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Hayden Panettiere: 'Living in Nashville Gives Me a Sense of Normalcy'

Hayden Panettiere: 'Living in Nashville Gives Me a Sense of Normalcy'

Originally posted 02/18/2014 10:00AM

Hayden Panettiere's heart might belong to fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, but it also belongs to Dixie.

"I like being in a place where people appreciate the little things and don't need a lot of stuff to be happy," the Nashville star tells Southern Living for its March cover story, which features a celebrity on its front for the first time in its 48-year history.

"At my core, this is the kind of person I am and want to be."

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Hayden Panettiere Confirms Engagement to Boxer Beau Wladimir Klitschko | Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere Is Engaged to Wladimir Klitschko

Originally posted 10/09/2013 11:30AM

It's official, Hayden Panettiere is tying the knot.

The Nashville star, 24, confirmed her engagement to her world heavyweight champion boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko on Wednesday's LIVE with Kelly and Michael.

After flashing some major bling on her ring finger over the summer, the actress had remained mum on the status of her relationship with Klitschko, 37.

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See Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town Duke It Out in Epic Ping-Pong Match

Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town Duke It Out in Epic Ping-Pong Match

Originally posted 08/11/2013 06:00PM

It's a country music tradition.

Hosted by Little Big Town – who hit up all the festival hot spots, from Zac Brown's tailgate to Lady Antebellum's Ping Pong tournament benefiting their LadyAID Fund – the annual CMA Music Festival sees 80,000 fans converge on Nashville in June and rock out to country music's biggest names: Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean, as well as the most-buzzed about newcomers, Kacey Musgraves and Brett Eldredge.

This year was no different.

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PHOTOS: Nicole Kidman & Lenny Kravitz Reunite | Keith Urban, Lenny Kravitz, Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban & Lenny Kravitz Pose for Photos at CMTs

Originally posted 06/05/2013 09:30PM

Nicole Kidman and Lenny Kravitz? Well, that looks familiar!

While attending the CMT Music Awards in Nashville on Wednesday, Kidman and husband Keith Urban looked thrilled to run into the rocker backstage.

The couple and Kravitz exchanged hugs, and posed for a group photo.

Although it wasn't exactly a country tune, Kravitz, 49, kicked off the awards show with his smash hit, "American Woman." Urban, 45, is also scheduled to perform during the show.

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Kevin and Michael Bacon, the Bacon Brothers, Prep for 2013 CMT Awards

Originally posted 06/05/2013 05:45PM



The Bacon Brothers are Nashville bound!

Kevin Bacon and his older brother, Michael, are heading to the country music destination Wednesday, just in time to present at the CMT Awards.

"It's gonna be fun," Kevin tells PEOPLE.

Although The Bacon Brothers have been playing together for more than 15 years, they still relish the quality time they spend together on the road.

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Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church Lead CMT Nominations

Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead CMT Nominations

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.

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FIRST LOOK: Brad Paisley Joins Connie Britton on Set of Nashville | Brad Paisley

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Brad Paisley Joins Connie Britton for Nashville Finale

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.

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Tim McGraw & Ne-Yo's Halloween Treat in Nashville

Tim McGraw & Ne-Yo's Halloween Treat in Nashville

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

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How Did Brad Paisley Prank Darius Rucker? | Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker

Brad Paisley Surprises Darius Rucker – with Grand Ole Opry Honor

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.

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Miranda Lambert to Perform at CMA Awards | Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert to Perform at CMA Awards

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.

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