Brooks and Dunn, Reba, Miranda Lambert, George Strait and Kenny Chesney are also among the seven artists honored by the Academy of Country Music with its 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.
The ride will take place April 18 starting in Dallas.
Lambert put out a classic album, raised money for dogs and opened a bed & breakfast. What did you do last year?
Aldean broke new musical ground again this year with his R&B-flavored hit single “Burnin’ It Down,” and the fans loved it.
When it came time to emerge from his self-imposed retirement, Brooks chose to do so in a big—no, wait, make that HUGE—way.
An ode to the South, the Cadillac Three name-drop several Southern states that represent the lifestyle the trio grew up in.
When Jaren Johnston, Tom Douglas and Jeffrey Steele initially wrote the ACM Award-nominated song “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” they never intended for it to be a duet.
“Never have I heard the song written from the point of view of a guy who’s in the back of a cop car with handcuffs on, watching a girl go completely redneck crazy at the cops,” Keith Urban said.
Instead of riding the bro-country wave of success into more party anthems, FGL threw country music fans a curve ball with “Dirt,” the first single from the band’s sophomore album, the aptly-titled Anything Goes.
“I walked up onto my tour bus that same night and played it for my bus driver and the band. I think it floored them too. We were blessed to get our hands on that one.”
If you want to know how Miranda Lambert really feels about the current state of the world—particularly its reliance on technology—just listen to “Automatic.”
“It’s really simple,” said Lee Brice of “I Don’t Dance,” his ACM Award-nominated song, “but it’s so true and to the point.”
Sometimes all it takes for a hit song is writing it with your friends.
The Academy of Country Music Awards are a month away and the first performers have just been announced.
Additional performers include Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Clint Black, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama and the Eli Young Band.
The 2015 ACM Award nominations were revealed Friday morning, with Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line topping the list. See all the ACM nominees.