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Originally posted 11/08/2013 08:40AM
The Voice revealed its Top 12 Thursday night, thanks to America's votes and some anguished decisions from the coaches.
Earlier in the week, the remaining five contestants from each team delivered a string of strong performances during the first live shows. The two singers from each team with the most votes would automatically advance to the next round, while the coaches had to choose to save just one of their three remaining teammates.
Blake Shelton – fresh from his Male Vocalist of the Year win at Wednesday's CMA awards – was in the hot seat first. Host Carson Daly revealed that America had saved soulful Austin Jenckes and funky Cole Vosbury, which meant Shelton was forced to choose between pop singer Nic Hawke, powerhouse country singer Shelbie Z. and "swamp pop" artist Ray Boudreaux.
Originally posted 11/06/2013 11:20PM
The CMAs in Nashville had viewers seeing stars, but unlike in years past, there wasn't one specific standout.
All the regulars – Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban and hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley – were in town for country's biggest night, but some of the genre's heaviest hitters walked away uncharacteristically empty-handed.
Meanwhile, duo Florida Georgia Line, one of the newer acts over the last few years, walked away with two awards: single of the year for "Cruise" and vocal duo of the year.
Originally posted 11/06/2013 12:15PM
Wednesday is country music's biggest night as the industry's top stars step onto the red carpet and the Nashville stage for the 47th annual CMA Awards.
Up for the show's top honor as entertainer of the year are three male stars, one country icon and one female singer with a penchant for roping her own personal dramas into the lyrics of her songs.
But who will take home the big prize? Take our poll below!
Jason Aldean has had a tough year with a divorce in the works and a recent tour bus accident that killed a man, but the Georgia native's career continues red hot with his latest record, "Night Train."
Originally posted 11/06/2013 08:35AM
She's the youngest performer on The Voice this season, but Jacquie Lee's performance on the second night of live shows Tuesday showed she just might be the one to beat.
The 16-year-old New Jersey high school student on coach Christina Aguilera's team, closed out the evening with an electrifying version of Nina Simone's "I Put a Spell on You."
The jaw-dropping performance awed fellow coach Cee Lo Green, whose team also performed Tuesday, and even left him a little angry.
"Oh my God, Jacquie. Damn," he exclaimed once the roaring crowd quieted down. "That was the absolute best. [It was] like the past and the present and you are most certainly the future."
Originally posted 11/05/2013 07:30AM
The Voice's first live show featured a slew of strong singers on Monday but Tessanne Chin turned in the performance of the night.
The Jamaican singer, 28, amped up the glamour with red nails and lips, as she took Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" to a fierce level.
As the night's last performer, Chin (who'd been Cliff's backup singer) wiped away tears as her coach, Adam Levine, and the crowd gave her a standing ovation.
Originally posted 10/31/2013 10:45AM
In her first public appearance since becoming Mrs. Brandon Blackstock two weeks ago, Kelly Clarkson radiated cheer and joy.
Then again, she was taping a Christmas TV special.
The former American Idol winner took the stage at the Las Vegas Venetian Wednesday night, belting out songs from her Wrapped in Red album, along with a few of her greatest hits.
At one point Clarkson spoke about how attractive an audience member was. When some shouted out that she was a newly married woman, the singer replied good-naturally, "I will hit on someone and make him jealous … I'm just kidding, I love my man."
Originally posted 10/30/2013 07:30AM
Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine did something on Tuesday that no Voice judges had ever done before – they stole back singers who they'd previously cut loose in the battle rounds.
Thanks to a new twist, the coaches were each given one steal during this week's knockout rounds – the final hurdle before the live shows kick off next week.
Levine grinned like a schoolboy as he pressed his button for Will Champlin, a young dad whose father is Chicago band member Bill Champlin.
Originally posted 10/29/2013 09:30AM
Fans got quite the shakedown on The Voice Monday thanks to an eye-opening, sexy and unexpected hip shake from Jasper, Ala., native Shelbie Z., who turned it up several notches on the show's first evening of knockout rounds.
The hairdresser and beauty-pageant coach not only owned Carrie Underwood's morning-after confessional "Last Name," she also showed real star potential and plenty of attitude, playing with her long blond hair provocatively but letting her growling vocals steal the night for Team Blake.
"So much presence and charm and personality – wow," Cee Lo Green exclaimed, while Christina Aguilera called it "one of the most confident performances in the knockouts I've seen."
Originally posted 10/25/2013 09:15AM
At a sunset ceremony Thursday evening with Tennessee's Smoky Mountains in the background, country singer Ashley Monroe wed her baseball beau, Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks.
"I married my best friend," says Monroe, 27, a Knoxville, Tenn., native who met Danks through a mutual friend in 2011 after a show in Chicago. "He has such a good heart."
Blake Shelton officiated the nuptials, which took place at Blackberry Farm, the same bucolic site where Kelly Clarkson said "I do" four days before, while Monroe's best friend (and fellow member of the Pistol Annies) Miranda Lambert was her maid of honor.
Originally posted 10/23/2013 09:25AM
The Voice's battle rounds wrapped up Tuesday night with a trio of commanding performances that show the competition is still any singer's game.
The evening kicked off on a patriotic note when coach Cee Lo Green paired military veterans Jonny Gray of Austin, Texas, and Shawn Smith of Utica, N.Y., on "Refugee" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Green chose the song in part as a nod to their service – rocker Gray, 29, completed a tour of duty for the Air Force, while country singer Smith, 32, served in the Army and lost 80 percent of his hearing in his right ear when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. The pair delivered an impassioned version of the song that caught the attention of all four coaches.
Blake Shelton said he agreed with a female audience member who yelled, "That was hot!" while Adam Levine said, "I believe every single word of what you guys did."
Green ultimately chose to keep Gray, praising his "frenetic" energy onstage. "You become something undeniable," he explained.
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