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Originally posted 11/07/2013 02:00PM
PEOPLE is in Nashville prepping for country's big night – and letting singers steal our phones to snap some pics
Originally posted 10/21/2013 09:00AM
It's no secret that one of the best parts of the CMA Awards is the killer collaborations the show brings together. And this year promises to be no different.
Zac Brown Band – nominated for Vocal Group of the Year – will be hitting the stage alongside Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, PEOPLE has learned exclusively. And that's just for starters.
One of the CMT Artists of the Year, Hunter Hayes, will be performing with Jason Mraz, just as the two paired up earlier this summer at CMA Fest. And Taylor Swift, one of this year's top nominees, will be singing with Alison Krauss and country music legend Vince Gill.
Originally posted 09/10/2013 08:00AM
Six artists, including Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton, received multiple nominations for the 2013 Country Music Association Awards.
Swift and Shelton received two nominations each, as did Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida-Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves – as the nominees in the top five categories were revealed live on Good Morning America on Tuesday.
Swift, Shelton, Aldean and Bryan will be competing, along with George Strait, for entertainer of the year.
Originally posted 08/13/2013 10:00AM
They're on a roll!
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the 47th annual CMA Awards on Nov. 6 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
It will be the pair's sixth consecutive time co-hosting the event known as "Country Music's Biggest Night."
Fellow stars Little Big Town enthusiastically made the announcement during Monday night's broadcast of CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock. (Watch a clip below.)
Originally posted 06/10/2013 06:00AM
While you were at the beach, we were out spotting stars and royals. Keep fantasizing about that perfect swimsuit, and we'll keep you up-to-date:
Originally posted 11/02/2012 02:20PM
Country music has a new rising star whose boyish good looks are setting hearts aflutter. Oh, and he can sing pretty well, too.
Hunter Hayes had his unofficial coronation as country music's next big thing Thursday at the Country Music Association Awards, winning Best New Artist and performing a spellbinding rendition of his first No. 1 country song, "Wanted," on his trademark black piano.
Just 21, Hayes projects an irresistible innocence – he can still recall the songs he wrote in middle school, and he brought his parents with him to the CMAs. Still, he's been performing for 19 years, so he knows a thing or two about projecting an image.
PEOPLE caught up with Hayes on Thursday to get a better idea of what makes him tick. Here are five things to know about the young heartthrob.
Originally posted 11/02/2012 01:15PM
They had a big, emotional night in front of millions at the Country Music Association Awards. Now, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are ready to savor their success with something even more rare – a little quiet time together.
"We're going home for Thanksgiving," Lambert said after Thursday's awards. "We'll have four days there, and again for Christmas. We never see each other, so we cherish every moment together."
Originally posted 11/02/2012 08:15AM
Thursday night's Country Music Association Awards had it all: laughter, tears and lots of live performances.
From Miranda Lambert's high octane rendition of "Fastest Girl in Town" to Taylor Swift's debut of the lovelorn "Begin Again," it seemed like almost every nominee got their moment on stage, regardless if they took home an award or not.
With so many high energy sets, the evening felt more like a concert than an awards show!
Originally posted 11/01/2012 09:15PM
It was a big night for Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton!
The couple took home individual honors at the Country Music Association Awards Thursday night – including an entertainer of the year honor for Shelton! – but the most emotional moment came when they accepted the award for song of the year for their powerful duet, "Over You."
"I lost my brother in a car wreck when I was 14-years-old, and later in life when I decided I wanted to be a country singer, my dad always told me, 'Son, you should write a song about your brother,' " Shelton said alongside his wife.
"I lost my dad in January, and it's so amazing to me that tonight even after he's gone, he's still right," he continued as the audience cheered and Lambert fought back tears.
Originally posted 11/01/2012 08:45PM
Taylor Swift's love life is more than great inspiration for her hit songs – it's now a punchline.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley poked fun at the singer's recent split from Conor Kennedy during the opening monologue of Thursday's Country Music Association Awards.
"Brad and I were backstage talking about what a strange year this has been," Underwood said at the start of their funny (and musically-accentuated) routine.
"Just look at sports, I can't keep track of all these trades," continued Paisley, as his co-host noted that Tim Tebow is now playing for the New York Jets.
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