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PEOPLE's Social Media Recap of Grammys Weekend | Lady Gaga

Grammys Weekend: Go Behind the Scenes with PEOPLE on Social Media

Originally posted 01/28/2014 11:45AM

Dahvi Shira is an L.A.-based writer and reporter for PEOPLE. No stranger to red-carpet coverage and star-studded events, Grammys is an annual highlight. See how her non-stop weekend of work played out on social media:

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Critics' Corner: The Grammy Awards, American Idol's New Season and More Can't Miss Entertainment | Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J

Critics' Corner: The Grammy Awards, American Idol's New Season and More Can't Miss Entertainment

Originally posted 01/24/2014 12:00PM

Your go-to guide of what's hot in entertainment this week

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The CMAs vs. the VMAs: What's the Difference? | Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke

How to Tell the Difference Between the CMAs & the VMAs

Originally posted 11/07/2013 11:00AM

It's not every awards show where the ratio of cowboy hats per head outnumbers, well, everything else. Throw in a lot of boots and big hair and songs referencing various types of automobiles, and we reckon your Honky Tonk Badonkadonk's definitely at the CMA Awards.

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Hunter Hayes On Becoming a CMT Artist of the Year: 'It's Mind-Boggling' | Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes On Becoming a CMT Artist of the Year: 'It's Mind-Boggling'

Originally posted 10/16/2013 12:00PM

What a difference a year makes.

In 2012, country music newcomer Hunter Hayes was thrilled to introduce Carrie Underwood as one of CMT's Artists of the Year – now he's been given the same honor himself.

The 22-year-old is one of five country music stars who've been named CMT's 2013 Artists of the Year.

"This year has been amazing, and I thought it couldn't get any better, and then they told me this," the "Wanted" singer tells PEOPLE exclusively.

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Eric Church, Hunter Hayes Lead the ACM Nominations

Eric Church, Hunter Hayes Lead the ACM Nominations

Originally posted 02/13/2013 12:15PM

Eric Church had plenty to sing about Wednesday morning, when he became top nominee for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

In all, the singer-songwriter, whose 2011 album Chief contained the hit singles "Homeboy" and "Drink in My Hand," received seven nods, including song and single of the year for "Springsteen." He was followed by Hunter Hayes with six, and Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert with five each, including entertainer of the year.

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Grammy Surprises & Snubs: PEOPLE's Music Critic Breaks It Down

Grammy Nomination Snubs, Surprises & Surefire Contenders

Originally posted 12/06/2012 09:45AM

Where was the love for the heartthrobs?

That's the biggest question after both Justin Bieber and One Direction – two of this year's biggest sellers – were shut out when the nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards were announced last night in conjunction with a concert televised live from Nashville. Bieber seemed a good bet to at least grab a best pop vocal album nod for his hit Believe, while One Direction appeared to have an even better shot to make the best new artist cut.

Apparently there were no 12-year-old girls voting this year.

But those boys weren't the only ones snubbed by voters: Nicki Minaj and Lionel Richie both failed to get recognized for their hit albums Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and Tuskegee, respectively. Richie, teaming up with country stars to remake his hits, appeared to have sure-fire bait for album of the year.

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