As we count down to the show Sunday night (live from Vegas on CBS-2), the folks at the ACMs keep giving us better news!
Just now, we found out that Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Old Dominion and Charles Kelley (from Lady Antebellum) are now all scheduled to perform on stage … Awe. Some.
They join previously-announced superstars who’ll sing —–> Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young with Cassadee Pope, Florida Georgia Line and more (!!!!!).
** So many stars trending today after their CMA wins last night:
Entertainer of the Year:Luke Bryan Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town New Artist of the Year: Chris Stapleton Album of the Year: Traveller, Chris Stapleton Song of the Year:Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose – “Girl Crush” Single of the Year: Little Big Town – “Girl Crush” Best Music Video: Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song” Musical Event of the Year: Keith Urban feat. Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
** Kellie Pickler is trending today as her new reality show “I Love Kellie Pickler” [with her husband Kyle] premieres tonight at 9p on CMT!
** Eric Church is trending today after releasing a full album (!) yesterday … and no one knew about it, not even folks at his label!
“Mr. MisUnderstood” features 10 songs and you can hear the title track on US99.5 all day!
** David Nail is trending today after he and his wife Catherine had a surprise on the CMA Red Carpet last night ::: her baby bump! David told us they’re expecting twins “in less than four weeks,” sooooo excited for them!
** Cam is trending today after giving us the title and release date of her debut album. Called “Untamed” and featuring 11 songs that she wrote or co-wrote, you’ll be able to buy it December 11th!
** Blake Shelton is trending today as you’ll see him on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight on NBC-5. We know he’ll chat, but here’s hoping he sings and does another silly skit too.
Remember when he did the super funny “Cooler Racing” bit with Jimmy in 2012?
** Carrie Underwood is trending today as she picked up three awards at the 21st Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards, winning for Mainstream Female, Mainstream Song and Video of the Year for “Something In The Water.”
** Keith Urban is trending today as it’s his birthday, happy day to him!
** And finally, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch are all trending today as we count YOU down to the Front Row for their shows at United Center this week!
3rd Row at 1:25p with me, then 2nd row at 11:25a tomorrow #OnTheJob ::: with 1st Row at 1:25p tomorrow!
Even better? Lisa & Ray *also* have your Countdown Seats at 7:25a & 9:40a tomorrow & Wednesday as well!
** Brad Paisley is trending today as we just learned he’ll open for The Rolling Stones at their LP Field show in Nashville June 17th! Lisa & Ray will ask him about that, when he checks in with them tomorrow morning after 7 …
**Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan are all trending today as they’re the first performers announced for the 2015 CMT Music Awards, airing live from Nashville on June 10th.
** Trisha Yearwood is trending today as her exhibit TY: The Song Remembers When will open July 3rd and run through December at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The exhibit chronicles her life, her career and achievements, including her time as a Museum tour guide (!).
** Faith Hill is trending today as she’s recovering from neck surgery, which took place last month. The procedure relieved some pressure on her spinal cord, to correct damage done from an injury that happened a few years ago. Through her rep, her recovery is said to be going well!
** Keith Urban is trending today after performing a very intimate midnight acoustic show in Nashville over the weekend.
Explaining to the small audience that most of his songs began with a drum machine and a banjo, he launched into an incredible version of “Somebody Like You,” in a way you’ve probably never heard before.
** Luke Bryan is trending today as he just gave us more details about his final Spring Break album, “Spring Break … Checkin’ Out.” It’ll have five new songs, all written by him, along with six from last year’s EP as well (eleven songs in total).
Asked about the project, Luke told us, “We kind of write ‘em with college kids and Spring Break and that whole party theme in mind. I think it’s fun to put out songs just to get some new music out there for fans and more opportunities for them to have different types of music from me.”
** Keith Urban & Taylor Swift are trending today as they’ve just been added to the list of presenters for the Grammys on Sunday night! They joins Dierks Bentley along with huge music stars from all genres like Dave Grohl, Nick Jonas, Katherine McPhee, Meghan Trainor, Stevie Wonder and many more.
** Chris Young is trending today as he’s the first headliner announced for the Windy City Smokeout coming to downtown in July.
You get the full lineup with me at 10:10 Monday morning, along with a mystery headliner who will call #DrewsDiner at 12:10 Monday as well. Can’t wait!