Leading up to the this Sunday’s 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Thomas has been photographed at various events and performances this weekend. I’ve added photos from the events in the gallery now. Check em out:
On March 10th, Thomas attended and performed at the 10th Annual T.J. Martell Nashville Honors Gala which was held in Nashville, TN. You can view photos from the event below:
Hey y’all! I’ve updated the gallery with over 200+ high quality photos of Thomas from a variety of events from January and February of this year. You can check those out in the gallery now. 😉
Soundslikenashville.com — Thomas Rhett is no doubt becoming one of country music’s biggest superstars and his status among the elite was confirmed when he was named Country Artist of the Year for the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Beating out Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Sam Hunt, the “Marry Me” singer couldn’t believe he’d been named the winner.
“Wow, Country Artist of the Year. That is… that is insane. Thank you guys so much for voting for that and voting me in there because there was so many great country artists out there that also just deserve this completely. So I’m blown away that you have given this to me,” he said in a video acceptance speech.
After thanking the iHeartRadio team and his Valory label family, Rhett went on to thank some other special supporters in his life.
“Thank you so much to the fans, who come out to the shows and support us day in, day out,” he continued. “To my wife, who helps me pick these songs that go on the records and tells me when I’m doing something dumb in a show and I can fix it on the next one. Thank you to the Lord for allowing me to do this crazy career and this life. It’s been a real honor. Thank you guys so much. This is really cool.”
Rhett is also vying for Country Song of the Year with his smash, “Unforgettable.”
Fans tuning in to the awards show broadcast may not get a performance from the 2018 Country Artist of the Year, but they will get to see Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, Eminem, G-Eazy, Kehlani, and N.E.R.D. take the stage. Diddy, Bebe Rexha, Laverne Cox, Method Man, Halsey, and more are expected to present.
The 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards will take place on Sunday, March 11 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Los Angeles. The event will simulcast live across multiple platforms: TBS, TNT and truTV at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT; on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide; the iHeartRadio app; and on the truTV, TNT & TBS Apps.
Billboard.com — The Academy of Country Music Awards are a little more than a month away, and some of country’s biggest names will be taking the stage this year. The star-studded lineup so far includes Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett.
All of this year’s performers top the nominations list, with Rhett in particular amassing six nods, including male vocalist of the year. Aldean and Bryan will go head-to-head for entertainer of the year, and all the female performers have a shot at taking home the female vocalist of the year award.
The ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will take place at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, airing live Sunday, April 15, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Thomas is nominated for the following ACM Awards:
Male Vocalist Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Life Changes – Thomas Rhett (Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett / Record Label: The Valory Music Co.)
Video Of The Year
“Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
Director: TK McKAMY
Producer: Dan Atchison
Vocal Event Of The Year
“Craving You” – Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris (Producers: Julian Bunetta, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett / Record Label: The Valory Music Co.)
Billboard.com — Thomas Rhett collects his 10th No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, as “Marry Me” rises 2-1, hiking 6 percent to 40.7 million impressions in the week ending March 4, according to Nielsen Music. It ranks at its No. 2 high on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart for an eighth week.
“Marry,” which Rhett co-wrote with Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure, is the third single and third Country Airplay No. 1 from Rhett’s Life Changes LP, which debuted at the summit of Top Country Albums and the all-genre Billboard 200 (Sept. 30, 2017). The ballad follows “Unforgettable,” which topped the Nov. 18, 2017, Country Airplay chart, and “Craving You” (featuring Maren Morris), which led the July 22 list.
Rhett first ruled the Country Airplay chart dated Oct. 26, 2013, with “It Goes Like This.”
KWBE.com — For his latest smash, Thomas Rhett took a “what if” moment and turned it into “Marry Me,” imagining what could’ve happened if he’d never pursued the woman who eventually became his wife.
“Everybody has those turning points in their life,” he explains, “where you have these moments where you can either go left or go right. And if you go left, then you never know what would’ve been in that right direction.”
“So this song was written out of a space of like, if I had never told Lauren how I’d felt about her, then more than likely I would’ve been invited to that wedding of her marrying somebody else.”
The “Marry Me” video plays out like a mini-movie, with the main character regretting he never made a romantic move toward the woman he loves.
“I probably wouldn’t have been as sad as the guy in the video,” Thomas admits, “but it probably would’ve still wrecked me. I think when you fall in love with somebody at a young age, that kind of thing still sort of lingers with you for a long time.”
The video ends with a cliffhanger, as the potential bride goes to the lovesick protagonist, but it’s unclear whether she’s gone through with her wedding or not. So how does Thomas Rhett believe things turned out?
“At the end, I wanted to really just rein in that Nicholas Sparks moment…” he says, “and really give the viewers a positive ending. So I think she left the wedding and came, and now they’re together, wherever they are — living in the Virgin Islands somewhere.”
Newswire.ca — Republic Live, producers of Boots and Hearts Music Festival, have released the full line-up for Canada’s largest camping and country music festival taking place from August 9-12 at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ontario.
The artists announced today include Midland, LOCASH, James Barker Band, The Washboard Union, Lindsay Ell, Russell Dickerson, Meghan Patrick, and Walker Hayes. They join previously announced headliners Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Billy Currington, Dallas Smith and Brett Young.
“Boots and Hearts has grown into a must-attend festival since its launch in 2012 and we’re thrilled to announce the rest of this year’s artists. Fans come to Burl’s Creek for more than great music – they come for the “Boots Life” that emerges when 40,000 people come together. It’s about a sense of belonging you feel while dancing and singing to your favourite songs with the friends you came with, and the ones you just made,” said Lisa Zechmeister, Director of Booking and Development, Republic Live.
“We’ve worked hard to put together a world class line-up and we are also extremely proud that over half of our talent is comprised of Canadian artists for fans to discover. We like to be on the cutting edge of those up and coming artists; we know that today’s afternoon slot is tomorrow’s headliner, as we’ve seen with Chris Stapleton who played all four days as well as Sam Hunt (2014),” remarked Eva Dunford, co-founder of Boots and Hearts and Republic Live.
Spanning over 4 days with more than 40 artists, 60 hours of live entertainment, and many other attractions – including a spectacular LED Ferris Wheel and a 100 foot swing ride – Boots & Hearts is the largest country and camping music festival in Canada, providing fans with the greatest value for a festival experience of its kind.
“It’s extremely rare for a private festival producer to be the owner of a 600-acre parcel of land on which it plays – Republic Live is unique in that sense. It’s a pleasure to be a neighbour in this community and positively impact the local economy with the work that we do,” Dunford said.
Tickets for the 2018 festival are on-sale now; visit www.bootsandhearts.com for more information about artists, tickets, camping, and accommodations.
The full Boots and Hearts 2018 line-up includes:
Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Billy Currington, Dallas Smith, Brett Young, Midland, LOCASH, James Barker Band, The Washboard Union, Lindsay Ell, Russell Dickerson, Blackjack Billy, Meghan Patrick, Walker Hayes, Madeline Merlo, Jason Blaine, Aaron Goodvin, River Town Saints, Kira Isabella, Bobby Wills, Maggie Rose, Runaway June, Chris Buck Band, Petric, Jimmie Allen, Sons of Daughters, Ryan Robinette, Devin Dawson, Natasha Zimbaro, Genevieve Fisher, Sacha, The Wheat Kings, Jade Eagleson, The Redhill Valleys, Cole Malone, Kelsi Mayne, and Emma Wright.
Popculture.com — Thomas Rhett will wrap up his headlining Life Changes Tour just in time to serve as the opening act, along with Old Dominion, on Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour. The 27-year-old says joining Chesney on the road is a dream he’s held on to for most of his adult life.
“Being on a Kenny Chesney tour, I think is a dream that I’ve had since I was 19 years old,” Rhett shared with PopCulture.com at a recent media event. “[Jason] Aldean’s done it, Eric Church has done it, Miranda [Lambert] has done it. Anybody who is somebody has done that tour and there’s a reason for that and it’s because Kenny has perfected the art of learning how to entertain 70,000 people for two hours.”
Rhett joined Chesney for a couple shows at Gillette Stadium last year, which he says was a pivotal moment for his career.
“It really is a terrifying thing to go embark on,” admits Rhett. “Last year playing at Gillette two nights in a row was the first time I’d ever done a stadium, first of all, two nights in a row, and second of all, gotten to even play at dark. I’ve done stadiums before but it’s always been at 5:00, when there’s like 10,000 people in there. It’s really awkward.”
Stil, even in those two days, the “Marry Me” singer says he learned plenty from the country music icon.
“I feel like I got to learn so much even in just those two days of watching how Kenny connects to the person in the front row, and the person in the nose bleeds,” Rhett says. “That’s a very hard thing to do, and so I’m anxious to get out there and obviously do our set, but then just learn so much from Kenny. I think that’s every artist’s dream is to one day headline stadiums.”
In addition to learning about performing, Rhett also learned how to treat people off-stage, a skill Chesney has already mastered.
“He sets up this gigantic space next to his bus where he has a Tiki bar and food trucks and music playing,” Rhett reveals. “Literally, before the show and after the show, I could have walked up to Kenny and said, ‘Hey dude, I have 30 family members here, can [they come in]? Is that cool?’ Yeah, come on. He treats everybody like your their family, and I think that’s what creates such a unique and fun atmosphere with Kenny backstage, and that’s why so many people want to tour with him.
“Just from the camaraderie you get from that tour,” Rhett adds, “and then you also get to learn how to watch somebody play two hours of nothing but the most gigantic songs in the history of Country music. So, it’s pretty awesome.”
Rhett will wrap up his 2018 Life Changes Tour on April 20, and kick off his run with Chesney one day later, on April 21. A list of all of Rhett’s upcoming shows is available on his website.
This past Valentine’s Day had CMT feeling nostalgic with all the love in the air and took a moment to look back on some good times.
Like when Thomas Rhett’s high school sweetheart (and yes, his childhood crush) Lauren Gregory told him that he might actually have a career in music, and then she became his wife, Lauren Akins.
CMT.com — “She’s always been my biggest fan,” Rhett said in a recent radio interview, “even I remember going back to high school, just sitting there playing Brad Paisley songs on my acoustic guitar and her being like, ’Man, you kind of have an OK voice. Maybe you should do something with that.’”
Just like the title track from his last album Life Changes says, Rhett had been waiting on Lauren since the 2nd grade. The two married in October 2012. And he’s hopeful that their great ride will last forever.
“It’s crazy how far we’ve come, not only as a married couple but as friends. Our friendship has grown, and she is such a part of my career. My fans love her more than they love me, which is hilarious,” he said. “So it’s just been a great ride with her and hopefully it can continue in this way.”