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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!"
Originally posted 06/06/2012 10:50PM
Here's a twist on a knickers tradition.
Luke Bryan won big when he was honored at Wednesday's CMT Music Awards for his hit "I Don't Want This Night to End."
But one fan took home a prize of another sort. Yes, instead of a music star getting pelted on stage with underwear, Bryan went the other way with his.
"The first time around, I threw a jacket in the crowd," the country crooner, 35, recalled of 2010's ceremony as he accepted honors for male video of the year. "Well, I found out it was a very expensive jacket. So, I thought I would potentially one day throw something a little cheaper."
Originally posted 06/06/2012 10:25PM
The third time was the charm for Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert.
The Nashville-based Lady Antebellum – Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood – accepted honors for group video of the year at Wednesday's CMT Music Awards – an award they took home in 2010 and 2011.
"Thank you, CMT, for really connecting the dot with these videos," Haywood told the audience gathered at the Bridgestone Arena after the win for their song "We Owned the Night." "Thank you for playing these things."
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 04/05/2012 01:00PM
The singer kids around about his "hotness" at his PEOPLE Country "sexy-deal photo shoot"
Originally posted 08/11/2010 06:40PM
Luke Bryan got his second fishing partner with the birth of son Tatum Christopher, who arrived a week earlier than planned at 9:48 a.m. Wednesday morning. He weighed in at 6 lbs., 8 oz.
"All I ever hoped for was one boy and to have two, it's going to be fun. I've already got new fishing spots picked out for us," Bryan, 34, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
The singer called from his cell phone while at a local Sonic where he was picking up a lemon berry slush for wife Caroline, 30.
"I had planned to buy her a little present today but then the baby came early, so the slushie will have to do it for now," he explains with a laugh.
Originally posted 02/25/2010 12:15PM
Country star Luke Bryan and his wife, Caroline, are expecting their second child in August, he tells PEOPLE.
"We're excited to have another little member of the family coming in," says Bryan.
Bryan, 33, says having son Bo, who turns 2 in March, helped ease their nerves about parenting. "When you successfully brought one in the world, you are a little more confident in your ability to do it the second time," he says. "We're a little more relaxed – you know everything that can come at you."
The singer, who recently scored his first No. 1 country hit with "Do I," says that he and Caroline, 30, have already begun to prepare Bo for the arrival of his little brother or sister.
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