10:41 AM EDT 11/13/2013
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."
Originally posted 10/28/2013 05:50PM
Jason Aldean's tour bus hit and killed a man on an Indiana highway early Monday morning.
The country singer, 36, made a statement about the event on his Facebook page.
"With a heavy heart, I'm sad to say that a man passed away last night after stepping out in front of my bus in Indiana," he wrote.
"In all the years I've been touring and all the miles we've driven, nothing prepares you for something like this to happen," Aldean said. "I'm praying for Albert Kennedy's family and friends today and ask that you do the same."
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.
Originally posted 08/11/2013 06:00PM
It's a country music tradition.
Hosted by Little Big Town – who hit up all the festival hot spots, from Zac Brown's tailgate to Lady Antebellum's Ping Pong tournament benefiting their LadyAID Fund – the annual CMA Music Festival sees 80,000 fans converge on Nashville in June and rock out to country music's biggest names: Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean, as well as the most-buzzed about newcomers, Kacey Musgraves and Brett Eldredge.
This year was no different.
Originally posted 07/20/2013 08:00PM
It's hot – really hot – these days. To help you get through the sweltering weekend ahead, we picked our favorite summer jams that should make you forget about the sweat dripping down your back.
Whether it's Rascal Flatts "Summer Nights" or Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," the second we hear one of those songs, we want to grab a beer and go dancing on the beach.
Maybe you're one of the lucky fans who will be attending one of the awesome festivals happening this weekend – Country Thunder in Twin Lakes, Wis., Jamboree in the Hills in Belmont, Ohio, or Faster Horses in Brooklyn, Mich. – where you'll get to hear Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and more play their hits.
Originally posted 05/06/2013 12:00PM
Dierks, Jason, Randy and more react to the good news before the June 5 ceremony
Originally posted 05/06/2013 12:00PM
It's quite the power trio at the head of this year's nominations for the CMT Music Awards.
Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Eric Church each picked up four nominations Monday, PEOPLE can reveal exclusively. They are followed by country veterans Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts, as well as first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line, with three nominations each.
Carrie Underwood, who led last year's nominations with five (and won video of the year), has two nods this year. She is joined by Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town and the rock group Journey.
Originally posted 04/29/2013 11:40AM
After 12 years of marriage, Jason Aldean and Jessica Ussery are calling it quits.
Citing irreconcilable differences, the country star filed for divorce in Williamson County, Tenn., court on April 26, according to papers obtained by PEOPLE.
"This is a really tough time for my entire family. Jessica and I have been together since we were teenagers. We've been through a lot of ups and downs over the years as we grew up together as a couple," Aldean exclusively told PEOPLE in a statement.
"She will always be important to me because she is the mother of my children, and I know that we will both always make our daughters our number one priority."
Originally posted 04/25/2013 10:35PM
Are Jason Aldean and Jessica Ussery heading for a split?
"I can confirm that Jason and his wife are having problems, but there is nothing more to share with the press at this time," his rep tells PEOPLE when asked if the couple have called it quits.
"It's a private family matter, and we hope everyone will respect that he would like to keep it that way."
Last fall, Aldean issued a public apology after he was photographed being affectionate with season 11 American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr.
Originally posted 04/08/2013 05:30PM
Though his fellow country artists act as judges on reality TV, Jason Aldean's favorite kind of party is on an actual stage – not a sound stage.
"I never say never, but I just know doing that stuff takes away from being able to go out and play our shows," Aldean, named male vocalist of the year at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, tells PEOPLE. "For me, if I'm not out on the road playing in front of people then I would be miserable."
That said, the singer, who's currently in the middle of his Night Train tour, doesn't hold it against his buddies Blake Shelton and Keith Urban for what they do on The Voice and American Idol.
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