04:03 PM EDT 05/07/2013
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 05/01/2013 03:10PM
A real-life country star is coming to Nashville.
Brad Paisley will make a special guest appearance as himself on the season finale of the ABC drama – and PEOPLE has the first photos from the set.
The Grammy winner, 40, will perform with Connie Britton and Charles Esten's characters, Rayna and Deacon, at the CMA Awards during the episode, which airs May 22.
Originally posted 11/01/2012 04:05PM
No tricks, lots of treats!
Tim McGraw and The Mavericks debuted songs from their upcoming 2013 albums at a private Halloween show in Nashville on Wednesday.
During McGraw's preview of songs from Two Lanes of Freedom, he was joined by R&B crooner Ne-Yo.
"Tim and Ne-Yo aren't a new collaboration. Ne-Yo recorded 'Only Human' with the country singer for his Emotional Traffic album," a source tells PEOPLE.
The singers performed "Only Human" and "She Is" before McGraw closed the set with his new single "One of Those Nights."
"One of Those Nights" will make its television debut during Thursday's Country Music Awards on ABC.
– Kay West
Originally posted 10/03/2012 08:45AM
This wasn't the first time Darius Rucker was pranked by Brad Paisley. But Tuesday night at the Grand Ole Opry marked the first time one of Paisley's stunts moved him to tears – of joy – and had the audience leaping to its feet.
Midway through his set as the final act on the weekly Tuesday night Opry show, Rucker, 46, good-naturedly replied yes when the announcer asked if he would be open to some questions from the audience, and took queries from two female fans.
Then Opry manager Pete Fisher allowed one more question, and a man in a white hat stood up and grabbed the wireless mike. When the audience recognized Paisley, they burst into delighted applause, and Rucker and his band broke out laughing.
Originally posted 10/01/2012 08:00AM
The Country Music Association's reigning female vocalist of the year Miranda Lambert will defend her title on stage at Nov. 1's 46th Annual CMA Awards.
The CMA tells PEOPLE exclusively that Lambert, 28, will perform on the live broadcast from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
The Texas native is also in the running for album of the year, music video of the year and song of the year for "Over You," a nomination she shares with her co-writer and husband, two-time male vocalist of the year Blake Shelton.
Originally posted 09/26/2012 06:00AM
From Nashville to Hollywood!
Before she hit the red carpet at the Emmys on Sunday, Hayden Panettiere visited the Emergen-C Gift Lounge in Los Angeles.
A glowing Panettiere perused the sneakers at the New Balance booth while talking about her recent move for new show, Nashville.
"It's all barbecue and I love it way too much," she said about what she's been eating off-set.
"I now have to run a lot more than I used to. I try to run every day if I'm not too tired," the svelte starlet added.
Nashville, a musical drama which also stars Connie Britton, premieres Oct. 10.
– Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 08/06/2012 12:45PM
Is it Music City – or Drama City?
Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton are going head-to-head (more like voice-to-voice) in Nashville, ABC's upcoming musical drama that pits a veteran country star against the latest ingénue in cowboy boots.
"My character, Juliette Barnes, is very edgy," Panettiere, 22, says of her on-screen alter ego in a preview of the series (watch below), which premieres Oct. 10. "She comes off very diva-ish and bratty and snotty sometimes."
Originally posted 06/07/2012 05:55AM
Accompanying her beau Richie Sambora, a presenter at Nashville's CMT Awards, Denise Richards boarded an American Airlines flight late Tuesday morning.
The couple sat in first class, across the aisle from comedian Tom Arnold, another presenter at the show.
Both sans sunglasses, "Denise sported a simple white T-shirt and had minimal makeup on, if any at all," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "Sambora was in his usual all-black rocker chic gear."
While boarding, "Richie typed on his phone, occasionally showing Denise, who would smile," the source says. "During the flight, Richie read the newspaper. The pair looked very happy together."
– Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 06/06/2012 01:15PM
It was a gorgeous, slightly breezy day in Nashville. There was a breakfast buffet stocked with muffins and fruit set up – and the sound of gunfire crackled loudly in the air.
Turns out, Tim McGraw had a specific target in mind.
"I'm going to take out Luke Bryan," the country superstar, and host of the charity Tug McGraw Celebrity Sporting Clay Shootout, said jokingly to PEOPLE Tuesday at the Nashville Gun Club. "He's a Georgia boy, and I'm a Louisiana boy, so I've got an advantage right off."
"But I'm a little rusty, so I'm aiming for Luke's foot," McGraw, slated to hit the road this weekend on his summer tour with Kenny Chesney, continued. "I think if I can take him out, I've got it."
Originally posted 05/14/2012 09:00AM
CMT Music Awards? More like a CMT Concert!
Among those set to rock Nashville's Bridgestone Arena during the 11th CMT Awards ceremony on June 6 are Carrie Underwood, who is going into country's big night with five nominations.
Other performers set to appear, as announced Monday morning, are fellow nominees Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band.
Also announced: Triple-nominee Lady Antebellum, with recently wed bandmate Dave Haywood.
Fans may vote for their favorite music videos at the CMT 2012 Music Awards website through June 4.
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