"CMT Artists of the Year" normally celebrates the biggest names in country music, but in light of recent tragedies, the musicians wanted to make sure the victims and survivors were also recognized.
“SNL” took a moment to recognize the national tragedy that took place in Las Vegas this week, skipping its usual cold open sketch for a musical tribute instead. Musical guest Jason Aldean opened the show with a short monologue and a message of healing and unity in the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas, which claimed the lives of 58 people and saw more than 200 more injured. “I’m Jason Aldean,” Aldean said at the start of the show.
Performers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas react to the mass shooting at the fest, which left more than 50 dead and 200 injured.
Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Charles Kelley and others will honor late Allman Brothers singer Gregg Allman at the upcoming 2017 CMT Music Awards.
Country music’s top digital male artist Jason Aldean has returned to Spotify a year after pulling out of the streaming service over concerns about fair compensation. On Wednesday night, Aldean’s six albums were available for streaming, including his platinum-selling 2014 release, “Old Boots, New Dirt.” Last November, Aldean removed his music from Spotify, saying he wanted everyone involved in making his music to be paid fairly.