Pitbull to Perform at This Year’s CMT Awards

Pitbull has gone country…

The 35-year-old Cuban American rap superstar will take the stage at this year’s CMT Awards.


Organizers of the fan-voted awards show for country music videos and television performances are aiming for big collaborative moments this year.

So Pitbull — who appeared on Keith Urban‘s “Sun Don’t Let Me Down” earlier this year — and Leona Lewis will join forces with Cassadee Pope during the show.

Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley will perform with Elle King (the two duet on Bentley’s new album), Fifth Harmony teams up with Cam, Billy Ray Cyrus with Cheap Trick, Blake Shelton with the Oak Ridge Boys, and Keith Urban with both Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris.

Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood will perform “Church Bells,” which she performed at the ACMs and the ACCAs in April.

The CMTs air Wednesday, June 8, at 8:00 pm EST.

Armisen to Host This Year’s Peabody Awards Ceremony

Fred Armisen has a date with the Peabodys…

The 48-year-old half-Venezuelan actor and former Saturday Night Live star will host the Peabody Awards ceremony on May 31 at New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street.

Fred Armisen

The Peabody Awards will move from being a workday lunchtime event to an evening gala that organizers say will include a “made-for-TV red carpet event.”

In June, Pivot will broadcast a 90-minute special that combines excerpts from the ceremony, with interviews and clips of the winning programs; the ceremony and primetime special are being produced by Den of Thieves – whose credits include Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, the CMT Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and the Key & Peele Super Bowl Special.

Peabody Awards director Jeffrey Jones said the workday ceremony “may have confused people as to the nature” of what the Peabody Awards program at the University of Georgia, has become: a “dramatically re-imagined event” with “TV foremost in mind,” organizers say.

To that point, the award winners for calendar year 2014 will, for the first time, be announced in chunks over a two-week period, beginning Tuesday, April 14 with the Individual/Institutional winners, and wrapping on April 23 with the Documentary, Web/Interactive, Public Service, Education, and Children’s programming winners. Winners in the categories of News and Radio will be announced on April 20.

And the Entertainment winners will be unveiled April 16 – on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Jones said the divvying up was because previously the “smaller” winners often got lost in press coverage in the shadow of the Orange is the New Blacks and the Scandals – among last year’s winners. Announcing them over two weeks will allow for “greater attention placed on news and children’s programming,” he said, while we bit our tongue.

McCreery: A Top-Earning “American Idol”

He’s only been part of American Idol history for less than two years, but Scotty McCreery is already one of the Fox reality singing competition’s top-earners.

The 19-year-old part-Puerto Rican country crooner, the season 10 winner, claimed the No. 3 spot on Forbes’ list of Top-Earning American Idols for 2012 with $4 million.

Scotty McCreery

McCreery, who ranks behind Kelly Clarkson with $8 million and Carrie Underwood with $5 million during the scoring period (May 2011 through May 2012), has been on a roll since receiving a $250,000 record deal as part of his Idol victory in May 2011.

The CMT Award-winner and Academy of Country Music Awards’ New Artist of the Year surpassed expectations with his debut album, Clear As Day, which sold more than 1 million copies. And the North Carolina native took advantage by hitting the road last year, opening for Brad Paisley.

So what’s next for McCreery? A solo tour and a new album later this year, all while continuing his college education.

“It’s meant everything,” says McCreery of the show. “I didn’t have a career before, so it was the starting point for my career and it got me going. … They reach like 16 million fans on a bad night.”

McCreery Graduates From High School

It’s been a big week for Scotty McCreery… He’s not only the owner a coveted silver buckle at the CMT Music Award; he’s also the holder of diploma.

The 18-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer graduated from North Carolina’s Garner Magnet High School Thursday, the same location where he filmed his “breakthrough video of the year” for “The Trouble With Girls.”

Scotty McCreery

McCreery walked across the stage with his 400 or so classmates in Raleigh, N.C., to collect his diploma the day after claiming his first CMT Music Award in Nashville.

“The year has gone so fast,” the American Idol Season 10 winner told People on the red carpet before the awards show. “I’m glad it worked out that I could do both [school and music]. It was important to me and my family. Graduation is a big milestone, and it’s going to be a little bittersweet.”

“It was a good four years for me in high school,” he says.

Scotty McCreery

McCreery, who plans to attend North Carolina State University in the fall, tells the magazine that his dedication to his studies has paid off. He graduated with distinguished honors and said he believed he ranked in the top 50 in his class academically.

“I tried to keep in the books while I was on the road,” he said. “There’s a lot of down time, hurry up and wait time, and I tried to put it to good use. I know my family will be proud.”

McCreery Wins First CMT Music Award

Scotty McCreery has claimed another first… his first CMT silver buckle.

Scotty McCreery at the CMT Music Awards

The 18-year-old part-Puerto Rican country crooner and former American Idol champion claimed the Breakthrough Video of the Year award at last night’s CMT Music Awards in Nashville for his “The Trouble With Girls” music video.

“This award is so special to me ’cause I got to film this at my home high school, Garner Magnet High School [in North Carolina,” said McCreery. “I thank everybody who came out to support that.”

It’s the latest industry award for the rising star, whose debut album Clear As Day was certified platinum only three months after its release.

Last December, McCreery received the Artist of the Year: New Artist award at the American Country Awards. And, he picked up the New Artist of the Year prize at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. And, he’s currently nominated for two Teen Choice Awards.

Click here for the complete list of winners at last night’s CMT Music Awards.

McCreery Receives CMT Award Nomination

Scotty McCreery has landed his first CMT Awards nomination.

The 18-year-old part-Puerto Rican country crooner and American Idol winner scored a nod in the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year

Scotty McCreery

McCreery—who claimed his first ACM award for New Artist of the Year last month—will face off against his American Idol challenger Lauren Alaina, as well as newcomers Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Pistol Annies and Thompson Square.

Here’s a look at the list of nominated videos in the category:

Lauren Alaina —  “Georgia Peaches
Brantley Gilbert — “Country Must Be Country Wide
Hunter Hayes — “Storm Warning
Scotty McCreery — “The Trouble With Girls
Pistol Annies — “Hell on Heels
Thompson Square — “I Got You

Sponsored by Country Music Television, the 2012 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on June 6 on CMT and CMT.com.

Fans can vote now through June 4 to determine the winners online at CMT.com, on their mobile device at CMT Mobile or the CMT Insider app available on iPhone, iPad and Android.