Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan is an American country music singer and songwriter. He began his music career writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington – before signing with Capitol Nashville with his cousin, Chad Christopher Boyd in 2007. Bryan's first nine albums – I'll Stay Me, Doin' My Thing, Tailgates & Tanlines, Crash My Party, Spring Break... Here to Party, Spring Break... Checkin' Out, Kill the Lights, Farm Tour... Here's to the Farmer, What Makes You Country. Bryan co-writes with Jeff Stevens. In 2013, Bryan received the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Country Music Association Awards "Entertainer of the Year" award – and has sold over seven million albums and 27 million singles worldwide. Bryan was born in Georgia, to LeClaire and Tommy Bryan, a peanut farmer. Shortly before Luke was going to move to Nashville at age 19, tragedy struck his family. "My older brother, was unexpectedly killed in a... car accident... I'm kind of hyperventilating talking about it.... You never truly... move beyond it."
His mother, LeClaire, had made a statement: "We knew Luke at some point would come to Nashville," his mother said. "But... you can't leave your family, and... I couldn't bear the thought of him being away."Instead, Luke went to college at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Bryan made it to Nashville years in 2007, after his father told him to pack his truck to pursue a career in music, he gained success as a songwriter, but soon after he signed as a performer. Soon after his arrival in Nashville, Bryan joined a publishing house in the city. Among his first cuts was the title track of Travis Tritt's 2004 album My Honky Tonk History, he was signed by Capitol Nashville to a recording contract. In the meantime, Bryan co-wrote Billy Currington's single "Good Directions", which went to number one on the Hot Country Songs chart in mid-2007. Bryan co-wrote, with producer Jeff Stevens.
This song reached a peak of number 5 on the Hot Country Songs chart. In August 2007, Capitol Nashville released Bryan's debut album, I'll Stay Me. Bryan wrote or co-wrote all but one of its 11 songs; the album's second single, "We Rode in Trucks", peaked at number 33 while "Country Man" reached number 10. On March 10, 2009, he released an EP titled Spring Break with All My Friends that featured two new songs, "Sorority Girls" and "Take My Drunk Ass Home," plus an acoustic version of "All My Friends Say." After this EP, he released his fourth single, "Do I" in May 2009. Bryan wrote the song with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, whose lead singer Hillary Scott sings backing vocals on it; the song reached number 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart."Do I" was included on Bryan's second album, Doin' My Thing, released in October 2009. Included on the album was a cover of OneRepublic's "Apologize". Bryan wrote the album's next two singles, "Rain Is a Good Thing" and "Someone Else Calling You Baby", with Dallas Davidson and Jeff Stevens, respectively.
Both of these songs went to number one on the country music charts. AllMusic gave this album a positive review as well, with Stephen Thomas Erlewine considering Bryan more "relaxed" in comparison to his debut. On February 26, 2010, Bryan released a second EP, titled Spring Break 2... Hangover Edition, which featured three new songs: "Wild Weekend", "Cold Beer Drinker", "I'm Hungover". While Bryan is known as a country music singer, he has explored other genres like alternative rock with his cover of "Apologize". Bryan appeared on the April 18, 2010, episode of Celebrity Apprentice alongside fellow country star Emily West; the task for each team was to make over an up-and-coming country star, with Bryan being selected by team Rocksolid, led by Bill Goldberg, West being selected by team Tenacity, led by Cyndi Lauper. Bryan's makeover failed leading to Rocksolid losing the task. Bryan's single "Rain Is a Good Thing" and West's single "Blue Sky" were both sold on iTunes, with a month's worth of sales being donated to Lauper's charity, the Stonewall Community Foundation, resulting in $25,000 being raised.
Bryan released his third EP, Spring Break 3... It's a Shore Thing, on February 25, 2011, featuring four new songs - "In Love With the Girl," "If You Ain't Here to Party," "Shore Thing," and "Love In a College Town." This release was followed by Bryan's seventh single, "Country Girl", released on March 14, 2011. Co-written by Bryan and Davidson, it served as the lead-off single to his third studio album, Tailgates & Tanlines, released August 9, 2011; the album peaked at number one on the Top Country Albums chart and number two on the Billboard 200 chart. "Country Girl" peaked at number 4 on the country music charts and number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album's next three singles - "I Don't Want This Night to End", "Drunk on You", "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" - all reached number one on the country music charts. Bryan, along with Eric Church, sang guest vocals on Jason Aldean's "The Only Way I Know," the second single from his 2012 album, Night Train. On March 6, 2012, Bryan released his fourth Spring Break EP entitled Spring Break 4...
Suntan City. Along with the title track, which Bryan co-wrote with Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, the EP includes "Spring Break-Up", "Little Bit Later On", "Shake the Sand". On January 30, 2013, Bryan announced his first compilation album, Spring Break... Here to Party, which includes fourtee
Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year
The Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year is the biggest competitive category presented at the Academy of Country Music Awards. The following is the list of winners, with the year representing the nominated work. Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year
Reba Nell McEntire is an American country singer, songwriter and record producer. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, at rodeos. While a sophomore in college, she performed the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City and caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall who brought her to Nashville, Tennessee, she signed a contract with Mercury Records a year in 1975. She released her first solo album in 1977 and released five additional studio albums under the label until 1983. Signing with MCA Nashville Records, McEntire took creative control over her second MCA album, My Kind of Country, which had a more traditional country sound and produced two number one singles: "How Blue" and "Somebody Should Leave"; the album brought her breakthrough success, bringing her a series of successful albums and number one singles in the 1980s and 1990s. McEntire has since released 29 studio albums, acquired 42 number one singles, 16 number one albums, 28 albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America.
She is referred to as "The Queen of Country". and she is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. In the early 1990s, McEntire branched into film starting with 1990's Tremors, she has since starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun in 2001 and in her television sitcom, Reba for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series–Musical or Comedy. Reba Nell McEntire was born March 28, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Jacqueline and Clark Vincent McEntire, her father, her grandfather John Wesley McEntire were both champion steer ropers and her father was a World Champion steer roper three times. John McEntire was the son of Helen Florida McEntire. McEntire's mother had wished to become a country-music artist but instead became a schoolteacher, although she did teach her children how to sing well. Reba taught herself how to play the guitar. On drives home from their father's rodeos, the McEntire siblings learned songs and how to harmonize from their mother forming a vocal group called the "Singing McEntires" with her brother Pake and younger sister Susie.
Reba wrote all of the songs. The group sang at rodeos and recorded Reba's song "The Ballad of John McEntire". Released on the indie label Boss, one thousand copies of the early 45 rpm record were pressed, but the recording was not promoted in a full commercial radio-promoted release. In 1974, McEntire attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University planning to be an elementary school teacher. Between classes, she continued to sing at local venues. In 1974, Reba was hired to perform the national anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Country artist Red Steagall, performing that day, was impressed by her vocal ability and agreed to help her launch a country-music career in Nashville. After recording a demo tape, McEntire signed a recording contract with Mercury Records in 1975. McEntire made her first recordings for Mercury on January 22, 1976, when she released her debut single. Upon its release that year, "I Don't Want to Be a One Night Stand" failed to become a major hit on the Billboard country music chart, peaking at number 88 in May.
She completed her second recording session September 16, which included the production of her second single, " Between a Woman and Man", which reached only number 86 in March 1977. She recorded a third single that April, "Glad I Waited Just for You", which reached number 88 by August; that same month, Mercury issued her self-titled debut album. The album was a departure from any of McEntire's future releases, as it resembled the material of Tanya Tucker and Tammy Wynette, according to AllMusic reviewer Greg Adams; the album itself did not chart the Billboard Top Country Albums chart upon its release. After releasing two singles with Jacky Ward, Mercury issued her second studio album in 1979, Out of a Dream; the album's cover of Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams" became McEntire's first Top 20 hit, reaching No. 19 on the Billboard country chart in November 1979. In 1980, "You Lift Me Up" brought her to the Top 10 for the first time, her third studio album, Feel the Fire was released in October and spawned two additional Top 20 hit singles that year.
In September 1981, McEntire's fourth album, Heart to Heart was issued and became her first album to chart the Billboard Top Country Albums list, peaking at No. 2. Its lead single, "Today All Over Again" became; the album received negative reviews from critics. William Ruhlmann of AllMusic gave it two-and-a-half out of five stars, stating she did not get creative control of her music. Ruhlmann called "There Ain't No Love" "essentially a soft pop ballad". Most of the album's material consisted of country pop-styled ballads, not well liked by McEntire herself, her fifth album, Unlimited was issued in June 1982, spawned her first Billboard number one single in early 1983: "Can't Even Get the Blues" and "You're the First Time I've Thought About Leaving". The following y
George Harvey Strait Sr. is an American country music singer, songwriter and music producer. George Strait is known as the "King of Country" and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time, he is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, being one of the first and main country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s. Strait's success began when his first single "Unwound" was a hit in 1981. During the 1980s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts. In the 2000s, Strait was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music, was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, won his first Grammy award for the album Troubadour. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 2013, ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and 2014, he has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist. By 2009, he broke Conway Twitty's previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart when his 44 number one singles surpassed Twitty's 40.
Counting all music charts, Strait has amassed a total of 60 number-one hits, breaking a record previously set by Twitty, giving him more number one songs than any other artist in any genre of music. Strait is known for his touring career when he designed a 360-degree configuration and introduced festival style tours. For example, the Strait Tours earned $99 million in three years, his concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in June 2014 drew 104,793 people, marking a new record for largest indoor concert in North America. Strait was successful innovating country music and in numerous aspects of being a part of popular music. Strait has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time, his certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country, his highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box. According to the RIAA, Strait is the 12th best-selling album recording artist in the United States overall.
George Harvey Strait Sr. was born on May 18, 1952, in Poteet, Texas, to John Byron Strait Sr. and Doris Jean Couser. He grew up in nearby Pearsall, in Frio County, where his father was a junior high school mathematics teacher and the owner of a 2,000-acre cattle ranch outside of Big Wells, Texas; the family worked at the ranch in the summers. When George was in the fourth grade, his father and mother were divorced, his mother moved away with his sister, Pency. George and his brother John Jr. were raised by their father. Strait began his musical interest while attending Pearsall High School, where he played in a rock and roll garage band; the Beatles were popular. "The Beatles were big", Strait confirmed. "I listened to them a lot and that whole bunch of groups that were popular then". His musical preference soon turned to country with singers Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra influencing his style. Strait did not tune to the country music radio as a youth listening to the news and the farmer's report.
His introduction to country music came by way of live performances, according to Strait, could be heard in every town in Texas. He eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma; the couple married in Spain on December 4, 1971. That same year, he enlisted in the United States Army. While stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina as a part of the 82nd Airborne Division, Strait began performing with a U. S. Army-sponsored band, "Rambling Country", which played off-base under the name "Santee". On October 6, 1972, while still in Fort Bragg and Norma had their first child, Jenifer. After Strait was honorably discharged from the Army in 1975, he enrolled at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and graduated with a degree in agriculture.it is now just Texas State. During his college years, Strait joined the country band Stoney Ridge, answering a flyer the band posted around campus looking for a new vocalist. Strait renamed the group the Ace in the Hole Band and became the lead, they opened for national acts such as The Texas Playboys.
Soon, his band was given the opportunity to record several Strait-penned singles including "That Don't Change The Way I Feel About You," and "I Can't Go On Dying Like This" for the Houston-based D label. However, the songs never achieved wide recognition, Strait continued to manage his family cattle ranch during the day in order to make some extra cash. While he continued to play with his band, without any real connections to the recording industry, Strait became friends with Erv Woolsey, who operated one of the bars in which the Ace in the Hole band played, who had worked for the major label MCA Records. Woolsey convinced some of his Music Row connections to come to Texas and to listen to Strait and his band play. Impressed with the performance, but concerned that they couldn't market the Western Swing sound that the band featured, they left without a deal. After several unsuccessful trips to Nashville in search of a record deal in which Strait was turned down by every label in town, he considered giving up music altogether.
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MGM Grand Garden Arena
The MGM Grand Garden Arena is a 17,157-seat multi-purpose arena located within the MGM Grand Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip. From its opening on December 18, 1993 until the opening of the MGM co-owned T-Mobile Arena in 2016, MGM Grand Garden Arena along with the Thomas & Mack Center were the main sports arenas in the Las Vegas area; the arena is well known for numerous professional boxing superfights, such as Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez and Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. From 1996 to 2000, it hosted wrestling's WCW Halloween Havoc PPV event; the UWF television event Blackjack Brawl was held at the venue in 1994. As of April 2016, the arena has held 40 Ultimate Fighting Championship events. On September 7, 1996, Bruce Seldon vs. Mike Tyson was held here, he succumbed to his injuries six days later. On May 2, 2015, Floyd Mayweather Jr. defended his world title in a anticipated match against fellow superstar Manny Pacquiao.
The fight continued to the 12th round and Mayweather retained his title. Within the crowd, celebrities such as hip-hop artist Jay-Z, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and former NBA basketball player Michael Jordan were present. In 1994, the Las Vegas Dustdevils, an indoor soccer team in the Continental Indoor Soccer League played one season at the arena, it previously served through 2015 as the pre-season home for select Los Angeles Kings games against the Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks, known as Frozen Fury. Two more games occurred at the new T-Mobile Arena before the launch of the NHL's brand new team, Vegas Golden Knights, who went on to play in the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs within their first year. On October 24, 2014, MGM GGA held an NBA preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings. During the 1990s, the arena served as the site for the WAC women's volleyball tournament; the Professional Bull Riders held its annual World Finals event at the MGM Arena from 1994 to 1998 before moving to the Thomas & Mack Center in 1999 and to T-Mobile Arena in 2016.
On March 13, 2012, it was announced that the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament would take place at the arena from at least 2013 through 2016 and to T-Mobile Arena in 2017 until 2020. Beginning in 2014, the MGM Grand Garden Arena will host The MGM Resorts Main Event, an 8-team college basketball tournament held during Monday and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week of NCAA Division I men's basketball season; the MGM Grand Main Event features two four-team brackets, with each team playing two games in Las Vegas. Opening round games are played on campus; the MGM Grand Garden Arena is the current home of the Latin Grammy Awards. The arena hosted the Latin Grammy Awards in 2014, 2015, 2017 and most in 2018; the arena will host the Latin Grammy Awards for a fifth time in 2019, marking the 20th anniversary of the Latin Grammy Awards. The venue is the current home of the Academy of Country Music Awards and has served as host twelve times since 2006, including 2018's event, the first following the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, which occurred 1 mile away.
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Country Music Association Awards
The Country Music Association Awards known as the CMA Awards or CMAs, are presented to country music artists and broadcasters to recognize outstanding achievement in the country music industry. The televised annual presentation ceremony features performances and award presentations by popular country music artists, with occasional appearances from pop and rock artists; the CMA Awards were first presented in 1967, televised for the first time the following year. The 52nd annual ceremony was held on November 14, 2018 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and broadcast by ABC; the first CMA awards were presented at an untelevised ceremony at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in 1967. The second annual CMA awards were presented in October 1968. Since the awards have been televised live in October or November, by NBC from 1969 through 1971, by CBS from 1972 through 2005, by ABC beginning in 2006. Starting in 1968 they were held at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. In 2005, the awards show was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Since 2006, they have been held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Prior to 2017, the awards were held on the first Wednesday in November. However, since the awards have been rescheduled for in the month to avoid conflict with a possible game seven of Major League Baseball’s World Series, since the 2016 ceremony aired the same night as Fox’s eventual telecast of game seven of the 2016 Series, which beat the CMA Awards in the ratings. Albums and songs released between July 1 of the previous calendar year and June 30 of the award show's year are eligible for consideration. More than 7,300 individuals from the Country Music Association trade group vote for the nominees and winners through three rounds of balloting. Annual awards are given in the following twelve categories: Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, New Artist, Vocal Group, Vocal Duo, Album, Musical Event, Music Video, Musician; the distinction between the Duo and Event awards is that the former is presented to two artists who perform together, while the latter was created to honor one-off collaborations.
Nine awards are given to radio broadcasters for Station of the Year and Personality of the Year, as well as National Personality of the Year to the host of a nationally syndicated show. Since 2012, the ceremony features a Lifetime Achievement Award. Vince Gill hosted the awards from 1992 to 2003. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have co-hosted the ceremonies together since 2008; the first ceremony in 1967 was co-hosted by Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry, but that ceremony was not televised. Inductees of the Country Music Hall of Fame Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year Country Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year Country Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year CMA Music Festival, a CMA-produced summer event, part of the CMA broadcast contract with ABC Official site
Christopher Alvin Stapleton is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. He was born in Lexington and grew up in Staffordsville, until moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2001 to pursue a career in music writing songs. Subsequently, Stapleton signed a contract with Sea Gayle Music to publish his music; as of 2018 Stapleton has amassed credits co-writing over 170 songs. He has co-written six number-one country songs including Kenny Chesney's five-week number-one "Never Wanted Nothing More", George Strait's "Love's Gonna Make It Alright", Luke Bryan's "Drink a Beer", his songs have appeared on many artists albums including Adele, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley. He has co-written with several artists as well including Vince Gill, Peter Frampton, Sheryl Crow. Stapleton has been recognized with several awards including five Grammy Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, ten Country Music Association Awards; as a vocalist, Stapleton sang lead in two bands before he started recording as a solo artist including a bluegrass ensemble from 2008 to 2010 called The SteelDrivers.
After that, he released his solo debut: the critically acclaimed studio album titled Traveller, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. His second studio album From A Room: Volume 1 was released in May 2017, earned him a second CMA Award for Album of the Year and a Grammy Award for Best Country Album. From A Room: Volume 2 was released in December 2017. Stapleton was born in a Lexington, hospital, his mother, Carol J. Stapleton, worked at the local health department and his father, Herbert Joseph Stapleton, Jr. was a coal miner. He comes from a family of coal miners, he has Herbert Joseph III and younger sister, Melanie Brooke. Stapleton grew up in the small town of Staffordsville, located just outside of Paintsville, located between the city and the Paintsville lake, he graduated from Johnson Central High School where he played football and was his class salutatorian. He attended Vanderbilt University where he studied engineering, but dropped out after a year.
In 2001, Stapleton moved to Tennessee, to pursue a music career. As a songwriter, he signed with the publishing house Sea Gayle Music, a deal he got shortly after moving to Nashville. In 2007, he became the frontman for the bluegrass group The Steeldrivers, they had two hit records. In 2010, Stapleton founded; the band was made up of Stapleton on vocals, Greg McKee on guitar, J. T. Cure on bass, Bard McNamee on drums, they toured regionally at one point, opened for the Zac Brown Band. The band independently released a self-titled album in November 2010. In 2013, Stapleton signed to Mercury Nashville, a division of Universal Music Group Nashville, as a solo artist, his first single, "What Are You Listening To?", was released in October 2013, but did not perform as expected. The single was part of a record, recorded but never released. Stapleton cowrote the theme—"All-Nighter Comin'"—to the WSM-AM show, The WSM All Nighter with Marcia Campbell, an American radio show with a large trucker following, he cowrote the song with Gill featured on vocals on the track.
Songs written by Stapleton have been included on to the soundtracks of several feature films, including Valentine's Day and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. and Hell or High Water. In 2013, Stapleton and his wife Morgane sang the Waylon Jennings song, "Amanda", live at the Grand Ole Opry, they did an NPR Tiny Desk Concert in November 2015. At the 2014 CMT Artist of the Year event, Stapleton performed with Lady Antebellum, who played Stapleton's song, "Drink a Beer", which Luke Bryan had recorded, in honor of Bryan, unable to attend the ceremony due to a death in his family. Stapleton had sung it during Bryan's 2013 CMA Awards performance of the same song, his debut solo album, was released on May 5, 2015. Recorded in Nashville's RCA Studio A, Stapleton co-produced the album with producer Dave Cobb. On the album he plays guitar and sings with a live band, made up of bass player J. T. Cure, pedal steel player Robby Turner, drummer Derek Mixon, Mickey Raphael on harmonica, wife Morgane Stapleton singing harmonies.
Stapleton emphasized the importance of the band lineup that came together during the making and promotion of the record, saying the familiarity he had with Cure and Mixon, plus Cobb's producing which included contributing acoustic guitar in the recording process, added to the richness of making the record. Stapleton said that the album was inspired by a cross-country road trip he took after his father died in 2013, he said he wrote the title track "Traveller" while on a road trip with his wife, driving down Interstate 40 from Phoenix, Arizona, to Nashville via New Mexico. His wife helped him to sift through 15 years worth of songs to pick 9 songs to start recording with. Stapleton won three awards at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards: Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, New Artist of the Year. At the CMA Awards, Stapleton performed with Justin Timberlake his version of the song popularized as a David Allen Coe live-show staple, "Tennessee Whiskey" and Timberlake's "Drink You Away".
Considered a career-defining moment by music publications, the performance along with his wins that night lifted him to national prominence. In December 2015, Stapleton received the 2015 CMT Art