2014 CMA Awards Nominees Announced


The Country Music Association have announced the nominees for this year’s CMA Awards via a press conference earlier today in New York City, and as always, the nominees consists of those that we have come to expect to make the list. Revealing a list that consisted of “the usual suspects” were Darius Rucker and Little Big Town.

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, and newcomer Kacey Musgraves are just some of the nominees for this year’s award show while Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will once again host the show, for the seventh time in a row. Now, that might be record.

Check out the full list of nominees below.


Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year
Crash My Party – Luke Bryan
Fuse – Keith Urban
Platinum – Miranda Lambert
Riser – Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders – Eric Church

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Black Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

The 48th CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

America’s Music Preference by State


Ever wondered what kind of genre of music is the most popular in your home state? Thanks to Movoto, they have released an interactive map that lets you see what kind of music genre each individual state prefers the most. Below, we have acquired maps that give the general look at the preferred genres throughout the country.

These maps follow similar ones that were posted a few months ago by music tech company, the Echo’s Nest which gave us categories such as “Distinctive Artist by State” and “Most Ignored.” Unlike those maps that were composed, the Movoto maps used data collected from the National Endowment Of The Arts, the Bureau Of Labor And Statistics and the U.S. Bureau Of Economic Analysis. On Movoto’s site, you click the play button on the top and then go ahead and click whatever genre you prefer and watch the results light up. 

Interesting things about the maps: punk, rap and indie seem to be big hits on the west coast while alternative and folk are hits in most of the country. As for electronic and pop, even though they are big hits on top 20 radio, it does not transfer over to the rest of the country. 

Check out the maps and see if your state fall within your favorite genre of music. Spoiler, our isn’t there. 






















Mindy McCready Passes Away at 37

Mindy McCready

Mindy McCready wasn’t having a particularly great month; first her boyfriend passes away then her children are taken away followed by a judge forcing her into rehab. The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office have reported that the country singer committed suicide and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Family members recently reported that ever since the death of David Wilson, the father of her youngest child, she had been on a downward spiral. Wilson, also appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in early January.

McCready had been making headlines since Wilson’s death; she had been accused of somehow playing a part in the record producer’s death. After pleaded that she had no connection to his suicide, her two children were taken away from her by authorities. She was then ordered by a judge to enter a treatment facility for mental-health and alcohol-abuse evaluation, but a day later was let out and allowed to undergo outpatient treatments instead. Now a little over two weeks later, this tragedy has unfolded.

In an interview in late January, she was quoted as saying that she had never been through what she had during Wilson’s death and that he was her “soul mate.”