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:
Who else is excited about Southern California’s biggest country music festival? Stagecoach is only a few months away and we are already getting excited about the huge lineup! Friday, April 27th is sure to be an amazing opening night with none other than Florida Georgia Line headlining!
— Florida Georgia Line (@FLAGALine) September 13, 2017
FGL has had a big few years, from marriages to child birth’s, there’s been no shortage of excitement! They will definitely be bringing that sort of energy and excitement to the Stagecoach stage in April!
Check out the video of their announcement!
— Stagecoach Festival (@Stagecoach) September 16, 2017
FGL was the #1 Streamed Country Artist in 2017! Talk about huge. The boys have been collobrating with different artists from BEBE REXHA to Morgan Wallen. Maybe they’ll bring a special guest out on stage?! Who else is excited to see FGL headline night 1? See their latest video below!
GARTH BROOKS, KEITH URBAN and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
SET TO HEADLINE 12TH ANNUAL
STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
FRIDAY, APRIL 27th through SUNDAY, April 29th at Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA
FESTIVAL PASSES ON-SALE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 AT 11 AM PDT
Featuring a brand new stage, SiriusXM’s Spotlight Stage, a newly upgraded HonkyTonk Dance Hall and BBQ experience, and introducing car camping
“Everyone knows STAGECOACH is the biggest country festival in the world, we are coming with the sole purpose of making it the biggest party on the planet!” – Garth Brooks
“It’s been eight years since we played Stagecoach but we are coming back and super excited about this…I’m looking forward to it” – Keith Urban
“We love Stagecoach, we’ve played there several times so to be headlining – we could not be more excited. We’re gonna throw the biggest party of the year. I hope you all are ready”
– Florida Georgia Line
LOS ANGELES, CA – September 13, 2017 – This year, you ‘aint seen nothing yet. Get ready for the biggest country music event ever staged. In 2018, the songs you sing, the food you crave, and the people you love take center stage as STAGECOACH returns Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29 for the festival’s 12th edition at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. Multi-platinum duo Florida Georgia Line will headline Friday of the festival to lead into four-time Grammy Award winning Keith Urban’s Saturday performance while, in a rare festival appearance, Garth Brooks will close out Sunday.
The 3-day event will also feature performances by Lee Brice, Jake Owen, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Young, Chris Lane, Brothers Osborne, Midland and more. (Full lineup as of September 13 is below).
New to the festival this year, Stagecoach will be introducing SiriusXM’s Spotlight Stage to highlight today’s up-and-comers; artists like Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, Seth Ennis, Runaway June, Jordan Davis and more, while an updated HonkyTonk Dance Hall is set to feature even more DJs. SiriusXM will also broadcast live from the festival, featuring performances and interviews.
The festival will also be adding car camping for $179 as a lower budget option for attendees looking to stay closer to the music.
Now with a bigger culinary focus, look for a mouth-watering BBQ experience with craft beer and craft cocktails plus additional fare that will surprise. Pass holders will enjoy a diverse array of choices that go far beyond traditional barbecue while keeping with the classics: brisket, ribs, pulled pork and more. Look for exciting culinary announcements including a list of chefs, pit masters and restaurants on our website and social channels.
Festival passes go on sale Friday, September 22 at 11 AM PDT at stagecoachfestival.com.
3-Day General Admission $329**
3-Day General Admission/Shuttle Combo $389**
3-Day Corral Standing Pit $1199
3-Day Corral C1 Reserved Seating $1199
3-Day Corral C2 Reserved Seating $899
**Tier 1 Pricing.
All taxes, domestic shipping and fees are included in listed ticket prices. Pay in full or choose the Stagecoach Payment Plan to pay in five equal payments from September 22 through January. RV Resort, Car Camping and parking options will also be available online for purchase, with Travel Packages and Shuttles available via Valley Music Travel.
— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) September 13, 2017
The STAGECOACH 2018 line-up (as of September 13th) is as follows:
Florida Georgia Line
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
The Georgia Satellites
The 52nd Annual Awards took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV April 2, 2017. Below is a list of winners. *This list will be updated as the show goes on!
Entertainer of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
New Male Vocalist of the Year
New Female Vocalist of the Year
New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year
A Thousand Horses
Dan + Shay
Maddie & Tae
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!
This was the 7th annual CMT Artists of the Year where Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas 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!
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!!!
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.
Video of the tribute can be seen here.
More photos from the CMT Performance: