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Batter Up! Country Stars Take the Field to Fight Cancer

Jamie Lynn Spears, Lauren Alaina and More Team Up Against Florida Georgia Line, Sara Evans to Fight Cancer

Originally posted 06/08/2014 12:30PM

Country stars went to bat for a good cause Saturday at Greer Stadium in Nashville, raising over $200,000 for cancer research at the 24th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game during CMA Music Fest.

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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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Would Alicia Keys Take Randy Jackson's Spot on American Idol?

American Idol

Alicia Keys Is Sad That Randy Jackson's Leaving American Idol

Originally posted 05/10/2013 07:00PM

With Randy Jackson's announcement that he is leaving American Idol, who will take the veteran judge's place?

The answer is probably not Alicia Keys, who performed her new single "Tears Always Win" on the Fox show Thursday night.

"I don't know if I'd want to be a judge," she told reporters after her performance.

The "Girl on Fire" singer did express her dismay that Jackson would be leaving the panel after 12 seasons.

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Odd Couple! Lauren Alaina's Dogs Are 'Total Opposites' | Lauren Alaina

American Idol Finalist Lauren Alaina's Dogs Are 'Total Opposites'

Originally posted 09/15/2011 09:00AM

They both may look cute and sweet, but Lauren Alaina's dogs – Prissy the Shih Tzu and Bella the Pomeranian – are actually nothing alike, especially when it comes to doggie dress-up.

"Prissy, when you put a bow in her hair, she'll put her head on the ground and run around like a bulldozer until the darn thing has a big knot and falls out," the American Idol alum tells PEOPLE. "But Bella will leave the bow in, she'll just chew her clothes off. They're total opposites."

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Carrie Underwood Introduces New Idols to the Grand Ole Opry | Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery

American Idol

Carrie Underwood Introduces New Idols to the Grand Ole Opry

Originally posted 06/09/2011 09:30AM

Talk about all-stars: The Grand Ole Opry was chock-full of country's biggest names Tuesday night, including Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and the legendary Jimmy Dickens

The evening's two sold-out shows also brought a surprise visit from American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina, who were introduced by none other than Underwood, Nashville's resident Idol superstar.

McCreery and Alaina, who co-presented at Wednesday night's CMT Awards, will make their official Opry debut Friday, six years to the day since Underwood's first performance on Nashville's most famous stage.

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Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Are Just 'Really Good Friends'

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Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Are Just 'Really Good Friends'

Originally posted 05/26/2011 04:45PM

They say a kiss is just a kiss but was it romantic, friendly or just congratulatory?

After Ryan Seacrest announced that Scotty McCreery was the winner of American Idol on Wednesday's finale, runner-up Lauren Alaina planted one on the country heartthrob.

Are they an item? "Oh no," McCreery, 17, said during a conference call on Thursday. "We've been getting that question all morning. Me and her – it's a brother-and-sister relationship."

As for the kiss, McCreery knew Alaina, 16, was going to do it if he won.

"She told me before the show she was going to [kiss me]," he said. "It was kind of like a joke. She's a character."

The finalists – the youngest pair to compete in an Idol finale – have a lot more in common than both being country singers on the rise.

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Which Was More Fun: Guest Performers or Scotty and Lauren's Kiss?

American Idol

Tom Jones, Tim McGraw, the Kiss and More Highlights from the Idol Finale

Originally posted 05/26/2011 09:45AM

It was an American Idol finale for the record books: Steven Tyler sang "Dream On," Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony shared a dance and a kiss on stage, country legends Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood wowed, James Durbin got his happy metal ending with Judas Priest, Tom Jones showed the men of the top 13 how it's done and Haley Reinhart even sang a snazzy version of "Steppin' Out with My Baby" with Tony Bennett.

But the night belonged to Scotty McCreery, who took home the Idol crown.

"It was just a moment I will never forget," said McCreery, 17, of his win. "This was all about me being able to accomplish my dreams. I'm an American Idol. That was a huge dream. It's time for me to start my career. The real work begins."

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Scotty McCreery: I Shared 'Special Moments' with Lauren Alaina

Originally posted 05/26/2011 08:25AM



Arriving on the red carpet for the American Idol season finale on Wednesday, finalists Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina had a chance to look back at season 10 – and their friendship with each other.

"Every day's been a special moment with Lauren," said McCreery, 17. "I met her day one of Hollywood Week. We were in groups in Vegas, and she's my classmate out here in L.A. We've been together a whole lot. We talk about a lot of things. We've had a lot of special moments."

"I've been waiting a long time for this night to be here," added Alaina, 16. "Tonight's going to be awesome."

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American Idol Winner Is Revealed!

American Idol

American Idol Winner Is Revealed!

Originally posted 05/25/2011 10:20PM

After Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina performed three songs each on the first night of the American Idol finale on Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez summed up the competition: "It's a tight race," she said. "America has their job cut out for them."

Now that job is done. The votes – 122 million of them, a new Idol record – are in and after a star-studded spectacular, host Ryan Seacrest announced the season 10 winner.

Keep reading to find out if Scotty or Lauren was named the new American Idol ...

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Lauren Alaina: God Got Me Through to Idol Finale

Lauren Alaina: God Got Me Through to Idol Finale

Originally posted 05/25/2011 06:00PM

Saying a little prayer and receiving a steroid dose from a doctor worked wonders for Lauren Alaina, who managed to compete against Scotty McCreery on Tuesday's American Idol despite a bruised vocal chord.

"I knew somehow God would get me through it," she said at a press conference afterward, writing her words, which were then read by McCreery, on a notepad.

Nevertheless, McCreery was impressed by his rival. "I was ready to cry when she was singing," he said after the show.

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