Country Music Association Awards
Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis honored at CMA Awards with fiery performances — in one case, literally
Twitter was divided over Elle King's bonkers Jerry Lee Lewis tribute, with some fans accusing her of being disrespectful or even drunk, but the Killer himself probably would’ve appreciated it.
But the awards show said the pioneering singer tested negative after returning home.
During the 54th annual Country Music Association Awards Wednesday night, Maren Morris used her acceptance speech after winning the award for Female Vocalist of the Year to champion Black female artists, starting with Linda Martell, who, in 1969, became the first Black woman to play the Grand Ole Opry. “I have a lot of people to thank, and they're the typical ones that lift me up and made this dream come true with me. But there are some names in my mind that I want to give recognition to, because I'm just a fan of their music and they are as country as it gets,” Morris began. “And I just want them all to know how much we love them back. And just check out their music after this. It's Linda Martell, Yola, Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer, Brittney Spencer, Rhiannon Giddens. There are so many amazing Black women that have pioneered and continue to pioneer this genre. I know they're going to come after me; they've come before me. You've made this genre so, so beautiful. I hope you know that we see you. Thank you for making me so inspired as a singer.” This year's CMA award show was historic for Black country singers in other notable ways as well. Darius Rucker became the second Black person ever to co-host the show, almost a half-century after country legend Charley Pride in 1975, who happened to be honored Wednesday night with the Willie Nelson LIfetime Achievement Award, presented by rising Black country star Jimmie Allen. However, Maren was the big winner of the night, and her moment acknowledging Black women in country music did not go unnoticed on Twitter. One viewer tweeted: "@MarenMorris using her female vocalist of the year award moment to shout out the amazing black women in country music. MORE OF THIS PLEASE."
Jennifer Nettles on 'extreme' gender imbalance in country music: 'I don't think this will be able to last much longer'
“These artists, women artists don’t get the support on radio, then they don’t get the support on tour… it’s a cycle, a really vicious cycle,” Jennifer Nettles said Friday on "Today With Hoda and Jenna."
Carrie Underwood has decided to “pass the hosting torch (at least for now!) to others,” at the CMA Awards after 12 years.
The country star says female stars aren't given equal airplay, especially if they're older.
The rapper said he was proud to see his "Old Town Road" remix with Billy Ray Cyrus bridge "two polar opposite genres."
Jennifer Nettles wore a white suit with a hot pink train that read, “Play Our F****n Records. Please and Thank You,” to protest the lack of female voices heard on country radio.
The country music star pulled the prank on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" ahead of the CMA Awards.
The Atlanta artist's original release of "Old Town Road" sparked wide conversation about racial discrimination in the country music world.
"Tonight, let's celebrate their lives, let the music unite us with love and their enduring memory," Brooks announced at the start of the ceremony.
The 34-year-old singer said she'll “be alright," but she might need some time.
“I was told country music is three chords and the truth.”
Yes. To. This.
Everyone looked great. Everyone.
They spoofed Underwood's "Before He Cheats" to poke fun at the president's Twitter habits.
The initial guidelines warned that reporters asking about "gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like” could get the boot.
The legendary rock star died late last month.
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Sharon Stone surprised the heck out of the HGTV superstars when she stopped by unexpectedly to sing karaoke.
The CMA Awards were held Wednesday night in Nashville, and not surprisingly, country music's biggest stars showed us how it's done.
Carrie Underwood hosted the 2016 CMA Awards on Wednesday night with Brad Paisley and she rocked a plethora of stunning ensembles.
Country legend Randy Travis finished the emotional in memoriam segment at the CMA Awards on Wednesday, leaving Miranda Lambert in tears.
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