Headlines: Carrie Underwood CMT AOTY, Gabby Barrett Has Big Plans

CMT Artists of the Year Show Goes All-Female, Spotlighting Carrie, Miranda and Maren – In recognition of the undeniable influence and impact of female artists in country music, CMT today announced that for the first-time ever the annual “CMT Artists of the Year” special is dedicated to the women of country music—past, present and future. This year’s all-female “Artists of the Year” celebration will honor Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. The 90-minute special will premiere on Wednesday, October 17 at 8:00 PM, ET/PT only on CMT. As in past years, the event will feature surprise musical pairings and guests that will be announced at a later date.
– Via CMT Press Release

Gabby Barrett on ‘American Idol: Live’ and the upcoming York Fair performance – Where do you hope to take your career going forward? “After ‘American Idol’, I’m going straight back on tour. On my days off during the tour, I fly down to Nashville. I record and write songs. We have three or four days on tours, and then a day off.” “Starting on November 12, I’ll be going on tour with Chris Lane and Nathan Ramsey. But my ultimate goal? Madison Square Garden in three years.” – Read more at PennLive

Adam Lambert’s new music will surprise fans – In an interview with Client Magazine, for which he was photographed by Aitor Santome, he teased: “I’ve been waiting a long time to release new music, but I wanted to spend time on it to ensure that it was exactly what I wanted it to be, and also that everything was set up in the right way… It’s different from anything I have done previously – I didn’t feel tied to a trend or a genre and explored a lot more, so I think people might be surprised! I’m at a place where I really feel clear about who I am and what I stand for and I think that’s going to reflect in the music.” – Read more at The Southern.com

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