Nashville News and Notes – Wednesday, March 9, 2016!


The lineup for this year’s ACM Awards continues to grow. Tim McGraw will do his current single, “Humble and Kind,” while nominations-leader Chris Stapleton is set to take the stage as well. Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean and co-host and current Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan have been added to the bill too. They join previously announced  performers Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line, with more artists to be revealed in the coming weeks. The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Blake Shelton’s twelfth album is set to come out May 20. It’ll be called If I’m Honest, and from what Blake has said previously, he will be addressing both his sudden divorce from Miranda Lambert last year, as well as his new romance with Gwen Stefani through song. This weekend, Blake takes a break from touring to host Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards. He’ll wrap up his winter trek with Chris Janson next weekend, with dates in New York and Pennsylvania.

If you’re watching this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, you’ll be hearing plenty of Jason Aldean. His latest hit, “Gonna Know We Were Here,” is the song used in the opening video montage for the games. Action from today saw Pitt hang on to beat Syracuse 72-71.