They were brought together by shared heartache-an alleged affair between her husband and his wife-but Shania Twain's New Year's Day wedding to Frederic Thiebaud was filled with tears of joy. The emotional ceremony on the beach in Puerto Rico kicked off a year that will be busy-and blissful-for the singer, 45, who has been spending time with her new husband, 40, in the Caribbean since the nuptials: Her documentary series Why Not? With Shania Twain premieres on the Oprah Winfrey Network in May, and her memoir is due May 3. "She's so happy," says a pal, "and settling into her new life."
Summer TOUR PREVIEW
FROM TAYLOR AND HER MEN TO KENNY'S RETURN, HERE ARE SUMMER'S HOT TICKETS
TAYLOR'S TEAM Swift, who played Keith and Brad's tours early on, pays it forward by recruiting eight promising acts to open her Speak Now U.S. dates. The lucky guys: Frankie Ballard, Randy Montana, James Wesley, Danny Gokey, Hunter Hayes, Josh Kelley, Charlie Worsham and Adam Brand. The band NEEDTOBREATHE also opens.
KENNY'S BACK! He sat last year out, but with more than half a million tickets already sold for his Goin' Coastal tour, Chesney brings back summer's biggest party. Zac Brown Band shares the bill on at least 10 shows.
KEITH CLOSE UP "I love the experience of being with everybody," says Urban, who promises his Get Closer tour will "take people on a journey."
BRAD & BLAKE It's boys' night out as Blake Shelton and Jerrod Niemann join Brad Paisley's H20 II tour. The preshow water fest promises games, including a Corvette racing simulator (the top-scorer wins a meeting with Brad!).
FLATTS FEST Rascal Flatts is planning a "full-day event with a state-fair kind of feel" and activities for the whole family, says Joe Don Rooney. Openers Sara Evans, Justin Moore and Easton Corbin will be along for the fun.
SUGARLAND CRANKS IT UP Expect costume changes, theatrics and audience participation on the duo's Incredible Machine tour. Sara Bareilles, Little Big Town and Matt Nathanson open.
IN A NOD TO THE ACMs, THE SINGER HANDS OUT HER OWN AWARDS ON EVERYTHING FROM MUSIC TO SHOPPING BUDDIES!
The year's best song to get romantic to "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum. Love the message of needing to get with the one you love.
Best song to rock out to "All About Tonight" by Blake Shelton. It's a feel-good song that makes you wanna cut loose and have a good time.
Best drinking song "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer" by Billy Currington. No beating around the bush. Getting right to the point.
Song I wish I'd sung "Need You Now." Duh!!!
The year's sexiest video "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking?" I love the way Blake looks at the camera.
Best hair in Nashville Miranda Lambert. Beautiful, thick, blonde hair.
Best star to share a dressing room with Dolly Parton, because she has the best stories to tell!
Actor/actress who should be the next to go country Matthew McConaughey. He's been at a lot of our functions, is a really nice guy and chews on a toothpick all the time.
Best star to go on a road trip with Kix Brooks, because he loves to travel, is always up for a good time and is very interesting to visit with.
Best celebrity shopping buddy Faith Hill. She knows the best places to shop.
Star I'd most like to knock some sense into Blake Shelton. You never know what he's going to say!
Biggest surprise in country music this year The Band Perry. Unbelievable breakout!
Who's THAT DOG?
THESE COUNTRY STARS AREN'T THE ONLY FAMOUS NAMES IN THEIR HOUSEHOLDS. CHECK OUT THEIR CANINE PALS!
HEIDI NEWFIELD'S CASH
The "Johnny and June" singer, and Cash family friend, brings the man (err, dog!) in black with her wherever she goes.
DARIUS RUCKER'S SHULA
Sports fanatic Rucker named his Coton de Tulear after former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula.
ERIC CHURCH'S QUINCY JONES
Church jokes that his miniature pinscher causes him to "get beat up by my buddies. They expect to see me with a pit bull or something!"
ALAN JACKSON'S COCO CHANEL
Something tells us that the singer's wife and three daughters had a hand in naming this Yorkie after the famed fashion designer.
Miranda Lambert and her dog CHER!
Lambert adopted the teacup Chihuahua found in an Oklahoma dumpster in 2010. "A shelter had her for about four days, and here I am with her," says Lambert. "I'd said no, but we know who won that battle!"
Faith Hill has narrated a documentary with the Tide Loads of Hope program to help victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
It's a girl for Dierks Bentley and wife Cassidy. Jordan Catherine, born Dec. 25 in Nashville, weighed in at 7 lbs. 14 oz. and joins big sister Evalyn Day, 2. • Congrats are also in order for Zac Brown and his wife, Shelly, on the birth of their fourth daughter Feb. 2 in Atlanta. Joni Mason Brown joins sisters Justice, 4, Lucy, 3, and Georgia, 18 months.
Reba McEntire, songwriter Bobby Braddock and singer Jean Shepard will be inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year in Nashville. • Garth Brooks will be inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, June 16, in New York City. His songwriting credits include "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and "Unanswered Prayers."
Kris Kristofferson will costar with Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman in the family flick Dolphin Tale, due in September. • Also coming to a theatre near you? Julianne Hough starring opposite Tom Cruise (she plays his love interest!) in the big-screen musical Rock of Ages. • Kix Brooks has scored his first leading role, playing a "bad-ass cowboy" in the western drama The Last Ride, due to start filming in May.
Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin died Jan. 26 after battling pancreatic cancer. The singer, 83, was diagnosed with the disease in July and died at home in Tennessee.
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