CMT Names Artists of the Year; Keith Urban Receives Nashville Symphony Harmony Award; New Music Videos
- Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood were named as 2012 CMT Artists of the Year.
- Rolling Stone announced their top country albums of 2012 and Kellie Pickler was at the top of the list: “American Idol also-ran Pickler is an unlikely trad-country heroine. But 100 Proof may be the best traditionalist album of the year. Pickler wraps her big, lustrous voice around old-fashioned honky tonk, rollicking road stories and big ballads, all produced with a perfect balance of throwback twang and contemporary sheen.”
- Granger Smith’s alter ego. Earl Dibbles, Jr., shares some of his tips on making this Christmas a merry one.
- PopMatters covered what they believe to be the best country music of the year: “The output of the Nashville industry as a whole was even more cookie-cutter than usual, and there was no real insurgency to speak of from the outside, at least not one doing anything brand-new. It was a somewhat grey landscape overall, which tells us not that there’s nothing going on in the USA that’s worth singing about, but that country-music all too often exists as its own universe, one more interested in recycling stock images (another song about a drinking cold beer with a girl in a truck by the creek?) and peddling simple messages of love, faith, and identity.” Dwight Yoakam took the top spot.
- Zac Brown is being sued for copyright infringement by former employee Kyle Landas after one of Landas’s designs, called the “Unity Tree,” appeared on a Zac Brown Band album cover and other merchandise.
- More baby news: Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott is pregnant.
- Bill Carlisle, Jr. of The Carlisles passed away at the age of 70. His father is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Bill, Jr. toured as part of The Carlisles from the 1960s until his father’s passing.
- Jewel’s Greatest Hits album will include duets with Kelly Clarkson and the Pistol Annies.
- Lee Greenwood participates in ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition tonight. (via press release)
- Also on tonight: the American Country Awards, hosted by Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, will be broadcast live on Fox starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.
- Former One Flew South member Eddie Bush released an album called Calloused Hands.
- Brad Paisley will unveil the official music video of his current single, “Southern Comfort Zone,” during a live Ustream broadcast beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern today.
- Keith Urban was given The Nashville Symphony Harmony Award, which is awarded to a person who significantly contributes to the development and culture of Nashville.
- New music videos fresh from Santa’s workshop:
Martina McBride – “Please Come Home for Christmas”
Donna Ulisse – “He is Here”
Gary Allan – “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)”
Don Williams – “Imagine That”
The Band Perry – “Better Dig Two”
Lee Brice – “I Drive Your Truck”
Uncle Kracker – “Nobody’s Sad on a Saturday Night”
Jordan McIntosh – “Walk Away”
Ali Isabella – “A Little Love This Christmas”
Hunter Hayes – “Somebody’s Heartbreak”
Steven Padilla – “Quite Like the Country”
Scotty McCreery – “Christmas Comin’ ‘Round Again”
Carter and Carter – “To the Moon and Back”
Doug Bruce – “Made That Way”
Rachel Brooke – “A Killer’s Dream”
Lindi Ortega – “Cigarettes and Truck Stops”
LoCash Cowboys – “What Time Is It?”