t stretch Tyler as a vocalist — he more stylizes his way through “Love Is Your Name.” The oft-used cliche that a song is “like nothing else on the radio” holds true with Tyler’s first single. Fans of the singer and country music were expecting that, but not like this.
Why Fans Will Love It: There’s no arguing the song’s country roots by Tyler doesn’t sacrifice any of his uniqueness in singing it.
Key Lyrics: “I walk through the fire / Run through the rain / I’ll wait for forever / If love is your name.”
Did You Know?: Tyler has been writing with all of Nashville’s top writers for his new album. Rhett Akins tells Taste of Country he was surprised by how good of a vocalist the rocker is. The well-known country tunesmith says he was secretly filming Tyler on his camera phone during the session.
Read More: Steven Tyler, ‘Love Is Your Name’ | http://tasteofcountry.com/steven-tyler-love-is-your-name/?trackback=tsmclip
Brad Paisley Hand-Draws Fellow Stars as Superheros for Hilarious ‘Crushin’ It’ Video
Read More: Brad Paisley Draws Superhero Animation for ‘Crushin’ It’ Vid | http://tasteofcountry.com/brad-paisley-crushin-it-video/?trackback=tsmclip
Blake Shelton’s Twitter Rant Goes Viral
Blake Shelton‘s never been known for his restraint when it comes to social media posts, but he let loose in a more serious vein than usual with a series of tweets on Monday (May 11).
The country star and coach on NBC’s The Voice started off by encouraging young people to form their own opinions about America and other countries carefully, then followed with a series of tweets about the misguided power of celebrities to influence public opinion, how the various media outlets slant the news to garner ratings and more.
The singer didn’t clarify what prompted him to vent about such unusually weighty topics, but his fans certainly responded. Somewhat ironically, given the topics of his posts, Shelton’s tweets have been shared more than 15,000 times since Monday — which almost certainly would not have happened if not for his own celebrity status.
The “Sangria” singer is currently coaching former Steel Magnolia singer Meghan Linsey on the current season of The Voice, where she has made it to the finals. The finalists will perform with their coaches on Monday night (May 18), with the winner crowned on Tuesday (May 19).
Read More: Blake Shelton’s Twitter Rant Goes Viral | http://tasteofcountry.com/blake-shelton-twitter-rant/?trackback=tsmclip