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Sep 4

5 Timeless Looks from the CMA Awards

In honor of the recently announced 2014 CMA nominations, let’s take a look back at some of the most timeless red carpet looks from years past. As we’ve said before, red carpet fashion is one of the best parts about award season. From Shania Twain’s early 2000s black mermaid gown to Jana Kramer’s moody skirt in 2014, check out our favorite country ladies on the red carpet.

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Taylor Swift’s elegant gray tulle gown is anything but simple. Although it’s only been three years since she donned this look, we have a feeling it will still be a stunner in another 13 years.

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Sep 4

Country Stars React to CMA Awards Nominations

Darius Rucker and Little Big Town Announce CMA Award Nominations

Little Big Town and Darius Rucker announced this year’s CMA Awards nominees on Wednesday’s Good Morning America. (Photo courtesy of CMA World, Heidi Gutman / ABC)

The nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards have been announced! Miranda Lambert leads the nominations with nine nods, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year title, which pits her against husband Blake Shelton, along with George Strait, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. Country stars are reacting to the good news.

See a full list of this year’s CMA Awards nominees >>

Reigning Entertainer of the Year George Strait received another nomination in the category this year. “It’s a great honor to be nominated for CMA Entertainer of the Year,” he said.“It’s been an incredible year, and this just puts the icing on the cake!”

Dierks Bentley Performs on Late Show With David Letterman

Photo courtesy of facebook.com/dierksbentley.

Dierks Bentley is up for five CMA Awards, including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He took to social media to celebrate the good news. “Wow y’all. 5 #cmaaward?! much gratitude for our fans and friends in the biz. I never take time to celebrate these things. going to tonight!” he posted on Facebook.

Keith Urban picked up four award nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban has won Male Vocalist three times, from 2004-2006, but wasn’t able to accept his last win in person.

“This morning, I was just thinking the last time I won that was 2006, and I was in rehab and I couldn’t be present to receive it, which I don’t really have any adjectives for how that felt not being able to be here to receive that award,” he said. “Now, fast-forward eight years and be at this place in my life and get that nomination this morning, I was right back there in that moment with deep, mixed feelings, mixed feelings of how devastating and emotional and chaotic everything was then and how living life a different way the last eight years to land at a different place is extraordinary.” Continue Reading

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Aug 6

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Return as Hosts of CMA Awards

Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood

Photo courtesy of the CMA Awards

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host the CMA Awards for the seventh straight year. People broke the news via their Instagram account on Tuesday morning, using Paisley and Underwood bobbleheads and conversation bubbles to make the official announcement.

Paisley and Underwood have become fans’ favorite duo, known for their unique brand of humor, comedic chemistry and the hilarious songs and dances they perform during monologues. The pair first hosted the awards in 2008. Continue Reading

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Dec 25

2013 Rewind: No. 4 – George Strait Prepares to “Ride Away”

2013 Rewind: No. 4 - George Strait Prepares to "Ride Away"

Entertainer of the Year award winner George Strait poses in the press room during the 47th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)

2013 is a year George Strait won’t soon forget. King George kicked off 2013 with the first leg of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, his final set of tour dates.

On May 14, George released his 40th studio album, Love Is Everything. A week after its release, George made history when his single “Give It All We Got Tonight” topped the charts. The song made him the first music artist in history, in any genre, to record 60 No. 1 songs.

“I didn’t realize we were making history,” he said. “I just hoped we were putting out music that my fans would enjoy. As always, I’m thankful to the fans and country radio for their support on all 60 of these number one songs as well as my entire career. They are the ones who made this happen.”

George had plenty of support to reach the career milestone. Country stars and fans alike joined Continue Reading

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Nov 27

Taylor Swift Hides Out to Witness Her Dedicated Fans

Taylor Swift Hides Out to Witness Her Dedicated Fans

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Musician Taylor Swift poses for a portrait during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/AMA2013/Getty Images for DCP)

Taylor Swift has received a number of awards throughout her career, including the prestigious Pinnacle Award at this year’s CMA Awards and Artist of the Year at Sunday night’s American Music Awards. Each time Taylor accepts an award, she thinks of her fans, who have propelled her career to a level she could only dream of reaching.

“I think about the letters that I get from classrooms,” she said. “I think about the YouTube videos that my mom sends me of some little girl opening up her Christmas present and it’s tickets to my show and she freaks out. I think about videos of young girls playing songs on guitar they just learned.”

Taylor likes to witness her fans dedication first-hand. After a show, she says she sometimes tucks herself away where no one can see her, but she can watch her fans as they exit the venue, giving her the opportunity to take in the lengths they go through to show their love for her music. Continue Reading

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Nov 8

Scotty McCreery Continues Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Scotty McCreery Continues Run at No. 1 on Top 20

Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Scotty McCreery makes it six straight weeks at No.1 on Top 20 Country Countdown this week with his latest video, “See You Tonight!” Danielle Bradbery and Alan Jackson remain at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively while Hunter Hayes debuts at No. 4 with his new video, “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me,” featuring Jason Mraz. Florida Georgia Line also debuts on the countdown with their new video, coming in at No. 17 with “Stay.”

Plus, Top 20 headed to The 47th Annual CMA Awards this week! Host Nan Kelley was joined by co-host Lauren Alaina on the red carpet and backstage as they chatted with some of country’s biggest stars on country music’s biggest night! Check the schedule for more airtimes!

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos, photos and more! You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes, and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Scotty McCreery – “See You Tonight”
  2. Danielle Bradbery – “The Heart of Dixie”
  3. Alan Jackson – “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
  4. Hunter Hayes w/Jason Mraz – “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me”
  5. Kenny Rogers w/Dolly Parton – “You Can’t Make Old Friends”
  6. Cassadee Pope – “Wasting All These Tears”
  7. Luke Bryan – “That’s My Kind of Night”
  8. Thompson Square – “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About”
  9. Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down”
  10. Miranda Lambert – “All Kinds of Kinds” Continue Reading

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Nov 8

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week: 2013 CMA Awards Edition

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter – and the CMA Awards! This week, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley is on baby duty, Jake Owen meets P.Diddy, Blake Shelton and Mike Fisher brag about their wives’ CMA looks, Kacey Musgraves questions her pre-CMA Awards eye cream and Kelly Clarkson and her new mother-in-law, Reba, are already feuding. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum holds Hillary Scott'sdaughter, Eisele

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/ladyantebellum.

Lady Antebellum – LadyAntebellum: Uncle Charles on babysitting duty at the CMA Awards!! ~ Hill

Keith UrbanKeithUrban: LONG LIVE KING GEORGE I love you brother- CONGRATS!!!!!! -KU

Taylor SwiftTaylorSwift13: Tonight was my favorite CMAs ever, and I’m thinking about you all tonight. So many beautiful memories this year

Jake Owen & wife Lacey pose with P Diddy at the 2013 CMA Awards

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/jakeowen.

Jake Owen – JakeOwen: P Diddy!!!! #CMAawards #dayinthelife Continue Reading

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Nov 8

Top 20 Welcomes Co-Host Lauren Alaina for the 2013 CMA Awards

Nan Kelley & co-host Lauren Alaina on the 2013 CMA Awards red carpet

Nan Kelley & co-host Lauren Alaina on the 2013 CMA Awards red carpet. Photo by GAC staff.

Top 20 Country Countdown is at The 47th Annual CMA Awards this week, bringing you all action from the red carpet and backstage! Host Nan Kelley is joined by special co-host Lauren Alainaas they chat with some of country music’s biggest stars on country music’s biggest night!

Photos from the CMA Awards >>

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Scotty McCreery has ruled the top spot of the countdown with his latest video, “See You Again.” Will he keep his streak alive? Or will Danielle Bradbery, Alan Jackson or someone else take the top spot? Tune in tonight at 8/7c for this week’s Top 20 videos, chosen by you! Check the full schedule » Continue Reading

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Nov 7

CMA Awards 2013: George Strait Wins Entertainer Award; Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert Repeat Vocalist Wins

CMA Awards 2013: George Strait Wins Entertainer Award; Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert Repeat Vocalist Wins

Entertainer of the Year award winner George Strait poses in the press room during the 47th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)

At the 2013 CMA Awards, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton made history as the first married couple to win top honors as CMA’s Female and Male Vocalists of the Year four years in a row. George Strait secured victory in the coveted Entertainer of the Year category, which he last won in 1990.

The 47th Annual CMA Awards was hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC. Miss the CMA Awards or want to re-live the biggest moments and best performances all over again? You’re in luck! Great American Country will re-air the telecast Saturday, November 16 at 9/8c.

Photos from the 2013 CMA Awards >>

With his third Entertainer of the Year Award, Strait tied Alabama and Alan Jackson with three career victories; Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney continue to lead the totals with four each.

His hand over his heart, Strait professed amazement. “Never in a million years!” he said, smiling. “Thank you so much to the CMA. I mean, this blows me away. I cannot believe it. With such powerful entertainers, I’m just thrilled to even be nominated again.” Continue Reading

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Nov 6

Top 10 Moments of the 2013 CMA Awards

George Strait wins Entertainer of the Year at the 2013 CMA Awards

George Strait wins Entertainer of the Year at the 2013 CMA Awards. Photo courtesy of the CMA.

The 47th Annual CMA Awards is country music’s biggest night and this year’s show was bigger than ever with all-star collaborations, a heartfelt tribute to a country music legend lost earlier this year and big wins by newcomers and legends alike. In no particular order, here are our Top 10 Moments from this year’s CMA Awards:

George Strait Wins Entertainer of the Year
As George Strait prepares to embark on the final leg of tour dates in early 2014 on his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, he took home the night’s top honor, being named Entertainer of the Year. It’s a trophy he’s been nominated for 18 times and won in 1989 and 1990. George was visibly surprised to hear his name called and took a moment to collect himself before walking to the stage while his fellow country stars celebrated around him.

“I never in a million years… Thank you so much,” George said as he accepted his award. “This blows me away. I cannot believe it. I’m just thrilled to even be nominated again.”

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George Jones Tribute
Country music suffered the loss of a legend earlier this year when George Jones passed away at the age of 81. In an emotional tribute, living legends Alan Jackson and George Strait took the stage to perform George Jones’ signature hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” largely revered as the best country song ever written. As the song wrapped, Vince Gill was seen hugging George’s widow Nancy as she cried in her seat.

Taylor Swift’s Pinnacle Award
At only 23, Taylor Swift received the Pinnacle Award, an honor bestowed on an artist who has reached levels of national and international success unique to country music. She was serenaded with her song “You Belong With Me” by Nashville’s Lennon and Maisy before the award was presented to her by Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Keith Urban, all artists she had opened for on tour as a teenager.

Taylor personally thanked each artist, sharing memories and earning a chuckle from the audience as she recalled getting to open for Rascal Flatts because “Eric Church got fired for playing too long.” She also thanked the CMA for choosing her as the award’s recipient. “You are not only rewarding my hard work and exhaustion,” she said, “but my family and my label and anyone who works with me and the fans who fill stadiums.” Continue Reading

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