The 53rd annual Country Music Awards nominations have been revealed! Maren Morris leads the pack! Watch Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8|7c on ABC to see winners revealed live from Nashville, TN. Here’s a look at the full list of nominations:
News broke Friday that Adam Levine will not be returning as a coach next season on NBC’s The Voice.
“Our friend and coach Adam Levine made the decision not to return next season,” read a statement put out by The Voice’s official Twitter handle. “We’re going to miss Adam but The Voice is family and with family it’s ‘see you soon,’ never ‘goodbye.’”
The Maroon 5 frontman shared similar sentiments in a lengthy Instagram post.
“I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life,” he said. “Thank you to every single coach I ever sat in those chairs with. That is shared experience that is singularly ours. We have that for life.”
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About 8 years ago, Mark Burnett convinced us to sign up for this show where you sit in a big red chair with your back turned away from the singers on the stage. First thank you must go to Mark. ❤️ We had no idea what we were doing or where it was going. After the first day of shooting, I sat there, stunned. I said to myself “theres some magic here. Something is definitely happening.” It went on to be a life shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever. Thank you NBC for signing me up. I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you to every single coach I ever sat in those chairs with. That is shared experience that is singularly ours. We have that for life. Thank you to everyone who supported this long strange and amazing left turn into a place I never thought I’d go. Thank you Carson Daly for babysitting the musicians and making sure our shoes were tied and we had our lunch boxes. You are the backbone of this thing and we appreciate you more than you know. Audrey, thank you for being perhaps the most patient person in all the free world. 4 musicians all at once is a lot. Sainthood is imminent. Thank you to Paul Mirkovich and the band for their ridiculously hard work and learning more songs than maybe any band ever. 😂 Thank you to the people behind the scenes who do the real work and make this machine hum. To the amazingly talented vocalists who competed on the show and blew my mind on a daily basis. And, BLAKE FUCKIN’ SHELTON. I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it. Our friendship is and always will be one for the books. Whatever this whole surreal experience was, Im just happy I got to experience it with you. You’re my brother for life. Kelly and John, take care of the cowboy and I’m sure I’ll be back to say hi very very soon. So much love to you both. And lastly, to all of the loyal voice fans, there’s literally no show without you guys. For me, it was time to move on. Your support has meant EVERYTHING. And Lastly, I’d like to thank my manager Jordan for convincing me to take that meeting. 😊 What an amazing ride. Thank you all so much. ❤️ Adam
Levine also thanked The Voice host Carson Daly, the crew, and the fans for their support, promising he’ll “be back to say hi very very soon.”
Following Levine’s decision to exit The Voice, his fellow coaches took to social media to react.
“Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at @NBCTheVoice anymore,” Blake Shelton tweeted. “I only found out about this yesterday and it still hasn’t set in on me yet.”
Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at @NBCTheVoice anymore. After 16 seasons that changed both of ours lives. I only found out about this yesterday and it hasn’t set in on me yet. Gonna miss working with that idiot.— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) May 24, 2019
“We’ll miss you brother,” Voice newcomer, John Legend added.
We'll miss you, brother https://t.co/woIegAzboM— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 24, 2019
“I get that he’s been doing the show for a while and wants to step away, it will be weird showing up for work and he’s not there,” Kelly Clarkson said. “To start an amazing show from the ground up is a big deal!”
Found out last night about @adamlevine leaving The Voice & while I get that he’s been doing the show 4 a while & wants to step away, it will be weird showing up 4 work & he’s not there 👀 To start an amazing show from the ground up is a big deal!— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) May 24, 2019
In the same statement sharing the news of Adam’s exit, The Voice announced that former coach Gwen Stefani will be back in his place this fall.
Although we’ll miss seeing Adam on the show, we wish him the best in the next phase of career and we thank him for his mentorship during the past 16 seasons!
50 year ago, the Country Music Association Awards were formed. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, a special project was put into motion. A music video, that showcased the talent that has been around since the early years of the association, along with artists who are still performing today and all of these artists that will forever represent and be a part of Country Music.
Artists in “Forever Country” include: Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Alabama, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Brett Eldridge, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Vince Gill, Ronnie Mislap, Little Big Town, Eric Chuch, Kacey Musgraves, Charley Pride, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Reba, Trisha Yearwood and Dierks Bentley.
They were able to get GRAMMY winning Director, Joseph Kahn to make the vision a reality. As with all of Kahn’s creations, he really was the mastermind behind it all. In the making of video, we see the idea for wanting all of these stars to sing a song that represented the last 50 years of Country Music, Kahn suggested a mashup of multiple songs to tie everything together. It makes for one emotional journey, especially with the imagery. The songs include Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”
The video was shot in front of green screens, and the end result is a beautiful work of art as we see cities being built and changing from town to town, as is much of the life of a touring artist.
The Ryman can be seen coming together and then fading away as life takes on this journey, but yet always lead back home.
The video ends with a shot of Dolly Parton, singing one of the most recognizable and global songs to date, one that she wrote herself “I Will Always Love You.”
The song encompasses all of these artists and every Country Music artist who ever was and will ever be. It represents the listeners and the relationship artists have with them, the industry, the life. Country Music.
Watch the full music video of ‘Forever Country” here:
Watch the making of “Forever Country”
The 50th annual CMA Awards, will broadcast live from Nashville November 2nd.
Miranda Lambert is back with a brand new single “Vice” which is presumably from her new record, expected in the coming year! This single is easily one of the most anticipated songs of Lambert’s career!
The song premieres just a few weeks after the one year anniversary of her drivoce from Blake Shelton. While both parties have moved on with new relationships, Shelton with Gwen Stefani and Lambert with Anderson East. Fans have been curious to see if her music would reveal anything about what happened in her personal life as Shelton revealed some of his pain in the album he put out earlier this year.
“Vice” is a new sound for Lambert as her songs are usually filled with twang, fiddles and girl power. Written by Shane McAnally, Josh Osbourne and Lambert, “Vice” paints the picture of a girl who is not as strong as she wants people to believe. She finds herself falling into old habits and patterns. We get to see the softer and more vulnerable side of Lambert in this song as she lays out the insecurities females often face.
Another vice / Another call / Another bed I shouldn’t crawl out of / It’s 7am with shoes in my hand/ Said I wouldn’t do it but I did it again / And I know I’ll be back tomorrow night.
It’s clear that Lambert is reaching new depths with her song writing, and taking everything that’s happened in the last year and channeling it into her new album! Lambert said as much in an post to her social media accounts the day “vice” came out!
The last year of my life has been one of heartache and healing, … Of learning to be honest …. Accepting the flaws and celebrating the smiles. Finding peace in dark places … having some moments alone with me. Facing fears and feelings… All of them. I got to know my guitars…became friends with a pencil and paper … Used melodies to lead me places I had never been…. Made music with my friends. Because music is medicine. This means the world to me. Thank you for joining me on this journey.
The last year of my life has been one of heartache and healing, … Of learning to be honest …. Accepting the flaws…
“Vice” is available on all major digital retailers! Fans can catch Lambert on her Keeper of The Flame Tour and also Kenny Chesney‘s Spread the Love tour! Check Mirandalambert.com for more information!
LISTEN TO MIRANDA LAMBER’S SINGLE “VICE”
2016 has been a big year for Raelynn. The 22 year-old married Josh Davis, left Big Machine Records and Joined Warner Music Nashville, and now the next milestone. Raelynn released her new single “Love Triangle” on Monday. For longtime fans of The Texas native, the release of “Love Triangle” has been a long time coming! Raelynn has been performing the song on radio tours and in concert for some time now. It has yet to appear on a album till now.
“Love Triangle” is a autobiographical song that was written by Raelynn, Jimmy Robbins and Nicolle Galyon. Galyon is actually the reason Raelynn auditioned for The Voice, and since The Voice which both of them competed on, the two have penned most of Raelynn’s songs together.
The song which was written several years ago, and is a look at how a divorce affects the child in the situation. While most people would think love triangle applies to a romantic relationship, Raelynn sings about how she’s in a love triangle with her parents.
With lyrics such as: Southern Belle statue /Standing in the screen door / Watching her whole world / Head for an old ford / With a man that can’t look her in the eye / The I run, to him / Big hug, jump in / And I cry for her / Out the window and the lyrics Patsy Cline echoes back off the dashboard / Staring at my boots and the dusty old floorboards / Baby, two weeks ain’t really all that long. / Then I run, to her / Wrap my arms, around her skirt / And I cry for him out the window.
“Love Triangle” Is a unique look at what a child of divorce sometimes goes though and the feeling of being stuck in a middle is something they sometimes face. That feeling is what led Raelynn to write the song; she was 18, living in Nashville and she found her self in the middle of her parent’s issues. She took those feelings and wrote her pain at the situation into a song.
“Love Triangle” only shows a fraction of the growth Raelynn has achieved since The Voice. Gone are the big dresses and long hair with a flower in it. In its place is a short haired, spit fire who is ready to show the world who she is at 22. She told CMT Canada about her struggle with her image and how the commituty of Nashville sees her
“I feel like Nashville has watched me grow up in front of them, which is cool but it kind of sucks at the same time because you get pigeonholed, like, ‘Oh she’s the girl with the long hair that wears fairy dresses.’ That was me at one point because I was new and I was young. But we all grow up. We experience life, and I’ve done that. I moved here, I lived on my own, I lived in an apartment with a roommate, and now I’m married and have two dogs. So, your life changes, and this record shows that.”
Raelynn is busy working on putting together her debut album. She is leaning heavily on her former The Voice mentor and new label mate Blake Shelton.
— RaeLynn (@RaeLynnOfficial) June 9, 2016
“A lot of the record he’s helped me pick. Anytime I’d write a new song and I was passionate about it, I’d send it to Blake … I feel like every artist in this town, they have to have somebody that supports them and helps them. It takes a village and it takes people to support you. Blake’s been that for me. And honestly, I don’t know if I’d be here right now with all the fans, notoriety and relationships I’ve created, if it wasn’t for him, his love for me as a person and his love for my music. I’ll just never forget him turning that red chair around for me, hugging me and whispering in my ear, ‘I’m going to help you no matter what.’ And he meant it. And I’ll still hold that near and dear to my heart every day.”
“Love Triangle” is avabalie on most digital retailers! Raelynn is spending her summer and fall on tour with her former mentor Blake Shelton! More information can be found at raelynnoffical.com
LISTEN TO “LOVE TRIANGLE”