This year marks the first time Brett Young received a CMA nomination. It’s for New Artist of the Year and he admits on he’s a little nervous and excited at the same time. He’s up against Lauren Alaina, Jon Pardi, Old Dominion and Luke Combs. The 2017 CMA Awards are scheduled to air on ABC on Nov. 8, at 8PM ET; the ceremony will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the ceremony for the 10th year in a row.


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The CMA distributed guidelines for media members approved for red carpet and media room access at the upcoming 2017 CMA Awards. Among the typical technical guidelines and logistical details is a warning to journalists to avoid questions about the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, gun control and politics, among other controversial topics. Brad Paisley would like the CMA to re-think their policy because he thinks it’s ridiculous and unfair. On Paisley has previously stated that he and co-host Carrie Underwood plan to honor those who died and were injured during the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, but will try to strike a balance.


On Clint Black is bringing a brand new musical to the stage. It’s title is ‘Looking for Christmas’ and will follow the story of a military veteran suffering from PTSD as he tries to reconnect with his wife and daughter. No word yet on when the musical will hit the stage.