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Academy of Country Music Awards Winners Speak Out in PEOPLE's Photo Studio

Originally posted 04/07/2014 01:35PM

[BRIGHTCOVE "3441573352001"] Winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards showed off their trophies in the PEOPLE photo studio, and they all agree – winning an award feels good.

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Blake Shelton & Luke Bryan Have an Epic Selfie Fail, Spoof Daft Punk | Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan

Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan Try to Beat Ellen DeGeneres's Oscars Selfie

Originally posted 04/06/2014 10:00PM

Taking a cue from Ellen DeGeneres, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan tried to snap a record-breaking selfie at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Who Will Win Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards? | Blake Shelton, George Strait, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift

Who Will Win the ACM Entertainer of the Year Award?

Originally posted 04/06/2014 08:25PM

There's no question George Strait is the sure bet in the entertainer of the year category at the Academy of Country Music Awards, right?

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Meet Country Music's New Guard of Entertainers | Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan

Is Luke Bryan the Next Garth Brooks?: Meet Country Music's New Guard of Entertainers

Originally posted 03/26/2014 03:00PM

The Academy of Country Music awards are just a banjo solo away, broadcasting on Sunday, April 6th on CBS.

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Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban Set to Perform at ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban Set to Perform at ACM Awards

Originally posted 03/06/2014 07:45AM

They're not only happy to be nominated – they're happy to take the stage and rock out.

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Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert Win Male & Female Vocalist of the Year at CMAs | Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert Win Male & Female Vocalist of the Year at CMAs

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.

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Who Deserves to Win Entertainer of the Year?

CMA Awards 2013: Who Deserves to Win Entertainer 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."

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George Strait Cancels CMT Awards Performance After Father's Death | George Strait

George Strait Cancels CMT Awards Performance After Father's Death

Originally posted 06/05/2013 06:30PM

George Strait is in mourning.

The music legend, 61, announced in a statement that his 91-year-old father, John Byron Strait – a former Texas junior high school teacher – died Tuesday after battling a lengthy illness.

"We are grateful for the time over the last few weeks we were able to spend with Daddy before he passed away," the country singer said in a statement posted on his website. "I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this difficult time as we mourn our family's loss."

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Yee-haw! Look No Further for Your Essential ACM Awards Playlist | Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood

Academy of Country Music Awards

ACM Awards Playlist Essentials on Spotify

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.

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Get Excited: Garth Brooks & George Strait Are Performing Together Next Month | Dick Clark, Garth Brooks, George Strait

Garth Brooks & George Strait Will Perform Together for First Time at ACM Awards

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.

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