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Miranda Lambert kicks off CMA Awards as a winner  2014-11-05
The CMA Awards kicked off with Kenny Chesney performing his monster hit, "American Kids," with a set of dancing hippies. Miranda Lambert brought out guest singer Meghan Trainor to do a countrified version of "All About That Bass." The first award given for the night went to Miranda for the song "Automatic," which won Single of the Year. 

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood used headlines that happened within last month to give their humorous dialogue- drawing from the Ebola scare to mentioning George Strait's ending farewell tour & Taylor Swift going Pop. The two performers still gave a strong enough comedic presence even after years of hosting.

Other winners included Kacey Musgraves for Song of the Year with "Follow Your Arrow," and Florida Georgia Line won for Duo of the Year. 

More musical collaborations were a theme tonight again- including Ariana Grande with Little Big Town & The Doobie Brothers alongside Hillary Scott, Jennifer Nettles & Hunter Hayes. 

Full List of Winners: 

Single of the Year:
"Automatic" Miranda Lambert 

Musical Event of the Year:
‘We Were Us,’ Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert

New Artist of the Year:
Brett Eldredge

Vocal Duo of the Year:
Florida Georgia Line

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters):
‘Follow Your Arrow,’ Kacey Musgraves (Written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally)

Album of the Year:
"Platinum" Miranda Lambert

Vocal Group of the Year:
Little Big Town

Male Vocalist of the Year:
Blake Shelton

Femake Vocalist of the Year:
Miranda Lambert

Entertainer of the Year:
Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan is in new parody from Cledus T. Judd featuring Colt Ford  2014-11-06
Luke Bryan is the latest Country Super Star to join an elite list of those parodied by singer/songwriter, Cledus T. Judd. The hilarious new song, “Luke Bryan,” is a comical portrayal of one of country’s hottest stars and is available on iTunes today.

“This is one of the few songs I’ve written where we couldn’t stop laughing out loud while we wrote it,” Cledus says. "I don’t think I’ve done that since “Did I Shave My Back For This?” Every line makes you laugh."

Known for his clever parodies of some of Country music’s biggest stars, with the release of “Luke Bryan,” Cledus T. Judd is at it again starting a new phase of his remarkable career. Often called the “Weird Al” Yankovic of Country, Cledus’ quick-witted parody about superstar Luke Bryan has fans laughing.
Released on RoseyMoMusic and distributed by Average Joes Entertainment, “Luke Bryan” was written by Cledus T. Judd, Chris T. Cream Clark, Bill Whyte, and Country star Colt Ford who is also featured on the song. Watch the "Luke Bryan" video here.

To learn more about Cledus’ new music and where you can see him live visit cledustjudd.net and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Taylor Swift sells 3 million of music  2014-11-06
Global superstar and seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift’s critically acclaimed new album 1989 earns massive sales of 1.287 million albums (SoundScan), debuts at #1 on the charts and marks the only time an artist has sold over one million albums on release week for a third time (2010's Speak Now with 1.05 million, 2012's RED with 1.21 million and 2014's 1989 with 1.287 million). 1989 is the only album this year to sell over a million albums and comprised 22% of the overall total of albums sold this year.

"I was told to keep my expectations low because album sales were in decline, no one had sold over a million albums this year and the last time it happened on release week was with my album RED in 2012," said Taylor Swift. "I was told my optimism was naive. I was told it was risky to change creative directions. I was told my album wouldn't sell if it didn't have my entire face on it. I listened to my intuition instead of all those voices. I'm so proud that my fans were able to show the world that art is important and is still valuable to them."


Taylor Swift’s fourth #1 album to top Billboard Top 200 albums chart
1989 sold 1.287 million copies in one week
Marks the largest selling week for any artist since 2002
1989 comprised 22% of the entire album market this year
Its debut week sales sold more than the last eight #1 debuting albums on the Billboard Top 200 chart
1989 marks the largest week for a physical album since Taylor’s last album RED was released in 2012
1989 is the 19th album to sell a million copies in a week since the inception of SoundScan in 1991
Taylor sold more than two copies of 1989 every second
Taylor recently announced THE 1989 WORLD TOUR, which is produced and promoted by AEG Live & The Messina Group (TMG) and kicks off on May 20, 2015 in Louisiana. THE 1989 WORLD TOUR features Vance Joy supporting all North American dates while Shawn Mendes is set to support all stadium dates in North America. THE 1989 WORLD TOUR will encompass eight countries and span four continents including North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. The first tickets for the North American leg will go on-sale to the general public on November 14th. American Express® Card Members and members of TaylorSwift.com will have access to purchase tickets in advance beginning November 7th. General ticketing and on-sale information will be available at TaylorSwift.com.

Taylor Swift is the only artist in history to have three million-selling weeks (2010's Speak Now, 2012's RED and 2014's 1989). Taylor is a global superstar and seven-time GRAMMY winner, and the youngest winner in history of the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone's prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one the of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard's youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and almost 80 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts around the globe. Taylor's album RED (Big Machine Records), released two years ago, sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week and has only been topped by sales of her fifth studio album, 1989, which sold 1.287 million albums release week. 1989 is the highest selling release since 2002. "Shake It Off,” the first single off her critically acclaimed fifth studio album 1989, topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S. 1989 topped the Billboard Top 200 charts and iTunes’ sales charts in 95 countries on its release and was the highest selling release of 2014. Her current single, “Blank Space,” tops the Hot 100 chart.

Lady Antebellum to be featured on CMT's Inside Fame November 8  2014-11-05
CMT’s hit biography series INSIDE FAME is back with an all-new installment, featuring a profile of award-winning group Lady Antebellum, premiering Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour special episode tells the story of the trio comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. INSIDE FAME follows the group through the ups and downs and hard work of worldwide tours, five hit-filled albums and the challenge to push themselves out of their comfort zone as they continually challenge their approach to songwriting and recording.

With seven Grammys under their belt, Lady Antebellum has risen to country music superstardom with ease in less than a decade. Scott, Kelley and Haywood all hail from musical upbringings, eventually converging in Music City in 2006. By October 2007, Lady Antebellum released their first single, “Love Don’t Live Here,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard charts. Their eponymous debut album, released in April 2008, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart – the first time ever by a new duo or group. Five albums later, the group is still churning out multi-platform hits. From playing small clubs in Nashville to selling out arenas worldwide, Lady Antebellum has amassed a loyal following of fans and peers. INSIDE FAME: LADY ANTEBELLUM features rare behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive interviews with the group and their family members, label representatives, music critics and fellow country stars Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Kip Moore. 

Visit CMT.com, LadyAntebellum.CMT.com and the CMT Artists app for exclusive outtakes, videos and more. Join the conversation on CMT’s official Facebook page and follow @CMT on Twitter using #InsideFame.
The first CMA Awards winners are announced Live from Nashville  2014-11-05
Winners in two of the 12 CMA Awards categories were announced live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” this morning from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, which is the site of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards.”

The news was delivered by GMA chief meteorologist Ginger Zee and welcomed by cheers from the thousands of rain-soaked fans gathered on the Bridgestone Arena plaza waiting to see CMA Awards Musical Event of the Year winners Miranda Lambert; and Keith Urban,who also performed.

“What a terrific way to gear up for the industry’s top honors, by announcing winners in two categories on GMA and sharing that good news with the viewers and the fans in Nashville,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern.

Hosted for the seventh time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” airs tonight (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Lambert and Urban won CMA Musical Event of the Year for “We Were Us” from Urban’s CMA Awards nominated Album of the Year, Fuse.

Winning CMA Music Video of the Year was Dierks Bentley and director Wes Edwards for “Drunk On A Plane.”

Bentley was the most-nominated male artist in 2014 with five nominations including Male Vocalist; Album of the Year for Riser, which was produced by Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, and Arturo Buenahora Jr.; Song of the Year for “I Hold On,” which Bentley wrote with Brett James; and Single and Music Video of the Year for “Drunk On A Plane,” which was produced by Copperman, Johnston, Buena Hora, and directed by Edwards. This was Bentley’s first nomination for Music Video of the Year. Bentley won his first CMA Award in 2005 for the Horizon Award, now known as New Artist of the Year.

The 2014 CMA Awards top nominee, Lambert’s nominations include Entertainer (she received her first nomination in this category in 2010); Female Vocalist; Album for Platinum, which was produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf; two nominations for Musical Event for “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood and “We Were Us” with Urban; and two nominations for Music Video of the Year for “Automatic” and “Somethin’ Bad” with Underwood, which were both directed by Trey Fanjoy. In addition, “Automatic” picked up nominations for Single (produced by Liddell, Ainlay, and Worf) and Song of the Year for songwriters Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, and Lambert. This marks her first win for Musical Event of the Year and brings her career CMA Awards wins to eight.

Urban collected four nominations in 2014 including Entertainer of the Year, which he won in 2005; Male Vocalist, which he has won three times (2004-2006); Album for Fuse, which was produced by Benny Blanco, Nathan Chapman, Copperman, Zach Crowell, Mike Elizondo, Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Stargate, Butch Walker, and Urban (Urban only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer); and Musical Event with Lambert for “We Were Us.” This is Urban’s third win in the category (“Start a Band” with Paisley in 2009; “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw in 2013), bringing his career CMA Awards wins to nine.

This marked the third year the categories were announced on “Good Morning America.” In previous years, the winners were announced in pre-televised activities and acknowledged during the CMA Awards broadcast. Chris Young will host pre-tel ceremonies tonight and will present the trophies to the winners as well as Musician of the Year and CMA Broadcast Awards winners for Radio Station and Radio Personality of the Year. The recipients will be acknowledged during the broadcast and participate in backstage media interviews.

“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

About “Good Morning America”: Emmy-award winning “Good Morning America” is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, and Lara Spencer. Amy Robach is the news anchor and Ginger Zee is the weather anchor. The morning news program airs Monday-Friday (7:00-9:00 AM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
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