Keith Urban, Cam and Dierks Bentley announced the nominees for the 2016 CMA Awards this morning on Good Morning America in top categories, and the Country Music Association followed with the other categories. Here is the full list of 2016 CMA Awards Nominees:
Sturgill Simpson has been hailed as the second coming of Hank Williams and Merle Haggard. But despite a lot of lip service, country radio and the Nashville establishment have failed to give him his due. Simpson doesn't care what they think, but he does care about hypocrisy, and he let loose this week on Facebook.
The VMAs may have taken a ratings hit, but they still deliver a bump on Spotify. After Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s workout-filled performance of their new single “Side To Side”, the track jumped 355% from the weekend prior. Kanye West’s “Fade”, whose video he premiered during the show, jumped 324%. Michael Phelps’s Olympic pump-up song “Stick That”, from Future, jumped 75%.
At last night's 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyonce stole the show with a "Lemonade" inspired performance, Drake all but proposed to rumored girlfriend Rihanna and Britney Spears hit the stage with a performance that proved the creative distance between her and Ms. B. Here is a full list of 2016 MTV VMA Winners.
Heads up that today is the last day to buy tickets to CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference before the price rises to $129. Filled with networking opportunities, conference speakers and panelists include Patreon's Jack Conte, Bob Boilen of NPR, author and flame thrower Martin Atkins, Pledge Music's Benji Rogers, a crew from Berklee Online led by Mike King and more.
The Mercury Prize, which honors the UK's best albums has announced its 2016 nominees. “This is music to make sense of our unsettling times – heartfelt, angry, thoughtful and thrilling," the judges said in a statement. "The 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums Of The Year’ are marked by their musical ambitions, unexpected instrumentation and breathtaking arrangements.”
From the fine folks at A2iM comes a reminder that now is the time to submit music for consideration for nomination for the 59th Grammy Awards and a a full list of all the upcoming Grammy deadlines.
At last night's BET Awards 2016, Beyonce won four awards - Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Video of the Year, Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award, and the Centric Award. "Straight Outta Compton," and Creed star Michael B. Jordan winning Best Actor. The full list of BET Awards Winners 2016:
Carrie Underwood was the big winner at the 2016 CMT Music Awards, taking home two trophies along with a show stopping performance. Here is a video of Underwood last night singing "Church Bells" with a full choir plus a full list of CMT Award Winners 2016:
The preponderance of all male panels - “manels” - at leading international music conference MIDEM last week were easy to mock. But they’re keeping the music business from moving forward, writes music industry consultant Cortney Harding.
The Weeknd was the big winner at last night’s Billboard Music Awards, but a reunited Go-Go’s got the biggest bump from the televised ceremony. Following their performance of ‘We Got the Beat', the 70’s all female group had a 300% increase in streams during next hour. Here's a full list of last night's winners: