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Nov 6

Top 10 Moments of the 2014 CMA Awards

CMA Awards 2014 Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley

The 48th Annual CMA Awards is dubbed as “country music’s biggest night” and this year’s show lived up to the hype, with cross-genre collaborations, first-time winners, a heartfelt acceptance speech from a country legend, and, of course, hilarious co-hosts. In no particular order, here our Top 10 Moments from this year’s CMA Awards:

1. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Hosts Extraordinaire

In their seventh year of co-hosting the CMA Awards, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood once again brought the funny. They opened by acknowledging George Strait’s retirement and the fact that he was in attendance and scheduled to perform, with Paisley saying “I’m pretty sure when someone rides away, they go somewhere.” Underwood piped up, asking “Do you need one of us to give you a ride?” Paisley and Underwood also covered current events, including Underwood’s pregnancy – Paisley revealed it’s a boy! – Ebola, and, of course, Taylor Swift’s departure form country, also known as “Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder.” The pair said country music would simply need to “Shake It Off.”

Luke Bryan CMA Awards 2014

2. Luke Bryan Wins Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks made his triumphant return to the CMA Awards stage to present Entertainer of the Year to Luke Bryan. His first win in the category, Bryan was emotional as he accepted the award. “First of all, I’ve never met Garth,” he said. “Can I hug you again?” After giving Brooks one more hug, he returned to the mic. “I hope I can have enough time to say everything on my mind,” he said. “I have some angels in Heaven. My brother and sister are up there making this night happen for me.” After thanking his family, friends, and the team that supports him, he added, “We’re gonna have a good time tonight.”

Miranda Lamber all about that bass

3. Miranda Lambert and Meghan Trainor’s Delightful Duet

Miranda Lambert teamed up with pop star Meghan Trainor to open the show. The pair performed a memorable, countrified rendition of Trainor’s smash hit “All About That Bass.” Later, Paisley told Trainor she had a place in country music – she just had to wear a pair of cutoffs and change the words to “All About That Bass” to “All About That Bass” – as in a bass fish.

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Nov 5

Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and More Share Best CMA Awards Memories

1984 CMA Award for Best Female Vocalist: REba McEntire

Reba McEntire at the 1984 CMA Awards, after winning her first Best Female Vocalist of the Year award

The CMA Awards are billed as “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Part of that moniker comes from the memorable moments on stage during the show. Country stars attend not only as nominees, but also as fans. The ladies of Little Big Town share their favorite memories from years gone by.

“Seeing Reba win Female Vocalist for the first time, Vince Gill performing for the first time and wondering who he was – voice of an angel,” Karen Fairchild said. “All these great moments of discovery for us, as fans of country music watching that show, and that’s still what it is for so many people.”

“I remember as a kid just really paying so much attention to the audience, those first few rows and who’s on there and who are they sitting with and what did they have on,” Kimberly Schlapman added. “It was so glamorous, so glamorous, especially back then. I don’t know if it comes off nearly as glamorous now, but back then it felt so much bigger than life.” Continue Reading

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Nov 3

Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Brothers Hold Benefit Concert

Kelley Brothers & Friends 2014 Concert Benefit

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Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and his brothers, Josh and John, recently joined together for a charity golf tournament and concert. The tournament took place at Champion’s Retreat in Evans, Ga., outside of Kelley’s hometown of Augusta.

Kelley’s Lady Antebellum bandmates, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, offered their assistance for the event while Jake OwenKip Moore, the Swon Brothers, retired NFL player Sterling Sharpe and golfers Jim Furyk and Kevin Kisnerwere also on hand.

“One of our first shows we’ve ever played was in Augusta at this really small venue,” Scott told WJBF.com. “This has been a part of our story all along. We’ve tried to play in Augusta and in the state of Georgia throughout our career.”

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Oct 17

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Remain at No. 1 on Top 20

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Top 20 music video
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood remain at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown again this week with “Somethin’ Bad,” edging out “Neon Light” from Blake Shelton, which moved up to No.2. New videos from Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, and Brett Eldredge make their countdown debuts this week, plus Dustin Lynch fills in as this week’s host!

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:

  1. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  3. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  4. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  5. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
  6. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  7. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  8. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  9. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
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Oct 11

Country Stars Featured on The Best of Me Soundtrack

Lady Antebellum Contributed to The Best of Me Movie Soundtrack

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A number of country stars are featured on the soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me. The soundtrack includes new, original music from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Kacey Musgraves, Colbie Caillat, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Thompson Square, Thomas Rhett, Phoebe Hoffman and newcomers SHEL and Gareth Dunlop. The soundtrack hits stores October 9, ahead of the film’s October 17 release.

Lady Antebellum’s “I Did With You,” which will play during the movie’s credits, was cowritten by the band along with Monty Powell. Based on the movie’s premises, they penned the songs with specific scenes in mind.

“All the women and their husbands or families that come to see the movie are going to be really thinking about what they just watched,” Hillary Scott said. “It’s like we wanted to put specific things in the song, in the lyrics, that will make you go back straight to that scene in your head that you just watched. There’s one line in the first verse of the song about ‘dancing in the headlights.’ You see them do that in the movie and all these different lines that we were really purposeful with, wanting them to relive that in their head.” Continue Reading

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Oct 10

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Top Top 20 Again

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert Perform for Fans

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood continue their No. 1 streak, topping the charts with “Somethin’ Bad” yet again this week on Top 20 Country Countdown. Scotty McCreery comes in at No. 2 with “Feelin’ It,” while Blake Shelton, who had a big debut last week with “Neon Light,” moves up two spots into the No. 3 position. Plus, Brantley Gilbert’s “Small Town Throwdown” featuring Thomas Rhett and Justin Mooremakes it countdown debut this week.

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In addition to counting down this week’s Top 20 music videos chosen by you, host Nan Kelley also sat down with hot country duo Florida Georgia Line. The pair were in the studio to talk about their new album, Anything Goes, which hits stores October 14, and their latest hit single, “Dirt.”

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:

  1. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  6. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  7. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  8. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  9. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
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Oct 3

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Continue No. 1 Streak on Top 20

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood can’t be stopped, topping the charts with “Somethin’ Bad” again this week on Top 20 Country Countdown. Blake Shelton made a big countdown debut, coming in at No. 5 with his latest video, “Neon Light.” New videos from Lucy Hale and Randy Houser also made their first appearances on the countdown.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:

  1. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  4. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  5. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  6. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  7. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  8. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  9. Dolly Parton – “Home”
  10. The Swon Brothers – “Later On” Continue Reading

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Sep 29

Lady Antebellum Challenged by a Tough Critic on New Album

Lady Antebellum's New Album '747'

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Lady Antebellum will release their new album, 747, on Tuesday. For this album, they were challenged to think outside the box by one of their biggest critics – Charles Kelley’s wife, Cassie.

“My wife is brutally honest, and she’s not the most musical person, but she is a very good example of a listener, or someone that would be a fan of our music, and she said, ‘Charles, I really want you guys to stretch yourselves a little bit. I know you’ve got better songs.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean by that? Better songs? This is great stuff?’ And she said, ‘I know, but I’ve heard that before. Y’all have done this before.’” Continue Reading

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Sep 26

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Stay at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

Photo courtesy of 2014 CMA Festival.

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood keep their No. 1 streak going, topping the charts with “Somethin’ Bad” again this week on Top 20 Country Countdown. Scotty McCreery and Tim McGraw with Faith Hill round out the Top 3, while Kip Moore and Dan + Shay return to the countdown with their latest videos.

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In addition to counting down this week’s top videos, host Nan Kelley was joined by hot new duo The Swon Brothers, who stopped by to talk about their new music and their whirlwind of a career since competing on NBC’s The Voice. Their “Later On” music video is currently at No. 8 on the countdown.

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:

  1. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  4. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  5. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  6. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  7. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  8. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
  9. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  10. Jana Kramer – “Love” Continue Reading

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Sep 25

David Nail Took Notes from Taylor Swift

David Nail I'm A Fire Tour

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David Nail has learned from some of the best in the business when it comes to touring. He recently launched his I’m A Fire Tour and is applying the lessons he picked up from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker.

“When we were out with Taylor Swift, I’d watch the show, and all I could think was, ‘Man, there’s so much room for error!’” Nail told People. “How you’re able to put 100 percent into your performance like she does, singing and walking down steps that are two feet wide and have no railing, it seems like there are too many things that could go wrong. She makes it look easy.” Continue Reading

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