Continuing the tradition of presenting the top stories in country music, another all-new episode of the “The Pickup” features a look inside the performance list announced for the 50th Annual Country Music Awards, opening of the Grand Ole Opry’s first “home away from home,” CMT’s Next Women of Country and more!
The 50th Annual Country Music Awards will air November 2 on ABC. The first list of performers have been announced and include some of the hottest acts in country music, including Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and more.
Happy Birthday to country music legend, Charlie Daniels! Artists like Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Little Big Town wished the icon a happy 80th birthday.
The Grand Ole Opry is expanding into New York City. They will be opening their first “home away from home” with the Opry City Stage. The two story venue located in Times Square will serve native Nashville food and have live performances to bring the roots of country music into a new region of the country. The Opry City Stage is set to open in April of 2017.
CMT announced their Next Women of Country which includes artist like Maren Morris, Carly Pierce, Ashley Campbell, Aubrey Sellers and more! Congratulations to such wonderful musicians that we will be seeing more of throughout this upcoming year.
October 16 was an unforgettable night for country music during the star-studded, profoundly emotional Medallion Ceremony where Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster and Randy Travis were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Randy Travis also sang for the first time publicly since his stroke.
Shania Twain received the Artist of a Lifetime award at the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year Awards. CMT Artists of the Year recipients included Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Stapleton.
Eric Church and fellow songwriters celebrated their number one song, “Record Year.” Written by Church and Jeff Hyde, this song marks Eric Church’s seventh number one.
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Launched in early 2015, The Pickup, a syndicated country video news series produced by The Hot Seat, highlights today’s stars and classic country artists making news today. New episodes are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. The Pickup, hosted and produced by Adam Wurtzel, can be seen on the websites of broadcasters across the country (Nash Icon, HankFM, Midwest Communications, Zimmer Communications’ 94.3 KAT Country, etc.), online media blogs, the U.K.’s SKY Television, Heartland Network, and Sandy Zimmerman’s Las Vegas Television Network.