Mitchell’s 75th birthday
CMA song categories hard to predict
The midterm elections are over, but the contest for the year’s best country songs is just around the corner at the Country Music Association Awards.
The two categories, song and single of the year, look similar with three songs nominated in both, but the writers behind the hits say these awards are hard to predict.
Nominees include Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant to Be”; country songs that went pop like Dan + Shay’s “Tequila” and Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”; a message song for the #MeToo era and of course, drinking songs.
The CMA Awards will air live Wednesday.
Joni Mitchell didn’t speak or sing a word at an all-star concert in honor of her 75th birthday.
The Canadian folkieturned-California singersongwriter ended a 3 1/2year absence from public life that began when she had an aneurysm in 2015.
Artists including James Taylor, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris serenaded Mitchell with her own songs at the concert.
Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha perform at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.