Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert lead the CMT Music Awards nominees with four nods each.
Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Florida Georgia Line follow with three nominations apiece. Other nominees include Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw.
Voting to determine the winners is under way at CMT.com, on CMT Mobile and via the CMT Insider app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The polls close June 2nd at midnight, but the six finalists for Video of the Yearwill be announced at the beginning of the show, and voting will continue throughout the telecast.
The CMT Music Awards air live from Nashville on June 5th with co-hosts Jason Aldean and Kristin Bell.
Videos up for the coveted Video of the Year Award are:
Brad Paisley – “Southern Comfort Zone”
Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
Eric Church – “Springsteen”
Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
Jason Aldean – “1994”
Kenny Chesney – “Come Over”
Little Big Town – “Tornado”
Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Remembering George Jones:"One of the greatest singers to ever live." That's no less than George Strait remembering the lateGeorge Jones, who passed Friday in Nashville (4/26). He was 81. His funeral, open to the public this Thursday at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House (5/2), is likely to be an outpouring of remembrance, music and love from country's biggest names and its biggest fans. They will honor a man who set a vocal standard that will never be matched. The Texas native scored his first top 10 single with "Why Baby Why" in 1955, then notched the first of many No. 1 songs with 1959's "White Lightning." After marrying the lateTammy Wynette in 1969, the couple became Country's premier duo, topping the charts with "Near You," "We're Gonna Hold On" and "Golden Ring." Their marriage ended in the '70s and Jones endured a career lull that included a battle with drugs and alcohol. He became famous for missing concerts, leading to the nickname "No Show Jones."
In 1980, he revitalized his career by recording "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which was named CMA Single of the Year, won a Grammy and is regularly cited as arguably the greatest country song of all time. He credited his 1983 marriage to Nancy Ford Sepulvado with inspiring his sobriety. She, his sister, children and grandchildren survive him. Jones had announced a farewell tour for 2013, concluding with a Nov. 22 show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Plans for that final Nashville show have yet to be determined.
Possum's Posse: Country artists continue to pour their hearts out in remembering one of the greats. Here's a sampling:
Garth Brooks: "The greatest voice to ever grace country music will never die, Jones has a place in every heart that ever loved any kind of music."
The Band Perry: "Country music and the world lost a true legend today … Mr. Jones, you will be greatly missed."
Luke Bryan: "George. You will be deeply missed. Thanks for the beautiful memories."
Ronnie Dunn: "The greatest country blues singer to ever live."
Faith Hill: "We lost one of the best voices God created this morning. Our hearts are saddened to hear that George Jones has passed away ... Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and all of the family."
Alan Jackson: "Heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he’ll always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music--there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them ... Who’s gonna fill their shoes.'"
Little Big Town: "There will never be another George Jones. You are and always will be country music. Rest in peace."
Loretta Lynn: “It's a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It's a sad, sad day.”
Tim McGraw: "Gone ... George Jones ... man he was country music."
Brad Paisley: "George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place. How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again. That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks. How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know. And one of the greatest friends you could ever have. We miss you already, George."
Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox: "“He was the greatest country vocalist that ever lived! Through the years we have all tried to emulate the passion in his voice, but no one can fill his shoes."
Hillary Scott: "Saddened by the passing of George Jones Sending prayers up for his wife and family Country Music will never be the same."
Keith Urban: "If I'm blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!"
Urban payed tribute with a self-filmed YouTube video performance of "He Stopped Loving Her Today." WATCH THAT BELOW.
And Toby Keith was one of many performers at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA over the weekend who tipped their hat. Toby covered Jones' "She Thinks I Still Care" and “White Lightning" during his Red Solo salute.
What happens when golf meets soccer? You get a new sport called Footee. This is an actual thing, in Ireland at least. In fact, the very first Footee course is scheduled to open next month. Check this out.
Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson pre-partied for his 80th birthday in Nashville last Thursday, taping an all-star episode of CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson and Friends From Third Man Records.
The private concert taping included collaborations with Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe, Leon Russell and Neil Young. Jack White hosted the special, and it’s set to air in late June.
Willie’s new album, Let’s Face the Music and Dance, is out now. The birthday festivities continue Sunday with his annual Birthday Concert in Austin, Texas. Proceeds from the event will benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department in the wake of the devastating explosion at the West Fertilizer Company Plant in West, Texas.
Eric Church released a special vinyl version of his Caught in the Act:Live album for Record Store Day (Saturday).
The special-edition double album also includes a seven-inch single with two additional bonus tracks. The single is infused -- literally -- with Eric's special blend of "Chief" whiskey. Eric says since there was a lot of whiskey consumed during the making of the album, it seemed appropriate that it be included in the pressing.
Good times never seemed so good, although after this harrowing past week the citizens of Boston might be forgiven for believing they never would.
As the city recovered from the horrific marathon bombing and massive manhunt for the perpetrators that shut down the city on Friday, a surprise moment of good cheer and relief happened yesterday as the Red Sox played a hometown game against the Kansas City Royals.
Fenway Park’s tradition of playing Neil Diamond’s crowdpleasing Sweet Caroline was lead by the man himself.
“What an honor it is for me to be here today,” he told the crowd. “I bring love from the whole country.”
As the cheers rose, so did the familiar bouncing chords of the song. Diamond performed along with his own recording, leading the entire ballpark in a sing-along.
Early reports indicate that the attendees found the impromptu moment of unity to be, “So good! So good! SO GOOD!”
If Hollywood ever makes a movie about this revolting crime and the moments of courage and bravery that countered it, the filmmakers now have their closing credits sequence.
In the wake of tragedy even one of the bitterest rivalries in professional sports can seem trivial.
It was with that spirit that the New York Yankees paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on Tuesday night by playing the Fenway Park theme song, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," at Yankee Stadium. The song has been a staple at Fenway since 2002.
Diamond took note, posting on Twitter, "Thank you NY Yankees for playing 'Sweet Caroline' for the people of Boston. You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil #OneBoston."
The Yankees also gave a shout-out to Boston on the scoreboard with a special image that displayed the Yankees and Red Sox logos with the words, "New York stands with Boston…Pray for Boston."
Prior to the game between the Yanks and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it was appropriate to "put the baseball teams aside" and show "we're all behind the people in Boston."
In Miami, "Sweet Caroline" was also played in Marlins Park at the bottom of the eighth inning, inspiring two fans to wave a large American flag in tribute to the marathon bombing victims.