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CARRIE'S GETAWAY!

Carrie Underwood works hard but plays harder. After releasing her new album, Play On, in November, cohosting the CMA Awards and filming her holiday special, the singer kicked back at the Cove Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas Dec. 6 and 7. Enjoying some much needed R&R, swimming with dolphins and lounging poolside, Underwood posted about her days in the tropics on her Web site: "It was a breezy 80 something outside and the sun was shining bright.... I managed to get a nice little bronzy color today.... This is the best vacation I have been on in a long time." (For more on Carrie, see page 18.)

Our Backstage Photo Booth

at the CMAs

COWBOY KENNY

Kenny Chesney showed off his good side (as if he has a bad side!).

STRIKING A POSE!

Love and Theft's (from left) Eric Gunderson, Stephen Barker Liles and Brian Bandas shared their flair for the dramatic.

GOWN ENVY?

Michelle Branch gave Whitney Duncan's Versace number a playful tug.

PALLING AROUND

Jake Owen made a point of Best New Artist winner Darius Rucker.

GIRLS' NIGHT OUT!

Naomi and Wynonna Judd were all smiles backstage.

THE BIG WINNER

After carrying her four trophies around all night, "my arms and back were aching," said Taylor Swift.

A SOLDIER AT EASE

Spc. Zacari Pytleski joined Kellie Pickler in a version of her hit "Red High Heels" Jan. 13, during her USO Tour to the Persian Gulf with Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser.

WILL PLAY FOR PEACE

Toby Keith rocked the crowd at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway Dec. 11 as part of the Nobel Prize ceremonies.

THEY GOT GAME

Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott teamed up with The Unit's Dennis Haysbert before singing the national anthem at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans Jan. 1.

Shania shows her Olympic spirit!

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Shania Twain beamed (despite the -30° windchill factor!) as she carried the Olympic torch through her hometown of Timmins, Ont., Jan. 1. Son Eja, 8, and boyfriend Frederic Thiebaud (below left) cheered her on.

GIVING BACK

Tracy Lawrence helped prepare turkey dinners at his 4th Annual Mission Possible event, benefiting the Nashville Rescue Mission, Nov. 24.

CURRINGTON'S CAUSE

Billy Currington gave a group of kids a guitar lesson in Jaco, Costa Rica, in December. The singer recently founded his Global South Relief foundation, which delivers supplies to locals in Central American countries.

FAMILY FRIENDS

Martina McBride and her daughter Delaney joined Faith Hill and Tim McGraw at the Nashville premiere of his movie The Blind Side Nov. 12.

TEAMING UP

Katie Armiger and Sarah Buxton shared some studio time working on Katie's upcoming album.

BLONDE AMBITION

Julianne Hough got a leg up (literally!) on the red carpet at The Twilight Saga: New Moon premiere in Westwood, Calif., Nov. 16.