The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards will be airing tonight, September 16th 2020, on CBS at 8 PM EDT. The ACM Awards were originally supposed to be held on April 5th in Las Vegas, but were postponed and relocated due to COVID-19. The show will now be held in Nashville, with 15-time ACM Award-winner Keith Urban set to host. Presenters include Lauren Alaina, Darius Rucker, Bobby Bones, and Lily Aldridge. The show will be broadcasted live from three country music venues: The Grand Ole Opry, The Bluebird Cafe, and The Ryman Auditorium.
The most coveted award is Entertainer of the Year. The contenders competing for the top prize are Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Luke Combs, Eric Church, and Luke Bryan. Underwood previously won Entertainer of the Year twice in 2009 and 2010. She is also the most awarded women of the ACM Awards with a total of 14 awards. Luke Bryan is the only other nominee to have previously won the award, having won in 2013.
The top nominees of the night are Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, and producer Dan Huff with five each. Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, and Old Dominion follow closely behind boasting numerous nominations each.
One of the most exciting and anticipated performances of the night will be Taylor Swift. Returning to the ACM’s for the first time in seven years, she will be debuting a live performance of her Folklore track, “betty” that has been released to Country Radio. Opening the show will be all five Entertainer of the Year nominees with a medley of their hits. Other performances include Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani, Miranda Lambert, Mickey Guyton, Tim McGraw, Gabby Barrett, Kelsea Ballerini, Trisha Yearwood, Thomas Rhett, Jon Pardi, and more.
Carrie Underwood will be performing a medley of songs by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, and Barbara Mandrell to honor trailblazing female Opry members. Old Dominion will be performing a medley of their No. 1 hits. Thomas Rhett and Jon Pardi will be performing their No. 1 hit, “Beer Can’t Fix.”
There have already been winners announced in a handful of categories. The Music Event of the Year went to Miranda Lambert’s cover of “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Caylee Hammack, Tenille Townes, and Elle King. Riley Green and Tenille Townes are the New Artist of the Year winners. Video of the Year goes to Thomas Rhett’s sweet storytelling in “Remember You Young” and Hillary Lindsey wins her first Songwriter of the Year Award.
Let us know in the comments who your top picks are and who you are most excited to watch perform!
Author: Haley Moloney
Dallas native, Sarah Johnson was discovered singing her own songs at the breakfast table and hasn’t stopped since. Growing up in a musical family, she would sing in church and learned to play the guitar. In addition to music, Sarah created her own company called King’s Daughters to inspire women through books and art. Telling us “the female artist community has been so supportive. It’s not a competition we’re all on the same team.”
Finding a vibrant music community in Dallas, she decided to represent her hometown in her debut EP “Volcano” coming on September 18th. The record was written from an honest place, reflecting on her own experiences. The stories combined with a sound resembling that of Brandi Carlile and The Chicks, make for an unforgettable record.
During quarantine, Sarah hosts a livestream every Tuesday with different artists for a three-song swap. In the future, she hopes to tour and continue to pursue her dream regardless of the challenges she may face saying “a lot of times people feel like they should’ve pursued their dream when they were young, but I just don’t have that mindset at all. If “Volcano” can be inspiring to anyone, I hope it tells them, ‘If you love something, go for it.’”
Sarah debut EP “Volcano” is available for purchase on all major streaming platforms here. For more information, find Sarah on her website here.
Author: Nicole Marchesi
After the success of her debut single, “Around the Truth,” Tezza returns with “Mercury Rising.” The catchy lyrics and upbeat tune will have you singing along. Waking up on the morning of a co-write, Tezza recalls turning on the news to hear about the heatwave that was hitting Nashville. In the moment, she thought to herself “it’s almost if you can see the mercury rising.” Bringing the concept to her co-write the song was completed in just two hours. Released on August 28th, “Mercury Rising” was added to numerous Spotify playlists and had over 50,000 streams within the week. Tezza responding “You guys are incredible, and I can’t thank you enough for all of the love and support you’ve given this song!”
In the middle of a pandemic, Tezza decided to tackle the music video herself. A DIY project, she ordered everything online and created a futuristic space theme in her living room. The music video is coming in the next few weeks.
Tezza plans to release more singles and an EP in the coming year. To stay connected, you can follow Tezza on Instagram at @the.tezza.
Author: Nicole Marchesi
Around the world and settled in Nashville is Caitlin Quisenberry. Originally from Colorado, Caitlin would attend church service with her grandpa where she first learned to sing. At just 14 years old, she worked with Grammy-winning producer Robert Cutarella on a four-song EP. And at the age of 15, Caitlin become the youngest to audition for American Idol where she was handed a golden ticket to Hollywood. She was also crowned Miss Colorado after singing Martina McBride’s “Anyway” in 2013.
For college, Caitlyn went west to Pepperdine University where she majored in vocal performance. During her sophomore year, Caitlin went abord to Lausanne, Switzerland for classical training and returned to perform in a Nashville based band, which drew her to country music.
Now in Nashville with her family, Caitlin is networking constantly promoting her new single “Imogene.” About being jealous of another girl and imagining what could’ve been, the song is relatable to many. The music video released on September 8th features cartoons and can be seen below.
Find Caitlin on Instagram at @caitlinquisenberrymusic and on her website here.
Author: Nicole Marchesi
Kathryn Shipley is excited to announce that she has won for Music Video of The Year (Female-Category) for her song "This Will Always Be My Town", written by Ronnie Stoops and for Christian/Gospel Song of The Year, "Your Love is Enough" written by Drew Miller and Kiersten Rose. The 6th annual Josie Music Awards was held on September 5th at The Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, TN. The much talked about video, was shot and produced by Dylan Hetelle, CEO of Peak Media, which also won for Videographer of the year, based on professional "works".
The 2020 Josie Music Awards received over 30,000 submissions. Kathryn was honored with 7 nominations.
Kathryn says "The Blessings have continued since I started this journey in 2016, to commit my passion to music, it is not about the wins, but it is about the people who cross my path and what I learn from them, and what I hope I can give in return, truly no words what this year's show has meant to me"
"This Will Always Be My Town" has been viewed over 15,000 times on You Tube. "Your Love Is Enough" has been viewed over 5,000 times and can also be seen on the CMT network and both videos are in heavy rotation for viewing on the TCN Country Network in Nashville.
Kathryn Shipley (St Charles, MO) and Louisiana, Mo native is an amazing vocalist, that is driven to help and inspire any up and coming artist. She performs and writes for Country and Inspirational music. She has been nominated numerous times for her music and has won several awards.
Kathryn is heavily involved in volunteer work at her church from working on the production team, online hosting and a new addition leading worship for the Celebrate Recovery group.
She is also a spokesmodel for a new cosmetic line called 'Confidently Ready,' by Josie Passantino, and serves as an Ambassador for "Just Strong" in the UK and "Lane Boots" in Texas. Kathryn is recording a new Christmas song called, "Oh what a King" written by award winning songwriter Corey Lee Barker of Nashville and Tery Wayne (Nashville) she is excited to be back with her other Nashville team of Music Producer Daniel Dennis (2-time Josie Music Award nominee) and background vocalist, Billboard charting singer Angela Hurt. She will record her vocals here in O'fallon Missouri with Engineer/Producer Quentin Stephenson. Shipley also has several other collaborations in the works to kick off 2021. "Oh What a King" has a tentative song and video release date of November 2, 2020