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George Strait's Final Concert Was a Star-Studded Farewell

Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean & More Help George Strait Say Goodbye at Texas Concert

Originally posted 06/08/2014 01:30PM

When George Strait says goodbye, he makes quite the party out of it.

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George Strait Preps for Tonight's Final Concert

UpdatePosted 06/07/2014 11:00AM

George Strait Preps for Final Concert in Dallas

Originally posted 06/06/2014 05:00PM

In the 17 months since George Strait walked onto the stage at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, to kick off the first leg of his two-year The Cowboy Rides Away tour the country icon has played 45 SRO arenas and stadiums in 31 states, singing his remarkable catalog of hits for well over 1 million fans.

His star-studded roster of opening acts has included Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Merle Haggard, Little Big Town, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack and Chris Young. Strait has also – with the Military Warriors Support Foundation – handed the keys to a new house to four Marine veterans, one National Guard veteran, and 21 Army veterans.

On Saturday, the beloved Texas cowboy will close the tour in the home of the Dallas Cowboys – AT&T Stadium, where he played the venue's first show five years ago.

"At sound check, there was still construction going on," he remembered with a laugh at a press conference there last year with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "It was the only time I've ever had to wear a hard hat during sound check!"

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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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