Country music is always buzzing with hot news every day. However, sometimes it’s difficult to catch up with what’s going on. Don’t worry folks, here at Country Thang Daily we’ll make everything easy for you.
Here are the top five buzzing news in country music.
UK Welcomes First Country Music Radio Station
Country music has its home in America, but there are millions of fans out there. Next month, the very first country music radio station in the UK will be launched.
The head of the station shared to BBC that the target audience for their project is between the ages 25-44. Hence, artists such as Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, and more would be featured on their radio program.
The official hosts of the show are Una Healy (weekend), Baylen Leonard and Ty Bentli (weekdays). UK country fans get ready, for country music is coming to you in April!
Chris Stapleton and Dan+ Shay Lead This Year’s ACM Awards
One of country music’s biggest award shows ACM is airing this April. And, this year’s nomination list was lead by Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay with six nominations. It was followed by Kacey Musgraves, who recently won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Other nominees for this year’s ACM award show are Ian Fitchuk, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, and more.
Here’s the complete list of this year’s nominees.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
DUO OF THE YEAR
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NEW DUO OF THE YEAR
The show will still be hosted again by Reba McEntire.
Trisha Yearwood Celebrates Her 20th Year as a Grand Ole Opry Member
In 1999, Porter Wagoner inducted Trisha Yearwood at the Grand Ole Opry with the uplifting words,
“One of the greatest singers of our time. I would rate her with Patsy Cline.”
This year marks the twentieth year of her induction into the Opry. Yearwood cited that her inspiration was Patsy Cline, one of country music’s greatest female singers. Therefore, she began the show by performing Cline’s “Sweet Dreams.” This was the song she also performed when she was first inducted.
She was also greeted with warm messages from her friends. Emmylou Harris introduced Yearwood with some emotional sweet words.
“From the moment we first heard that stunning voice and saw that beautiful smile, we fell in love with Trisha Yearwood…”
In addition, a video of different artists congratulating Yearwood was also shown during her show. Her husband, Garth Brooks, was seen at the end of the video.
Other artists who Yearwood performed with were Ricky Skaggs and Brooks. Yearwood ended her celebration with the song “She’s in Love with the Boy.” This was the song Wagoner often asked Yearwood to perform whenever she’s in the Opry.
“I’m gonna do “She’s in Love With the Boy” tonight because every time I would do the Opry, if I didn’t plan to sing “She’s in Love With the Boy,” he would come out and say, ‘Sing the one that brung ya!’ That was Porter’s thing.”
First Wave of ACM Performers Announced
Since ACM is fast approaching, they finally released the first batch of performers for the upcoming show. Every country fans are surely going to enjoy this year’s performance. It was announced that Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, and George Strait are expected to be performing this year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Sin City. Other performers on the show are nominees Dan + Shay, Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean, and more.
Stay tuned, folks, as more performers are expected to be announced soon.
Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation Celebrates Its 10th Year
Miranda Lambert loves two things, country music and rescuing animals. This year, she celebrated the tenth year of her MuttNation Foundation. In honor of her love of rescuing animals, she donated $150,000 to animal shelters across America.
“Music and rescue animals are the two driving forces in my life and I’m so fortunate that the success I’ve had with my music allows me to help shelter animals more than I dreamed possible.”
MuttNation was found by Lambert and her mother, Dev Lambert in 2009. The foundation has already helped hundreds of shelters and donated a total of $750,000. Miranda’s foundation hoped to raise awareness of adopting or rescuing animals who need a home.
There you have it, folks! The hottest and newest stories in country music.