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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 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 03/20/2013 01:45PM
Here's some news that's sure to be music to country fans' ears – and black hat lovers everywhere!
Garth Brooks, 51, and George Strait, 60, are set to perform together for the very first time. Their collaboration will take place at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which airs live on CBS, April 7 in Las Vegas – and will honor Dick Clark, who began producing the program in 1979 until his death a week after last year's show.
The talented musical pair are the two most recent winners of the show's artist of the decade honor, with Strait being acknowledged for his work in the '00s and Brooks in the '90s.
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will be hosting this year's program. Tune in for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, April 7 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Originally posted 03/07/2013 11:35AM
Two photographs of Mindy McCready at the height of her career and beauty flanked a large arrangement of flowers near the altar of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville Wednesday afternoon, where more than 200 people gathered to remember the country singer who took her own life on Feb. 17 in Heber Springs, Arkansas.
In the front pew of the Catholic church, her mother Gayle Inge, brothers Josh and T.J. McCready and other family members listened to moving memories of her as a little girl and as a talented artist.
The service began with a haunting recording of McCready's "I'll See You Yesterday," the last song she recorded before her death at 37.
Originally posted 12/06/2012 10:25AM
On The X Factor Wednesday, the remaining six contestants fought hard – singing first an acoustic version of a hit song and then a song picked by fans – for one of four spots in next week's semi-finals.
Thursday, the results, based on America's votes, will be revealed. And after last week, when the popular Vino Alan was sent home, anything can happen.
CeCe Frey, who seems to be hanging on by a thread, did well with a stripped down version of Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory," earning praise from the usually critical L.A. Reid: "I'm starting to become a fan," he said. Her colorful version of Katy Perry's "Part of Me" was "very entertaining" to Britney Spears, who appreciated that she's having fun on stage.
Boy banders Emblem3 took on "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars, which Britney called "your best performance in the competition." But Demi Lovato remained hard to please. "I used to really, really love you guys," she said before calling them a "down-graded version of the Jonas Brothers." Even with their second song, "Forever Young," which was almost universally praised, Demi wished they had commanded the stage more.
Originally posted 12/10/2010 04:55PM
Forget the candlelit dinner for two: Trisha Yearwood says she and hubby Garth Brooks plan to make their five-year anniversary celebration on Friday a family event.
"When we got married five years ago we married the girls, so the five of us always celebrate together," she told PEOPLE at the Women of Worth Awards in New York City on Thursday.
Yearwood is step-mom to Brooks's three teenage daughters – Taylor, August and Allie – and said the whole family has big plans for the anniversary they'll be celebrating back home in Oklahoma.
"We're going to see Tangled," she revealed. "We all talked about it and said, 'Let's go see a movie.' We all actually really want to see it, and none of our children are young young."
The anniversary event is a bit of a prelude to their upcoming country Christmas, which Yearwood said will feature "family, home, just being together – and cooking."
Originally posted 03/18/2010 02:15PM
Trisha Yearwood knows the secret to keeping her family close: Eating together.
"When I was growing up, suppertime, as we called it, was when the family got together around the table – that was our family time," the country singer tells Redbook in its April issue. "Those dinners are some of the best memories of my childhood."
An accomplished chef and cookbook author herself – her latest book, Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood, arrives in stores in April – Yearwood and hubby Garth Brooks keep up the same family mealtime tradition at their Oklahoma ranch.
"Having dinner together is something Garth and I have worked at making sure we do, because it's too easy these days not to," she says. "Now we're all going to sit down and the cells are going to be turned off and there are not going to be any iPods playing into anyone's ears. It's time for family."
Originally posted 12/16/2009 03:30PM
"Unanswered Prayers" singer Garth Brooks says that his quest to make his mother's name "More Than a Memory" at an Oklahoma hospital has gone unfulfilled – and he's suing the medical center for $500,000 as a result.
Four years ago, the recently out-of-retirement country crooner says, he gave Integris Canadian Valley Regional hospital in Yukon, Okla., the half million dollars to finance a building that would bear the name of his mother, Colleen Brooks, who died of cancer in 1999.
But, according to a court filing by Brooks, 47, the hospital never included the promised building in a $27 million expansion project, leaving CVR in breach of contract, TMZ reports.
Originally posted 12/14/2009 06:05AM
As far as anniversaries go, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood must have to be "lovin' it."
Brooks, who came out of retirement and officially began his 5-year run of shows at Wynn Las Vegas on Saturday, had a fancy dinner planned to celebrate his 4th anniversary with Yearwood, but suddenly that meal became McDonald’s French fries.
"That was our anniversary dinner," he told reporters Friday at Wynn Las Vegas, where – sporting jeans, sweatshirt and a baseball hat – Brooks played an acoustic set Saturday that included his influences (Bob Segar, James Taylor and George Strait) as well as his own songs, including "The River" and "Shameless."
Originally posted 11/05/2009 10:00AM
When Trisha Yearwood was asked to write a cookbook, she didn't have to look any further than her husband, Garth Brooks.
"He's a really good cook," Yearwood, whose new book, Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood, hits stores April 6, 2010. "He has a couple recipes in there that he actually made up, like Garth's Breakfast Bowl. It's just eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage, tortellini and hash browns. Sometimes he even makes French fries and throws them in there!"
And, filling as it sounds, Yearwood – whose first cookbook, Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen, hit the best-seller list – dares diners not to eat the whole thing.
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