The CMT Artists of the Year celebration was taped in Nashville Tuesday night and Kenny Chesney was among the five artists honored. The other award-winners were Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, and Lady Antebellum.
Chesney was presented with his award by his good friend, Saints coach Sean Payton, and also by former St Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa.
It was a night full of cross-pollinated moments, with host Rob Lowe, Lionel Richie, William Shatner, Joe Walsh, Gavin DeGraw, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, The Avett Brothers and The All-American Rejects on hand to celebrate country’s biggest entertainers. But it was Hank Williams Jr. who turned in the night’s most buzzed about moment, leaving the stage quickly mid-song after singing his part during a duet with Aldean.
The 90-minute special will premier Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
Music fans from all over the country converged on Las Vegas for the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival back in September, and now you have the opportunity to relive the one-of-a-kind concert event from your couch!
Some of the most exciting performances from the sold-out iHeartRadio Music Festival will premiere in High Definition November 23 at 10p/9c on VH1. The concert event will feature Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Kenny Chesney, The Black Eyed Peas, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Jane’s Addiction, Nicki Minaj and collaborations from Sting and Jeff Beck.
Additional television air dates for the iHeartRadio Music Festival are as follows:
VH1 – Thanksgiving – Thursday, Nov. 24 at 3a/2c
VH1 – Thanksgiving – Thursday, Nov. 24 at 10a/9c
Palladia – Saturday, Dec. 3 at 12a/11c
Palladia -Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 9p/8c
Palladia -Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 12p/11c
The iHeartRadio Music Festival took place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena September 23rd and 24th in celebration of the launch of the New iHeartRadio.
Sat. June 16
Lincoln Financial Field
Sat. June 30
Sat. July 7
East Rutherford, NJ
Sat. August 11
Sat. August 18
Sat. August 25
Presales for each show begin Tuesday at noon local time.
Kenny Chesney Fan Club tickets are blocked in advance of the general on sale and other presales. This year there are five times more sand bar tickets available as well as loads of great seats throughout each venue.
Also as a special addition to this year’s tour, they’ve put together some great VIP and Travel Packages that will be available first to the fan club before they are opened up to the general public. For more information on these packages, go to KennyChesney.com/viptravelpackages>. To purchase VIP packages during the presale, just click on “Get Tickets” under “VIP and Travel Packages.”
Many of you have asked if Kenny Chesney will play arenas and amphitheaters along with his 19 stadium dates on next year’s Brothers of the Sun Tour. The answer, according to Kenny himself, is no:
Outside of the possibility for a few shows here and there, the Brothers tour will for the most part be the extent of both artists’ road work in 2012. “I think we’re going to do the shows we do with Tim and that’s gonna be it,” says Chesney. “I’m going to work on other things, other projects, and I’m constantly working on the record, though I’m not sure when that’s coming. We may go overseas-maybe. But as far as the States, the shows I’m doing with Tim are the only ones we’re gonna do.”
Tickets for the Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, East Rutherford, Detroit, and Foxboro shows will go on sale Saturday, December 3rd through Ticketmaster.
The rumors proved to be true. Kenny Chesney announced this morning that he’ll team up with Tim McGraw for several shows next year, pairing together two of the biggest men in country music.
“Tim and I have been great friends since we first toured together, and I can’t wait to get back on the road with him,” Chesney said. “He’s one of my closest friends in music and in life, and I know this tour is going to be something special.”
“Our friendship was forged on the road, so it’s going to be a blast heading out with Kenny again,” said McGraw. “We’ll be having as much fun on stage as the fans will be having in the audience.”
‘Brothers of the Sun’ will be the first time in 10 years that Chesney and McGraw have hit the road together. The reunion will kick off June 2 in Tampa, FL and will feature stadium shows on weekend dates at venues across the country. ‘Brothers of the Sun’ will also feature special guests Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Jake Owen.
‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour 2012:
Sat. June 2 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium
Sun. June 3 – Atlanta, GA – Georgia Dome
Sat. June 9 – Dallas, TX – Cowboys Stadium
Sun. June 10 – Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium
Sat. June 15 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
Sat. June 23 – Nashville, TN – LP Field
Sun. June 24 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium
Sat. June 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
Sun. July 1 – Cincinnati, OH – Paul Brown Stadium
Sat. July 7 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
Sun. July 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Field
Sat. July 14 – Anaheim, CA – Angels Stadium
Sat. July 21 – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile High
TBA – Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium
TBA – Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Browns Stadium
Sat. August 11 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
Sun. August 12 – Washington, DC – FedEx Field
Sat. August 18 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
Sat. August 25 – Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium
Tickets for the Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, East Rutherford, Detroit, and Foxboro shows will go on sale Saturday, December 3 through Ticketmaster. On-sale info for the remaining dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Kenny Chesney Fan Club will be the place to get tickets before they go onsale to the general public. Click here to join today and be first in line when tickets go onsale.
Here’s the video announcement that aired on Good Morning America, including an interview with Chesney and McGraw:
Two nights and two awards for Kenny Chesney. On Wednesday night he took home a CMA award for Music Video of the Year and on Thursday night at the Billboard Touring Awards Chesney won Top Package for his 2011 Goin’ Coastal Tour with Zac Brown, Uncle Kracker, and Billy Currington.
U2 took home Top Tour and Top Draw, while Jason Aldean earned the Breakthrough award.