Category: CMT Awards

Kelsea Ballerini Hits #1 at Country Radio with “Miss Me More!”

Kelsea Ballerini has claimed the #1 spot at country radio with her latest single, “Miss Me More,” the fiercely confident and empowering stand-out track from her sophomore album, Unapologetically.

The news originally broke Sunday, with one superfan even managing to record her reaction while waiting in a meet-and-greet line during CMA Fest.

According to the official press release from Sweet Talk Publicity, the firm that represents Ballerini, “Miss Me More” marks her “fifth career #1.” Ballerini is also the “first female artist with a chart-topping single in 15 months” when she previously reached number one with the lead Unapologetically track, “Legends.” That means the last female to get a #1 song in the last 15 months was only Ballerini.

Fellow country artist Luke Bryan predicted that Ballerini would hit #1 with “Miss Me More” and urged fans to call in to their local radio stations and request the song when he crashed her interview with Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’ Dell backstage at last week’s CMT Awards.

Following the news that her song charted to #1, Ballerini took to various social media platforms, including Instagram to thank her fans for their support.

Ballerini’s latest career achievement comes fresh after her recent induction into the Grand Ole Opry as its youngest ever member.

Congratulations Kelsea!


See the 2017 CMT Music Awards Nominees and Vote For Your Favorites!

Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and More Compete For Highest Honors

LIVE From Nashville on Wednesday, June 7 at 8PM ET/PT

Voting Begins Today at

NASHVILLE – May 9, 2017 – Breakout stars Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett will face off against country music heavyweight Keith Urban at the fan-voted “2017 CMT Music Awards,” hosted by Nashville’s Charles Esten, premiering LIVE from Nashville on Wednesday, June 7th at 8pm ET/PT. The country stars, who top this year’s nominations with four each, will go head-to-head in categories including “Video of the Year,” “Male Video of the Year” and “Female Video of the Year,” as well as “Social Superstar of the Year,” celebrating this year’s most creative, social media-savvy icon. Carrie Underwood, who holds the title of most “CMT Music Awards” wins, nabs three nominations this year, along with Florida Georgia Line, Lauren Alaina and Luke Bryan.

The competition for the night’s biggest award, the highly-coveted “Video of the Year” features fourteen powerhouse players. Six-time winner Carrie Underwood faces off with returning nominees Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley (with first-time nominee Elle King), Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett and first-timers CMA 50th anniversary collaborators Artists of Then, Now & Forever, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi and Kelsea Ballerini. The top seven “Video of the Year” nominees will be announced live on air at the beginning of the show, and fans will be able to vote live for the winner.

“CMT Performance of the Year” brings together artists from diverse musical backgrounds, spotlighting the growing presence of country music crossovers. The eclectic roster includes collaborations with pop-superstars Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, P!nk, R&B/soul legends Alicia Keys and Jill Scott, and seasoned rockstar John Mellencamp.

Artists with first-time “CMT Music Awards” nominations this year include Brett Young, Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Midland.

Fan voting begins today at and continues until 12:01am ET on Monday, June 5th. Superstar show performances revealed last week include Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett.  Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.

Known for its ability to break new artists and unparalleled collaborations with music superstars spanning all genres, the “CMT Music Awards” routinely outpaces itself and the competition as the industry’s most evocative fan-fueled trendsetting event. Last year’s “CMT Music Awards” once again earned its title as the hottest night in country music attracting nearly 4 million fans, its biggest to date, across a three network simulcast (CMT, TV Land and Nick@Nite) up +20% from the prior year. The awards also lit up social media with #CMTawards trending worldwide for 5 hours to rank as the #1 Series/Special on Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings for the day.

The nominees for the 2017 CMT MUSIC AWARDS are:

Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. Final nominees announced during live telecast, with final voting held online at during the show.

  • Artists of Then, Now & Forever – “Forever Country”
  • Brad Paisley – “Today”
  • Brett Eldredge –“Wanna Be That Song”
  • Carrie Underwood Church Bells”
  • Cole Swindell –“Middle Of A Memory”
  • Dierks Bentley and Elle King Different For Girls”
  • Florida Georgia Line –“H.O.L.Y.”
  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt On My Boots”
  • Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”
  • Little Big Town – “Better Man”
  • Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice”
  • Thomas Rhett – “Star Of The Show”

Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

  • Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget”
  • Eric Church – “Record Year”
  • Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On”
  • Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
  • Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
  • Thomas Rhett – “Star Of The Show”

Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

  • Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”
  • Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”
  • Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice”
  • Reba McEntire – “Back To God”

Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

  • Big & Rich feat. Tim McGraw – “Lovin’ Lately”
  • Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer”
  • Dan + Shay – “How Not To”
  • Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.”
  • LoCash – “I Know Somebody”

Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

  • Eli Young Band – “Saltwater Gospel”
  • Lady Antebellum – “You Look Good”
  • Little Big Town – “Better Man”
  • Midland – “Drinkin’ Problem”
  • Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time”

Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

  • Brett Young – “In Case You Didn’t Know”
  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt On My Boots”
  • Kane Brown – “Used To Love You Sober”
  • Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”
  • Luke Combs – “Hurricane”
  • RaeLynn – “Love Triangle”


Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists

  • Artists of Then, Now & Forever – “Forever Country”
  • Chris Young feat. Vince Gill – “Sober Saturday Night”
  • Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King –  “Different For Girls”
  • Florida Georgia Line feat. Tim McGraw – “May We All”
  • Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood – “The Fighter”
  • Kenny Chesney with P!nk – “Setting The World On Fire”

Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

  • Jason Aldean – “Hicktown” (From CMT Concert of the Summer)
  • Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan – “Want To Want Me” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker – “Pink Houses” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Alicia Keys and Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini – “You’re Still The One/Any Man of Mine/Man I Feel Like A Woman” (from CMT Artists of the Year)
  • Nick Jonas, Thomas Rhett and Danielle Bradbery – “Close” (From CMT Crossroads)

Most creative and engaging social media posts by an artist; awarded to the artist

  • Brett Eldredge
  • Jake Owen
  • Keith Urban
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Thomas Rhett

For more information, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram, use hashtag #CMTawards and like the CMT Music Awards on Facebook.

To request press credentials for the 2017 CMT Music Awards, please visit


About CMT

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT, and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

Caitlin Evanson Reflects on Performing For CMT’s Tribute to Shania Twain with Kelsea Ballerini, Meghan Trainor and Jill Scott

It was a great night for Country Music, as CMT Honored the Artists of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and a special tribute to Shania Twain!

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This was the 7th annual CMT Artists of the Year where Carrie UnderwoodLuke BryanFlorida Georgia LineThomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton were honored. Kelsea Ballerini was presented with the Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Twain the Artist of a Lifetime award!

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Our favorite Fiddle player and vocalist, Caitlin Evanson also performed during the tribute which highlighted 3 of Twain’s hit songs; “You’re Still the One,” “Any Man of Mine” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.” Twain also promised a new album that will be out soon!!!

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Evanson told Variety Beat what it was like to honor such a legendary artist as she played fiddle, mandolin and sung background vocals for the tribute!

Most people aren’t an instant fan of the unfamiliar. Shania Twain had a whole new spin on country music that was so bold and unconventional. One of the things I’ve learned in my life is just how hard it is to stay true to your own voice when the world wants you to be…well, familiar. Shania had the guts to follow through on being Shania and inspire country music to take some risks and grow in incredible new ways.  I was 19 years old, in Vancouver BC, watching those fiddle players that made me want to move to Nashville and follow that kind of dream too.

I wanted the mile-long ponytail, the attitude, and the smarts to write songs like that…so…yeah. Playing her songs at CMT’s Artist Of The Year show….In front of HER, was a little intimidating! But it was an honor i will never forget!


Evanson also performed a house concert Thursday night with Strings of Thought. You can watch the performance below!


Be sure to stay tuned for more exciting things to come from our favorite fiddle player and vocalist as she has exciting projects coming up with her new duo The Red Weddings.

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Video of the tribute can be seen here.

More photos from the CMT Performance:

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VB Interviews Lindsay Ell: Hey “ByThe Way” She Loves Her Fans!

My favorite interview of CMA Fest was with the sensational Lindsay Ell! Not only is Ell an amazing Country Artist, she’s also an amazing guitar shredding machine! Plus, she’s amazing with her fans and even gives guitar lessons on social media and in person before concerts! I’ve had the opportunity to meet Ell several times over the last couple of years as a fan, so being able to interview her was pretty amazing!

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It’s wonderful that artists can also cheer on the people who cheer them on, whether it be RTing them or saying how proud they are of everything they are working on. It’s all a team effort and I’m happy to be on the team to help support amazing Country Artists!

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Ell had an incredible week at CMA Fest, she was nominated for a CMT award and chatted about walking the red carpet (she looked stunning!) and what an honor it was to be nominated in the same category as Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.

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We also spoke to Ell about her single “By The Way” which is an empowering song about not waiting around being sad about a date or relationship that didn’t work out and getting back out there. Sometimes it just takes a little confidence and this song helps remind you of that! Plus it’s super catchy and one you will want to be jumping up and down to!

Ell had an amazing week at CMA Fest, performing her own shows and also joining Kristian Bush and Natalie Stovall for a show, along with the much anticipated Bobby Bones concert where he brought out a whole bunch of Female Country Artists! Ell is so thankful for everything he is doing for the Women of Country and so are we! Bones recently tweeted about needing to only hear female country artists for the next 3 years!



Thompson Square Stuns At The CMT Awards Red Carpet!

Our favorite duo, Thompson Square stepped out at the CMT Awards red carpet and they made it look so good!

From Shawna’s bangs and green hair, to her side leg black dress! #YouMakeItLookSoGood

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Let’s get a close up!

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The duo released a new single that impacts Country Radio, June 13 called “You Make It Look So Good.”

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We’re pretty sure their new baby Cooper, has been taking up all their time, but they don’t mind. 🙂

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The duo also had their first ever fan club party where they sang Karaoke with their fans! Stay tuned for more!

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