A Letter To The Fans On ACM Controversy

posted May 21st, 2008 at 11:30 am

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney has posted a letter to his fans on the controversy over his statements to the media after winning his 4th consecutive ACM Entertainer of the Year award. Here’s what Kenny said after the awards show:

“I don’t think it’s right that they pick the one award that means the most, that all the artists sacrifice the most for,” Chesney told reporters backstage after thanking fans for voting for him as he accepted the award onstage.”They’ve taken it from what the award really represents (and turned it) into a sweepstakes to see who can push people’s buttons the hardest on the Internet,” Chesney said.

Controversy ensued, with many commentators saying that Chesney was ungrateful to the fans, or that he was a hypocrite for criticizing the decision to allow fans to vote for Entertainer of the Year while Chesney heavily encouraged his fans on his website to vote for him.

In response to the “firestorm”, Kenny has written a letter to his fans. Here’s a snippet:

I want to thank each of you personally for your part in this 4th Entertainer of the Year Award… You are not just the reason we do this, you are a lot of what makes us Entertainer of the Year. Beyond even your votes – which were critical – but the way you inspire me and the guys. We are more because you give so much… and I want to make sure you know how much I appreciate you, and how much a part of this you guys are.

Read the entire letter that Kenny posted on his website by going to and clicking on “News.”

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Kenny Opens Up About Marriage To Zellweger

posted May 21st, 2008 at 10:39 am

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by Josh Martn

In an interview with People Magazine, Kenny Chesney discusses his 2005 marriage to Renee Zellweger:

Kenny Chesney claims nothing about his marriage to Renee Zellweger made him happy. The singer married ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ star Renee in 2005 but the couple split just four months later. Kenny now admits he wasn’t ready to tie the knot, but says Renee is “the sweetest soul I’ve ever met”.

Describing the brief union as a “life lesson”, he added to People magazine: “There was nothing that made me happy. You can’t fall in love as hard and fast as we did and not have some residual effects.” Kenny also admitted that though he “enjoys” being a bachelor, he would consider marriage again. He said: “I thought I was ready once before, but I wasn’t. If I get married again, I’m going to give it 150 per cent.”

Kenny and Renee have remained good friends since the split, and have been spotted having dinner together on several occasions. After they split, the couple had their marriage annulled, with Renee citing fraud. She later expanded on the reason, saying: “The term is simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny’s character. I would personally be very grateful for your support in refraining from drawing derogatory, hurtful, sensationalised or untrue conclusions.”

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Upcoming Shows This Week

posted May 20th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney is on the road this week in the midwest. You can catch Kenny in the following cities this week:

  • Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena – Wednesday, May 21st
  • Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena – Thursday, May 22nd
  • Cleveland, OH – Browns Stadium – Saturday, May 24th

Get your tickets to these shows through TicketMaster or Stubhub now!

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Chesney Takes Home The Night’s Biggest Award

posted May 19th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

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by Josh Martn

It was another huge ACM night for Kenny Chesney on Sunday. For the fourth year in a row, Chesney took home the most coveted award: Entertainer of the Year. Chesney became only the third artist to win four or more consecutive times. Alabama won the award five times in a row, and Garth Brooks also won the award four consecutive times.

Kenny also won for Vocal Event Of The Year for his collaboration with Tim McGraw and Tracy Lawrence on “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.”

Chesney has caused a bit of a stir in the news, however, saying backstage after winning that the most important prize shouldn’t be left to the fans to decide:

“I don’t think it’s right that they pick the one award that means the most, that all the artists sacrifice the most for,” Chesney told reporters backstage after thanking fans for voting for him as he accepted the award onstage.”They’ve taken it from what the award really represents (and turned it) into a sweepstakes to see who can push people’s buttons the hardest on the Internet,” Chesney said.

Jeff Thomas of the Mercury News wire service had this to say about Chesney’s comments:

OK, fair enough, Ken. But if that’s the way you feel, why was your Web site urging everyone to vote for you? His MySpace page carried a large banner urging fans to “bring it home for KC,” with links to the academy’s online page and messages from fans lower on the page. The page also included a May 1 posting urging fans to vote, with a video of Chesney saying that awards are important for history’s sake – so people can look back to see what musicians had accomplished.

Here are some news articles covering Chesney and the ACM’s:

Congrats to Kenny on his big win again this year!

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ACM Awards Tonight!

posted May 18th, 2008 at 12:37 am

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by Josh Martn

The 43rd annual Academy Of Country Music Awards air live tonight at 8pm ET from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on CBS. Kenny Chesney leads the field with 11 nominations, including Entertainer of the Year.

And from ACM:

As a special performance, superstars Kenny Chesney and George Strait will perform their nominated duet “Shiftwork” from Chesney’s album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates. This will be the first time the pair have performed the song live.

Be sure to tune in!

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Chesney sets record for this decade

posted May 16th, 2008 at 9:53 am

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by Josh Martn

Chock up another milestone for Kenny Chesney. Not only does he have the most nominations (11) by far for this Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards, but he set a record this week for consecutive singles in the top 10 on the Billboard/R&R Country chart:

But he achieved another big milestone this week when his current single, “Better as a Memory,” reached the Top 10 on the Billboard/R&R Country chart. That makes 24 straight singles that Chesney has taken to the Top 10-level, a record for an artist this decade.

“You know, the radio was everything for us growing up,” Chesney said in a statement. “Now people have I-Pods, MP-3s, all kinds of stuff beyond their car radio. But I still think that it’s riding around with your friends — or driving to be somewhere you really wanna be — that songs become a big part of your life. So to hear that I’ve got the longest run of Top 10s since 2000, well, that means my songs have been a big part of a lot of people’s lives. Is there anything better for someone who does what I do? I mean, I look at the songs of Springsteen, Mellencamp, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Van Halen … what they meant to me. That’s what I hope this music means to other people.”

Congrats to Kenny and good luck to him on Sunday at the ACM’s!

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Corona’s ‘Bootprints’ Ad featuring Chesney to begin airing

posted May 14th, 2008 at 10:06 am

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by Josh Martn

A new Corona television ad featuring Kenny Chesney will debut Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

“Bootprints” opens with the sound of a man and his guitar playing a laid-back tune. As the camera pans across the idyllic beach, a trail of several “bootprints” in the sand leads to bare footprints, a pair of sandy cowboy boots, the shadow of man in a cowboy hat, a Corona Extra resting next to him on a stump, and finally ends on Chesney strumming and singing his song “Old Blue Chair” with the ocean waves as his back-up band.

The last shot of the recognizable Corona beach scene headlines: “Corona Presents Kenny Chesney’s 2008 ‘Poets & Pirates’ Tour.” Corona is the official sponsor of the tour, which kicked off in April and runs through September.

“Corona’s image of sun and beach is a natural complement with the persona and essence of Kenny Chesney,” said Timm Amundson, VP/marketing, Corona Extra and Corona Light for Crown Imports.

In addition to the TV commercial, the partnership will be supported with on-site signage at all tour venues and a variety of point-of-sale materials, including posters, pennant strings and banners.

The 30-second spot was created by AOR Cramer-Krasselt, Chicago.

“Bootprints” will run on major networks, including FX, ESPN and Great American Country, and during late night talk shows, including “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

Read the entire article here.

Don’t forget to vote for Kenny for Entertainer of the Year!

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