CMA’s Country Christmas Special and CMT’s Artist of the Year 2015 are two programs that are sure to get you in the mood for the Christmas holidays. CMA Country Christmas 2015 special is an annual show that brings ABC viewers good cheer each year as they watch their favorite country singers perform some Christmas classics. It will be hosted by Jennifer Nettles, with performances by Jewel, David Nail, Martina Mcbride, Darius Tucker, Lindsey Sterling, Brian Setzer, Pentatonix, Mickey Guyton, Kelsea Ballerini, Charles Kelley, Dan + Shay, Michael W. Smith, Brett Eldredge, Leann Rimes, and Thomas Rett.
According to the Grand Ole Opry House website, the taping for the CMA Country Christmas special was held on November 7 at the Grand Ole Opry House. Those in attendance were encouraged to bring a gift wrapped toy to help the local children of Nashville. You’ll want to tune in to the CMA Country Christmas 2015 on Thursday, December 3, at 9/8 central on ABC.
Some die-hard country music fans are saying that they are fed up with some of today’s so-called country music artists, stating that many of today’s country musicians are singing pop music, not true country. They say they miss the sound of steel guitars and are having trouble finding that classic sound on today’s radio stations. Here are some of the comments.
“You mean pop country awards. New country is just pop.”
“Country my as$$.”
“Are there going to be any country artist this year? Or just rappers and pop singers?”
“Pennatonix isn’t country.”
Just before Thursday’s CMA Country Christmas special, you can tune in to another exciting holiday show. Coming to you live from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Dec. 2 is CMT’s Artist of the Year 2015, which will honor the best in country music for the past year, according to CMT. For 90 minutes, this year’s CMT Artist of the Year 2015 will entertain audiences with recognition of five honorees, including Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Blake Shelton.
In addition to seeing the CMT Artist of the Year 2015 honorees, expect to see some dazzling performances, special appearances, and toasts from your country faves, like Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, and Kellie Pickler.
And don’t forget about the man who has all the country gals swooning, Sam Hunt. Hunt has had an amazing year, stating that he’s looking forward to being a part of the show. One thing is for sure, his fans are looking forward to seeing him.
Country music great Kenny Rogers will be presented with the CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award. Just about everyone over the age of 35 can remember the impact Kenny Rogers has had on country music. And he is honored that he’ll be recognized for all of his hard work and his legendary contributions to the country music genre. He made the following statement, according to a press release as stated by Taste of Country.
“You go through your life and your career and you try to do the right things and make the right decisions.() You don’t always do that, but I have been very lucky. I am grateful for it all. This is a great honor and one I highly treasure. Being in with Merle Haggard on anything is always a thrill. To CMT, the fans, and all who made this incredible award possible, I can’t thank you enough.”
One more treat CMT Artist of the Year fans can enjoy is an appearance by the cast of ABC’s Nashville, who’ll be presented with the International Impact Award.
Brian Philips, CMT President, stated the following about the upcoming honor.
“Through their captivating characters, the cast of Nashville have become international ambassadors for our music; helping to spark Nashville’s red-hot renaissance.() With this award, we express our gratitude to a terrific group of stars for helping connect fans from around the world with our city.”
Get your country music ears ready for a knee-slapping good time this week as you tune into CMT Artist of the Year 2015 on December 2 at 8/7 central.
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