52nd ACM Awards New Artist Winners Announced!







Encino, CA (March 14, 2017) – The Academy of Country Music® revealed today the winners for the new artist categories for the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™.Brothers OsborneMaren Morris and Jon Pardi have been named New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year presented by T-Mobile, New Female Vocalist of the Year presented by T-Mobile and New Male Vocalist of the Year presented by T-Mobile, respectively. Each of the winners in the new artist categories will perform on the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, to be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

These awards mark the first-ever ACM Award® wins for Brothers Osborne, Morris and Pardi. Brothers Osborne are also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year. Morris received an additional five nominations including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (as artist and producer) and Single Record of the Year (as artist and producer).


For more information on the awards and winners, please visit www.ACMawards.com/tmobile.

Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan,Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert,Little Big Town and Maren Morris. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For event updates, tickets and hotel information, please visitwww.ACMcountry.com.

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

Sponsors and partners for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include T-Mobile and Xfinity from Comcast.


About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music.

CMA Fest: Radio Disney Country Stage Performers Announced!

The Radio Disney Country Stage is always bringing out fresh and exciting talent! Be sure to check out the lineup and see the artists performing inside the Music City Center during CMA Fest! The stage is free with a ticket to the Music City Center or your four day festival pass!



CMA Fest: Durango Music Spot

The Durango Music Spot stage is back for another CMA Fest! You’ll need a Fan Fair X pass to get inside the Music City Center, or a 4 day Pass will also get you in! Once inside, the stage is free and features all of these incredible acts! Check out the lineup below!


Super Star Lineup Announced For Ty Herndon’s 2017 Concert For Love and Acceptance!

2017 Concert for Love and Acceptance adds
Mickey Guyton, Dana Goldberg, and Trent Harmon

Ty Herndon partners with CMT and GLAAD for event at Wildhorse Saloon


 Ty Herndon’s 2017 Concert For Love and Acceptance, hosted by Cody Alan, has added more talent to its already stellar lineup.  In addition to Ty Herndon, Billy Gilman, Kree Harrison, Ryan Kinder, Runaway June, Lorrie Morgan, Michael Ray, Street Corner Symphony, and Thompson Square, the concert will also include performances by Trent Harmon, who gained national attention for winning the fifteenth and final season of American Idol, and Capital Nashville recording artist Mickey Guyton.  In addition, critically acclaimed comedian Dana Goldberg is also set to appear, making her Nashville debut.

The event, created to support at-risk youth, is set for Thursday, June 8 starting at 7 p.m. at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tenn.

In 2015, the Concert for Love and Acceptance was voted one of the Top 10 events held during the CMA Music Festival week.

In 2015, our event sold out weeks before the show,” said Ty Herndon.  “We are looking forward to another great night of music and celebration of love and acceptance.

Herndon created and co-hosted the first Concert for Love & Acceptance alongside GLAAD in 2015, when his 20th anniversary fan club party turned into a coalition of artists gathering in support of Nashville’s at-risk youth. The fundraiser evolved from his desire to foster positive cultural change and encourage Nashville’s youth to live to their fullest potential.

‪For more information on Concert for Love and Acceptance or to purchase tickets, please visit www.TyHerndon.com.



Top 10 things to look forward to about CMA Fest 


In a few short weeks Country Music’s biggest party (CMA Fest) will be once again taking over Nashville! With the event vastly approaching we are taking a look ahead at the 2017 event! Variety Beat will be there bringing coverage from all 4 days! There’s a lot of reasons to be excited about this year’s festival!
10. City Of Hope Softball Game

This is always a fun event and one that has been going on for 27 years! The event takes some of country music’s up and coming stars as well as superstars and puts them on the baseball diamond! It also puts fans really close to the artists and makes for a great event for everyone! All proceeds from the game benefit City of Hope which raises money for Cancer research and treatment! The first round of this year’s team lineup as already been announced! Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina, Danielle Bradbery, Aaron Watson and The Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe and her fiancé Shawn Booth are in the first group announced! It has been announced that Reba McEntire will be singing the national anthem! Tickets can be purchased on ticketmaster.com and more information can be found at cityofhope.com 



9. Chevrolet Riverfront Stage 

One of the coolest stages at CMA fest is the Riverfront stage! It’s one of the free stages of the festival , the seating for fans is the actual hillside and the flowing behind the stage is the Cumberland river which gives some fans opportunities to watch from their boats! The Riverfront stage rocks all 4 days starting at 10am and ending sometime in the late afternoon usually around 5. This years lineup can be found here!

8. Country Music Hall Of Fame 

The Hall of Fame is always a hub of continuous activity. Anything from Autograph signings, performances, Fan Club Parties and other events happen there throughout the festival! They also have pop up events that happen with just a few hours notice! So make sure you keep an eye on all of the Hall of Fame’s social media accounts.

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7. The Opry Store on Broadway 

While the Grand Ole Opry takes place at the Opry house in the summer, the spirit of the Opry lives on at the Opry Store that’s located on Broadway! During the festival they do a lot of signings in the back area of the store! These tend to be smaller crowds in some cases, and It gives fans a chance to meet Stars that may not be in Fan Fair X. Keep an eye on the Opry’s social media accounts to find out who they will have in store!
6. HGTV Lodge 

The lodge is free but you do have to have a wrist band to get in! The lodge has performances from different artists throughout the 4 days. Not only do you get to see exclusive performances, but the lodge has fans to help everyone get a break from the heat! Wristbands can be won on the giveaway that is done on the CMAfest website closer to the event.

5. Chevrolet Park Stage, Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard rock Cafe, Music City Stage and Budweiser Forever Country Park Stage 
These 4 stages offer a lot of amazing performances from a lot of artists! Each stage is packed full of acts! Artists such as Sundance Head, Kristian Busch, Love and Theft, Lindsay Ell, Mo Pintney, Ryan Follese, Jamie Lynn Spears, Olivia Lane, Kalie Shorr, Natalie Stovall and more! Full lineups can be found below!




CMA FEST: Music City Stage Lineup Announced!
4. Night Time Events!

The party don’t end when the concerts at Nissan Stadium end! A lot of events take place at the Honky Tonk and other venues in the area! They range from fan club parties, late night Jam sessions to concerts for charities! Last year Charlie Worsham did a late night jam session at Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Broadway! With several of his friends like Brandy Clark and Eric Church dropping by! The event became so popular throughout the week that they eventually moved it to another venue.

An event that’s already been announced for this year’s Festival is The 2017 concert for Love and Acceptance hosted by Ty Herndon and Cody Allan!

Super Star Lineup Announced For Ty Herndon’s 2017 Concert For Love and Acceptance!

Several artist’s have already been announced for the concert with more coming soon! Some that have already been announced are: Thompson Square, Billy Gilman, Lorrie Morgan, Michael Ray, Kree Harrison, Runaway June, and Ryan Kinder!

3. Fan Fair X 

Fan Fair X is one of the most versatile areas of the festival! Not only is it a great place to cool off and eat all the goodies you find at the food trucks lining the street! It’s also the home of 3 stages and it’s also where you meet the stars! There is the Radio Disney Stage which is always filled with fresh and upcoming talent! Kelsea Ballerini, Lauren Alaina and Megan and Liz were just a few of the acts featured on that stage last year! Also featured in Fan Fair x is The Durango Music Spot and The CMA Close Up stage!

You can find booths for all the major labels as well as some of the artists! You can also shop in the market place area which has a variety of things from clothes, to jewelry and more! To get into Fan Fair X you either need a 4 day pass or you can purchase a $10 pass for each day!
2. Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium The nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium are one of the biggest draws of the festival! In just 4 nights you can see 24 of country music’s biggest and brightest stars on the same stage! Also there is always a surprise or 2 that always happens! A full list of performers and what days they will be appearing are listed here.

CMA FEST: Nightly Concert Lineup Announced For Nissan Stadium!
1. The Surprises 

There are always a few surprises during CMA fest! They range from pop up shows in bars and on street corners to meet and greets that go on for hours. You never quite know where someone is going to pop up at and in the last few years social media has aided in being able to keep track of your favorite artist. Make sure you have the CMA Fest app downloaded as well as any other social media apps. Keep an eye on all of the accounts because a lot of artists have used them in the last few years to form ‘hunts’ around Nashville for various items! So if you are attending this year’s festival be sure to keep an eye out for any events that could pop up!
Are you excited for CMA Fest like we are? Keep an eye on the site as we will be posting more articles about the festival!

Exclusive: Chelsea Bain Releases Lyric Video for “Medicate” – Watch!

Arizona Native, Chelsea Bain is making her way as a newcomer on the Country Music scene, but she is no newcomer to performing in front of big crowds and winning over listeners who have never heard her before.

Bain recently released an EP titled Drinkin’ Alone that showcases incredible vocal strength and a sound mature beyond her years that we’re left wondering how many lifetimes she’s actually lived.

Photo credit: Russ Harrington

In the Country Music scene, where there’s so much talent making their way, Bain offers her stories, that resonate with listeners and a sound that’s not forced. She isn’t trying to be something she’s not or sell a song that doesn’t ring true to herself.

“Medicate” is just one of the many songs on the Drinkin’ Alone EP that listeners will be able to relate to, not having a cure for getting over a heartache.

I’ve tried like hell to find / Someone with a fix for heartache / I’d die for a dose or five / Write me a prescription / I’ll take it / You’re the only problem / That’s got me in pain / That I can’t medicate.

Variety Beat has the exclusive premiere of the “Medicate” lyric video! Bain told us about the song, saying:

“This is one of my favorite songs I’ve written, I’ve never laughed so hard in a writing session. Heartbreak is always hard, but in “Medicate” it was fun to get to bring some humor to it and speak to the fact that we’d all love a quick fix for a broken heart!”



More About Chelsea Bain: 

When you hear Chelsea Bain belt out a song – be it a beautiful ballad or rousing rocker – you know it comes straight from her heart.

A distinctive vocalist and instinctive songwriter, every word she writes and every note she sings proves her strength, her passion, is born from experience.

Chelsea harbored two great passions as she was growing up on an Arizona farm. When not listening to Shania Twain or the Dixie Chicks, Chelsea picked up a love for horses from that cowboy culture in which she was raised. As young as 4 years old, she was trying her luck at barrel racing. Later she graduated to doing breed shows. Sometimes her two interests intersected — on one occasion, with embarrassing results.

“One of the classes I was competing in was right after the break where I’d been asked to sing the national anthem,” she remembers. “After I sang, I hurried back toward the stall, holding my chaps up. My horse was ready to go. They’re throwing my jacket on me and saying, ‘You’re next! Are you ready?’”

She laughs, and then observes, “I guess I get it in my head sometimes that I can take on the world. I can do everything at once. And it’ll all be fine.”

It’s easy to see why. In addition to winning more than 10 world and national titles in the American Paint Horse Association, this determined young woman won notice around Phoenix by singing at rodeos, giving vocal recitals and performing in grade-school productions of Chicago, Les Miserables and other Broadway shows. “I was extremely competitive about it,” she recalls. “There were some interesting moments between some girls and me, battling it out for solos.”

Still, Chelsea didn’t have many opportunities to perform her first love, country music, in her hometown. And so, like so many other hopefuls, at just 19 years old she made the move to Music City.

Much of her learning process came from performing nearly 30 weekends per year at NASCAR and NHRA racing events. “NASCAR taught me everything about getting up onstage and being in front of a crowd,” Chelsea says. “The people aren’t there for a concert. They’re there to see Dale Junior. To play to thousands of people in those circumstances is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Every single weekend, I had to win them over and share my music with brand new people. Luckily, and I’m thanking God for this, they loved it and I built an entire fan base from it.”

Always a songwriter, Chelsea’s creativity, heart and outright boldness were ramped up to an entirely new level when she befriended singer/songwriter Rachel Farley. The two began collaborating, and Farley helped pull out emotions and attitudes Chelsea wasn’t even aware she possessed. The two co-wrote all five songs on Chelsea’s upcoming EP, and songwriter/producer/instrumentalist Jordan Sapp joined them on four of tracks.

Having learned, matured, reexamined her roots without letting go of the high-energy throttle, Chelsea is very candid about her next project. “This new music really showcases who I am as a writer and an artist,” Chelsea explains. “I’ve gone through so much in life since I was a kid,” she muses. “It’s taken a long time to figure out how I wanted to put all that I’ve experienced together and incorporate it into my music. But now I feel that the next album is exactly what I want it to be — Chelsea Bain, through and through.”

She smiles, having spoken as she sings, with the power of truth, assurance and total confidence.




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