More New Artists For Country Music Week 

Country Music Week begins Monday October 2nd but the opening act is yet to be announced. The week is made to show off artists are having a big impact on today’s country music scene. Country Music Week is exciting for UK country fans as it shows that country is growing here as more artists are coming over to perform for English crowds. It makes the wait until C2C seem slightly easier!

While we know that the week takes place over 2nd-8th October 2017, we do not yet have a complete line up.

It was revealed today however, that amongst other shows, there will be a CMA songwriters series featuring 4 artists including Randy Houser and Angaleena Presley on Tuesday 3rd and Under the Apple Tree Sessions with appearances from the ones to watch, including Seth Ennis and Catherine McGrath on Saturday 7th. Both Ennis and McGrath had standout sets at C2C last year, with McGrath going on to support The Shires on their UK tour, and Ennis with an upcoming gig in the UK as opening act for Little Big Town.

More acts to be announced soon. M

BBMA Nominations Are Out But Where Are the Women?

The Billboard Music Awards nominations have been announced and there’s a noticeable lack of female artists – particularly in the country genre. In a time where the likes of Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert and Lauren Alaina regularly feature high in all of Billboard’s top country charts, I only wish they were better represented in the nominations.

With the release of Lambert’s ACM award winning The Weight of These Wings and Morris’ Grammy nominated Hero, it’s surprising that neither made it into the ‘Top Country Album’ category at the least.

The snub hasn’t gone unnoticed either as Maren Morris tweeted saying that it was ‘interesting’ that female artists have been overlooked.

This issue however should not overshadow the achievements of other country artists, notably Luke Bryan, who is nominated in the all-genre category ‘Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity’ alongside Nicki Minaj, The Chainsmokers, The Weeknd and Twenty One Pilots.

Following their wins at the ACM awards, Florida Georgia Line lead the nominations for country artists at the Billboard Music Awards. The duo are nominated for 6 awards: ‘Top Duo/Group’, ‘Top Country Artist’, ‘Top Country Album’ for Dig Your Roots, two in the category ‘Top Country Song’ for “H.O.L.Y.” and “May We All” featuring Tim McGraw and ‘Top Country Collaboration’ for “May We All”.

The nominations for country are below.

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented By Xfinity
Luke Bryan
Nicki Minaj
The Chainsmokers
The Weeknd
Twenty One Pilots

Top Duo / Group
The Chainsmokers
Florida Georgia Line
Guns N’ Roses
Twenty One Pilots

Top Country Artist
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean

Top Country Album
Jason Aldean – They Don’t Know
Florida Georgia Line – Dig Your Roots
Blake Shelton – If I’m Honest
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Keith Urban – Ripcord

Top Country Song
Kenny Chesney featuring Pink – “Setting the World on Fire”
Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw – “May We All”
Little Big Town – “Better Man”
Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Top Country Collaboration
Dierks Bentley featuring – Elle King, “Different for Girls”
Kenny Chesney featuring Pink – “Setting the World on Fire”
Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens – “Kill a Word”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw – “May We All”
Chris Young featuring Vince Gill – “Sober Saturday Night”

Top Country Tour
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Dixie Chicks

The Billboard Music Awards are held on May 22nd in Las Vegas.