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Liam Hemsworth and KISS to Present at ACM Awards | Kiss, Gene Simmons, Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth and KISS to Present at ACM Awards

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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Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean Lead ACM Nominations | Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift

Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean Lead ACM Nominations

Originally posted 01/26/2012 10:55AM

After several years of women ruling the show, the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards could be a night for the guys.

Kenny Chesney earned the most nominations with nine, followed by Jason Aldean with six. Both are up for entertainer of the year. Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton are also nominated in that marquee category, with Taylor Swift the lone woman in the group. (Swift won last year, following back-to-back wins by Carrie Underwood.)

Paisley earned four nominations in all, while Swift leads all women with three. Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert each earned two. Lady Antebellum is the leading group nominee with five nominations. Eli Young Band, Toby Keith and Grace Potter each received three nominations.

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How Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley Feasted Before the CMT Artists of the Year Show | Brad Paisley, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift

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CMT Artists of the Year: What Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley Ate

Originally posted 12/13/2011 10:05AM

How do country's biggest stars prep for the CMT Artists of the Year show? With some southern-style cooking, of course!

This year's crop of honorees – Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean – all chowed down on a feast prepared by Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard prior to the show, which airs Tuesday (9 p.m. ET on CMT).

"For the dinner, I wanted to show my style of cooking but have influence from the artists and Nashville," Izard told PEOPLE of the three-course meal, complete with wine pairings. (See the full menu below.)

Using notes from each musician, the Top Chef winner created a meal tailor-made for the stars.

"Taylor Swift loves sausage and gravy from Cracker Barrel, so we did mini biscuits with goat and pork gravy," Izard, who owns the Chicago restaurant the Girl & the Goat, said. (She also personally met Swift because, Izard explains, "All of the young guys that work for me would have been disappointed had I not!")

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Lionel Richie Is Going Country with New Duets on the CMAs | Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie Is Going Country with New Duets on the CMAs

Originally posted 10/26/2011 02:00PM

Lionel Richie is connecting with his country side.

The singer, who's got an upcoming country duets album called Tuskegee, will show off his chops live on the CMA Awards Nov. 9 (8 p.m. ET), performing with Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Little Big Town

"Over a period of time, I realized that the songs that I was writing translated to country," Richie, 62, said in a press release. "As a songwriter, I didn't really start out thinking I was country; I was thinking I was R&B."

"It was just a natural progression," he added. "I am from Tuskegee, Alabama; I am a country boy. It just felt right to do this."

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Carrie Underwood: Newlywed Life Is Better Than People Warned | Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood: Newlywed Life Is Better Than People Warned

Originally posted 09/26/2011 12:00PM

The newlywed life is the good life for Carrie Underwood, who was told there would be rough patches.

"Everyone says the first month is the hardest, or the fourth month or the eighth month," the 28-year-old, who wed NHL player Mike Fisher last year, told PEOPLE. "We're just enjoying it."

The country songstress's career has been "go, go, go," she said, adding: "You never really get to stop and smell the roses and really enjoy just being a person."

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Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney to Perform at CMAs | Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney to Perform at CMAs

Originally posted 09/29/2010 08:00AM

When she's not waiting to see if she's won any of the nine categories in which she's been nominated, Miranda Lambert will hit the stage at the CMA Awards.

The country star, who snagged the most nods for any female artist in CMA history, will perform at the Nov. 10 show in Nashville, the Country Music Association announced Wednesday.

Lambert's fiancé and fellow nominee, Blake Shelton, is also set to perform, along with Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum. The Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson will also sing together.

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FIRST LISTEN: Hear Kenny Chesney's 'Reality'

Originally posted 09/13/2010 01:00PM

Welcome to Kenny Chesney's reality.

The country star says he loves to help fans escape the worries of everyday life, which is where he got the inspiration for his new tune "Reality." And PEOPLE.com has your exclusive first listen of the song off Chesney's upcoming album, Hemingway's Whiskey.

Listen to the song here:

Chesney says he tapped into his own past – before he became one of country music's biggest stars – to write the tune. "I had dreams of doing this one day. I remember going to so many shows and going, 'Wow, that just looks unbelievable,' " he says in a video clip off the deluxe version of his disc.

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Tim McGraw Is Country's Hottest Guy | Tim McGraw

UpdatePosted 06/11/2010 12:35PM

Tim McGraw Is Country's Hottest Guy

Originally posted 06/11/2010 11:40AM

At 43, Tim McGraw is a toned 178 lbs. (trimmer than he's been in years), he's got the swagger of a guy who knows himself (he's not afraid of facials!) and manages to balance self-depreciation with sex appeal (his sleepwear of choice? All natural).

For those reasons and more, McGraw is hands down PEOPLE Country's hottest guy – but, he jokes, he might not rank in the Top Two as far as his wife, Faith Hill, is concerned.  

"My wife would pick George Strait," he says. "She thinks he's gorgeous! Or Kris Kristofferson. When we're around him, she can barely speak."

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PHOTO: Kenny Chesney Knee-Deep in Nashville Flood | Kenny Chesney

PHOTO: Kenny Chesney Knee-Deep in Nashville Flood

Originally posted 05/05/2010 07:30PM

Add Kenny Chesney to the list of celebrities who've been affected by the severe Tennessee floods.

On Wednesday, the country star demonstrated just how serious the situation is by posting a photo on Twitter of himself nearly knee-deep in water. He can be seen clutching a white electric guitar while standing next to a small motorboat filled with several items, including a plastic storage box and a guitar case.

"Sending Anderson Cooper footage of my house under water," the singer, 42, Tweeted Wednesday, a few hours before he was scheduled to appear on CNN to discuss the damage.

"TN is a mess with floods," Chesney wrote on his Twitter page Sunday. "If you're fortunate enough to help out, hit up the mid-TN Red Cross. Stay safe, everyone."

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Kenny Chesney Welcomes Vacation Ideas | Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney Welcomes Vacation Ideas

Originally posted 04/18/2010 11:00AM

Now that his 3D concert movie is hitting theaters, Kenny Chesney has some free time on his hands. How he will spend it, not even he knows – and that's just fine with the country superstar.

"I haven't really got a chance to spend a lot of time with my family," the artist, 42, told PEOPLE at Saturday's Las Vegas premiere of Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D. "I've been gone for 17 years. I'm going to try and write a few songs and see how my boat fits again and kind of going from there."

Where will that boat take him? "I'll probably go somewhere in the Caribbean with it. I don't really know yet."

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