04:04 PM EDT 05/07/2013
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 04/26/2013 05:30PM
With the passing of country icon George Jones, many will remember the singer's mythical stories of hard-living and never showing up for concerts.
But Kenny Chesney says his friend was a supportive force in his life when he was just starting his career. And he recalls opening up for Jones during his reunion tour with Tammy Wynette in 1995.
"I thought I'd made it," Chesney said in a statement Friday. "Then one night, George asked me if I was heading home because he and [his wife] Nancy had a plane, and they'd take me. I remember sitting on that jet, thinking, 'This can't be happening.' Because he was George Jones and I was some kid from nowhere. I'm sure he knew, but he was generous to kids chasing the dream and I never forgot it."
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 03/18/2013 11:10AM
It turns out Taylor Swift is getting back together – with the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Named entertainer of the year in 2012, the singer and multiple nominee is returning for this year's show as a performer, joining Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw.
Little Big Town and Eric Church also will perform, along with previously announced performers Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson and a fan jam headlined by Brad Paisley.
Originally posted 06/13/2012 05:30PM
For the first time in his adult life, Kenny Chesney can finally say he has a dog.
"A friend gave it to me and said, 'Here, Kenny, you have to learn to attach to something!' God's honest truth!" Chesney tells PEOPLE. "Now, I love the guy."
The newest Chesney is Pancho, a goldendoodle that joined the country star – who is currently on the Brothers of the Sun tour with Tim McGraw – in January. "Next thing you know, next day at PetSmart, I'm buying stuff, buying things and I have no idea!" he says. "That's just a dog! I can't imagine having three kids [like McGraw has]."
Originally posted 06/08/2012 08:20AM
Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney have been in the country music biz long enough to know what fans want – and what they don't.
"I tell you what we won't be doing on tour – love ballad duets!" Chesney, 44, tells PEOPLE Country's July issue. "That time of night, in a football stadium, they want it loud and fast. That's what we'll give them."
The friends and touring buddies also give country fans tons of insight into their 21-year friendship in the new issue, including what Chesney thinks of McGraw's wife, Faith Hill, what their moms have in common, and what they've enjoyed doing together over the years.
Originally posted 06/06/2012 01:15PM
It was a gorgeous, slightly breezy day in Nashville. There was a breakfast buffet stocked with muffins and fruit set up – and the sound of gunfire crackled loudly in the air.
Turns out, Tim McGraw had a specific target in mind.
"I'm going to take out Luke Bryan," the country superstar, and host of the charity Tug McGraw Celebrity Sporting Clay Shootout, said jokingly to PEOPLE Tuesday at the Nashville Gun Club. "He's a Georgia boy, and I'm a Louisiana boy, so I've got an advantage right off."
"But I'm a little rusty, so I'm aiming for Luke's foot," McGraw, slated to hit the road this weekend on his summer tour with Kenny Chesney, continued. "I think if I can take him out, I've got it."
Originally posted 05/14/2012 09:00AM
CMT Music Awards? More like a CMT Concert!
Among those set to rock Nashville's Bridgestone Arena during the 11th CMT Awards ceremony on June 6 are Carrie Underwood, who is going into country's big night with five nominations.
Other performers set to appear, as announced Monday morning, are fellow nominees Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band.
Also announced: Triple-nominee Lady Antebellum, with recently wed bandmate Dave Haywood.
Fans may vote for their favorite music videos at the CMT 2012 Music Awards website through June 4.
Originally posted 04/02/2012 12:05AM
Nashville's biggest names invaded Las Vegas Sunday for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
From on-stage collaborations (Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw) to A-List couples (McGraw and Faith Hill) to the triumphant winners (Taylor Swift, who took home the top prize for Entertainer of the Year), there was no shortage of memorable moments.
Even U2's Bono couldn't resist beaming in via satellite from Dublin to show love for his friend Dierks Bentley, and introduce his performance of "Home."
Check out our recap of some of the best moments – plus results from PEOPLE's reader polls, below.
Originally posted 03/30/2012 08:00AM
Taking a break from Hunger Games mania, Liam Hemsworth is scheduled present at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday.
The actor will join stars including Taylor Swift, LL Cool J, KISS and Sugarland, who are also slated to present at the show, which airs on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood are among the country superstars scheduled to perform.
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