ACM Award Winners Named; Hall of Fame Inductees to be Announced on Wednesday; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | April 8th, 2013

  • The Academy of Country Music Awards were held last night. Here are some of the winners (you can find a detailed list of nominees and winners here):

Video of the Year: Little Big Town – “Tornado”

Vocal Event of the Year: Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church – “The Only Way I Know”

Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square

Song of the Year: “Over You”

Single Record of the Year: “Over You”

New Artist of the Year: Florida Georgia Line

Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan

  • Join host and 2001 Hall of Fame inductee Bill Anderson on April 10 at 9 a.m. as the CMA reveals the new members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. You’ll be able to watch the announcement live right here.
  • Documentarian Les Blank passed away at age 77 from bladder cancer. Blank made several films about musicians, including The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins and Sprout Wings and Fly 
  • Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis revealed the cover for their upcoming album, Dos Divas.
  • It looks like Kellie Pickler’s next album will be along the lines of the critically acclaimed 100 Proof.  From Taste of Country: She confirmed that ’100 Proof’ producers Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten are producing the new effort, her first for Black River Entertainment, and most of the same musicians from her previous album will appear. Most important, however, is the sound she is going for on this next effort. The new album “is definitely going to be my country…[there were] too many suits and ties, trying to make the calls…This record will definitely be Kellie country, for sure. 
  • Peter Cooper of the Tennessean asks if Brad Paisley is country’s new rebel due to the subject matter found on songs from his new album: “In Paisley’s mind, and on the ‘Wheelhouse’ album, due for a Tuesday release, country songs can be dialogues, not monologues. They can be questions, not sermons. The world outside the rural South can be beloved and celebrated, not pilloried. And the rural South — where Paisley was born and raised, and where he chooses to live — can be a multidimensional place of complexity, humor and subtlety.”
  • Clay Walker released an autobiography last week called Jesus Was a Country Boy: Life Lessons on Faith, Fishing and Forgiveness.
  • Taylor Swift and The Band Perry are nominated for the new Billboard Milestone Award, which will be presented in May. You can vote for your favorite candidate here.
  • Miranda Lambert inked a deal for her own exclusive footwear line.
  • Carrie Underwood is the cover girl of the latest People.
  • Ruth Moody of The Wailin’ Jennys, will release her new solo album, These Wilder Things, on May 7 on Red House Records.
  • Travis Tritt will sing the national anthem before the NCAA men’s basketball National Championship game tonight in Atlanta.
  • Jewel talked about taking on the role of June Carter Cash with Billboard: “The reason I accepted it was that it was such a challenge. I did a lot of acting a long time ago in ‘Ride With The Devil’ with Ang Lee, and had read a bunch of scripts after that. It was usually the girlfriend of somebody, and really not that interesting, when you have a full time career and the demands of that. The script for this was one of those rare chances where you actually had a real dramatic role. There were a lot of highs and lows with it, and it was such an opportunity. I was excited to see if I could do it or fail.”
  • Rhonda Vincent, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper and Della Mae are just three of dozens of bands slated to appear at the 38th Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley, CA.
  • Grand Ole Opry historian Byron Fay looks at some of the institution’s most important events that have occurred during the month of April.
  • The Henningsens will release debut album American Beautiful on July 2.
  • New music videos:

Bob Corbett“Sydney from a 747” 

Kacey Musgraves “The Trailer Song”

The Band Perry “DONE”

Dion Pride“Let Me Make It Mine”

Rascal Flatts“Changed”

Ian McFerin “The First Cold Day of Fall”

Sarah Jarosz“Kathy’s Song” 

Tate Stevens“Power of a Love Song”

Angel Snow“Lie Awake”

Amy Speace with John Fullbright “The Sea and the Shore”

Shinyribs “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”

  1. bob
    April 8, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Enjoyed reading the Cooper article on Paisley.
    Love the Striking Matches song. I know I’ve said that before.

  2. Jonathan Pappalardo
    April 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Yea!!! The Hall of Fame. Since Kix Brooks isn’t hosting this year, does that mean Brooks & Dunn are the modern era inductees?

  3. Luckyoldsun
    April 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I don’t know what the Modern Era encompasses, but I’d bet that Alan Jackson, definitely and Ricky Skaggs and Randy Travis, probably as well, all stand ahead of the somewhat controversial B&D.

    I’d also bet that this is finally Kenny Rogers’ year, as it would be a blatant and absurd snub if he were ignored even after performing the “Artist In Residence” gig at the H-o-F last year.

  4. Barry Mazor
    April 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    The three inductees this year will be Modern Era ( eligible 20 years after first attaining national prominence), Veterans Era (45 years after prominence) and “non-Performer” prior to 1980–which often turns out to be a producer or label head, a publisher or manager. etc..

    More than that I well all find out Wednesday morning; I’m going to be in the room. If there are things to add not seen on the webcast, I’ll do that here..

  5. nm
    April 8, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    LoS persists in his delusion about the relationship between a Residency at the HoF&M and induction to the Hall itself, despite the fact that it’s happened only once in a dozen years. Don’t let facts get in your way, I guess.

  6. Barry Mazor
    April 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    The Artists-in-Residence are invited by the Hall Staff themselves; induction in the Hall is not. As has been explained previously.

  7. Jon
    April 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I’m not sure I’ve been able to figure out yet why someone would want to work so hard to convince everyone that she’s Kenny Rogers’ secret love child.

  8. Rick
    April 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Speaking of Striking Matches, they will be on this week’s Thursday night Classic Country Opry show. That should be interesting. Personally I’d like to see the Walmart Singing Cashier Kayla Sloane invited back to the Opry soon.

    I’m just shocked that Kacey “Follow Your Arrow’ Musgraves would be featured on “Sunday Morning”!…(lol) I’m still waiting for their feature on Darryl Worley with emphasis on the song “Have You Forgotten”! I’m not holding my breath…

    Kellie Pickler’s new album sounds interesting. The Brad Paisley project not so much. ZZZZZzzzzz…

    I used to consider things like the ACM Awards irrelevant. Now I think its sunk more to the level of being pointless…

  9. Luckyoldsun
    April 9, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Sticks and Stones, Jon-Boy.

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