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Sugarland Holding Memorial for Indiana Collapse Victims

Sugarland Holding Memorial for Indiana Stage Collapse Victims

Originally posted 08/16/2011 03:45PM

Sugarland wants to recognize the five people who died in a stage collapse at an Indiana fair Saturday while they waited for the band to perform.

"We are in the process of planning a private memorial in Indiana, to honor those fans who died," the band said in a statement Tuesday. "We would first like to hold space so that their families can have time to go through their own services and memorials."

"Until that time we are holding vigil for them," the statement continues. "We join them on their mourning benches."

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Stage Collapse at Sugarland Concert Kills 5

Sugarland Concert Stage Collapse Kills 5

Originally posted 08/14/2011 09:40AM

Five people are dead and about 40 more were injured, officials confirmed, after high winds caused the collapse of a stage at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Saturday as crowds waited to see Sugarland perform.

Concertgoers at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand in Indianapolis were warned that in the case of inclement weather, they were to move to the Pepsi Coliseum nearby.

"We are all right," Sugarland Tweeted on Saturday night in response. "We are praying for our fans, and the people of Indianapolis. We hope you’ll join us. They need your strength."

Opening act Sara Bareilles performed her set before the bad weather struck. She also expressed her condolences via Twitter, writing, "I'm speechless and feel so helpless. Please send love and prayers to Indianapolis tonight. My heart aches for the lives lost."

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Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles to Host CMA Country Christmas Special

Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles to Host CMA Country Christmas Special

Originally posted 10/21/2010 11:30AM

Country music duo Sugarland's lead singer Jennifer Nettles is going to fly solo in her latest gig – as host of the CMA Country Christmas, a 90-minute television special.

"I love the holidays," says Nettles, "and since this is my first time hosting a show, I am sure it will be full of laughs and surprises both for myself and for the folks watching."

Nettles, who just released a new Sugarland album, Incredible Machine, will lead a cast including Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes and more on the show, set to air Nov. 29 on ABC (9:30 p.m.). The musicians will perform Christmas classics and share their personal and family holiday traditions with a live audience when the show is taped in Nashville the day after CMA Awards on Nov. 10.

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FIRST LOOK: Sugarland Offers a Glimpse into Their Studio

Originally posted 10/13/2010 08:50AM



The country duo Sugarland are pulling back the curtain to reveal the process behind making their new album – and PEOPLE.com has a first look at the footage.

Living Liner Notes – a live version of the writings usually found in a CD booklet – offers an inside look at the pair in their Atlanta studio during the February recording process of their fourth album, The Incredible Machine, due Oct. 19.

"The Living Liner Notes are exactly what they sound like they are, in the sense that, just like in an album, you receive the liner notes that talk about each song in different and varying degrees of detail," Jennifer Nettles, 36, tells PEOPLE. "We actually did living versions of those where we talk about each song."

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Sugarland's Kristian Bush Looks Forward to Xmas Lights at Home

Sugarland's Kristian Bush Looks Forward to Xmas Lights at Home

Originally posted 12/24/2009 07:00PM

It has been one busy year for country music duo Sugarland. The group released two albums – Gold and Green and CD/DVD Live on the Inside – and toured all year, just to name a few of their activities.

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Taylor Swift Sweeps the CMAs

Originally posted 11/11/2009 11:15PM

Taylor Swift opened the show with a winning performance – but the 19-year-old singer had to wait until the end of the Country Music Assocation Awards telecast Wednesday night to collect the biggest honor: entertainer of the year.

Sobbing as she took the stage of Nashville's Sommet Center, Swift – the youngest-ever winner of the CMA's top trophy – called her band to join her onstage. "I will never forget this moment because in this moment everything I have ever wanted has just happened to me," she said.

It was a monumental night for Swift, who took home four awards in total, including album of the year for her smash hit Fearless and, in an upset, female vocalist of the year, beating out the night's co-host, Carrie Underwood.

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VIDEO: Sugarland Spread Holiday Cheer!

Originally posted 11/11/2009 10:45AM



It's been a busy year for Sugarland – the duo starred in a primetime ABC special and produced their chart-topping CD/DVD release Live on the Inside – but they have one more treat for fans: Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles have released their first Christmas album Gold & Green.

Bush, 39, and Nettles, 35, show off their holiday spirit with a silly tongue-and-cheek Christmas commercial full of clichés, lights, good music and hot cocoa.

"I'm a sucker for Christmas music," Bush tells PEOPLE of making the album, adding that his favorite holiday tune is Frosty the Snowman.

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Jennifer Nettles Says Sugarland's Success 'Feels Exciting'

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Jennifer Nettles Says Sugarland's Success 'Feels Exciting'

Originally posted 08/03/2009 04:15PM

Country music duo Sugarland – Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush – are playing with the big boys now: The pair have their own ABC primetime special airing Monday and a new CD/DVD being released Tuesday exclusively at Walmart.

"It feels comfortable – it feels exciting but it feels right," Nettles, 34, tells PEOPLE about the band's success, including the special Sugarland: Live on the Inside airing Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC. "It feels comfortable because the show is good and we love it and we put a lot of energy and artistry and thought into it and I think that that translates."

To celebrate the release of their DVD on August 4, Nettles and Bush, 39, will be debuting it in select movie theatres across the country for one night only on Aug 6.

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Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Sugarland Lead CMT Nods | Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley and Sugarland Lead CMT Nominations

Originally posted 05/19/2009 11:55AM

The fans have spoken, and they can't get enough of superstar duo Sugarland and solo stars Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley.

They lead nominees for next month's 2009 CMT Music Awards. With 2.5 million votes cast, Sugarland gathered five nominations, while Paisley and Swift received four apiece. All of them will square off in the video of the year category, and will also perform at the show on June 16.

Fans can vote for their favorites at CMT.com until June 15. The star-studded show, which will also feature performances by Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts, airs the next day at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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