Pregnant singer Carrie Underwood is set for a double celebration this week (beg01Sep14) after landing a top nomination at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards just days after announcing she is expecting her first child. The Before He Cheats hitmaker, who is married to ice hockey player Mike Fisher, confirmed her happy news on America's Labor Day holiday on Monday (01Sep14), and now she is celebrating a top nod at the CMAs after the nominations were announced on Wednesday (03Sep14).
Underwood will do battle with pop star Taylor Swift for the Female Vocalist of the Year title along with Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride.
Country veteran Lambert is also nominated for the Album of the Year prize for her Platinum record, which will compete with Luke Bryan's Crash My Party, Fuse by Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley's Riser and Eric Church's The Outsiders.
Lambert is also the only woman nominated for the coveted Entertainer of the Year prize. She will take on her husband Blake Shelton, as well as Luke Bryan, George Strait and Keith Urban.
The Male Vocalist of the Year will be a battle between Bentley, Church, Bryan, Urban and Shelton, while the award for Vocal Group of the Year will be contested by Lady Antebellum, the Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry, the Eli Young Band and Little Big Town.
Underwood will host the prizegiving with fellow country star Brad Paisley in Nashville, Tennessee on 5 November (14).
Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan were crowned the kings of the 2014 CMT Music Awards after they each took home two trophies at the TV network's annual prizegiving on Wednesday (05Jun14). Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard earned prizes for Duo Video of the Year as well as Collaborative Video of the Year for This is How We Roll featuring Bryan.
The Drunk On You hitmaker landed a second award, CMT Performance of the Year, for a separate duet with Lionel Richie thanks to their Oh No/All Night Long set from the 2012 CMT Artists of the Year TV special.
The trio dominated the show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee from the start of the ceremony, when they were joined by ZZ Top and R&B star Jason Derulo to sing and dance to a mash-up of his song Talk Dirty and Florida Georgia Line's This is How We Roll to kick off the programme.
It was also a big night for Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert, who won the Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year, respectively. This is the second year in a row in which the trio has taken the top honours.
The ceremony, which was hosted by three-time emcee Kristen Bell, also included sets from Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town.
John Legend sang a special version of his hit All of Me arranged by Hunter Hayes, while Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles joined in with vocals, and Lee Ann Womack and Kacey Musgraves took on Alan Jackson's Livin on Love just before Underwood presented him with the first-ever CMT Impact Award.
The top winners are:
Video of the Year - See You Again by Carrie Underwood
Female Video of the Year - Automatic by Miranda Lambert
Male Video of the Year - Doin' What She Likes by Blake Shelton
Group Video of the Year - Done by The Band Perry
Duo Video of the Year - Round Here by Florida Georgia Line
Breakthrough Video of the Year - Wasting All These Tears by Cassadee Pope
Collaborative Video of the Year - This is How We Roll by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
CMT Performance of the Year - Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie for Oh No/All Night Long from 2012 CMT Artists of the Year
CMT Impact Award - Alan Jackson
Miranda Lambert has extended her reign as the new queen of country after leading the nominations for the 2014 CMT Music Awards. The Mama's Broken Heart singer is up for six trophies at this year's event - two as a solo act, two for her We Were Us duet with Keith Urban and two with her band the Pistol Annies.
Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan have landed five nods each, while Urban and Taylor Swift have four each to take to the CMT Music Awards on 4 June at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena in Tennessee.
The night's big prize for Video of the Year will be a battle between Blake Shelton and Pistol Annies (Boys 'Round Here), Carrie Underwood (See You Again), Eric Church (Give Me Back My Hometown), Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan (This Is How We Roll), Hunter Hayes (I Want Crazy), Kacey Musgraves (Follow Your Arrow), Keith Urban with Miranda Lambert (We Were Us), Luke Bryan (That's My Kind of Night), Miranda Lambert (Automatic), Taylor Swift (Red), Thomas Rhett (It Goes Like This) and Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban (Highway Don't Care).
Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic (Counting Stars), Jake Owen (Days Of Gold), Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks (Rhiannon), Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie (Oh No/All Night Long), The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy (My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark) and Willie Nelson and Neil Young (Long May You Run) - all from CMT TV specials - are up for the CMT Performance of the Year prize.
Katy Perry introduced the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles from the roof of the Capital Records building. The pop star recalled driving around L.A. in her "little beat-up car" that eventually got repossessed and hearing one of her songs on a local radio station for the first time.
In the pre-taped segment, the singer said, "This is the city where everyone comes to Roar. This is Los Angeles, the centre of the music universe. And this is the iHeartRadio Music Awards."
Pitbull opened the show on Thursday evening (01May14) by performing Wild Wild Love with girl band G.R.L. on the back of a prop yacht on the Shrine Auditorium stage.
The rapper also performed his Timber duet solo without Kesha, who has yet to perform for the first time following a stint in rehab earlier this year (14). The Tik Tok singer's voice could be heard but she was a no-show onstage.
Rihanna claimed the first-ever iHeartRadio Music Award when her song Pour It Up was named Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year. Pitbull accepted the honour on behalf of the absent singer, who was reportedly stuck in traffic on a local Los Angeles freeway.
The rapper was back onstage minutes later to accept the Best Collaboration prize for his hit duet with Kesha, and Miley Cyrus landed an award for Best Lyrics for her 2013 hit Wrecking Ball.
The sick star was unable to make it to the ceremony, so her father Billy Ray Cyrus picked up the honour on her behalf and said, "As a dad, I can't begin to tell you how much your thoughts, your love, your support for my family and Miley mean to all of us."
The pop star is still recovering from an allergic reaction to sinus medication.
Luke Bryan, Ed Sheeran and Bastille were also among the early performers, while Blake Shelton, Drake, Shakira, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams are all billed to perform at the prizegiving and Michael Jackson's new tune Love Never Felt So Good will debut during the show.
Meanwhile, the telecast also featured pre-taped anecdotes about L.A. from Chris Martin, John Legend, Lady Gaga and Iggy Azalea.
More than 60 million U.S. radio listeners have voted for the awards.
Next year's (15) Academy of Country Music Awards is already a sell-out just 10 days after the latest ceremony. Country music fans have flocked to get their hands on tickets for the 50th annual show, which will be held for the first time at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
All available seats for the prizegiving and related events sold out in just 18 minutes when they went on sale on Wednesday (16Apr14).
Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, who announced the news of the new venue at the ACMs on 6 April (14), will return to co-host the 2015 ACM Awards.
Miranda Lambert made history and ruled the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (06Apr14), earning three top prizes, including Female Vocalist of the Year for the fifth time in a row. The House That Built Me singer became the only female artist to win the honour five consecutive times, edging out Reba McEntire, who won the award for four successive years, and seven in total.
Lambert also took home the Record of the Year prize for her song Mama's Broken Heart, as well as the Vocal Event of the Year prize for her duet with Keith Urban, We Were Us, which was handed out on the red carpet before the ceremony began.
Country music icon George Strait won the ultimate prize of the night for Entertainer of the Year, beating out Taylor Swift, Lambert, her husband Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. The latter two also co-hosted the event for the second year in a row.
Follow Your Arrow hitmaker Kacey Musgraves followed up her two Grammy wins in February (14) with the Album of the Year award for Same Trailer Different Park, and boasted, "I'm really proud to be a woman representing country music," in her acceptance speech.
For the second year in a row Jason Aldean picked up the Male Vocalist of the Year title, and other winners included The Band Perry (Vocal Group of the Year), Florida Georgia Line (Vocal Duo of the Year), Justin Moore (New Artist of the Year), Lee Brice (Song of the Year for I Drive Your Truck) and Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw, featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban (Video of the Year).
Garth Brooks presented veteran singer Merle Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award to mark his 50th anniversary in the industry, and George Strait and Lambert teamed up to sing a medley of his hits, including The Bottle Let Me Down and I'm a Lonesome Fugitive.
The achievement coincided with Haggard's 77th birthday, and Brooks led the entire audience in serenading the singer on his big day.
The ceremony was also filled with stand-out performances, including sets from George Strait, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow and Toby Keith.
In addition, a number of artists joined forces for special collaborations - Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan teamed up for a pyrotechnics and bicycle stunt show during their performance of This is How We Roll; Tim McGraw was joined by his wife Faith Hill for a duet of Meanwhile; Stevie Nicks joined Lady Antebellum for a rendition of Rihannon, and The Voice stars Shelton and Shakira gave the country night a Latin feel as they reworked her song Medicine.
Prior to Sunday's ceremony, Carrie Underwood was given the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap were handed the Career Achievement Award, and Rascal Flatts were honoured with the Jim Reeves International Award for their success overseas.
The full list of winners is:
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Album of the Year: Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Group of the Year: The Band Perry
Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Song of the Year: I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice
Record of the Year: Mama's Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert
New Artist of the Year: Justin Moore
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Vocal Event of the Year: We Were Us by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
Crystal Milestone Award: Merle Haggard
Video of the Year: Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw, featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Gene Weed Special Achievement Award: Carrie Underwood
Career Achievement Award: Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap
Jim Reeves International Award: Rascal Flatts
Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban picked up the first trophy at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night (06Apr14) - as they walked the red carpet in Las Vegas. Prior to the ceremony's start at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the duo was awarded the Vocal Event of the Year prize for the duet We Were Us.
Lambert, who is nominated for seven ACM Awards, scored her 16th trophy with the win.
The Band Perry kicked off the evening performing their hit Chainsaw, while duo Florida Georgia Line rocked with their tune Stay, Brett Eldredge took the stage with Beat Of The Music and Brad Paisley sang his track River Bank for the first time on TV.
Blake Shelton also took a break from hosting duties to perform his song My Eyes with Gwen Sebastian.
Shelton and co-host Luke Bryan, who are both nominated for the Entertainer of the Year prize, are emceeing the ceremony for the second year in a row.
Blake Shelton has broken chart records in America by scoring his 11th number one on the Billboard Country Airplay countdown. Doin' What She Likes gives the singer/songwriter the edge over Brad Paisley, who has 10 chart-toppers to his name.
The Nielsen chart launched in January, 1990 and Shelton's number one streak began with Hillbilly Bone four years ago (Mar10), according to Billboard.com.
He will celebrate his new record breaker at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (06Apr14). Shelton will co-host the prizegiving with pal Luke Bryan and perform with his The Voice co-star Shakira.
Shakira and her The Voice co-star Blake Shelton will team up to perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night (06Apr14). The odd couple will take the stage to perform her new track Medicine in Las Vegas.
The Band Perry will open the show and Garth Brooks, George Strait and Miranda Lambert will appear as part of tribute to Crystal Award recipient Merle Haggard, who was named Best New Artist at the ACMs 50 years ago.
Shelton will also co-host with pal Luke Bryan.
Singers George Strait, Garth Brooks and Miranda Lambert are lining up to salute music legend Merle Haggard at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards. The veteran will be honoured with the Crystal Milestone Award to mark his 50th anniversary in the industry, and Strait and Lambert have signed up to pay tribute with a medley of his hits, including Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down and I'm a Lonesome Fugitive.
Brooks will present the prize to Haggard himself at the ceremony, which will take place in Las Vegas on 6 April (14).
The Band Perry will open the prizegiving, while other performers slated to hit the stage include Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks, as well as the awards show's hosts, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan.