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    BMLG Artists Earn 11 CMT Music Award Nominations

    May 7, 2013 0 Comments

    CMT announced the nominations for the 2013 CMT Music Awards, and BMLG racked up! Check out the nominations below:

    Taylor Swift

    Video of the Year - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

    Female Video of the Year - "Begin Again"

    Tim McGraw

    Video of the Year - "One of Those Nights

    Collaborative Video of the Year - "Feel Like a Rockstar" with Kenny Chesney

    Rascal Flatts

    Group Video of the Year - "Come Wake Me Up"

    Collaborative Video of the Year - "Changed" with Journey

    CMT Performance of the Year - "Changed" with Journey

    The Band Perry

    Group Video of the Year - "Better Dig Two"

    Florida Georgia Line

    Video of the Year - "Cruise"

    Duo Video of the Year - "Cruise"

    Breakthrough Video of the Year - "Cruise"

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    BMLG Artists Launch Outnumber Hunger From Las Vegas

    April 6, 2013 0 Comments

    Big Machine Label Group artists The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Eli Young Band, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, Greg Bates, and Cassadee Pope, along with BMLG President and CEO Scott Borchetta, have teamed up with General Mills and Feeding America for Year Two of Outnumber Hunger. The 2013 Outnumber Hunger campaign kicked off on Friday (April 5th) with Outnumber Hunger LIVE, a festival concert event featuring several of the aforementioned artists. Part of the Academy of Country Music’s Party For A Cause at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, the launch will be highlighted by a 2-hour television special tonight (April 6th) on AXS-TV, premiering at 9PM ET, with rebroadcasts throughout the next six weeks. Check your local listing for times and rebroadcasts.

    Follow Big Machine and Outnumber Hunger on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for photos and updates from the event and the broadcast tonight.

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    BMLG Garners 13 ACM Nominations

    February 13, 2013 0 Comments

    Nominees for the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced today (Feb. 13) and Big Machine Label Group earned a total of thirteen nominations from Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert, Eli Young Band, and Florida Georgia Line. Nominees were revealed online via the second annual ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter pages. For the sixth year, fans will help select the winner of the Academy’s most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year, and for the fifth year, the New Artist of the Year category will also be opened up to fan voting. The ACM Awards will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

    BMLG Nominations include:

    Taylor Swift
    Entertainer of the Year
    Female Vocalist of the Year
    Album of the Year – Red (Artist & Producer)
    Video of the Year – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

    Rascal Flatts
    Vocal Event of the Year – “Easy” ft. Natasha Bedingfield

    The Band Perry
    Vocal Group of the Year

    Brantley Gilbert
    New Artist of the Year

    Eli Young Band
    Single of the Year – “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
    Song of the Year – “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Will Hoge, Eric Paslay – writers)
    Vocal Group of the Year

    Florida Georgia Line
    Vocal Duo of the Year
    New Artist of the Year

    Fan voting for New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year begins on March 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT at VoteACM.com. Fan voting for New Artist of the Year will close at 5 p.m. PT on April 7, 2013 (before the LIVE show starts) and fan voting for Entertainer of the Year will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast."

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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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    Big Machine Records Proudly Announces 25th Anniversary of 'A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS' Album

    August 6, 2012 0 Comments

    Big Machine Records Proudly Announces 25th Anniversary of 'A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS' Album

    Big Machine Records

    Big Machine Records Proudly Announces 25th Anniversary of 'A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS' Album

    Word Records

    The ‘A Very Special Christmas’ holiday music series, benefitting Special Olympics, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this holiday season with the first ever release of two new albums on October 16, each on a different label. Titles of the albums, as unveiled today, are: A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS 25TH ANNIVERSARY on Big Machine Records and A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS: BRINGING PEACE ON EARTH on Word Records.

    Timothy P. Shriver (Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics), Scott Borchetta (President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group), Rod Riley (President and CEO of Word Entertainment), Jimmy Clark (Special Olympics athlete and Global Messenger), the Honorable Karl Dean (Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County), Francesca Battistelli (chart-topping Christian crossover artist, Dove Award winner) and members of Train were on hand in Nashville at Blackbird Studios, where Train is recording “Joy to the World,” to make the announcement. The artists unveiled the artwork for the new projects, which incorporates the legendary Keith Haring Madonna & Child artwork used historically on the series.

    “This album series has been a remarkable gift to our Special Olympics athletes,” said Shriver. “Thanks to the generosity of countless incredible people across the music industry, the legacy from the ‘A Very Special Christmas’ album series continues to support and sustain our work to bring the joy of sport to people with intellectual disabilities which in turn fosters a global community of acceptance and inclusion.”

    Special Olympics changes lives through the power of sport, as the world’s largest organization dedicated to year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities.

    Since 1987, the biggest and brightest voices in the recording industry have generously lent their time and talents to Special Olympics to create the holiday album series ‘A Very Special Christmas,’the single most successful benefit recording series in musical historygenerating more than $100 million in royalties to benefit Special Olympics. The talent was so abundant this year, it called for the release of two full albums, the first time in the history of the series that two albums will be released simultaneously:

    A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS 25TH ANNIVERSARY - Christina Aguilera, Francesca Battistelli, Michael Bublé, Cheap Trick, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, One Republic, Rascal Flatts, Train, and Wonder Girls.

    A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS: BRINGING PEACE ON EARTH - Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Group 1 Crew, for KING & COUNTRY, Dara Maclean, Jamie Grace, Natalie Grant, and Sidewalk Prophets.

    Created by Jimmy and Vicki Iovine and Bobby Shriver, along with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, the ‘AVery Special Christmas’ series has brought together top musical talent who donated their time and talent, and publishers and record labels who gave consent and waived royalties. Twenty-five years and seven albums later, the series has generated over $100 million in royalties and become the largest single source of funding for Special Olympics and its athletes.

    Grants from the Christmas Record Trust have enabled Special Olympics to implement programs worldwide, from the United States to Timor Leste, China to Uganda, Cambodia to Haiti and more. In more than 100 of the Special Olympics Programs that have received Christmas Record grants, nearly 25 percent were classified by the United Nations as operating in Least Developed Countries. In these countries the need to support people with intellectual disabilities is critical. In the United States, these funds have also supported Special Olympics programs in urban areas such as New York City, Philadelphia and New Orleans.

    The Christmas Record Trust has also directly impacted the lives of Special Olympics athletes. For example, Cindy Bentley in Wisconsin was born with an intellectual disability, abandoned as a baby and shuffled through foster care. Thanks to the Christmas Record grants her local Special Olympics program received, she got involved in sports competitions, gained confidence and today she holds a full-time job and is an active advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. Najila Agha is a Special Olympics athlete from Afghanistan - a local Special Olympics program started through funds raised from ‘A Very Special Christmas’ albums went from living in an orphanage in Kabul to competing in Special Olympics World Games.

    Each successive album of the series has honored the quality of its predecessors with timeless recordings of holiday music by some of the most influential and talented artists of their time. U2, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Madonna, Sting, Bon Jovi, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Wyclef Jean, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vanessa Williams and Bryan Adams are among the stars who contributed tracks to previous albums and whose songs for ‘A Very Special Christmas’ have become perennial favorites on the radio and at holiday celebrations over the years. Learn more about ‘A Very Special Christmas’ at www.averyspecialchristmas.org

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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

    [photo via Getty Images]

    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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