ACM: Vocal Group Of The Year: This award is presented to an outstanding group featuring at least one vocalist in the country music industry during the prior calendar year of November 27, 2014 to November 25, 2015. The factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, success at radio, sales of pre- recorded music, success in digital media, live concert ticket sales and vocal performances.
Eli Young Band– 2011 ACM winners for Song Of The Year, Eli Young Band is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year. It is their 4th time being nominated for the honor. Mike Eli said
“We have some really cool new music coming, and this nomination is a great way to get started talking about what we have coming around the corner. We’re grateful for the nomination and can’t wait to share the new music with our fans. Vegas here we come!”
Their song “Turn It On” was the most added song to radio on march 9, 2015. They also released a duet with Andy Grammar “Honey, I’m Good.” The band has just finished recording their new album.
Little Big Town – It’s no Doubt, LBT is on fire, winning a GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance “Girl Crush” which was released Dec 15, 2014 and went to number 1 in May 2015. They are the reigning Vocal Group of the Year and will definitely be hard to beat with all of their latest success.
Old Dominion– First time nominees, Old Dominion is nominated for both Vocal Group and New Vocal Group. Their album Meat and Candy released in November 2015 debuted at #3 on the US country chart. Their Single “Break Up With Him” reached #1 on US Country Airplay and #3 on US Country.
“As songwriters, we started playing together so our songs would be heard and people would hopefully want to cut them. So to know that as a band we have been honored by receiving this type of recognition has us all feeling incredibly grateful and truthfully, a little speechless.”
Rascal Flatts– Arguably one of the most talented and long standing acts in Country Music and one of the most snubbed. They were the ACM Top New Vocal Group in 2000. and Top Vocal Group 2002-2005. They won again 2007-2008 and haven’t won since. This is their 11th nomination for Vocal Group of the Year. If they win, this will be their eighth trophy in this category. They are the current record holders for most wins in the Vocal Group of the Year category. Their single “I Like The Sound Of That” was released in August 2015 and made it to #9 on the US Country Airplay Charts and #15 on The Us Country Charts.
Zac Brown Band– ACM 2009 Winner for Best New Vocal Duo/Group. They have won this category in 2012. They had two #1 songs in 2015 with “Homegrown” and “Loving You Easy.” Their 3rd single “Beautiful Drug” charted at #3.
BEETLEJUICE fans rejoice as a sequel has been confirmed. Director Tim Burton is back to make the sequel to the iconic 80’s movie. Michael Keaton has stated he would return if Burton was in. Winona Rider has also confirmed news of BEETLEJUICE 2 on the Late Night With Seth Myers.
No release date has been given or a synopsis of what might occur in the sequel.
“Dancing with the Stars” Returns With a Live Premiere on Monday, March 21, 8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT
The celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars are slipping into their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, MARCH 21 8|7c, on the ABC Television Network. The 22nd season’s lineup of celebrity dancers includes a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a Peabody Award winner, a UFC fighter, and Super Bowl 50’s MVP, to name a few.
Star: Mischa Barton
BIO: Mischa Barton began her successful film, television and stage career in the NY theater scene under the tutelage of esteemed director/writers James Lapine (“Twelve Dreams” at Lincoln Center with Donna Murphy), Tony Kushner (“Slavs!” at New York Theater Workshop with Marisa Tomei), and Naomi Wallace (“One Flea Spare” at the Public Theatre with Dianne Wiest.) She has since gone on to star alongside screen icons Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in “Notting Hill,” Bruce Willis and Toni Collette in “The Sixth Sense” and Sam Rockwell in the Sundance critically acclaimed film “Lawn Dogs.” She is currently in production on the independent film “Father” and will compete on this season of ABC’s hit television series, “Dancing with the Stars.”
Professional Partner: Artem Chigvintsev
Star: Antonio Brown
BIO: Antonio Brown is an NFL wide receiver and punt returner for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was drafted in 2010 after playing college football for three years at Central Michigan, where he was named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News in 2008 and 2009. The four-time Pro-Bowl selectee was named the Pittsburgh Steelers MVP in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Brown also received the honor of the AFC Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 and was named the Fantasy Player of the Year for the 2015-2016 season. Antonio grew up in Miami, Florida and resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Professional Partner: Sharna Burgess
Star: Nyle DiMarco
BIO: Nyle DiMarco is an actor, model and spokesman. He is a native New Yorker and was born into a large multigenerational Deaf family. He is an alumni of Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts university in the world for the deaf.
He was the stand out star and winner of “America’s Next Top Model”’s Cycle 22! He has gained a lot of attention for being the first deaf contestant. Next, Nyle will appear on “Difficult People,” opposite Billy Eichner and John Early. Previously, he recurs on “Switched at Birth” as Garrett.
Professional Partner: Peta Murgatroyd
Star: Kim Fields
BIO: A true Renaissance woman of the entertainment industry, Kim Fields is an accomplished actress, director, producer and writer. Her work spans decades, and transcends both genres and mediums to create quality entertainment.
As an actress, Fields is best known for her starring roles in two iconic shows: “Living Single” and “The Facts Of Life.” Fields has also appeared on many other film and television projects, including HBO’s “The Comeback;” TBS’s “Meet the Browns,” Lifetime’s “The Division” and “Strong Medicine,” and A&E’s “The Cleaner.” More recently, she joined the cast of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Additional recent roles include the television movie “A Cross to Bear,” the film “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and Hallmark Channel’s “For Better or for Worse.”
Professional Partner: Sasha Farber
Star: Doug Flutie
BIO: Doug Flutie’s name has been synonymous with excellence in both college and professional football, as he has received many honors, including All American at Boston College, 1984 College Football Player of the Year, the 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner, 1991-1994/1996/1997 Grey Cup Most Valuable Player. Known for the famous “Hail Mary” pass against University of Miami to win the Orange Bowl in college, Doug went on to play in the USFL and then the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots through the late 80’s. He then played in the Canadian Football League for eight years, followed by the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills in 1998 where he was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl. At the age of 38, Doug signed a contract with the San Diego Chargers to become their starting quarterback. After four seasons, Doug was offered the opportunity to finish his career with his hometown team, the New England Patriots. Currently Doug Flutie serves as lead analyst for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Notre Dame Football. He also serves as an analyst for NBC Sports Group’s NFL shoulder programming, which includes Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.
Professional Partner: Karina Smirnoff
Star: Marla Maples
BIO: As a Broadway professional, having starred in “The Will Rogers Follies” and “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” Marla is no stranger to the stage. A veteran host of sensations such as “The Miss U.S.A.,” “The Miss Universe Pageant,” and co-host of “Fox After Breakfast” with Tom Bergeron, Marla is also a philanthropist on a mission, an actress and musical artist. Marla’s single “House of Love,” off her album “The Endless,” features Deepak Chopra and LogiQ Pryce, and won the Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA) for best song in the Ambient/New Age category. Marla has appeared in over 15 films and has guest starred in numerous television series. Most recently she starred in the racially thought provoking film “Switching Lanes.” Above all, Marla is a proud mom to daughter Tiffany Trump, who is graduating this spring from University of Pennsylvania and they each happily reside in New York City once again.
Professional Partner: Tony Dovolani
Star: Von Miller
BIO: Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was named MVP of Super Bowl 50—the 10th defensive player to earn the honor—after posting 2.5 sacks (27 yds.), two forced fumbles, one pass defense and six tackles (5 solo). A fifth-year linebacker and four-time Pro Bowl selection, Von’s 60 career sacks through his first five seasons represent the sixth most in NFL (since 1982) history. In 2015, Von was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl, joining Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little and Ring of Fame safety Steve Atwater as the only players in team history to make at least four Pro Bowls in their first five years with the team.
Professional Partner: Witney Carson
Star: Wanya Morris
BIO: Wanya Morris first rose to fame as an original member of the R&B group Boyz II Men, which would go on to become the bestselling R&B group of all time with an astounding 64 million albums sold, when he was just a high school student at the Philadelphia School of Creative and Performing Arts.
As the group’s second tenor, Wanya has helped them achieve international renown over the past two-and-a-half decades—creating some of the most iconic albums in music history, including, “II” (1994), “Evolution” (2007), “A Journey Through Hitsville USA” (2007), “Love” (2009), “Twenty” (2011), and “Collide” (2014) —which continues to produce hits that withstand the test of time.
Professional Partner: Lindsay Arnold
Star: Geraldo Rivera
BIO: One of media’s most enduring broadcasters, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Geraldo Rivera is a Fox News senior correspondent and host of breaking news specials the “Geraldo Rivera Reports.” He is a rotating co-host on the FOX News Channel’s hit program “The Five” (weekdays 5-6 p.m. EST) and provides regular reports and commentary on FNC’s “Fox and Friends,” “Hannity” and “The O’Reilly Factor.” He joined the network in 2001 as a war correspondent following the 9/11 attacks.
Professional Partner: Edyta Sliwinska
Star: Jodie Sweetin
BIO: Entrepreneur, actress and author, Jodie Sweetin garnered the love of millions in her role as Stephanie Tanner on ABC’s long-running, hugely popular sitcom “Full House,” which still airs in syndication. Currently, Jodie is working on the spinoff, “Fuller House,” which was recently picked up for season two on Netflix. With her innate sense of comedy and girl next-door charm, audiences will be re-introduced to the Stephanie they loved for over eight years, and will also see Stephanie in her new, grown up role on the show.
Professional Partner: Keo Motsepe
Star: Paige VanZant
BIO: Paige “12 Gauge” VanZant is the youngest and one of the most popular fighters in the UFC. With a record of 6-2-0, she is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC, and is currently a top ranked contender in the women’s straw-weight division. Paige grew up dancing in Dayton, Oregon where her parents owned a dance studio. After some very difficult instances in which she was badly bullied in school, she came across MMA legend Ken Shamrock’s gym where she trained in both boxing and MMA. Paige turned pro on June 30th, 2012 and signed with UFC in December 2012 where she’s quickly become one of their rising stars. On 12/10/2015, Paige became the first female straw weight to headline a UFC event. Paige is also one of a select group of UFC stars to have an endorsement deal as a Reebok athlete alongside Rhonda Rousey, Holly Holm, Connor McGregor and Jon Jones.
Professional Partner: Mark Ballas
Star: Ginger Zee
BIO: Emmy Award-winner, Ginger Zee is “Good Morning America”’s chief meteorologist, reporting on the nation’s weather throughout the morning broadcast. Previously she was weather anchor for the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.” Additionally, Zee reports across all ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms and also serves as chief meteorologist for ABC News.
Professional Partner: Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Is it June yet? The question on everyone’s mind! CMA Fest will be here before we know it! If you’ve downloaded the CMA Fest app, which is free on the app store, you will have gotten a notification about night 1 of LP field.
The artists performing are:
Miranda Lamert and
Stay tuned for the rest of the lineup reveal coming soon!
Update Kelsea Ballerini has been added to night 1 of LP Field!
The ACM Awards are right around the corner and there is a new category this year- ‘New Female Vocalist Of The Year.’ Previous years have had both males and females in the ‘New Artist’ category. This year there were just too many emerging new artists worth recognizing!
This award is presented to an outstanding individual female vocalist in the country music industry who gains either initial fame or significantly greater recognition, through efforts surrounding the promotion of a debut or sophomore album, during the prior calendar year of November 2014 to November 2015. The artist must have success in digital media; in addition to having charted a single record in the Top 40 and/or selling 100,000 album units.
Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Mickey Guyton & RaeLynn are the lucky nominees in the ‘New Female Vocalist of the Year’ category for the 51stAcademy of Country Music Awards, airing on CBS on April 3rd.
Kelsea Ballerini was a breakout artist in 2015, shattering records and being the first female artist to have a debut single (“Love Me Like You Mean It”) reach number one since Carrie Underwood in 2005 with “Jesus Take the Wheel.” Her down to earth personality resonates with fans, and she is one of the most genuine artists out there. Ballerini started off as a hopeful fan, waiting in line for concert tickets and waiting in line to meet her favorite artists (one of those being Taylor Swift). She adores meeting her fans, because she knows how exciting it was meeting her own idols. That is a grounding experience for any artist. Ballerini is silly and relatable and isn’t afraid to be herself, which makes her fans adore her even more. Kelsea is currently on tour with Billy Currington and will be joining Rascal Flatts this summer on their Rhythm & Roots Tour.
What a year it has been for newcomer Cam! Cam has arguably had the biggest debut single of the year with “Burning House.” 31-year-old Camaron Ochs goes simply by Cam, and her single “Burning House” even earned her a GRAMMY nomination. Cam took a risk with releasing a ballad and it really paid off. “Burning House” was actually prompted by a bad dream the singer had about an ex-boyfriend, and in turn is making her real dreams come true! Cam started off 2016 opening for Brad Paisley and this summer she will join Dierks Bentley on his Somewhere on a Beach Tour.
Mickey Guyton has spent the past year performing at the Grand Ole Opry, touring with Brad Paisley, and releasing her debut song, “Better Than You Left Me.” While on tour with Paisley, each night she performed a beautiful rendition of “Whiskey Lullaby” which has helped expand her recognition and fan base. She’s appeared on many “Artists to Watch” lists for 2016, and with her first ACM nomination, she’s gaining momentum! At 21+ thousand twitter followers, she’s clearly on the radar of country music fans already!
RaeLynn first graced the world with her adorable presence in 2012 during season two of The Voice. After choosing Team Blake (Blake Shelton), she developed a close relationship with both Shelton and Miranda Lambert, who became mentors to the then 17 year old. Since then she has released an EP, “Me” and is most known for “God Made Girls” which reached top 10 on the country charts. In 2015, RaeLynn was an opener on Lambert’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour. Raelynn was married last month to the man of her dreams, Joshua Davis, at a whimsical ceremony in Nashville with 300 guests.
Be sure to watch on April 3rd to see which lovely lady takes home the award and vote on who you want to see win!
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