07:43 PM EDT 05/24/2013
Originally posted 05/24/2013 03:15PM
Oklahoma's star contingent is showing its love for the victims of the recent deadly tornado that killed 24 people and injured 240.
Among the many generous showbiz names is Carrie Underwood, who on Thursday announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross from her "Blown Away" tour's concert receipts.
"I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness," Underwood said in a statement. "With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornados."
Originally posted 04/26/2013 12:45PM
He was the "greatest singer of all time," according to Brad Paisley, and on Friday, legendary singer George Jones's passing had the country community remembering him fondly. Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and others took to Twitter to share their love and respect of the singer, who died at age 81 Friday.
Jones was scheduled to start his farewell tour this May, culminating with a final concert this November in Nashville, Tenn. Tickets were already sold out for the show which was to include Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Rogers, Kid Rock and Cyndi Lauper.
See how the country music community has mourned the loss of George Jones and honored the life he lived.
Originally posted 04/08/2013 10:15AM
For Miranda Lambert, being Sunday night's big winner at the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards caused her a major attitude adjustment.
Besides, she admits, she was really rooting for somebody else.
"I'm a pessimist," Lambert, 29, told PEOPLE after the show, "so I'm always like, when is the other shoe going to drop? It's over – my primetime is done. But your peers vote for you and believe in you, especially as a songwriter."
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.
Originally posted 04/06/2013 04:20PM
"Um, where are we?" Carrie Underwood asks no one in particular as she gazes out the window at a landscape of brown grass and nondescript office buildings. "No, seriously. Where are we? " she asks again.
The answer is Windsor, Ont. – a Canadian suburb just outside Detroit – but the country superstar can be forgiven the momentary confusion: Windsor is the whopping 82nd stop on her smash Blown Away tour, which has kept her on the road for the better part of eight months.
She did get a two-day reprieve for her 30th birthday on March 10, which she planned to celebrate at home in Nashville with her husband, NHL star Mike Fisher.
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:
Originally posted 04/05/2013 12:45PM
Carrie Underwood hasn't seen her NHL star husband Mike Fisher for a week, her long tour schedule and his hockey season keeping the busy couple apart.
But she remains focused on staying tight. "You just have to make that your number one priority," Underwood, 30, who graces PEOPLE's current cover, said backstage at American Idol Thursday night.
"You see each other when you can and you talk to each other as much as you can," the singer told PEOPLE. "You just have to commit and make it work."
Originally posted 04/04/2013 11:30AM
She may be famous for her smash hit "Good Girl" – and her own squeaky-clean image – but sometimes Carrie Underwood just wants to be (a little) bad.
"It's great when you can write a meaningful song that touches people, but sometimes you just wanna have fun and sing a silly song that doesn't reflect on you as a person," says this week's PEOPLE cover girl. "It's just a jam you wanna turn up in your car."
But does the famously composed singer ever really cut loose?
Originally posted 04/03/2013 08:00AM
Carrie Underwood has been living on a bus for her sell-out "Blown Away" tour for the better part of eight months now.
But even while on the road she has constant motivation for staying in shape: her hard-bodied husband, NHL star Mike Fisher.
"Even when he's like, 'I'm so out of shape,' he still has a six-pack," she tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "Having Mike there – I want to be a hot wife!"
Although she acknowledges that the frequent distance between them can be challenging, the six-time Grammy-winning singer, 30, says she would walk away from her career if it ever started to cause problems between her and Fisher, 32.
Originally posted 03/24/2013 03:00PM
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