Sun up to sun down, the announcement of the final nominees for “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will take over New York City on Wednesday, Sept. 3 with host and CMA Award winner Darius Rucker.
“I know what it feels like to be nominated for a CMA Award, and I was happy to accept the invitation to announce the final nominees and have this opportunity to deliver good news to my friends in the industry,” said Rucker. “Set the alarm guys, this is worth waking up for.”
At daybreak, Rucker will perform “Homegrown Honey,” the debut single from his upcoming new album to be released in early 2015. Rucker will also announce the final nominees in five CMA Awards categories live from the “Good Morning America” studios in the heart of Times Square on the ABC Television Network. The announcement will air in the 8:30 AM/ET half-hour segment of the top-rated, morning news program.
Following the announcement, at 10:00 AM/ET, Rucker will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories along with the announcement of the CMA Broadcast Awards for Personality and Radio Station of the Year in four categories (small, medium, large, and major market), as well as the finalists for the CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year. There will be an additional presentation by the CMA Foundation’s Keep the Music Playing music education campaign.
Nightfall brings the 10th anniversary celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series at the Best Buy Theater with Rucker and hit tunesmiths Frank Rogers, Rivers Rutherford, and series host Bob DiPiero for an in-the-round presentation of the songs that have touched the lives of millions of music fans. The show will be streamed live via CMASongwritersSeries.com.
The CMA Board of Directors created and launched the CMA Songwriters Series in 2005 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, which has grown to include shows in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress, and at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2012, the series expanded to the U.K. and Ireland and last year was included as part of the International Marketing Summit in Paris. The CMA Songwriters Series returned to the U.K. in 2014 as part of the C2C (Country to Country) festival, which is presented at The O2 in Dublin and London in partnership with CMA.
Tickets for the Sept. 3 CMA Songwriters Series at the Best Buy Theater are $55 plus tax and are General Admission. Attendees must be 21 and over unless accompanied by an adult. Tickets are on sale next week at the Best Buy Box Office, AXS.com, or by calling (888) 9-AXS-TIX or (888) 929-7849, for more information please visit CMASongwritersSeries.com.
Rucker won the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year in 2009 and has collected three other CMA Awards nominations including Male Vocalist of the Year (2009), Musical Event of the Year with Lionel Richie for “Stuck on You” (2012), and Single of the Year for “Wagon Wheel” (2013).
The Capitol Nashville recording artist released his third Country album, True Believers on May 21, 2013. The album is his third consecutive album to top the Billboard Country albums chart and features the Platinum-certified, Grammy Award-winning, two-week No. 1 single “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker’s first two Country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Rucker achieved a personal goal and childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 16, 2012. Rucker is currently headlining his “True Believers Tour.” To learn more, visit dariusrucker.com.
In Nashville, members of CMA will be invited to a breakfast at the Association’s corporate office to learn the nominees with the rest of the country via live stream at CMAawards.com.
Lee Brice’s “I Don’t Dance” is the #1 song on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Country Aircheck radio charts this week. While Brice has celebrated chart-toppers before, this one — a wedding gift to his wife Sara — is unique because it's the first #1 single he’s written, recorded and produced.
Lee Brice is known as a hit-making songwriter with #1s including "More Than A Memory" recorded by Garth Brooks (2007) - the only song in the Billboard’s radio chart’s history to debut at #1 — and “Crazy Girl” — ACM’s 2011 Song of the Year — recorded by Eli Young Band.
As a vocalist Lee’s signature power and versatility is also reflected in songs he hasn’t penned, but has taken to #1, including "A Woman Like You" (2011), "Hard To Love" (2012), and "I Drive Your Truck" (2012), which claimed both CMA and ACM 2014 Song of the Year honors.
"His style was meticulous ... and the result is by far the best album of his career,” Billboard Country Update says of Brice’s Sept. 9th Curb release.
The "evocative, rough-edged singer with a penchant for songs that celebrate frailty" (NY Times), wrote a majority of the album’s songs and went behind the console as chief producer. Lee also played many of the instruments on the deluxe edition’s 16 tracks, including banjo, drums and lead guitar.
'I Don't Dance' Deluxe Tracklist
1. I Don't Dance
2. No Better Than This
3. Show You Off Tonight
4. Always The Only One
5. Good Man
6. Drinking Class
7. That Don't Sound Like You
8. Girls In Bikinis
10. Somebody's Been Drinking
11. Hard To Figure Out (The Airport Song)
12. My Carolina
13. Panama City
14. More My Style
16. Whiskey Used To Burn
Multi-talented legend Kenny Rogers will participate in a special interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, August 16. The expert-led conversation will take place in conjunction with the debut of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, a biographical exhibit in the museum’s East Gallery opening August 15, 2014, and running until June 14, 2015.
Rogers will recount memories from throughout his history-making life and career during the interview, which will be held in the museum’s CMA Theaterat 2:30 p.m. Archival photographs and video will supplement the storytelling. The event is included with museum admission on August 16 and is free for museum members; seating is limited and a program pass is required. Those unable to attend in person are invited to listen and watch live online via countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.
Other Kenny Rogers: Through the Years opening weekend programs include a Songwriter Session with Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Don Schlitz, who penned Rogers’s signature story song “The Gambler,” along with other beloved hits, onAugust 16th.
A companion book also entitled Kenny Rogers: Through the Years will accompany the exhibit. Published by the museum’s Country Music Foundation Press, the collectible tome includes a trove of photos—many of which were previously unpublished—from throughout Rogers’s long career. Featuring a foreward composed by Dolly Parton and additional insight into Rogers’s importance from key figures, the image-rich volume expands on the exhibit story. Kenny Rogers Through the Years will be available in the Museum Store and at countrymusichalloffame.org.
“Kenny Rogers redefined and elevated country music superstardom in every sense,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “He blurred traditional genre lines and substantially expanded the core demographics of country music’s audience, all by being true to his unique artistic vision. His versatility is astounding. We could not be more thrilled to share this detailed presentation of his story.”
Rogers has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. What’s more, he has charted a single in each of the last seven decades—including 21 Billboard #1 country hits. According to the RIAA, he has one diamond album, 19 platinum albums, and 31 gold albums. He has earned three Grammys, six Country Music Association awards (including a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award), eight Academy of Country Music awards—including Entertainer of the Year in 1978—and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
From the enduring wisdom of "The Gambler" and the forlorn tales of "Lucille" and "Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town)," to the success of his collaborations with Dottie West, Dolly Parton and others, Rogers took hallmarks of country music, such as rich storytelling and iconic duets, and made them larger than life—and very much his own. That’s just skimming the surface of his musical contributions alone. In the 1980s, he starred in the five-part Gambler series that attracted more than 100 million television viewers. In addition to his achievements as vocalist and actor, his accomplishments as musician, photographer, author, Off-Broadway star, entrepreneur, and humanitarian round out his résumé.