2019 American Music Awards - Press Room

Dan Smyers, left, and Shay Mooney, of Dan + Shay, pose in the press room with the award for favorite country song for "Speechless" at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

AMAs: The 2019 American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, handed out trophies at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday. Carrie Underwood (Favorite Female Artist-Country and Favorite Album-County) and Dan + Shay (Favorite Duo/Group-Country and Favorite Song-Country) took home two awards apiece, while Kane Brown (Favorite Male Artist-Country) and Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus (Favorite Song-Rap/Hip-Hop) scored one trophy each. Carrie has now won 15 American Music Awards, tying her with Reba McEntire for the most-awarded female artist in country music history.

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: CMA Country Christmas, a two-hour music celebration, will air on ABC next Tuesday night. Hosted by Trisha Yearwood, this year’s festive showcase was taped on Sept. 25 at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center in Nashville. A number of stars took the stage to sing their favorite yuletide tunes, including Trisha, Dierks Bentley, Runaway June, Kristin Chenoweth, for King & Country, Chris Janson, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Runaway June, CeCe Winans, Brett Young and Chris Young. “Music, memories and enjoying the season with loved ones are what make Christmastime so special,” says Trisha. “Hosting CMA Country Christmas is an opportunity to share joy and celebrate the holidays with friends and family everywhere.”

MISTAKE: The day after being arrested for DUI in Nashville on Nov. 21, Sam Hunt released a statement via Twitter, saying: “Wednesday night I decided to drive myself home after drinking at a friend’s show in downtown Nashville. It was a poor and selfish decision and I apologize to everyone who was unknowingly put at risk and let down by it. It won’t happen again.” Sam was arrested for driving under the influence and having an open container in Nashville. According to the arrest warrant, police were notified that a driver was traveling the wrong way on a Nashville road. Officers located the vehicle going the wrong way and pulled the car over. The driver, identified as Sam Hunt, had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. A field sobriety test was administered. Sam had a blood alcohol content of .173. The legal limit in Tennessee is below .08.

NEW SINGLE: Miranda Lambert is gearing up to drop a new single, “Bluebird,” from her seventh studio album, Wildcard. The hopeful tune follows the release of lead single, “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” in July. “Bluebird, which Miranda co-wrote with Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby, impacts country radio on Dec. 9.

WED: After getting engaged in June 2018, Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow, 24, and her longtime boyfriend, Jonah Font, 25, tied the knot in Arrington, Tennessee, last Friday. Maddie and Jonah were high school classmates in Texas. The newlyweds danced their first song to Kacey Musgraves’ “Late to the Party” and will honeymoon in the Exuma islands in the Bahamas.

Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.

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