First Round of Performers Announced for 2020 CMT Music Awards

CMT revealed Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Maren Morris will perform at this year’s “2020 CMT Music Awards,” airing Wednesday, October 21st at 8:00PM ET/7:00PM CT on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land.

Country music’s only entirely fan-voted awards show returns to celebrate music’s biggest stars and brings Nashville’s one-of-a-kind energy to music fans across the globe through epic outdoor performances in and around Music City. Each winner is selected by the fans, with voting open now at vote.cmt.com.

Each of these six performers also received CMT Music Award nominations in the following categories:

  • Ashley McBryde: “Female Video of the Year,” “CMT Performance of the Year,” “Video of the Year”
  • Dan + Shay: “Duo Video of the Year,” “Collaborative Video of the Year,” “Video of the Year”
  • Kane Brown: “Collaborative Video of the Year” (two nominations)
  • Little Big Town: “Group Video of the Year,” “Video of the Year”
  • Luke Bryan: “Male Video of the Year”
  • Maren Morris: “Female Video of the Year,” “Group Video of the Year” (with The Highwomen)

The “2020 CMT Music Awards” nominations made history last week as it was the first major award show to reveal nominees via Instagram Reels. Ashley McBryde and Dan + Shay join fellow country hitmakers Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett to compete for the most accolades of the evening with three nominations each. Blanco Brown, Caylee Hammack, Gabby Barrett, Gwen Stefani, Halsey, Ingrid Andress, Marshmello, Riley Green, Tanya Tucker, The Highwomen and Travis Denning all received their first-ever nominations.

Full list of 2020 CMT Music Award Nominations:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. Final nominees announced on 10/12, with final voting held until 10/16 and announced in-show.

  • Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”
  • Blanco Brown – “The Git Up”
  • Carrie Underwood – “Drinking Alone”
  • Dan + Shay – “I Should Probably Go To Bed”
  • Keith Urban – “Polaroid”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “homecoming queen?”
  • Little Big Town – “Sugar Coat”
  • Luke Combs – “Beer Never Broke My Heart”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Bluebird”
  • Old Dominion – “Some People Do”
  • Sam Hunt – “Hard To Forget”
  • Tanya Tucker – “Bring My Flowers Now”
  • The Chicks -“Gaslighter”
  • Thomas Rhett – “Remember You Young”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

  • Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”
  • Carrie Underwood – “Drinking Alone”
  • Gabby Barrett – “I Hope”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “homecoming queen?”
  • Maren Morris – “The Bones”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Bluebird”

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

  • Jason Aldean – “Got What I Got”
  • Luke Bryan – “One Margarita”
  • Luke Combs – “Even Though I’m Leaving”
  • Morgan Wallen – “Chasin’ You (Dream Video)”
  • Sam Hunt – “Hard To Forget”
  • Thomas Rhett – “Remember You Young”

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

  • Lady A – “Champagne Night”
  • Little Big Town – “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” (Live Cut)
  • Midland – “Cheatin’ Songs (Live From the Palomino)”
  • Old Dominion – “One Man Band”
  • The Chicks – “Gaslighter”
  • The Highwomen – “Crowded Table”

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

  • Brothers Osborne – “All Night (Studio Performance)”
  • Dan + Shay – “I Should Probably Go To Bed”
  • Florida Georgia Line – “Blessings”
  • LOCASH – “One Big Country Song”
  • Maddie & Tae – “Die From A Broken Heart”

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

  • Blanco Brown – “The Git Up”
  • Caylee Hammack – “Family Tree”
  • Gabby Barrett – “I Hope”
  • Ingrid Andress – “More Hearts Than Mine”
  • Riley Green – “I Wish Grandpas Never Died”
  • Travis Denning – “After a Few”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists

  • Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani – “Nobody But You”
  • Carly Pearce and Lee Brice – “I Hope You’re Happy Now”
  • Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber – “10,000 Hours”
  • Kane Brown featuring Nelly – “Cool Again”
  • Marshmello and Kane Brown – “One Thing Right”
  • Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi – “Beer Can’t Fix”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

  • From CMT Artists of the Year: Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”
  • From CMT Crossroads: Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs – “Brand New Man”
  • From CMT Artists of the Year: Chris Young – “Drowning”
  • From CMT Crossroads: Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini – “Graveyard”
  • From CMT Artists of the Year: Sam Hunt – “Fancy”
  • From CMT Crossroads: Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton – “Tell Me When It’s Over”

Official sponsors of the “2020 CMT Music Awards” are Kit Kat®, PEDIGREE® and the Ram Truck Brand.

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Jessie James Decker Releases “Just Feed Me” Cookbook

Millions admire Jessie James Decker for her tremendous talent, down-to-earth, girl-next-door personality, spunky sense of humor, and her adorable family and loving marriage to retired NFL player, Eric Decker. Whether she’s belting out one of her #1 hit country songs, creating a new style for her fashion brand, Kittenish, or another scent for her Target perfume brand, fans also look to her for lifestyle tips including recipe recommendations.

Jessie gave a glimpse into her kitchen and teased Decker family favorite foods in her New York Times bestseller, Just Jessie. That small peek created an overwhelming clamor for more culinary content and thus JUST FEED ME was born. A vibrant and fun cookbook—a reflection of Jessie herself—JUST FEED ME is an eclectic mix of Italian, Southern and Cajun recipes (many passed down from her mom) and also includes cocktails, soups, pastas, kid-friendly noshes, and healthy twists on comfort food. With down-home and simple-to-make recipes JUST FEED ME offers fast and flavorful takes that will leave Jessie fans and foodies in general asking for second helpings!

JUST FEED ME—Jessie’s first cookbook—invites fans to sit for a spell and enjoy a great meal at the Decker dinner table. The recipes included in the book gives fans what they want: simply delicious dishes from the heart. Jessie shares down-home and easy-to-make recipes like Hawaiian Roll Breakfast Sandwiches, Bucatini Calabrian Pasta, Grilled Watermelon Salad Pizza, Honey Fried Chicken and Cola Cake. She also offers advice and inspiration for creating the warm, appealing scents and savory feel of her own kitchen, the heart of her household. Aspirational, beautiful, with fun, fast, and flavorful recipes, JUST FEED ME is a family-friendly cookbook that’s sure to become a must-have kitchen staple.

Jessie has been cooking up a storm and having fun while promoting the new book with appearances on Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Fox & Friends, E!’s Daily Pop, and more. Jessie shares her very own recipe tips and tricks.

Granger Smith and Brothers Launch Fall Line of Yee Yee Apparel

The wait is over for Yee Yee Nation! The Fall launch of Yee Yee Apparel has arrived with a collection of 31 new products – everything from new tee’s and pullovers, to custom women’s ball caps and camo neck gaiters.

For five years, the Smith brothers (Granger, Tyler and Parker) have meticulously built a sustainable lifestyle brand that caters to the Heartland. Stemming from the notorious catchphrase, “YEE YEE,” from singer/songwriter Granger Smith’s country boy alter-ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., the brand has become a symbol for all those who cherish hard work, American values, God, Country, family, and our flag. Through the closeknit relationship Granger has built with his fanbase and by listening carefully to them, the brothers have exponentially grown Yee Yee Apparel.

This is more than a family business. It is an authentic reflection of a collective passion these siblings share. Their mission, “to share our passion for the outdoors and living life to the fullest and to give back to organizations around the globe who are doing their best to make the world a better place.” Their hearts for philanthropy have resulted in over $230,000 in donations to charities they feel passionate about.

For the fall launch, they have chosen Veteran Outdoors, an organization that honors our country’s wounded veterans’ patriotism and their sacrifice by providing quality hunting, fishing and outdoor related activies. 

“July 10, 2011: That’s the day we said Yee Yee for the first time,” says Granger Smith. “I know that because I have the original file of the first-ever Earl Dibbles Jr. video right here on my phone. It was me and my two brothers, Tyler and Parker, just trying to make a funny video. I remember as it caught popularity. I remember we spent all of our savings just to trademark it. I remember as it changed from a video moment to lifestyle statement. That is a direct testament to y’all who supported it. As our lives have evolved; twisted and turned through ups and downs, “Yee Yee” has zeroed into focus how we sum it up today: Live It. Live Life To The Fullest.”

“Every time you rock your Yee Yee Apparel, we hope it serves as inspiration to get outdoors. To shoot your shot. To not just walk through life on autopilot, but to soak in every moment. To truly live it,” adds CEO Parker Smith.

Recent Yee Yee Apparel Donations:
June 2019 – $218,000 to Dell Children’s Medical Center
November 2019 – $7,500 to Disabled Outdoorsmen USA
January 2020 – $15,000 to The River Kelly Fund
April 2020 – $5,000 to Meals on Wheels America
June 2020 – $7,500 to The River Kelly Fund

Visit YeeYeeApparel.com and GrangerSmith.com for more.

Rascal Flatts To Commemorate 20th Anniversary With Greatest Hits Album

Superstar vocal group Rascal Flatts is continuing to commemorate their milestone 20th anniversary year with TWENTY YEARS OF RASCAL FLATTS THE GREATEST HITS, to be released on October 2 via Big Machine Records and Disney Music Group/Lyric Street, available for pre-order now here. The 20-song collection of the trio’s biggest and most sentimental smash-hits throughout the years offers fans a chance to look back on the group’s journey to today. 

The celebratory release includes 13 of the trio’s 17 No. One singles and undeniable fan favorites from “These Days” to “Fast Cars And Freedom” as well as the songs that have undoubtably become the soundtrack to the pivotal moments of so many lives encompassing “Bless The Broken Road,” “My Wish” and many more, proving the trio’s status as one of the most beloved and most awarded groups in musical history.

Rascal Flatts recently surprised fans with the release of their now Top 30 single “How They Remember You.” The climbing single immediately garnered praise as Music Row heralds “the harmony vocals are arguably the finest they’ve ever recorded. Well worth your attention.” The track is taken from their HOW THEY REMEMBER YOU EP (Big Machine Records) that includes six unreleased tracks, as well as their recently-released heartfelt rendition of Kenny Rogers’ “Through The Years.”

“When we were putting together the tracklisting for this it was an emotional but nostalgic feeling getting a chance to look back during this anniversary year,” shared Gary Levox. “We hope that our fans feel the same way when they listen to it. This release and this year as a band is all a huge thank you and celebration for them.”

TWENTY YEARS OF RASCAL FLATTS THE GREATEST HITS OFFICIAL TRACK LISTING:
1. I’m Movin’ On
2. These Days
3. Bless The Broken Road
4. Fast Cars And Freedom
5. What Hurts The Most
6. Life Is A Highway
7. My Wish
8. Stand
9. Take Me There
10. Here Comes Goodbye
11. Why Wait
12. I Won’t Let Go
13. Easy (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)
14. Banjo
15. Come Wake Me Up
16. Changed
17. Rewind
18. Riot
19. I Like The Sound Of That
20. Yours If You Want It

Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles Team Up Again For New Country Single “Do What You Can”

Fifteen years after working together on the Grammy-winning, chart-topping single “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Bon Jovi and country music superstar Jennifer Nettles have reunited for a country single of the band’s newest song “Do What You Can.”  The song can be heard HERE and the stunning video which took to the streets of New York City can be seen HERE.

The song, written by Jon Bon Jovi in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, quickly became an anthem for the collective experience the world was experiencing. As press reported at the time:  “No band has stirred more empathy, articulated the feelings of uncertainty, and comforted fans with reassurance than the Jersey rockers in the first weeks of the outbreak,” USA Today said of the storied band’s impact during those historic weeks.

“In 2005 Jennifer helped BON JOVI take ‘Who Says you Can’t Go Home’ to number one on the country charts. It was her powerful and emotion filled voice that I hope will carry us back onto the country airwaves again to share this uplifting message of unity,” said Jon Bon Jovi.

“Being invited to sing with Bon Jovi back in 2005 on ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’ was a real blessing as an artist and in my career,” said Jennifer Nettles. “I could not be happier to continue that amazing musical story on our new duet ‘Do What You Can.’ (Or should I say ‘Duet What You Can’)