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    Big Machine Label Group Earns 23 American Country Awards Nominations!

    October 10, 2012 0 Comments

    Nominees for the third annual American Country Awards were announced today (10/10) and Big Machine Label Group earned a total of 23 nominations! Taylor Swift topped the BMLG roster with five nominations, followed closely behind by Rascal Flatts with four. The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw all received three nominations, while Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore each received one.

    Taylor Swift

    Artist of the Year

    Artist of the Year: Female

    Single of the Year: Female (“Ours”)

    Touring Artist of the Year

    Music Video of the Year: Female (“Ours”)

    Rascal Flatts

    Artist of the Year: Group

    Single of the Year: Group (“Banjo”)

    Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration (“Easy” feat. Natasha Beddingfield)

    Touring Artist of the Year

    The Band Perry

    Artist of the Year: Group

    Single of the Year: Group ("All Your Life")

    Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration (“All Your Life”)

    Eli Young Band

    Artist of the Year: Group

    Single of the Year: Group (“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”)

    Song of the Year (“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” written by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay)

    Martina McBride

    Artist of the Year: Female

    Single of the Year: Female (“I’m Gonna Love You Through It”)

    Music Video of the Year: Female (“I’m Gonna Love You Through It”)

    Tim McGraw

    Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration (“Feel Like A Rock Star” with Kenny Chesney)

    Touring Artist of the Year (with Kenny Chesney)

    Song of the Year (“Better Then I Used to Be” written by Ashley Gorley and Bryan Simpson)

    Brantley Gilbert

    Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist (“You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”)

    Justin Moore

    Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist

    The American Country Awards will air December 10th at 8/7c on FOX. You can see the full list of nominees here. Voting is open until November 12th and Artist of the Year voting is open until December 10th. Remember to vote every day!

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    BMLG Earns 9 CMA Award Nominations

    September 5, 2012 0 Comments

    The folks at CMA took to "Good Morning America" today to announce the nominees for the 46th Annual CMA Awards. BMLG artists Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert and Eli Young Band each earned nods, with the BMLG coming in at 9 total nominations.

    Taylor Swift

    Entertainer of the Year

    Female Vocalist of the Year

    Musical Event of the Year - "Safe and Sound" feat. The Civil Wars

    Tim McGraw

    Musical Event of the Year - "Feel Like a Rock Star" feat. Kenny Chesney

    Martina McBride

    Female Vocalist of the Year

    The Band Perry

    Vocal Group of the Year

    Brantley Gilbert

    New Artist of the Year

    Eli Young Band

    Vocal Group of the Year

    Song of the Year - "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" (Will Hoge, Eric Paslay - writers)

    For more information on the awards and a full list of nominees, visit www.cmaworld.com/cma-awards

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    Big Machine Records Wins 2nd Consecutive Indy 500

    May 29, 2012 0 Comments

    Country music's leading record label, Big Machine Records, earned its second Indy 500 championship on Sunday when IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti raced into Victory Lane for the third time in his career. Big Machine Records sponsored Franchitti who sported the Big Machine Records logo on his helmet and firesuit. The race, which aired nationally on ABC, is known as the second most watched sporting event in the United States each year.

    The win comes just one year after Big Machine Records sponsored the late Dan Wheldon's winning car at the 2011Indy 500.

    Big Machine Records had a prominent presence at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday through various Indy 500 sponsorships and entertainment activations. The record label, home to superstars such as Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and Rascal Flatts, provided fans with pre-race entertainment and distributed over 250,000 white Big Machine Records-branded sunglasses to honor last year's Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon. Fans were asked to wear the sunglasses on laps 26 and 98, which are the numbers of the Wheldon's winning Indy 500 cars in 2005 and 2011, respectively.

    Big Machine Label Group/Republic Nashville recording artist Martina McBride kicked off the racing event by performing the National Anthem in front of a crowd of almost 350,000 spectators. McBride gave a chilling and momentous rendition of the anthem that brought tears to many eyes and earned her roaring applause from the overzealous crowd. In honor of the late Dan Wheldon, McBride wore a Dan Wheldon championship ring on her right hand during her performance, paying tribute to both Wheldon and his family.

    "I felt so excited and proud to be performing our anthem, especially since I was surrounded by so many of our military men and women. I was also wearing the championship ring from Dan Wheldon's win last year and that was really special," said McBride. "It was an honor to be a part of the tradition of the Indianapolis 500."

    Big Machine Label Group President/CEO and racing aficionado Scott Borchetta was on location at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to experience the win firsthand. Borchetta tweeted from his Twitter account @ScottBorchetta all weekend, where he was spotted with Country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood on Friday night.

    "This is truly an unbelievable moment. Dario and I have become friends over the last year directly due to my relationship to Dan Wheldon which lead to today's partnership. Dario's brilliant drive today will serve as one of the all-time great finishes for the world's biggest and most important race," said Borchetta. "We all had our white sunglasses on in tribute to Dan and Dario joked with me in Victory Lane that Dan was certainly looking down on us with a huge smile and likely having a great laugh that a quarter of a million people wore white sunglasses at today's 500.Tears of joy and celebration."

    Big Machine Records will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July for the "Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com." The race weekend will treat fans to a special concert before drivers start their engines, featuring Country music stars The Band Perry, Justin Moore, The Mavericks, Greg Bates and others.

    Last year's "Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records.com," created a unique festival environment at the track and was the first time a record label has ever presented a nationally-televised race in the 100-year history.

    For ticketing and additional information visit indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

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    A Trifecta of Sold-Out Shows for Country Superstar Martina McBride

    May 15, 2012 0 Comments

    Photo credit: Becky Fluke

    Country Superstar Martina McBride made a Midwest trek over the weekend as part of her One Night theater tour and sold out all three shows. The powerhouse vocalist shared stories, favorite songs and more with packed houses at the Shooting Star Casino (Mahnomen, MN); Surf Ballroom (Clearlake, IA) and Honeywell Center (Wabash, IN).

    Wanting to share a special experience with her fans, McBride also took to Twitter for setlist ideas and giveaways, providing yet another way to connect. Just before the Wabash, IN show, McBride helped make a special moment for a mother and daughter, gifting them tickets to the concert.

    McBride is not only helping create memories for the audience, but is experiencing them herself. “I love performing in places with history where you can almost hear musicians from the past. Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper played their last show at The Surf Ballroom where we were on Saturday so I wanted to perform the Buddy Holly classic, "That'll Be The Day," said McBride. The show was over two hours long and earned her two encores.

    Throughout most of the summer, she will engage with fans during the One Night tour, but on May 27, McBride will head to Indianapolis, IN to sing the national anthem at the 96th Indianapolis 500. A couple of weeks later, on June 10, she will headline the CMA Music Festival’s LP Field show in Nashville. Upcoming dates are listed below and the full schedule is available via www.martinamcbride.com.

    UPCOMING DATES:

    May 17 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Live

    May 18 Houston, TX Arena Theatre

    May 27 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    June 8 Winstead, MN Winstock Country Music Festival

    June 10 CMA Music Festival LP Field

    June 13 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap Filene Center

    June 14 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion

    June 16 Riverside, IA Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

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    BMLG Racks Up 10 CMT Music Award Nominations

    April 23, 2012 0 Comments

    Nominations for the 2012 CMT Music Awards were announced this morning, and a big congratulations is in order for some of our BMLG artists! Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, the Band Perry, Eli Young Band and Brantley Gilbert all received nominations, for a total of 10 nominations across the label group. Visit CMT.com for more information about the awards and a full list of nominees. Be sure to VOTE for your favorites here.

    Taylor Swift

    Video of the Year - "Safe and Sound" (featuring the Civil Wars)

    Female Video of the Year - "Ours"

    Collaborative Video of the Year - "Safe and Sound" (featuring the Civil Wars)

    Rascal Flatts

    Video of the Year - "Easy" (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)

    Group Video of the Year - "Banjo"

    Collaborative Video of the Year - "Easy" (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)

    Martina McBride

    Female Video of the Year - "I'm Gonna Love You Through It"

    The Band Perry

    Group Video of the Year - "All Your Life"

    Eli Young Band

    Group Video of the Year - "Crazy Girl"

    Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award

    Brantley Gilbert

    USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year - "Country Must Be Country Wide"

    Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award

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    Taylor Swift, Eli Young Band Take Home Honors at 47th Annual ACM Awards

    April 2, 2012 0 Comments

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    The Country music community was out in full force at last night's ACM Awards, and so was the Big Machine Label Group. Kicking off the night's wins, Eli Young Band took home the coveted Song of the Year honors for their platinum smash "Crazy Girl." Taylor Swift ended the night taking home the show's biggest honor, Entertainer of the Year, which is fan-voted.

    In addition to big wins, BMLG artists made a number of appearances throughout the night's show. The one and only Reba McEntire shared hosting honors with Blake Shelton, and the duo provided no shortage of comic relief in between performances and award presentations. The Band Perry performed their new single "Postcard from Paris," Rascal Flatts and Steve Martin teamed up for "Banjo," and Brantley Gilbert rocked the house with "Country Must Be Country Wide." Another special moment featured Martina McBride's performance of "Marry Me" with Train's Pat Monahan as a couple tied the knot on stage.

    For more information and a full list of winners, visit acmawards.com.

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    BMLG Joins Forces with General Mills, Feeding America to Outnumber Hunger

    March 30, 2012 0 Comments

    General Mills and Big Machine Label Group’s star-studded roster of Country music artists are teaming up with Feeding America to Outnumber Hunger in a national initiative that helps fight hunger in local communities. Outnumber Hunger will help Feeding America secure up to 15.6 million meals for local food banks to assist the one in six Americans who struggles with hunger.

    According to the USDA, an estimated 49 million Americans struggle with hunger, making the issue a growing reality in every community. By simply entering codes at OutnumberHunger.com, Americans can make a difference in their local communities at a time when it matters most.

    “Hunger is a year-round issue but it can be especially critical in the spring, so Feeding America food banks need help now,” said Vicki B. Escarra, President and CEO, Feeding America. “The combined reach that General Mills and Big Machine Label Group’s artists bring to the hunger crisis will help provide critical resources at this key time.”

    This powerful group of partners is using its collective voice to rally Americans for the cause. Codes will appear on millions of specially-marked packages of General Mills products to give people the chance to help Feeding America secure five meals on behalf of their local food banks.

    “As a leading food company, no cause is more important to us than the hunger issue,” said Cheryl Welch, Director, Outnumber Hunger at General Mills. “We’re thrilled to give people the chance to make a difference in their own communities through Outnumber Hunger.”

    Specially-marked packages of General Mills products will feature an Outnumber Hunger code, as well as favorite Big Machine Label Group artists like Rascal Flatts. More than 10 General Mills brands, including Betty Crocker, Green Giant, Totino’s and Cheerios, will participate. Entering the code at OutnumberHunger.com helps Feeding America secure five meals on behalf of a local food bank. Participants enter their ZIP codes, and meals will stay in or near the area.

    Big Machine Label Group artists also will offer select special codes on Facebook and Twitter that help Feeding America secure five meals for local food banks. Big Machine Label Group artists who are encouraging participation include Multi-Platinum-selling superstar artists Rascal Flatts, Reba, Martina McBride, and The Band Perry as well as established chart-topping acts Eli Young Band, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert and newcomers Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge, Ella Mae Bowen and Thomas Rhett.

    “It takes a Big Machine to Outnumber Hunger, and we have an opportunity to make a huge difference in local communities,” said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO, of Big Machine Label Group. “That’s why we’re thrilled to come together with our artists, General Mills and Feeding America to help the hunger issue in a significant way. Together we can Outnumber Hunger.”

    Additionally, the Outnumber Hunger partners have created an educational video with Rascal Flatts that highlights the issue of hunger and shows how anyone can get involved to help Feeding America. It will air during a Rascal Flatts theater event in New York City and in over 600 movie theaters across the country on the night of April 5. Tickets to the movie theater concert event can be purchased online at RascalFlatts.com/Changed

    “Our fans have always been strong supporters of us and our families,” said Joe Don Rooney, Rascal Flatts. “By being involved in Outnumber Hunger, we hope to provide that same support for those who may struggle with hunger. We’re grateful to have the chance to spread awareness of this important cause.”

    General Mills will donate $0.65 to Feeding America—enough to help secure 5 meals on behalf of local food banks—for every code entered. To make a difference in your local community with Outnumber Hunger, visit www.OutnumberHunger.com.

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    Martina McBride and Train's Pat Monahan to Perform "Marry Me" at 47th Annual ACM Awards

    March 27, 2012 0 Comments

    The Academy of Country Music announced today that Martina McBride, along with Train frontman Pat Monahan, is scheduled to perform her new single “Marry Me” on the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. To celebrate the message of the song, McBride and Monahan will perform the duet during a very special moment in the show when a couple will get married live onstage. The show, which honors country music’s top talent as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

    For the first time in ACM Awards history –and perhaps any awards history– a live wedding ceremony will take place onstage during McBride and Monahan’s duet of “Marry Me,” McBride’s current single from her latest album Eleven. The song was coined by Grammy Award-winning artist Monahan and originally released in 2010 as the third single from Train’s chart-topping fifth studio album Save Me, San Francisco.

    McBride personally selected the lucky recipients of the onstage nuptials. Couple Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci thought they would never find love again. In July of 2009, Frank lost his wife, Danielle to thyroid cancer and in that same year, Christina lost her husband, Paul, in a tragic drowning accident. As a way to deal with the grief of losing her husband and raising her two sons Stephen and Paul on her own, Christina started a support group for young widows and widowers in Washington Township, N.J. where she met Frank. Slowly their friendship blossomed into love as they bonded over their shared views about the challenges of single parenthood and the struggles to keep the memories of their spouses alive. Their wedding will mark a new chapter in their lives, an intimate moment which they will graciously share onstage. The bride will be wearing an Oleg Cassini gown as she recites her vows. Fans can also follow Christina and Frank along their journey to the chapel at www.ACMwedding.com.

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    BMLG Artists Earn 9 Nominations for 47th Annual ACM Awards

    January 26, 2012 0 Comments

    Nominees for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced this morning during a digital press conference featuring Valory Music Co. artist Reba, who will co-host the awards ceremony in April. Five BMLG artists were nominated across six categories, adding up to a grand total of nine nominations for this outstanding group:

    Taylor Swift:

    -Entertainer of the Year

    -Female Vocalist of the Year

    -Video of the Year, "Mean"

    Martina McBride:

    -Female Vocalist of the Year

    Rascal Flatts:

    -Vocal Group of the Year

    The Band Perry:

    -Vocal Group of the Year

    Eli Young Band:

    -Vocal Group of the Year

    -Single of the Year, "Crazy Girl"

    -Song of the Year, "Crazy Girl"

    The 2012 ACMs will air live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. For more information and a full listing of nominees, visit www.acmcountry.com.

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