12:33 PM EDT 06/07/2013
Originally posted 06/05/2013 01:00PM
Country's finest are showing off a little skin – and a lot of charm.
"I hate looking at pictures of myself!" Tim McGraw insists. But one glimpse at the 46-year-old singer's ripped abs, which are featured in the new Hot Guys issue of PEOPLE Country, and we'll respectfully disagree.
Equally compelling eye candy? Fellow country stars Jake Owen, 31, and Kip Moore, 33, who also go shirtless in the new issue. But, as Owen explains, that buff beauty is more than skin deep.
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 04/08/2013 08:30AM
For Luke Bryan, who burst into tears when his name was announced, being named entertainer of the year at Sunday's 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards wasn't just big. It was BIG.
"You know, your life flashes before you," Bryan, who also served as the Las Vegas event's co-host, with Blake Shelton, tells PEOPLE.
"Everything – the years to get there, the loading up amps in trucks, and even the move to Nashville and then driving back to Georgia and playing little bars and then the record deal and watching your fan base grow and watching people start to love what you do."
Originally posted 03/29/2012 02:30PM
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Originally posted 04/07/2013 10:00AM
None of country music's biggest stars doubt that Luke Bryan will do well as co-host, with Blake Shelton of this Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, but that doesn't mean they aren't concerned about him.
"I think Luke is nervous, and he should be," Miranda Lambert told PEOPLE Friday. "Not because he won't do great. It's because my husband [Blake] is a loose cannon and he never goes by prompter and I never know what he's going to say or do."
For Shelton, hosting country music's annual showcase is old hat, having done it twice before. But Bryan is a rookie.
Originally posted 04/07/2013 06:30AM
Vegas is going country.
The ACM Awards have arrived – and Nashville's biggest stars are kicking up their cowboy boots in Sin City for Sunday night's big show.
Helming the event are hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, but country vets like Garth Brooks and George Strait (taking the stage together for the first time) will rub elbows with newer stars, like The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line.
Whether you're going to be hitting the strip in Vegas or watching from the comfort of your couch (starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS), here are the essential songs to make sure you're in the loop.
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.
Originally posted 12/11/2012 10:55AM
Luke Bryan may want to "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," but he'll savor Monday night.
The headlining country artist was the big winner at the fan-voted American Country Awards, taking home nine awards, including entertainer of the year and male artist of the year.
"Rarely am I rendered speechless," he told reporters after his wins at the Mandalay Bay Las Vegas. "I don't know how to formulate a series of words that can truly tell how appreciative I am to the fans to make this night possible."
Originally posted 10/01/2012 08:00AM
The Country Music Association's reigning female vocalist of the year Miranda Lambert will defend her title on stage at Nov. 1's 46th Annual CMA Awards.
The CMA tells PEOPLE exclusively that Lambert, 28, will perform on the live broadcast from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
The Texas native is also in the running for album of the year, music video of the year and song of the year for "Over You," a nomination she shares with her co-writer and husband, two-time male vocalist of the year Blake Shelton.
Originally posted 09/17/2012 01:00PM
Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry have three words for Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley: "Watch your backs."
While Underwood and Paisley will be co-hosting the CMA Awards on Nov. 1 for the fifth consecutive year, upstarts Bryan and Perry (lead singer of Band Perry) are hoping their debut as co-hosts of Country's Night to Rock – which airs Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC – will leave a lasting impression.
"I wasn't really sure what hosts were supposed to do," Perry tells PEOPLE. "But I have studied Carrie and Brad – they are such pros. And my brothers [bandmates Reid and Neil] let me practice with them on the bus. Neil actually does a great Luke Bryan imitation, so that helped!"
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