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Country Music News for May 8, 2019

Devin Dawson raised over $12,000 for the California Fire Foundation to help people who’ve been devastated by wildfires.

His California Smoke tour hit six cities in California. He says, “Having the opportunity to get back and give back to my home state in this way was very meaningful to me. Big props to my Dark Horse Family members who, from all over the country, donated VIP experiences and tickets to folks affected by the wildfires so they could come to my show for free. It was awesome to support a shared cause, have a fun night and forget our troubles for a couple hours.”

Devin grew up in Northern California.


George Strait already has two shows on the books for 2020. He’ll visit Witchita, Kansas on January 24th and Kansas City on January 25th.

There’s still plenty of opportunities to see George this year. He’ll play Gilette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on August 17th, and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 23rd and 24th, and again on December 6th and 7th.


The nominations for the CMT Music Awards were announced yesterday morning.

Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean collected the most nominations with three each.

Brandi Carlile, Carrie Underwood, Cole Swindell, Dan and Shay, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Julia Michaels, Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Sugarland and Taylor Swift received two nods each.

Fan voting began yesterday at CMT.com and wraps at 11:59 p.m. on June 4th.

The CMT Music Awards, hosted by Little Big Town will air live from Nashville on June 5th

Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood – “Cry Pretty”
Chris Janson – “Drunk Girl”
Cole Swindell – “Break Up in the End”
Dan and Shay – “Speechless”
Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne – “Burning Man”
Eric Church – “Desperate Man”
Florida Georgia Line – “Simple”
Kacey Musgraves – “Rainbow”
Kane Brown – “Good as You”
Keith Urban feat. Julia Michaels – “Coming Home”
Kelsea Ballerini – “Miss Me More”
Luke Combs – “She Got the Best of Me”
Maren Morris – “Girl”
Zac Brown Band – “Someone I Used To Know”

Male Video of the Year
Cole Swindell – “Break Up in the End”
Eric Church – “Desperate Man”
Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert – “Drowns The Whiskey”
Kane Brown – “Lose It”
Kenny Chesney – “Get Along”
Luke Bryan – “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”
Thomas Rhett – “Life Changes”

Female Video of the Year
Brandi Carlile – “The Joke”
Carly Pearce – “Closer to You”
Carrie Underwood – “Love Wins”
Kacey Musgraves – “Space Cowboy”
Kelsea Ballerini – “Miss Me More”
Maren Morris – “Girl”
Miranda Lambert – “Keeper of the Flame”

Duo Video of the Year
Brothers Osborne – “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)”
Dan and Shay – “Speechless”
Florida Georgia Line – “Simple”
LoCASH – “Feels Like a Party”
Maddie and Tae – “Friends Don’t”
Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift – “Babe”

Group Video of the Year
Eli Young Band – “Love Ain’t”
LANCO– “Born to Love You”
Little Big Town – “Summer Fever”
Midland – “Burn Out”
Old Dominion – “Hotel Key”
Zac Brown Band – “Someone I Used to Know”

Breakthrough Video of the Year
Ashley McBryde – “Girl Goin’ Nowhere (At Marathon Music Works)”
Jimmie Allen – “Best Shot”
Jordan Davis – “Take It From Me”
Mitchell Tenpenny – “Drunk Me”
Morgan Wallen – “Whiskey Glasses”
Runaway June – “Buy My Own Drinks”
Tenille Townes – “Somebody’s Daughter”

Collaborative Video of the Year
Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell – “What Happens in a Small Town”
Darius Rucker feat. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley – “Straight to Hell”
Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne – “Burning Man”
Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert – “Drowns the Whiskey”
Keith Urban feat. Julia Michaels – “Coming Home”
Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift – “Babe”

CMT Performance of the Year
Boyz II Men and Brett Young – “Motownphilly” (Crossroads)
Luke Combs and Leon Bridges – “Beautiful Crazy” (Crossroads)
Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile – “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (2018 CMT Artists of the Year)
Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor – “Let You Be Right” (Crossroads)
Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Gladys Knight – “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night” (2018 CMT Artists of the Year)
Zac Brown Band and Shawn Mendes – “Keep Me in Mind” (Crossroads)

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