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3 Big Reasons to Watch the CMAs Tonight

3 Big Reasons to Watch the CMAs Tonight

Originally posted 11/06/2013 06:15PM

Producers have some surprises in store for tonight's CMA Awards – and PEOPLE has all the details!

Fans know that Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley – who are hosting the show on Wednesday for the sixth straight year – always bring the fun, but this time around they'll be getting a little help from some unexpected people.

The pair will be performing with the cast of A&E's hit Duck Dynasty. "Look who's gracing us with their presence tonight," Paisley Tweeted along with a pic. "So psyched."

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Who Deserves to Win Entertainer of the Year?

CMA Awards 2013: Who Deserves to Win Entertainer of the Year?

Originally posted 11/06/2013 12:15PM

Wednesday is country music's biggest night as the industry's top stars step onto the red carpet and the Nashville stage for the 47th annual CMA Awards.

Up for the show's top honor as entertainer of the year are three male stars, one country icon and one female singer with a penchant for roping her own personal dramas into the lyrics of her songs.

But who will take home the big prize? Take our poll below!

Jason Aldean has had a tough year with a divorce in the works and a recent tour bus accident that killed a man, but the Georgia native's career continues red hot with his latest record, "Night Train."

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Lady Gaga, Luke Bryan and More to Perform at the American Music Awards

Lady Gaga, Luke Bryan and More to Perform at the American Music Awards

Originally posted 10/31/2013 09:00AM

A Miley Cyrus-Lady Gaga collaboration? We can always hope.

Both stars are set to take the stage at this year's American Music Awards ceremony, which will bring together the top-selling artists across all genres.

While Cyrus was already announced as a performer on the show, which will be held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, producers have added some other big names to the lineup.

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Hunter Hayes On Becoming a CMT Artist of the Year: 'It's Mind-Boggling' | Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes On Becoming a CMT Artist of the Year: 'It's Mind-Boggling'

Originally posted 10/16/2013 12:00PM

What a difference a year makes.

In 2012, country music newcomer Hunter Hayes was thrilled to introduce Carrie Underwood as one of CMT's Artists of the Year – now he's been given the same honor himself.

The 22-year-old is one of five country music stars who've been named CMT's 2013 Artists of the Year.

"This year has been amazing, and I thought it couldn't get any better, and then they told me this," the "Wanted" singer tells PEOPLE exclusively.

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Luke Bryan: Life Is Everything I Dreamed Of | Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan: Life Is Everything I Dreamed Of

Originally posted 10/01/2013 11:15AM

For Luke Bryan, fame can have its drawbacks.

"Someone was knocking on the door last night at 3 a.m. – and that happens all the time," says Bryan's wife, Caroline. "I've seen people go through our trash."

Still, "being me right now is just amazing," Bryan says. "My life is truly everything I could have dreamed it would be."

Since Bryan's surprise Entertainer of the Year win at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April – a fan-voted category that saw him best both Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift – the Georgia native has risen to superstar status.

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Is Luke Bryan's Latest a Party Worth Crashing? | Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan's Crash My Party Has More Hits Than Misses

Originally posted 08/13/2013 12:05PM

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With Luke Bryan's string of Spring Break EPs (leading up to this year's Spring Break . . . Here to Party compilation), as well as 2011's double-platinum Tail-gates & Tanlines, he has fashioned himself as country's ultimate good-time guy.

He plays off that persona, with a clever twist, on the title-track ballad from Crash My Party: "Ain't a spot downtown that's rockin' the way that you rock me/Ain't a bar that can make me buzz the way that you do," Bryan declares, giving his lady a free pass to bust up his revelry for romance. Still, this country boy knows how to have fun, whether it's with his "pretty girl by my side" on the thumping "That's My Kind of Night" or with the "dirt road kings" in his rowdy teens on the wistful "We Run This Town."

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Beat the Heat with Country Music's Coolest Summer Tunes | Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw

Beat the Heat with Country Music's Coolest Summer Tunes

Originally posted 07/20/2013 08:00PM

It's hot – really hot – these days. To help you get through the sweltering weekend ahead, we picked our favorite summer jams that should make you forget about the sweat dripping down your back.

Whether it's Rascal Flatts "Summer Nights" or Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," the second we hear one of those songs, we want to grab a beer and go dancing on the beach.

Maybe you're one of the lucky fans who will be attending one of the awesome festivals happening this weekend – Country Thunder in Twin Lakes, Wis., Jamboree in the Hills in Belmont, Ohio, or Faster Horses in Brooklyn, Mich. – where you'll get to hear Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and more play their hits.

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Talk About Six-Pack! Jake Owen Goes Shirtless for Country's Hot List | Jake Owen

Jake Owen and More of Country's Hottest Guys Go Shirtless

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.

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Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church Lead CMT Nominations

Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead CMT Nominations

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.

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How Does Luke Bryan Feel Being ACM Entertainer of the Year? | Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan: Entertainer of the Year Win Flashes 'Your Life Before You'

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."

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