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Originally posted 05/06/2013 12:00PM
It's quite the power trio at the head of this year's nominations for the CMT Music Awards.
Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Eric Church each picked up four nominations Monday, PEOPLE can reveal exclusively. They are followed by country veterans Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts, as well as first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line, with three nominations each.
Carrie Underwood, who led last year's nominations with five (and won video of the year), has two nods this year. She is joined by Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town and the rock group Journey.
Originally posted 04/23/2012 10:45AM
It's been another stellar year for Carrie Underwood.
The down-to-earth darling leads the pack for the CMT Music Awards with five nominations, including those for video of the year and female video of the year for her song "Good Girl."
Fellow country cutie Miranda Lambert trails closely with four nods, including video of the year and female video of the year for her song "Over You."
Originally posted 03/12/2012 04:15PM
The Oscars may be over, but here's one awards show that's hoping to keep the red carpet party going.
The 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will air next month, and some big names in country are lined up to help celebrate.
The Academy announced Monday that Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Chris Young and Rascal Flatts will perform on the show. Shelton is also set to co-host the awards show alongside Reba McEntire.
Originally posted 10/26/2011 02:00PM
Lionel Richie is connecting with his country side.
The singer, who's got an upcoming country duets album called Tuskegee, will show off his chops live on the CMA Awards Nov. 9 (8 p.m. ET), performing with Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Little Big Town
"Over a period of time, I realized that the songs that I was writing translated to country," Richie, 62, said in a press release. "As a songwriter, I didn't really start out thinking I was country; I was thinking I was R&B."
"It was just a natural progression," he added. "I am from Tuskegee, Alabama; I am a country boy. It just felt right to do this."
Originally posted 09/28/2011 02:00PM
When Rascal Flatts played the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night, they weren't expecting country legend Vince Gill to pop by … let alone with big news for the band.
Under the guise of collecting $500 from the trio after he "kicked their butts" on the golf course, Gill walked unannounced from the wings and took center stage.
The bandmates figured he was pulling one of his infamous pranks. "But when he said, 'On behalf of the Grand Ole Opry,' everything kind of slowed down, and we knew something big was happening, bassist Jay DeMarcus tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Originally posted 03/09/2010 12:55PM
Make way for another little rascal: Joe Don Rooney and wife Tiffany Fallon are expecting their second child, he tells PEOPLE exclusively.
"We're a little more prepared but the same excitement is there," the Rascal Flatts guitarist says of baby No. 2. The couple are already parents to 21-month-old son Jagger Donovan. "There's such fulfillment in being a father and it's going to be two-fold now, which is so cool."
Fallon, 35, who is due in September, told Rooney, 34, that she was pregnant when they were staying in the same Los Angeles hotel where he learned they were expecting Jagger.
Originally posted 02/11/2010 06:30AM
Rascal Flatts gives PEOPLE.com an exclusive sneak peek at the video for a new version of their hit "Unstoppable," recorded specifically for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, which kick off Friday.
The band changed some of the chorus lyrics, including the line "Love is unstoppable" – which became "You are unstoppable," in honor of the Olympians.
"Unstoppable (Olympics Mix)" was recorded for the soundtrack for Team USA, the proceeds from which support the U.S. Olympic Team, and may be downloaded on iTunes and via AT&T wireless devices starting Friday.
The video will be featured during Olympic Games coverage.
Originally posted 02/05/2010 01:05PM
What do 20 million in album sales and a decade of success get you? For the members of Rascal Flatts, it's mostly peace of mind – oh, and a full gas tank.
"For me, the coolest thing is just being able to fill up my gas tank and not look at how much it costs," says the trio's lead singer Gary LeVox, 39, of his favorite perk of fame. "Half my life, I'd be digging around going, 'I can get 6 dollars and 30 cents of gas.' And if you fill it to $6.31, you're picking up floor mats and looking in the trunk."
LeVox and his bandmates, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, spoke to PEOPLE at a party in Nashville Wednesday celebrating the band's 10-year anniversary and honoring the writers of their 11 No. 1 songs.
Originally posted 04/21/2009 10:45AM
Simon Cowell may have dismissed American Idol season six finalist Chris Sligh with a terse, "bye-bye curly," when the mop-top crooner was voted off the show, but Sligh has managed to get the last word on farewells.
The singer, who moved to Nashville after Idol in 2007, just scored his first songwriting No. 1 with Rascal Flatts's "Here Comes Goodbye." The tune, which Sligh wrote last year with friend Clint Lagerberg, is the first single from the group's new album and just topped the country charts last week.
"I don't think I realize yet how big this is," Sligh says of writing a hit for the country supergroup. "I have people telling me how much money I'm gonna make and how it's going to open up career possibilities, but I'm just sitting here trying to figure out what all this means."
Originally posted 03/05/2009 02:30PM
Will this year's Academy of Country Music Awards be a ladies' night? Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are nominated for album of the year for their albums Fearless and Carnival Ride respectively, the Academy announced Thursday. George Strait (for Troubadour), Jamey Johnson (That Lonesome Song) and Montgomery Gentry (Back When I Knew It All) round out the category.
The 44th annual ACM Awards will be hosted – for a record eleventh time – by Reba McEntire on Sunday, April 5, and be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascall Flatts, Sugarland and nominees Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Heidi Newfield are scheduled to perform, the Academy announced.
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