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Scott Shetler

Scott Shetler is a Chicago-based freelance writer whose words can be found on PopCrush, Diffuser and other music, pop culture and travel websites. He has interviewed a wide range of artists, from Anthony Kiedis to Weird Al Yankovic and from Amanda Palmer to Taylor Hanson. He freely acknowledges an inexplicable obsession with the music of cheesy ‘80s pop duo Air Supply.
Martina McBride
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Martina McBride Belts Out ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ at ‘CMA Country Christmas’

No one sings Christmas songs like Martina McBride, according to 'CMA Country Christmas' host Jennifer Nettles. McBride proved the Sugarland singer right with a classy performance of the traditional hymn 'O Come All Ye Faithful' during the special.

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Lady Antebellum
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Lady Antebellum Perform ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’ on ‘CMA Country Christmas’

Lady Antebellum put their spin on the holiday classic 'A Holly Jolly Christmas' during the 2012 'CMA Country Christmas' special on ABC. The trio harmonized and infused the song with a bit of country music style, though they also incorporated an orchestra and a brass section, which gave the classic a bit of an old-time big band feel during the bridge.

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Blake Shelton
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Blake Shelton Wins Third Straight Male Vocalist Honor at CMA Awards

Many observers felt Jason Aldean, Eric Church or Luke Bryan might break through in the Male Vocalist of the Year category at the 2012 CMA Awards, but in the end it was Blake Shelton winning for the third consecutive year, which surprised even him.

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Carrie Underwood
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CMA Awards 2012 Crowd ‘Blown Away’ by Carrie Underwood Performance

Carrie Underwood showed off the voice that made her an 'American Idol' champion and one of the biggest stars in music during a powerful performance of 'Blown Away' at the 2012 CMA Awards, which ended with raucous applause after Underwood held her final note for several seconds after the music stopped.

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Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton
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Miranda Lambert Cries as She and Blake Shelton Accept Song of the Year Award for ‘Over You’ at 2012 CMAs

Blake Shelton's touching tribute to his late brother became a 2012 CMA Award winner when 'Over You,' sung by his wife Miranda Lambert, captured the trophy for Song of the Year, which goes to the songwriters. Lambert broke down in tears as her husband spoke about his brother while accepting the award.

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Tim McGraw
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Tim McGraw Performs ‘One of Those Nights’ at the 2012 CMA Awards

Tim McGraw used his performance slot early in the 2012 CMA Awards broadcast to sing his brand new single 'One of Those Nights.' The former Entertainer of the Year's straightforward rendition of the vocal ballad is from his upcoming 'Two Lanes of Freedom' album.

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