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Kenny Chesney is the million ticket man. Well, actually he is the 10-million ticket man. Kenny has sold more than one million tickets for his Goin' Coastal tour this year. The achievement marks his eighth time surpassing a million tickets in a year. He has sold more than 10 million tickets since 2002.
Shania Twain is starting to re-emerge on the country music scene. She will on the CMT Music Awards, as a presenter on the June 8 broadcast. Shania's reality series chronicling her struggle to sing again after her divorce from producer husband Mutt Lange, has brought Shania a lot of attention from Nashville. Shania isn't ready to sing in public yet, but she is ready to find her place in the country music industry again.
Other 2011 CMT Music Awards presenters include Sara Evans, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Justin Bieber, 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alania, Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Bell Bundy, Train, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and 'Dancing With the Stars' winner Hines Ward, Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews, actor Ricky Schroder, comedienne Melissa Peterman and actress Mary Steenburgen. Also taking the stage will be previously-announced performers Big & Rich, Jason Aldean, Luke, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Toby Keith and the Incognito Banditos and Zac Brown Band.
The 45th annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 9 on ABC. The final nominees in the 12 categories will be revealed in early September. The first ballot will be sent to members on June 27, with the second ballot following on Aug. 9. The third and final ballot will be sent on Oct. 14. The eligibility period for the 2011 CMA Awards is July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. All voting will be conducted online. The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 industry professional members of the Country Music Association.
Newly-crowned 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery is not wasting any time in getting his country music career off the ground. The 17-year-old is already hard at work on his debut CD. "I'm really looking forward to getting my music out there," the North Carolina native tells Billboard. "I think it's going to be a great album. I've gotta pick good songs -- that's what it's all about after the show is getting good songs. The fans got me to where I'm at now, so it's my job to get them the music they want to hear." Scotty is going to be a presenter on the CMT Video Awards later this month.
Jason Aldean has admitted (jokingly) that he's a little upset over Brad Paisley's latest No. 1 hit, "Old Alabama." The legendary country band Alabama is Aldean's favorite group. Jason told The Tennessean newspaper. "I wanted to be the guy that got Alabama out of retirement and it was him. So I'm a little upset with him right now. But I'm glad somebody did it. Those guys need to be back at it. I miss hearing them sing together and it was really cool at the ACMs to see them back together."
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