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2018 CMA Awards Winners

2018 CMA Awards Winners

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR “THE 52ND ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” Chris Stapleton Top Winner of the Night with Three Awards & Keith Urban Named Entertainer of the Year NASHVILLE – Chris Stapleton reveled in a celebratory night in Nashville as he took home three wins at “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards,” while Keith Urban warmed hearts with…More

2018 CMA Awards Nominees

2018 CMA Awards Nominees

“THE 52ND ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” – FINAL NOMINEES (by ballot category order): ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Chris Stapleton Keith Urban SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s)) “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton Mix Engineer: Vance Powell “Drinkin’ Problem” –…More

Garth Brooks CMA Preview

Garth Brooks CMA Preview

Garth Brooks is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, but he’s not nominated for anything this year.  Nonetheless, he will perform on this year’s CMA Awards show Wednesday night.  He spoke with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton about the song he will perform: Tell me about this song: “Trisha asked me last night, ‘Are…More

Brad Paisley’s CMA Preview

Brad Paisley’s CMA Preview

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood will co-host the CMA Awards for the 11th straight year this Wednesday.  We caught up with Brad at his Nashville area home to get a preview. What can we expect? It’s the kind of year where, here’s the rule: What’s fun. What’s fun to talk about? That’s our rule. We’re…More

Maren Morris & Taylor Swift

Maren Morris & Taylor Swift

Maren Morris was invited to perform with Taylor Swift at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.  Maren described the experience with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton: “I was her special guest at the Dallas Cowboy’s stadium in Arlington.  That’s my hometown. My parents have a hair salon two blocks from the stadium. They worked all day and…More

Maren Morris Sings on CMAs

Maren Morris Sings on CMAs

This week Maren Morris co-hosts and talks about next week’s CMA Awards, where she’s nominated for two awards. “Female Vocalist is one of the biggest awards of the night. That category, look at the other women, I’m like, I guess I’ve made it! It’s gonna be fun. I really didn’t expect to be nominated for…More

Chris Young & Bill Murray Golf

Chris Young & Bill Murray Golf

This week, Chris Young takes a break in his Losing Sleep World Tour to talk about a busy year, his new dog Porter, and what it was like to play a round of golf with comedian Bill Murray. “The tour has just been nuts. I mean that in every way. It’s been incredible, and just…More

ICYMI: Chris Janson Co-Hosts

ICYMI: Chris Janson Co-Hosts

In Case You Missed It: Chris Janson co-hosts the countdown this weekend. His current Top 10, “Drunk Girl,” is nominated for CMA Song of the Year and Video of the Year, and Chris has a third nomination for New Artist of the Year. Chris told Lon who called first to congratulate him: “First phone call…More

Jason Aldean’s CMA Call To Lon

Jason Aldean’s CMA Call To Lon

Lon had just finished talking with co-host Luke Combs about Jason Aldean’s stadium show in Atlanta, when the phone rang.  When Lon answered, it was none other than Jason himself.  Jason said, “Hey Lon, what’s up, this is Jason Aldean, how’re you?” I couldn’t be better. “Well you COULD be better, cause I’m calling to…More

New To Top Ten: Jimmie Allen

New To Top Ten: Jimmie Allen

This week, Jimmie Allen has his first Top 10 song with “Best Shot.” We got a chance to speak with him the day he got the news: Have you seen the chart? “I’ve heard some rumors I might be at #10, which is crazy.  I believe being in the Top 10 means you’re at a…More

Here’s What Luke Combs Said

Here’s What Luke Combs Said

This week, Luke Combs co-hosts the countdown, fresh off the plane from his recent tour of Europe.”I barely had time to shower, but I got it done, though. It’s a priority for sure.” A few weeks ago, Luke found out one of the contestants on The Voice sang “One Number Away,” and is now on…More

Cole Swindell’s Celebrity Moments

Cole Swindell’s Celebrity Moments

This week, Cole Swindell co-hosts the Countdown. Cole & Lon discuss Cole’s Ready To Drink Again Tour, his new album All Of It, and a lot of Cole’s friends in the Top 30. As Cole begins his headline tour, Lon asked him who he looks to for ideas: “I’ve learned from everybody we’ve toured with.…More

TIm McGraw: Neon Church

TIm McGraw: Neon Church

Tim McGraw co-hosts this week’s Countdown, and will introduce his first new solo single in two years. Lon asked Tim to describe what people will hear in the new song: “The guitars on this song are killer, there’s great stuff all over it. You can listen to this record, I love the lyrics, such a…More

Russell Dickerson’s Musical Life

Russell Dickerson’s Musical Life

This week Russell Dickerson makes his countdown co-hosting debut. He shares some of his story, and the country stars who’ve helped him along the way, including Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, and Florida Georgia Line. Russell credits two musical influences from his youth: Keith Urban and Garth Brooks. “One of the first memories of Garth was…More

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