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Mark TuckerGarth Brooks is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year — indeed, he’s won the award six times, more than any other artist.  He’s not nominated this year but he says he’s happy for someone else to get the award, as long as they understand one important thing. “The Entertainer [award] is everything to […]

ABC/Image Group LAMidland has three CMA nominations going into Wednesday night’s awards show: New Artist, Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year, for “Drinking Problem.”  Group member Cameron Duddy says that while it’d be “an honor” to get any of them, he knows which category he’d prefer to win. “You don’t practice […]

ABC NewsChris Janson‘s hit “Drunk Girl” is nominated for Song of the Year and Video of the Year at Wednesday’s CMA Awards, and he himself is nominated for Best New Artist.  Chris tells ABC Radio that the success of the song has changed everything for him. “It really has changed my life…it’s changed a lot […]

ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at Wednesday’s CMA Awards.  She’s been nominated several times before, but her husband, fellow chart-topping country star Morgan Evans, tells ABC Radio that she can’t seem to convince herself that she might actually take home a trophy. “She always goes into those awards […]

ABC/Randy HolmesLuke Combs is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at Wednesday’s CMA Awards.  Luke is considered to be the frontrunner for New Artist, and says the reason he wants to win isn’t so much for himself, but for his family. “I think it’d be really cool for […]

ABC/Kelsey McNeal“Meant to Be,” Florida Georgia Line‘s record-breaking collaboration with Bebe Rexha, is nominated for Single and Musical Event of the Year at Wednesday’s CMA Awards.  While the duo and Bebe have teamed up to perform “Meant to Be” at a number of other awards shows in the past year, FGL’s Brian Kelley says the […]

ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year at this Wednesday’s CMA Awards.  But he says all those nods, especially Entertainer, are just a bonus because he’s been having such a great time this year. “I’ve had the best fun on this […]

ABC/Image Group LARascal Flatts are not attending the CMA Awards this year,since they’re not nominated and they’re not performing. But Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have a unique explanation for why that is. “We’ve actually aged out,” Jay tells ABC Radio, with mock regret. “They actually sent us a letter saying ‘You’ve aged out, […]

ABC/Image Group LAAt Wednesday’s CMA Awards, Maren Morris is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “Dear Hate.”  She’ll be performing on the ABC telecast with Chris Stapleton and soul/gospel music legend Mavis Staples.  She says she can’t reveal too much about the performance, but says it’ll have […]

ABC/Image Group LADan + Shay are nominated for four CMA Awards on Wednesday’s ABC telecast, and Dan Smyers says it’s all down to one specific song: “Tequila,” which was a massive hit for the duo. “It’s changed our lives,” Dan Smyers tells ABC Radio. “This is the moment where we’re actually feeling it all sink […]


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