The 2014 CMT Awards were the most-watched telecast in franchise history. With Hollywood bombshell hosts Erin Andrews and Brittany Snow, and a promising lineup of fresh talent on The Nationwide Stage, the 2015 CMT Awards are sure to draw an impassioned audience. The breakout lineup of performers on the Nationwide Stage will feature:
A Thousand Horses – First single, “Smoke,” made Country Aircheck history as the highest debut ever for a new artist’s first single at #28 and made its way to #1 this week! The nine piece band is currently opening on Darius Rucker’s Southern Style Tour. Their debut album, Southernality, will be released on June 9 by Republic Nashville. They are nominated for their first CMT Music Award for Group Video of the Year.
Chris Janson – New single, “Buy Me A Boat,” hit #1 on the iTunes Country chart and #7 All-Genre chart, following its recent debut. He is currently on the road with Toby Keith for the Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour. CMT will produce Janson’s “Buy Me A Boat” video, marking the first time the network has financed a music video for an artist.
Frankie Ballard – Scored back-to-back, gold-certified #1 smash hits with “Sunshine & Whiskey” and “Helluva Life,” and sold over 1.5 million tracks to-date. His brand new single, “Young & Crazy,” is already Top 15-and-climbing at Country radio. The talented singer-guitarist is performing with Florida Georgia Line’s 2015 Anything Goes Tour. He scored his first award show nomination for CMT Music Awards’ Breakthrough Video of the Year.
Kelsea Ballerini – Debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It” is Top 5-and-climbing at Country radio this week, and her debut album on Black River Entertainment, The First Time, is now available. She recently wrapped co-headlining CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour and will open for Lady Antebellum on select dates throughout the summer. Newly crowned one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, the emerging artist-songwriter scored her first award show nomination for CMT Music Awards’ Breakthrough Video of the Year.
Maddie and Tae – The fastest rising female act in eight years, Maddie and Tae’s debut single, “Girl In A Country Song,” earned #1 at Country radio, gold-certification and over 23 million views on VEVO. They are only the third female duo to peak their debut single at #1 in the history of the Billboard Country Singles chart. They are nominated for CMT Music Awards’ Video of the Year, Duo Video of the Year, and Breakthrough Video of the Year.
RaeLynn – After scoring highest charting debut single by a solo female artist in 2014 with the gold-certified “God Made Girls,” RaeLynn recently released her new single, “For A Boy.” This year, she joins Rascal Flatts’ Riot Tour 2015 and Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour. She is nominated for CMT Music Awards’ Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year.
The fan-voted Video Of The Year Nominees will be narrowed down to six artists, and the fans can then vote at CMT.com during the duration of the LIVE show. The winner will be announced at the end of the show! Current nominees are Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Maddie and Tae, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, and Sam Hunt. Place your votes now through June 7 at CMT.com.
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Author: Tiera Bolt
Mix 1 part momma + 1 part writer + 1 part hairstylist. Add the love of laughter, adventure, and caffeine. Blend well with a passion for country music and hockey. Sprinkle with sass, and that’s me.