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2017 CMT Awards Nominees & Winners

2017 CMT Awards Nominees & Winners

Hosted by Charles Esten, the CMT Music Awards will feature performances from Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge and more. The awards show takes place live from Nashville on June 7 at 7 p.m. CT. Check out all of the nominees below. Winners will be indicated as they are announced! Video…MORE

Kelsea Ballerini and Billy Ray Cyrus Will Guest Star on Nickelodeon’s “Blaze and the Monster Machines” [Watch Clips]

Kelsea Ballerini and Billy Ray Cyrus Will Guest Star on Nickelodeon’s “Blaze and the Monster Machines” [Watch Clips]

“Talking monster-truck animal.” That’s what Kelsea Ballerini and Billy Ray Cyrus can add to their résumés thanks to an upcoming gig on Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines.  While Kelsea has made several music videos, her only acting credit is portraying herself on the Nashville series. For “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus, acting is a full-blown…MORE

Watch Kelleigh Bannen’s Poignant Performance of “Church Clothes” at the Grand Ole Opry

Watch Kelleigh Bannen’s Poignant Performance of “Church Clothes” at the Grand Ole Opry

Kelleigh Bannen’s powerful single, “Church Clothes,” is about a couple that disguises their failing relationship by getting dressed up and going to church together. When Kelleigh initially heard the tune—which was co-penned by Liz Rose and Nicolle Galyon—she was struck with how brave the song was. “It’s specifically about this couple that’s getting dressed and…MORE

Nashville Native Kelleigh Bannen Talks About Her Fine Irish Name, Hosting Her Own Podcast, New Song/Video, “Church Clothes,” & More

Nashville Native Kelleigh Bannen Talks About Her Fine Irish Name, Hosting Her Own Podcast, New Song/Video, “Church Clothes,” & More

Jim Casey talks with Kelleigh Bannen about her Irish name, her podcast series, This Nashville Life, what it means to be a member of CMT’s Next Women of Country class, her new single, “Church Clothes,” working on new music and more. Show Participants Kelleigh Bannen Jim Casey, NCD director of editorial Show Notes & Links Kelleigh Bannen’s website Listen…MORE

Todd O’Neill Talks Winning the 2016 Nash Next Challenge, Working with Jay DeMarcus, His Debut Single, “Love Again” and More

Todd O’Neill Talks Winning the 2016 Nash Next Challenge, Working with Jay DeMarcus, His Debut Single, “Love Again” and More

Lisa talks with 2016 Nash Next Challenge winner Todd O’Neill about his experience competing in and being named the winner of Nash Next 2016, working with Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, the song-selecting process, his debut single, “Love Again,” and more. Show Participants Todd O’Neill Lisa Konicki, NCD editor in chief Show Links & Notes Todd O’Neill’s…MORE

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