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Stars react to death of Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton

Paxton’s family has released a statement

Actor Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61 due to compilations from surgery. The Texas native, who was known for his roles in the blockbuster films Twister, TitanicAliens and more, passed away on Saturday, February 25th. His latest role was in CBS’s Training Day but also starred in HBO’s Big Love and Hatfields and McCoys.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a family representative tells People. “A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

He is survived by his wife of 30 years and two children.

Here’s how musicians have reacted to his death.

Connie Britton leaves ‘Nashville’, Season 5 soundtrack due Mar 10th

Connie Britton dies on Nashville
This story includes spoilers from the January 23rd episode of Nashville

Fans of CMT’s Nashville are upset over last night’s (Jan 23rd) jaw dropping episode of Nashville. Connie Britton’s Rayna Jaymes was killed off as she exited the show nine episodes into season five. Jaymes succumbed to her injuries sustained from a random car crash while being escorted in a police cruiser after fighting off an armed stalker. The news was especially shocking since Britton denied rumors she was leaving when she recently told Ellen DeGeneres, “I’m in it. I’m in. I’m in for the duration.”

“It was something that had been percolating over time, and there were lots of different reasons behind it,” Britton tells TV Line of her decision to leave. “But my priority was really making sure that the timing was right. My priority has always been Nashville. So when the show was moved to CMT and we got these great new showrunners — Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick — I was [confident] the show would be in a good place. Because one thing we learned over the summer is how passionate the fans are. We would not be on the air right now if it weren’t for the fans. We’ve all been so incredibly grateful for that. But the fans love every single one of these characters. And the show is now in a place where all of these characters can live and just be incredibly dynamic and amazing. I feel like Nashville can go on indefinitely.”

“We had already taken over the show when CMT picked it up,” Herskovitz tells Deadline. “That’s when Connie came came to us and said that even though she was still under contract, she felt at a creative level that she wanted to leave. It was actually a very painful decision for her because she felt close to the people on show, very close to the show itself but had been doing it for four years, and she just felt it was time to go.”

Britton’s character died with two episodes left before the mid-season finale. Herskovitz says it was important not to leave fans hanging.

“My primary objective was to allow the audience time to absorb, respond and work through the shock of her death,” he states. “It was originally suggested to us that we have Rayna die at the end of Episode 11, right at the end of this mini-season we are doing. I said, ‘No, that makes no sense, you can’t do that to the audience, ‘Oops, she died, bye, see you in three months.’ That would not work.’ Once we understood that, we then saw that we really had to work backwards, how much time, how many episodes we need to process what happened. We arrived at the formula that we used — she had the accident in the eight episode, dies in the ninth episode and then we have the tenth and the eleventh to deal with the aftermath. It’s actually worked out very well.”

Herskovitz says the next couple of episodes will have the surviving cast members dealing with Jaymes’ death as the show introduces new characters and storylines. He says he’s also planning ahead for season six even though CMT hasn’t given it a green light yet.

Fans of Britton will continue to see her character pop up in the next couple of episodes in flashbacks and for Rayna’s funeral.

The Music of Nashville Season 5, Vol 1

Also, The Music of Nashville, Season 5 Volume 1  soundtrack will be available at digital retailers worldwide Friday, March 10th on Big Machine Records. The collection features the wide array of the music heard throughout the current season and is available for pre-order. Fans who purchase a physical copy exclusively at Amazon.com and will receive two bonus tracks for digital albums.

Since the show’s 2012 debut, Big Machine Records has released eight Nashville soundtracks. The music has collectively sold more than one million albums and five million single-track downloads with over 200 million streams to date.

CD | LP

1. “God Shall Wipe All Tears Away” | Rhiannon Giddens
Arrangement by Tim Lauer
2. “Your Best” | Lennon & Maisy
Written by Claire Guerreso
3. “All Of Me” | Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio
Written by Phillip LaRue, Tim Lauer, Lindy Robbins
4. “Simple As That” | Charles Esten
Written by Kalisa Ewing, James LeBlanc, Brad Tursi
5. “A Few Steps My Way” | Joseph David-Jones
Written by Gareth Dunlop
6. “My Favorite Hurricane” | Connie Britton & Charles Esten
Written by Jillian Edwards, Jake Etheridge
7. “Burn To Dark” | Chris Carmack
Written by Jake Etheridge, Garrison Starr
8. “On My Way” | Hayden Panettiere with Jonathan Jackson
Written by Paige Blue, Thomas Finchum, Chance Peña
9. “Won’t Back Down” | Jonathan Jackson
Written by Trent Dabbs, Matt Dragstrem
10. “Sanctuary” | Charles Esten, Lennon & Maisy
Written by Jill Andrews, Gary Nicholson, Sarah Siskind
11. “Close To The Fire” | Joseph David-Jones *
Written by Keelan Donovan, Brian Loschiavo
12. “To Make You Feel My Love” | Maisy Stella *
Written by Bob Dylan
*Amazon Bonus Tracks – Digital Only

Nashville airs Thursdays at 9 pm ET/PT only on CMT. Don’t forget to join the conversation after the show during “NASHCHAT,” a CMT Facebook Live series, hosted by radio personality Amy Brown at 10 pm ET.

Fans can see cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio out on the road when they return to Europe for a June tour across Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Brighton, Nottingham, Manchester, Dublin and Belfast. Tickets on sale now.

Darius Rucker plays villain on ‘Hawaii Five-0’

Darius Rucker

This will be Rucker’s first dramatic role

GRAMMY Award-winning country music singer/songwriter Darius Rucker will showcase another talent this week as he makes a guest appearance on Hawaii Five-0. As originally reported by Entertainment Weekly, Rucker will play the role of bomb maker and notorious criminal Desmond Abati in the episode airing this Friday, February 24th at 9 pm ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

“This was an amazing opportunity and, for me, one that challenged me in a different way than being in the studio or on stage does,” shares Rucker. “I can’t wait to see the full episode alongside fans this Friday!”

In the episode entitled “E mālama pono,” Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny Williams (Scott Caan) finally track down the missing uranium, which has been used to build a bomb located in the middle of the jungle. Now, they must carefully extract the unstable explosive through treacherous terrain before it detonates.

While it’s not the first time Rucker has showcased his acting chops, playing international criminal Desmond Abati does mark his first time tackling a dramatic role. Rucker’s previous acting credits include a role in the 2001 hit film Shallow Hal as well as playing Jesus in an episode of CMT’s Still the King alongside Billy Ray Cyrus.

Ed Sheeran announced for SiriusXM ‘Secret Show’

Ed Sheeran

SiriusXM has announced that Grammy Award-winning British singer, songwriter Ed Sheeran will perform a special invitation-only show for SiriusXM on Monday, March 6th at a secret location in New York City. The performance, the latest in SiriusXM’s “Secret Show” series, will air on SiriusXM Hits 1 and The Pulse channels.

The special performance for SiriusXM will feature Ed Sheeran performing songs from his new album ÷, which is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 3rd.

“Really looking forward to this one,” Sheeran states. “It’ll be my first NYC show in a while and I can’t wait to play the new songs live!”

“Ed Sheeran has proven the power of simple musical artistry can reach fans around the world. Following his mesmerizing live performance at the Grammys for a national viewing audience, we are so excited to have him perform a private concert just for SiriusXM and our listeners. The intimate venue will add to what is sure to be a particularly memorable performance for the lucky fans in the room, but also to our listeners across the country,” says Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM.

The special concert for SiriusXM is the latest in SiriusXM’s “Secret Show” series. Previous performances featured in SiriusXM’s “Secret Show” series have included Coldplay in the Hamptons at The Stephen Talkhouse and Bon Jovi in Miami at The Faena Theater.

SiriusXM’s “Secret Show” with Ed Sheeran will air on Tuesday, March 7th at 5 pm ET and 10 pm ET on SiriusXM Hits 1, channel 2; on Tuesday, March 7th at 5:30 pm ET and 5:30 pm PT on The Pulse, channel 15; and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.

SiriusXM subscribers who have had an account since February 7, 2017 will have the exclusive opportunity to enter to win tickets to Ed Sheeran’s private March 6th SiriusXM concert beginning Wednesday, February 22nd.

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HBO acquires rights to David Bowie doc

David Bowie

HBO has acquired U.S. TV rights to David Bowie: The Last Five Years, directed and produced by Francis Whately. The film spotlights two critically acclaimed albums and the stage musical “Lazarus,” offering new insights into his extraordinary creativity during the final five years of his life. The deal with HBO was negotiated by Melissa Green, VP, Factual TV Sales and Co-Productions at BBC Worldwide North America.

Featuring a wealth of rarely seen Bowie interviews, archival footage, audio from the recording sessions for “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and unprecedented access to Bowie’s closest friends and artistic collaborators, the film is a tribute to one of the greatest rock icons of all time.

On February 12th, David Bowie posthumously swept the 2017 Grammy Awards with five wins for Blackstar, his final album, including: Best Rock Performance; Best Alternative Music Album; Best Recording Package; Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical; and Best Rock Song.

“HBO, whose global output the world admires, is a great channel to get this incredible documentary out to the U.S. fans.”

“Looking at Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to reexamine his life’s work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change,” says Whately. “HBO, whose global output the world admires, is a great channel to get this incredible documentary out to the U.S. fans.”

Perhaps no period of David Bowie’s extraordinary career has inspired more fascination, more surprise or more questions. David Bowie: The Last Five Years focuses on three major projects: the albums The Next Day and the jazz-infused Blackstar (released on Bowie’s 69th birthday, two days before his death), and the musical Lazarus. The film includes revealing interviews with, among others, Tony Visconti, Bowie’s longtime producer, musicians who contributed to The Next Day and Blackstar, Jonathan Barnbrook, the graphic designer of both albums, and Robert Fox, producer of Lazarus, along with cast members from the show, providing a unique behind-the-scenes look at Bowie’s creative process.

HBO Documentary Films presents David Bowie: The Last Five Years; a BBC Films production; directed and produced by Francis Whately; executive producer, Phil Dolling; film editor, Ged Murphy.

No word on when the film will air, as of press time.

Nominations announced for 52nd Annual ACM Awards

52nd Annual ACM Awards

Nominations were announced today for the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to host for the second consecutive year. The ACM Awards are produced for television by Dick Clark Productions and will be broadcast live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2nd live 8-11 pm ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Ten-time ACM Award winners and multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum announced the nominees in five categories, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, and Vocal Group of the Year live today (Thurs, Feb 16th) on CBS This Morning. Entertainment Tonight hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier announced additional nominees on ETonline.com.

Keith Urban leads with seven nominations in five categories, including his seventh for Entertainer of the Year and 10th nod for Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban is nominated twice, as both artist and producer, in the Album of the Year category for Ripcord. He received an additional two nominations, for both artist and producer, in the Single Record of the Year category for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which is also nominated in the Song of the Year category.

Seven-time Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert received six nominations and is once again nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category. Lambert received her fifth nomination in the Album of the Year category for The Weight of These Wings. Lambert’s “Vice” received nods in the Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year categories. Also, she received two nominations for “Vice” in the Song of the Year category, as both artist and songwriter.

First-time ACM nominee Maren Morris earned six nominations in four different categories. Morris received nominations in both Female Vocalist of the Year and New Female Vocalist of the Year categories. She is also nominated twice for Album of the Year, as both producer and artist, on Hero. Morris is twice nominated as both artist and producer in Single Record of the Year for “My Church.”

Reigning Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line leads group nominations with five nods, including their fifth nomination in the Vocal Duo of the Year category. Florida Georgia Line is also nominated for the second time in the Entertainer of the Year category. They received their second nomination in the Album of the Year category for Dig Your Roots. Also, they received nods for Single Record of the Year for “H.O.L.Y.” and for Vocal Event of the Year for “May We All” with Tim McGraw.

Sixteen-time ACM Award winner Tim McGraw received five nominations in four categories. He earned two nominations in the Single Record of the Year category, as both artist and producer, on “Humble And Kind.” Also, McGraw is nominated in the Song of the Year and Video of the Year categories for “Humble And Kind.” In addition, he earned his 13th nod in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “May We All” with Florida Georgia Line.

ACM Awards co-host Dierks Bentley received three nominations, including his fourth nomination in the Male Vocalist of the Year category. Also, Bentley received his third nod in the Album of the Year category for Black, and his second nod in the Vocal Event of the Year category for “Different For Girls,” featuring Elle King.

Thomas Rhett earned three nominations, including his first in the Male Vocalist of the Year category. Also, Rhett received two nominations as artist and songwriter in the Song of the Year category for “Die A Happy Man.” The song won Rhett an ACM Award last year in the Single Record of the Year category.

Reigning ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Stapleton is nominated in three categories. Once again, Stapleton is nominated in both the Male Vocalist of the Year category, and the Song of the Year category with “Tennessee Whiskey.” Also, Stapleton received a nod in the Video of the Year category for “Fire Away.”

Following is the list of final nominees. The Academy of Country Music’s professional membership selects the nominees and winners of the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

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

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Big & Rich
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts

New Male Vocalist of the Year Presnted by T-Mobile

  • Kane Brown
  • Chris Janson
  • Chris Lane
  • Jon Pardi
  • Brett Young

New Female Vocalist of the Year Presented by T-Mobile

  • Lauren Alaina
  • Cam
  • Brandy Clark
  • Maren Morris

* four nominees only

New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year Presented by T-Mobile

  • A Thousand Horses
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • LOCASH
  • Maddie & Tae

Album of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Black – Dierks Bentley
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Dig Your Roots – Florida Georgia Line
    Producer: Joey Moi
    Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
  • Hero – Maren Morris
    Producers: busbee, Brad Hill, Maren Morris
    Record Label: Columbia Nashville
  • Ripcord – Keith Urban
    Producers: Jeff Bhasker, busbee, Nathan Chapman, Nitzan Kaikov, Dann Huff, Tyler Johnson, Johnny Price, Nile Rodgers, Keith Urban, Greg Wells
    Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville
  • The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert
    Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf
    Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

Single Record of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban
    Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban
    Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville
  • H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgia Line
    Producer: Joey Moi
    Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw
    Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
    Record Labels: McGraw Music, Big Machine Records
  • My Church – Maren Morris
    Producers: busbee, Maren Morris
    Record Label: Columbia Nashville
  • Vice – Miranda Lambert
    Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf
    Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

Song of the Year [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

  • Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban
    Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen
    Publishers: WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Music Of The Corn (ASCAP), HillarodyRathbone Music (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Spirit Catalog Holdings (S.a.r.l.), Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP)
  • Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
    Songwriters: Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur
    Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI), Cricket On The Line (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI), Eastman Pond Publishing (BMI), Music of Big Deal (BMI), Nice Life (BMI), Frederic And Reid Music (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI), Brodsky Spensive Publishing (BMI)
  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw
    Songwriter: Lori McKenna
    Publishers: Songs of Universal Inc (BMI), Hoodie Songs (BMI)
  • Kill A Word – Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens
    Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde
    Publishers: Emileon Songs (BMI), Little Louder Songs (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)
  • Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
    Songwriters: Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove
    Publishers: Universal-Songs Of PolyGram International (BMI), EMI Algee (BMI)
  • Vice – Miranda Lambert
    Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
    Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Smack Hits (GMR), Kobalt Music Group, Ltd. (GMR), Anderson Fork In The Road Music (ASCAP), Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc. (ASCAP), Smackville Music (ASCAP)

Video of the Year Presented by XFINITY [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

  • Fire Away – Chris Stapleton
    Director: Tim Mattia
    Producer: Jennifer Rothlein
  • Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now & Forever
    Director: Joseph Kahn
    Producers: Nathan de la Rionda, Jil Hardin, Charleen Manca, Joanna Carter, Chandra LaPlume, Sarah Trahern, Damon Whiteside
  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw
    Director: Wes Edwards
    Producer: Jennifer Rothlein
  • Peter Pan – Kelsea Ballerini
    Director: Kristin Barlowe
    Producer: Michelle Abnet
  • Vice – Miranda Lambert
    Director: Trey Fanjoy
    Producer: Ashley Bergeron Ford

Songwriter of the Year* (Off Camera Award)

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Luke Laird
  • Hillary Lindsey
  • Shane McAnally
  • Lori McKenna

Vocal Event of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Different For Girls – Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now & Forever
    Producer: Shane McAnally
    Record Label: MCA Nashville
  • May We All – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw
    Producer: Joey Moi
    Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
  • Setting The World On Fire – Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk
    Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
    Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia Nashville
  • Think Of You – Chris Young Featuring Cassadee Pope
    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
    Record Labels: RCA Nashville, RCA Records

Radio Awards – The following previously announced radio awards will be presented during the ACM Party for a Cause event at The Joint on Saturday, April 1st in Las Vegas, NV.

National On-Air Personality of the Year

  • Big D, Bubba, Patrick Thomas, Carsen The Big D and Bubba Show
  • Cody Alan CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan
  • Kix Brooks American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks
  • Lon Helton Country Countdown USA
  • Tracy Lawrence Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence

On-Air Personality of the Year – Major Market

  • Chris & Nina KMLE-FM Phoenix, AZ
  • George, Mo & Cowboy Dave KILT-FM Houston, TX
  • Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight WKKT-FM Charlotte, NC
  • Rob & Linda Show – Rob Stone & Linda Lee WYCD-FM Southfield, MI
  • Tanner in the Morning WSOC-FM Charlotte, NC

On-Air Personality of the Year – Large Market (tie within category increased nominees)

  • Ally & Andy WDSY-FM Pittsburgh, PA
  • Big Dave, Chelsie and Statt WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH
  • Dave O’Brien WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN
  • Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman WFMS-FM Indianapolis, IN
  • Marty McFly WSM-FM Nashville, TN
  • Q Morning Crew – Mike, Marty and Janie WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC

On-Air Personality of the Year – Medium Market

  • Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN
  • Jack Ryan WMYL-FM Clinton, TN
  • Scott Wynn & Sarah Kay WQMX-FM Akron, OH
  • Steve & Geoff KUZZ-FM Bakersfield, CA
  • Steve & Gina in the Morning on Kat 103.7 KXKT-FM Omaha, NE

On-Air Personality of the Year – Small Market

  • Ben Butler and Arnie Andrews WCOW-FM Sparta, WI
  • Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL
  • Jason and Ashley “The Q Crew” on Q100.3 KRWQ-FM Medford, OR
  • Scotty Cox & Cara Denis KCLR-FM Columbia, MO
  • The Roger & Carly Morning Show KORA-FM Bryan, TX

Radio Station of the Year – Major Market (tie within category increased nominees)

  • KKBQ-FM Houston, TX
  • KMLE-FM Phoenix, AZ
  • KUPL-FM Portland, OR
  • WIL-FM St. Louis, MO
  • WKKT-FM Charlotte, NC
  • WSOC-FM Charlotte, NC

Radio Station of the Year – Large Market

  • KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX
  • WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC
  • WSIX-FM Nashville, TN
  • WSM-FM Nashville, TN
  • WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH

Radio Station of the Year – Medium Market

  • CKRY-FM Calgary, AB
  • KAWO-FM Boise, ID
  • KUZZ-FM Bakersfield, CA
  • KXKT-FM Omaha, NE
  • WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN

Radio Station of the Year – Small Market

  • KCLR-FM Columbia, MO
  • KKNU-FM Eugene, OR
  • KTHK-FM Idaho Falls, ID
  • WCOW-FM Sparta, WI
  • WXFL-FM Florence, AL

Important Note: Awards counts for artists reflect categories in which they have been recognized as individuals or as part of their duo or group. In some cases, an artist may receive more than one nomination which factors into their official count. For example, Keith Urban received two nominations in the Album of the Year category—one each as artist and producer—because that category recognizes both.

Award recipients in each category are noted above parenthetically in the Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.

The official red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will live stream exclusively on Twitter on April 2nd, starting at 3 pm PT/6 pm ET. The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices.

Led Zeppelin, Beatles tributes headline ‘World’s Greatest Tribute Bands’

The World's Greatest Tribute Bands

The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands—the only series on television dedicated to showcasing professional tribute artists—returns for an eighth season on AXS TV Wednesday, March 8th at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT live from historic Hollywood concert venue The Whisky A Go Go. TV personality and classic rock expert Katie Daryl hosts the ten-episode line-up, kicking off with a special, 90-minute episode featuring renowned Led Zeppelin tribute Led Zepagain, who return to perform the rock legends’ iconic album Led Zeppelin IV in its entirety.

Also returning to The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands this season for an epic full-album performance is acclaimed The Beatles tribute The Fab Four, who will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ groundbreaking concept album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a complete rendition, including full-band regalia, in the 90-minute season finale May 10th.

“Some of our most popular episodes have featured tribute artists performing a classic album in its entirety, so this season, we’ve brought that idea back with the incredible Led Zepagain and The Fab Four taking on two huge albums in the season premiere and finale,” states host and producer Katie Daryl. “This season I am also excited to introduce seven new, hand-picked tributes who really impressed me with their sound and musicianship, and I am sure music fans will love.”

Continuing the live concert series’ legacy of showcasing authentic tribute bands to a national audience, this season welcomes seven newcomers from multiple genres to the series’ list of over 70 tribute bands who have added “World’s Greatest” to their name. Rounding out the month of March are three hard rockers including Southern California-native Metallica tribute Damage, Inc. returning for a special, 90-minute episode (March 15th); Chicago’s ZZ Top tribute Eliminator (March 22nd); and Philadelphia-based Allman Brothers Band tribute Live at The Fillmore (March 29th).

Also featured this season are three 70’s classic rock staples starting with a tribute to Electric Light Orchestra by Toronto’s Strange Magic (April 5th), just two days before ELO is inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; then New York’s Almost Queen takes on the legendary band’s show-stopping numbers (April 12th); and Toronto Supertramp tribute Dreamer brings the band’s prog-rock melodies to the stage (May 3rd). Introducing a bit of twang to the show, South Carolina’s Karen Hester will embody the sound and style of country superstar Dolly Parton (April 19th), while Dallas-based Dave Matthews Band tribute Warehouse jams out with a classic alt-rock performance (April 26th).

“We received such a huge response from fans across the nation after we appeared on The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands as part of season two,” said The Beatles tribute The Fab Four. “We can’t wait to see what everyone says after they see us perform the entire Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album for the season eight finale! It’s going to be a special night for The Beatles fans.”

“We consider it an extreme honor to be selected to perform on The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands,” said Led Zepagain. “Judging from the quality of the bands over the last seven seasons, the standards for inclusion are set very high, and to be asked back for a second performance is very flattering and a privilege to say the least!”

Tickets are available for each concert at the Whisky A Go Go for free online.

The episode line-up and where the bands hail from are noted below:

March 8 Led Zeppelin tribute by Led Zepagain (Los Angeles)
March 15 Metallica tribute by Damage Inc. (Southern California)
March 22 ZZ Top tribute by Eliminator (Chicago)
March 29 Allman Brothers tribute by Live at The Fillmore (Philadelphia)
April 5 Electric Light Orchestra tribute by Strange Magic (Toronto)
April 12 Queen tribute by Almost Queen (New York)
April 19 Dolly Parton Tribute by Karen as Dolly (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
April 26 Dave Matthews Band by Warehouse (Dallas)
May 3 Supertramp tribute by Dreamer (Toronto)
May 10 The Beatles tribute by The Fab Four (Southern California)

Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley host ACMs

52nd Annual ACM Awards

This will be the pair’s second time hosting the show

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to host this year’s ACM Awards. The news was announced during a commercial break during the Grammys on Sunday night (Feb 12th). The two will co-host the show for the second time.

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The 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2nd live 8-11 pm ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Ten-time ACM Award winners Lady Antebellum will appear live on CBS This Morning to announce the nominees for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year, on Thursday, February 16th in the 8 am hour (delayed PT).

Entertainment Tonight hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier will announce additional nominees on ETonline.com at 8:50 am ET/5:50 am PT. The full list of nominations will be released immediately following the ETonline.com announcement on ACMcountry.com.

HBO confirms 2017 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony airdate

Rock Hall 2017

HBO has confirmed the debut date for 2017 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, with the special scheduled to debut Saturday, April 29th at 8 pm ET/PT, exclusively on HBO. This year’s inductees include Joan Baez, ELO, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes; the Award for Music Excellence inductee is Nile Rodgers.

The 2017 Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 7th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Tickets start at $50 and are available along with VIP packages through ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, but cannot be purchased at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH.

SiriusXM is the radio broadcast partner, but has yet to announce its schedule for the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio.

2017 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is produced by Playtone and Line By Line Productions; executive producers, Jann Wenner, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Joel Peresman; co-executive producer, Frank Garritano; supervising producer, Barbra Dannov; Alex Coletti produces and directs.

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Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion among Grammy presenters

59th Annual Grammy Awards

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Pentatonix are also among the presenters

A diverse all-star lineup of GRAMMY Award nominees, GRAMMY winners, entertainers, and film and TV stars will take the stage as presenters for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast. This year’s presenters include singer/ songwriter Camila Cabello; current GRAMMY nominees The Chainsmokers; three-time GRAMMY winner and current GRAMMY nominee Kelly Clarkson; actress Laverne Cox; singer/songwriter Jason Derulo; five-time GRAMMY winner Celine Dion; pop/funk band DNCE; current GRAMMY nominee Halsey; actress Taraji P. Henson; actress/model Paris Jackson; previous GRAMMY nominee Nick Jonas; previous GRAMMY nominee Jennifer Lopez; three-time GRAMMY winner Tim McGraw and five-time GRAMMY winner Faith Hill; singer/songwriter Katharine McPhee; two-time GRAMMY winners and current GRAMMY­­ nominees Pentatonix; current GRAMMY nominee Thomas Rhett; actress Gina Rodriguez; TV/radio host and producer Ryan Seacrest; current GRAMMY nominee Solange; and previous GRAMMY nominee and actor John Travolta.

Previously announced performers include Adele, Kelsea Ballerini, William Bell, Chance The Rapper, Gary Clark Jr., Daft Punk, Andra Day, Cynthia Erivo, Tori Kelly, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Lukas Graham, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Maren Morris, Anderson .Paak, Katy Perry, Sturgill Simpson, A Tribe Called Quest, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and The Weeknd.

Taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and hosted by award-winning television personality and performer James Corden, the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, February 12th at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.