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Watch the Best Moments from the ACM Awards in 2 Minutes!

VIDEO: The ACM Awards' Best Moments in 2 Minutes

Originally posted 04/07/2014 10:15AM

No surprise here: There were plenty of cowboy hats and big hairdos at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards.

But what else did you miss? (We understand if you were busy watching the fourth season premiere of Game of Thrones.)

From The Band Perry's confetti-filled opener to hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan's antics to George Strait's big win for entertainer of the year, here's all of the down-home, downright awesome action summed up in two minutes. (Watch above.)

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The Band Perry Drops Confetti on Country's Biggest Stars | Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

The Band Perry Opens ACM Awards with 'Chainsaw,' Dumps Confetti on Everyone (Video)

Originally posted 04/06/2014 09:00PM

The Band Perry opened the ACM Awards with a bang.

Well, a bang, a chainsaw, and a whole lot of confetti.

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Go Big or Go Home ... or Go to Waffle House? How Stars Partied Post-CMAs

Go Big or Go Home ... or Go to Waffle House? How Country Stars Partied after the CMAs

Originally posted 11/07/2013 03:00PM

Everything in country is big, from the hair to the trucks to the personalities. It's no surprise, then, that on country's biggest night, the good times kept rolling even after hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley delivered their final punch lines at Wednesday's CMA Awards.

So how did Nashville's finest celebrate when they filed out of Bridgestone Arena?

Country heavyweights like Pinnacle Award winner Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw (who both earned accolades for their hit "Highway Don't Care") partied with their industry peers – including James Young, Mike Eli, Jon Jones, Brantley Gilbert, Chris Thompson, Jay DeMarcus, Reid Perry, Neil Perry, Kimberly Perry, Scott Borchetta, Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn and Laura Bell Bundy – at Big Machine Label Group's CMAs afterparty (pictured above).

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The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry Is Engaged

Kimberly Perry Engaged to J.P. Arencibia

Originally posted 10/01/2013 04:00PM

Kimberly Perry, lead singer of The Band Perry, is engaged.

Perry's boyfriend, Toronto Blue Jays lead catcher J.P. Arencibia, proposed to the singer on Monday night.

According to The Tennessean, which first reported the news, the 27-year-old Arencibia surprised the singer, 30, at her family's home in Greenville, Tenn., where he popped the question underneath an oak tree in the backyard.

Perry told the paper that from first time she saw the tree, she hoped that “if I get proposed to in this life, I hope it happens underneath this tree.”

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Dierks Bentley Raises $476,000 for Families of Arizona Firefighters | Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley Raises $476,000 for Families of Arizona Firefighters

Originally posted 07/24/2013 07:00AM

Country star Dierks Bentley gave more than a musical tribute to the families of 19 firemen who died in Arizona last month – he helped raise nearly a half-million dollars.

Monday night, the Phoenix native hosted the Country Cares Concert in Prescott Valley, Ariz., joining Randy Houser, The Band Perry and David Nail.

The evening included a special version of Bentley's song "Home" with a bagpipe intro by the Rural Metro Pipe and Drum Corp., as well as a photo tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

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Yee-haw! Look No Further for Your Essential ACM Awards Playlist | Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood

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ACM Awards Playlist Essentials on Spotify

Originally posted 04/07/2013 06:30AM

Vegas is going country.

The ACM Awards have arrived – and Nashville's biggest stars are kicking up their cowboy boots in Sin City for Sunday night's big show.

Helming the event are hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, but country vets like Garth Brooks and George Strait (taking the stage together for the first time) will rub elbows with newer stars, like The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line.

Whether you're going to be hitting the strip in Vegas or watching from the comfort of your couch (starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS), here are the essential songs to make sure you're in the loop.

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Start Following Your Favorite Country Music Stars!

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Academy of Country Music Awards: Who to Follow!

Originally posted 04/06/2013 03:20PM

The Academy of Country Music Awards are going to be one heck of a show.

With Jana Kramer and her fiancé Brantley Gilbert both nominated for best new artist and Garth Brooks and George Strait performing together for the first time, country music fans are in for a treat.

But if you're not in Las Vegas, it doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun of ACM weekend. Before the show airs live Sunday from the MGM Grand (CBS, 8 p.m.) keep up with the country stars on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! Here are a few of our favorite socially minded singers:

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Luke Bryan & Kimberly Perry Ready to 'Rock' New Hosting Gig | Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan & Kimberly Perry Ready to 'Rock' New Hosting Gig

Originally posted 09/17/2012 01:00PM

Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry have three words for Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley: "Watch your backs."

While Underwood and Paisley will be co-hosting the CMA Awards on Nov. 1 for the fifth consecutive year, upstarts Bryan and Perry (lead singer of Band Perry) are hoping their debut as co-hosts of Country's Night to Rock – which airs Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC – will leave a lasting impression.

"I wasn't really sure what hosts were supposed to do," Perry tells PEOPLE. "But I have studied Carrie and Brad – they are such pros. And my brothers [bandmates Reid and Neil] let me practice with them on the bus. Neil actually does a great Luke Bryan imitation, so that helped!"

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Adele Is 'Rolling' in the Grammy Nominations! | Adele

Adele, Kanye West & Bruno Mars Lead Grammy Nominations

Originally posted 11/30/2011 11:20PM

It's the perfect pick-me-up as she recovers from throat surgery.

Adele, the Brit with the powerhouse voice, earned six Grammy Award nominations Wednesday night, including nods in all three of the award show's major categories: album of the year; record of the year; and song of the year.

Kanye West, however, snagged the most recognition, leading with seven nominations, many for his collaboration with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne.

This year, like last, the Grammys spread the wealth across genres, with rockers Foo Fighters and R&B crooner Bruno Mars each picking up six nominations. Not far behind: rapper Lil Wayne and electronic dance jam pioneer Skrillex, who both pulled in five nominations, while indie rocker Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons and Rihanna each earned four nominations.

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The Band Perry Celebrates Their CMA Win with a Bash in Nashville

The Band Perry Celebrates Their CMA Win with a Bash in Nashville

Originally posted 11/10/2011 02:45PM

The Band Perry celebrated their CMA wins at the star-studded BMLG/PEOPLE Country Afterparty at Nashville's Pinnacle Building. Guests at the CMA bash all enjoyed savory snacks from a risotto bar and treats from a dessert cart that was wheeled around the party. To drink, guests were offered Starbucks Via-tinis. Attendees such as Taylor Swift, Kellan Lutz and Reese Witherspoon mingled in a VIP area. Swift was spotted giving out hugs to revelers and chatting with Witherspoon, and Swift's dad happily high-fived fellow party guests.

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