Winners from the 2018 CMA Awards
- Entertainer of the Year: KEITH URBAN
- Female Vocalist of the Year: CARRIE UNDERWOOD
- Male Vocalist of the Year: CHRIS STAPLETON
- Vocal Duo of the Year: BROTHERS OSBORNE
- Album of the Year: KACEY MUSGRAVES, Golden Hour
- Vocal Group of the Year: OLD DOMINION
- Song of the Year (award to songwriter): CHRIS STAPLETON’s Broken Halos
- Top New Artist: LUKE COMBS
- Single of the Year: CHRIS STAPLETON’s Broken Halo’s
- Music Video of the Year: THOMAS RHETT, Marry Me
- Vocal Event of the Year: DAVID LEE MURPHY and KENNY CHESNEY, Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
The Brand’s Certified Top 10
1-LUKE COMBS – She Got The Best Of Me
2-CHRIS YOUNG – Hangin’ On
3-JIMMY ALLEN – Best Shot
4-MAREN MORRIS – Rich
5-KANE BROWN – Lose It
6-RUSSELL DICKERSON – Blue Tacoma
7-MITCHELL TENPENNY – Drunk Me
8-DAN + SHAY – Speechless
9-KIP MOORE – Last Shot
10-BLAKE SHELTON – Turnin’ Me On
Artist Quickies-Updated Every Wednesday
BLAKE SHELTON credits being a coach on The Voice for 15 seasons for helping keep him excited about making music. Blake says helping guide aspiring artists helps him stay energized about making new music himself.
Brett Young has tied the knot with long-time girlfriend Taylor Mills. CMT.com has photos of their wedding.
BLAKE SHELTON will host a special concert at the Grand Ole Opry January 9 to benefit the TROY GENTRY Foundation. EDDIE MONTGOMERY, RASCAL FLATTS, JON PARDI, CRAIG MORGAN and others will perform.
BRAD PAISLEY and wife Kim plan to open a free grocery store in Nashville. Called The Store, the facility will offer fresh and perishable foods to those in need who are referred by a non-profit organizations or government agencies. The store will also offer an aisle of toys during Christmas as well as job training. Construction is expected to begin in 2019.
You can now start referring to BRETT YOUNG as “country singer slash model.” He’s the new face of Justin Timberlake’s clothing line, which is called William Rast. Brett models the fall campaign of the men’s collection.
CHRIS LANE is dating Lauren Bushnell from The Bachelor. Chris’ representative has confirmed the relationship to People. Lauren appears in the music video for Chris’ new song, I Don’t Know About You.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD has confirmed she is having a baby boy.
Chris Stapleton is going to be a Daddy again. He announced last week that he and his wife are expecting child number FIVE!
COLE SWINDELL has partnered with SUGARLAND’s distilling company for Cole Swindell’s Peppermint Moonshine, which will be out this month.
DUSTIN LYNCH is the latest country music singer to become a member of The Grand Ole Opry.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Brian Kelly is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of four people who vandalized a teepee at the duo’s Nashville compound. The teepee is used as a trading post for Brian and wife Brittany’s clothing line.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubbard and wife Hayley have a mealtime rule — no cell phones at the table. Tyler says by instituting that rule, it gives them a chance to be present in the moment and have at least some quality time together each day no matter what else may be going on.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Brian Kelley is selling the home where he married Brittney Cole. The couple have put their 70-acre compound on the market for $6.24 million. It includes three homes, a party barn, a saloon and a recording studio.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubbard says (to Billboard) that the duo’s fourth studio album is expected to be out in early 2019.
GEORGE STRAIT’s San Antonio home is up for sale. The almost 8,000 square foot home is on 12.2 acres and has three bedrooms — each with its own fireplace — six and a half bathrooms, sports courts, a gourmet kitchen, an outdoor kitchen, a pool, a sauna, a guest house and more.
JASON ALDEAN’s unborn daughter will be named Navy. She’s due in February.
JUSTIN MOORE is hitting the road with ERIC PASLAY, CODY JOHNSON and RILEY GREEN early next year.
JASON ALDEAN’s 8,900 square foot home in Columbia, Tennessee, is on the market for just under $8 million. The home has 6 bedrooms, 8½ bathrooms, a horse stable, bowling alley and more. Jason bought the home in January of 2016.
KELSEA BALLERINI will set out on a 14-city headlining tour next April. The Miss Me More Tour will include special guest BRETT YOUNG and takes its name from Kelsea’s latest single.
KELSEA BALLERINI posted a photo of her favorite “travel tools” that she takes on the road. She captioned it, “My picks for staying healthy, feeling trendy, and capturing it all on a trip. Not an ad, just sharing.” We noticed sunglasses, a camera, a passport, Smart Water, and green tea.
LUKE BRYAN’s What Makes You Country Tour is the third best-selling this year, coming in behind Ed Sheeran and TAYLOR SWIFT’s tours. Luke brought in $65.5 million this year.
LANCO has earned a double platinum certification for their debut hit, Greatest Love Story, for sales of 2 million copies.
LAUREN ALAINA is engaged to longtime boyfriend Alex Hopkins. The couple have been dating since 2012.
LUKE COMBS has recorded 20 songs for his sophomore album and plans to record more this fall. Luke hopes to narrow the field of tunes to the best dozen after the first of the year and put out new music sometime in 2019.
LUKE COMBS has teamed with iconic outdoor apparel company Columbia Sportswear, spotlighting Luke’s passion for fishing and the outdoors.
MIDLAND has made their version of East Bound and Down available for purchase after playing the tune during the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards. The song is a cover of the 1977 classic by JERRY REED.
Miranda Lambert’s partnership with Boot Barn, Idyllwind Fueled By Miranda Lambert is now available nationwide. The collection includes apparel, accessories and cowboy boots.
MIRANDA LAMBERT has added two four-legged friends to her family. The two cats named Mac and Cheese bring her total number of animals to 19.
MAREN MORRIS says the best advice she was ever given was to wear underwear at all times.
RUSSELL DICKERSON is learning by example when it comes to the music business. Despite a degree from Nashville’s Belmont University, he’s watched friends THOMAS RHETT and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE to get an idea of how to handle elements of his career, from daily schedules to song writing to performing.
RUSSELL DICKERSON says the most country thing he’s ever done, he said, “Probably pop a beer bottle open with a shotgun shell.”
THOMAS RHETT is country music’s Sexiest Man of 2018 according to People. Topping the poll this year is actor Idris Elba.
TIM MCGRAW is currently focused on Tim McGraw the country singer, but that doesn’t mean he’s done being Tim McGraw the movie actor. Tim says, “There are some things kicking around. It’s just finding time … more after the first of the year, some stuff coming up.”
Zac Brown and his wife recently separated.