BROOKINGS – The Swiftel Center has made a name for itself as being a stop on the road to country music fame. The nominees for 2018 CMA Awards have been released and, of all the nominees, 13 have performed at the Swiftel Center.
The earliest performer nominated for a 2018 CMA Award dates to 2006 when Sugarland hit the road to Brookings, SD. Sugarland is nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Babe” featuring Taylor Swift. Continuing on down the road to 2010 when three of the nominees performed at Swiftel Center. In March of 2010, Luke Bryan opened for Jason Aldean on Aldean’s arena headlining tour, “Wide Open.” Aldean is nominated for Entertainer of the Year as well as for Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “Drowns the Whiskey” featuring Miranda Lambert. In November 2010, Miranda Lambert brought her arena tour “Revolution” for CMT On Tour. Lambert is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year as well as for Single of
the Year, Song of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “Drowns the Whiskey” with Jason Aldean.
In 2011, Luke Bryan returned to Swiftel Center on his arena tour “Tailgate & Tanlines” for CMT On Tour. Bryan is nominated for his sixth consecutive year for the 2018 CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year.
In 2013, Florida Georgia Line kicked-off their first ever arena headlining tour at the Swiftel Center – “Here’s to the Good Times” – which sold out in less than 2.5 minutes. The duo is nominated for a sixth consecutive year for Vocal Duo of the Year as well as for Single of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “Meant to Be” featuring Bebe Rexha.
In 2014, Dierks Bentley sold-out the Swiftel Center on his arena headlining tour “Riser.” Bentley is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for “The Mountain,” and Musical Event of the Year for “Burning Man” featuring Brothers Osborne.
In 2015, two of the 2018 CMA Award nominees hit the stage at the Swiftel Center for one epic night of country music. Little Big Town sold-out the Swiftel Center on their headlining tour “The Pain Killer,” bringing along special guest Maren Morris. Little Big Town is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year. Morris is nominated for a second consecutive year for Female Vocalist of the Year and second consecutive year for Musical Event of the Year for “Dear Hate” featuring Vince Gill.
In 2017, Swiftel Center hosted several sold-out concerts which featured three of the 2018 CMA Award Nominees. In March of 2017, Miranda Lambert rocked the Swiftel Center with over 4,900 in attendance. In December 2017, Thomas Rhett set the sold-out record for most concert attendees in Swiftel Center history with over 5,600. This was Rhett’s second time performing at the Swiftel Center; he opened for Jake Owen in 2014 on Owen’s first ever arena headlining tour “Days of Gold.” Rhett is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for “Life Changes,” and Music Video of the Year for “Marry Me.”
And the hits just keep rolling on the road through Brookings. Both Lambert and Rhett’s concerts were opened by 2018 CMA Award Nominee Old Dominion who is returning to the Swiftel Center January 25 on their arena headlining tour “Make it Sweet” with special guests Jordan Davis and Morgan Evans Hayes. Old Dominion is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year.
The other 2018 CMA Award nominees that have performed at the Swiftel Center include:
• Dan + Shay – “Vocal Duo of the Year” and “Single of the Year – Tequila” and “Music Video of the Year – Tequila” (2016 – Opening Act for Chris Young’s “I’m Comin’ Over” tour)
• Josh Thompson – “Song of the Year – Drowns the Whiskey” (2011 – Opening Act for Luke Bryan’s “Tailgate & Tanlines” tour)
• Lauren Alaina – “New Artist of the Year” (2018 – Opening Act for Cole Swindell’s “Reason to Drink” tour)
To learn more about the 2018 CMA Award Nominees who have performed at the Swiftel Center, visit www.swiftelcenter.com/cma.