Nash Music Madness 2016 Champion Announced: Carrie Underwood

Nash Music Madness 2016 Champion Announced: Carrie Underwood

Originally published in the April 4, 2016 issue of Country Weekly magazine.

The Nash Music Madness 2016 Champion is Carrie Underwood (Oklahoma)

  • Grammy Best Country Solo Performance nom.
  • CMA Female Vocalist of the Year nom.
  • Billboard No. 1 Album

With the poise and confidence of a defending champion, Carrie Underwood dominated our Music Madness competition for the second year in a row. On her way to the crown, Carrie routed Eric Church in the opening round, crushed Kelsea Ballerini in the quarterfinals, shellacked Luke Bryan in the semifinals and trounced Little Big Town in the finals—and she did it without breaking a sweat.

When we came up with the idea to let YOU—the readers—decide which one of the 16 hottest stars in country music had the best “season” in a winner-takes-all tournament, we took our staff’s opinions out of the equation. After coming up with a list of factors that governed the seeding, our job was done. It was time to sit back and let you vote. And vote you did. For five weeks, thousands and thousands of online votes poured in each round until we were left with one woman standing: Carrie Underwood.

And what a successful season it’s been for Carrie. She scored the 22nd and 23rd No. 1 singles of her career with “Smoke Break” and “Heartbeat” from her Billboard No. 1 album Storyteller. She also embarked on The Storyteller Tour, selling out numerous venues and taking her talents across the pond, where she performed for the first time for enthusiastic crowds in Stockholm, Sweden, and Oslo, Norway. The tour runs through May, so don’t expect Carrie to slow down.

We’re already looking forward to another great tourney next year. Can Carrie three-peat as champion and start her own dynasty or will a new titleholder emerge?  The new season begins now, and we’ll be watching.

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter