Today, the Academy of Country Music, Prime Video, and Dick Clark Productions announced the lineup of country music superstars set to perform live at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards. “Country Music’s Party of the Year” will feature performances by Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Jo Dee Messina, Ashley McBryde, Dolly Parton, Jelly Roll, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban, Morgan Wallen, The War And Treaty, Lainey Wilson, and Bailey Zimmerman. Hosted by country music icons Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, the ACM Awards will be free to stream live for a global audience across 240+ countries and territories exclusively on Prime Video and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch, Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CDT/4 p.m. PDT from the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. The full rebroadcast will stream the next day for free on Amazon Freevee.
Additional performers for the 58th ACM Awards, along with presenter and ACM Awards week ancillary events will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit ACMcountry.com.
Emily Ann Roberts put her edgier side on full display in her latest single “He Set Her Off.” The multifaceted country singer-songwriter is taking that energy up another notch – while mixing in some fun and humor for good measure – with her newly-released official music video for the fiddle-ridden revenge track. Watch it here.
The video, shot in a small town outside of Roberts’ hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee with help from a local fire department, vividly brings to life the song’s tale of a woman who finds her husband “in her bed with that blonde” and responds by literally burning everything down.
It also reveals that Roberts’ creative spirit goes well beyond just her stellar songwriting and standout vocal performances. In addition to co-directing the video with Leah Steiger, Roberts shows off her impressive acting chops with convincing and entertaining portrayals of both the scorned woman who was wronged by her cheating husband and the prim and proper resident of the town reading the news of the sordid series of events on the front page the next day.
From the flaming scene of the crime to her stay at the county jail to the courtroom where the judge ultimately gives Roberts a slap on the wrist and chalks it all up to “the things we do for love,” the video takes viewers through the entire explosive story and enhances a song that has already carved out a place in the resurgent revenge country genre.
Emily Ann said, “I knew we had to bring this small-town story to life and I loved playing the character of the woman scorned. It’s dramatic, fun, explosive and it takes you on a trip from start to finish. I hope folks have as much fun watching it as we had making it!”
“He Set Her Off” racked up more than 16,000 pre-saves ahead of its March 17 release and has already accumulated more than 1,000,000 streams while earning widespread critical praise from PEOPLE, American Songwriter, Country Now and others. It followed the November 2022 release of a gorgeous ballad and accompanying music video called “The Building” about her home church in Knoxville that earned placements on CMT, Taste of Country, CMT Australia, CMC-TV and more. With more new music due out this year and additional shows being added, stay up-to-date with all things Emily Ann Roberts at emilyannroberts.com.
Debuting with a statement-making seven-song set today, Big Loud Records / Songs & Daughters' songbird Lauren Watkins is staking her claim on country music with Introducing: Lauren Watkins, out now.
“These are the seven songs I felt like everyone should hear first,” she shares. “I hope they really resonate with people and make them feel a certain way, even if it's just making them want to have a good time! Thank you for the love already – we've got so much more to show you.”
Watkins' entrance finds her collaborating with some of Music City's best and brightest: lauded writers like mentor and label boss Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Rodney Clawson, Tofer Brown, Andrew DeRoberts, and Lauren Hungate, fellow artists ERNEST and Meg McRee, and even her older sister / day one champion Caroline Watkins, an on-the-rise songwriter in her own right and the first person to put a mic in her hand. Diamond-certified studio wizard Joey Moi produces across.
Calling it like she sees it throughout the introduction, the buzzy artist-writer's trademark no-frills lyricism and unshakeable melodies shine. High praise and hefty comparisons are steadily rolling in as momentum rises.
Entertainment icon Tanya Tucker will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, the Country Music Association announced today.
During her career, Tucker has released singles written by Country Music Hall of Famers Bobby Braddock (“I Believe The South Is Gonna Rise Again”) and Don Schlitz (“I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love,” “Strong Enough To Bend,” “My Arms Stay Open All Night”).
In 2014, she was the subject of a Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition, “Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend.”
In 2019, she teamed with Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings to release her first album of original material in 17 years, While I’m Livin’. The album returned her to the spotlight, earning her the first Grammy awards of her career, for Best Country Album and Best Country Song (“Bring My Flowers Now,” which she wrote with Carlile, Tim Hanseroth, and Phil Hanseroth). Appearances at events like Bonnaroo and Stagecoach Music Festival raised her profile with a new generation of music fans. That comeback was documented in the 2022 film “The Return of Tanya Tucker.”
Tucker, of course, might counter that she’d never actually left. And now, as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, she never has to. “People ask me, ‘How do you think you lasted so long?’” she told Billboard in 2022. “I won’t go away, so you’ll just have to put up with me.”