First Round of 2015 CMT Music Awards Nominees Revealed

Image Courtesy CMTThe nominees in three big categories at the 2015 CMT Music Awards have been revealed.  Lady Antebellum announced the finalists in the Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year categories Wednesday morning on NBC's Today.

Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood also announced additional categories -- Group Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year -- on their social media accounts. Look for more nominees to be announced throughout the morning; fan voting is now underway at CMT.com.

The 2015 CMT Music Awards air live on CMT Wednesday, June 10.  Here are the initial nominees:

Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood, "Something in the Water"
Darius Rucker, "Homegrown Honey"
Dierks Bentley, "Drunk on a Plane"
Florida Georgia Line, "Dirt"
Jason Aldean, "Burnin' It Down"
Kenny Chesney, "American Kids"
Lady Antebellum, "Bartender"
Lee Brice, "I Don't Dance"
Luke Bryan, "Play It Again"
Maddie & Tae, "Girl in a Country Song"
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, "Somethin' Bad"
Sam Hunt, "Leave the Night On"

Male Video of the Year
Dierks Bentley, "Drunk on a Plane"
Eric Church, "Talladega"
Jason Aldean, "Burnin' It Down"
Keith Urban, "Somewhere in My Car"
Kenny Chesney, "American Kids"
Luke Bryan, "Play It Again"

Female Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood, "Little Toy Guns"
Carrie Underwood, "Something in the Water"
Lee Ann Womack, "The Way I'm Livin'"
Miranda Lambert, "Little Red Wagon"
RaeLynn, "God Made Girls"
Reba, "Going Out Like That"

Group Video of the Year
A Thousand Horses, "Smoke"
Eli Young Band, "Dust"
Lady Antebellum, "Bartender"
Little Big Town, "Day Drinking"
The Band Perry, "Chainsaw"
Zac Brown Band, "All Alright"

Breakthrough Video of the Year
Chase Rice, "Gonna Wanna Tonight"
Frankie Ballard, "Sunshine & Whiskey"
Kelsea Ballerini, "Love Me Like You Mean It"
Maddie & Tae, "Girl in a Country Song"
RaeLynn, "God Made Girls"
Sam Hunt, "Leave the Night On"

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Luke Bryan Premiering New Single, “Kick the Dust Up,” with Two Big TV Appearances May 19

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is launching his brand-new single in a big way next week. It's called "Kick the Dust Up," and Luke will perform it on both The Ellen DeGeneres Show and NBC's season finale of The Voice on Tuesday, May 19. The song also goes to iTunes and country radio that day.

"Kick the Dust Up" is also the first single from Luke's upcoming studio album, due out this summer. His Kick the Dust Up tour is now underway.  Luke has been performing his new single to open the show.

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Kelsea Ballerini Entertaining Lots of Girls and Few Guys on Current Tour with Jana Kramer

Image Courtesy Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini and Jana Kramer's CMT Next Women of Tour has been on the road for a few weeks, and the crowds have been full of girls ready to get down and have a good time. It's not that the guys in the audience aren't having a blast, though.

Kelsea tells ABC Radio, "There's, like, maybe five guys in every crowd. But you know what? It's so funny 'cause they're like the ones that are in the front, phones out the whole time, totally just in it, which is so fun for us."

Kelsea is happy to see big groups of girls get together for the shows.

"It's a girl power tour," she says. "That's the whole theme of it, and so we're having a blast."

Jana and Kelsea make a point to watch each other's sets every night on the tour, but they haven't collaborated that much on stage.

Says Kelsea, "She brought me out to do a mashup with her one time, but I just enjoy kinda being a fan and getting to watch her."

Look for Kelsea's debut album, The First Time, to go on sale Monday, May 18. The project features her hit single, "Love Me Like You Mean It."

Of note, Kelsea played her first headlining show in Nashville Tuesday night at 3rd & Lindsley. During her set, Kelsea brought out her pals Maddie & Tae for a trio performance of the Dixie Chicks classic, "There's Your Trouble."

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie, are featured hosting a summer dinner party in the June issue of Southern Living magazine. Check it out at SouthernLiving.com.

In continuing his work on behalf of America's troops, Toby Keith has announced plans to give a portion of the proceeds from sale of his Wild Shot Mezcal to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., or VFW. The 6,800 VFW posts in the United States will now carry Toby's mezcal, too.

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Country Newcomer Mickey Guyton Releasing Self-Titled EP on May 26

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCountry newcomer Mickey Guyton will release her self-titled, debut EP on May 26. The project features her hit single "Better than You Left Me," which she recently performed on ABC's Good Morning America.

Mickey co-wrote two of the four tracks on the EP. Its release comes on the heels of her joining Brad Paisley's Crushin' It World Tour starting May 15.

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