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Originally posted 09/26/2012 02:30PM
King of Country George Strait says he's ready to ride his tour bus into the sunset – but don't count on him hanging up his hat anytime soon.
A living legend in the world of country music with a record 59 No. 1 hits to his name, Strait, 60, told reporters Wednesday at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that after three decades of performing, he'll take his show on the road for a final time next year with the Cowboy Rides Away Tour.
"This is going to be a very special, emotional tour for me," Strait said in a statement. "Everywhere we're going holds fond memories and I’m looking forward to paying my respects."
Originally posted 04/02/2012 03:30PM
Still in full hair and makeup early Monday – having just shed the dazzling Oleg Cassini gown from David's Bridal she wore Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards – Christina Davidson says she feels no different now that she and Frank Tucci exchanged vows before millions of TV viewers.
It was a perfect happy ending for the New Jersey couple, who were first brought together in the fall of 2009 while grieving the deaths of their spouses.
"To be married again – it's a great feeling," the newlywed, 31, tells PEOPLE. "And we got an awesome wedding video."
Originally posted 04/02/2012 12:05AM
Nashville's biggest names invaded Las Vegas Sunday for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
From on-stage collaborations (Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw) to A-List couples (McGraw and Faith Hill) to the triumphant winners (Taylor Swift, who took home the top prize for Entertainer of the Year), there was no shortage of memorable moments.
Even U2's Bono couldn't resist beaming in via satellite from Dublin to show love for his friend Dierks Bentley, and introduce his performance of "Home."
Check out our recap of some of the best moments – plus results from PEOPLE's reader polls, below.
Originally posted 04/01/2012 10:50PM
Talk about taking center stage on your wedding day.
Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci, a couple who met under unusual and tragic circumstances, tied the knot Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
As the bride, 31, and groom, 34, enjoyed a very public ceremony on the ACM stage with a single officiant, Martina McBride and Train singer Pat Monahan serenaded them with a duet of "Marry Me."
Originally posted 04/01/2012 10:15AM
Martina McBride will be a part of one couple's special day on Sunday when she serenades them as they say "I do" on stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
The country star (who shared her own wedding photo with PEOPLE!) will team up with Train lead singer Pat Monahan for a duet of "Marry Me" in honor of Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci. The couple met under unusual and heartbreaking circumstances – at a grief support group where both were mourning the loss of their spouses.
"I'm looking forward to just sharing in their moment," McBride, 45, tells PEOPLE. "When I read their story, I felt an emotional connection. They have been through so much and I just thought about what an honor it would be to share this moment with them."
Originally posted 03/31/2012 11:00AM
He's ready for the spotlight again.
Ashton Kutcher has been added to the roster of presenters for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. It's one of the first award show appearances for the Two and a Half Men star since splitting from wife Demi Moore in November.
Kutcher, who has been laying low and most recently linked to screenwriter Lorene Scafaria, will present the award for female vocalist of the year. The nominees are Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
Originally posted 03/28/2012 11:10AM
Days away from her wedding, Christina Davidson is gushing about her gown and groom – just like any bride on the brink of her fairy-tale moment.
Only she's not just any bride. For starters, this wedding will be on TV. And another thing: As Davidson and her fiancé exchange their vows, Martina McBride and Train lead singer Pat Monahan will serenade them onstage with a duet of "Marry Me."
All this will air on CBS Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
But for Davidson, 31, and Frank Tucci, 34, it wasn't always so dream-like. Their love story began at a grief support group founded by Davidson in Washington Township, N.J., where both were mourning the loss of their spouses, who died in 2009 within two months of each other.
Originally posted 02/13/2011 08:40PM
Christina Aguilera showed some respect for Aretha Franklin at Sunday's Grammy Awards.
One week after the pop star's big Super Bowl fumble – she flubbed the words during her National Anthem performance – Aguilera opened an all-female tribute to the Queen of Soul at L.A.'s Staples Center alongside Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine), Yolanda Adams and Martina McBride.
Standing in a row, the ladies swapped harmonies, alternating lead vocals during the 10-minute run-through of many of Franklin's hits.
After leading off with "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)" as a collective, Aguilera belted out "Ain't No Way," accenting the tune with plenty of melisma and her trademark vocal trilling. She stood confidently as she sang and ended the performance on a (sustained) high note – literally.
Originally posted 05/05/2010 12:55PM
The devastating floods in Nashville have inundated the Grand Ole Opry House, the most famous country-music venue in the world, and damaged cherished equipment of country artists across Music City.
Songwriter Aimee Mayo posted a photo to Twitter on Wednesday, sent to her by country star Kellie Pickler, showing the flooded main hall of the Opry, which sits five miles northeast of the entertainment district. Many instruments, costumes, audio tapes and other historic paraphernalia are feared lost or damaged at the site. However, Opry performances have been moved to other Nashville venues.
Other facilities are also swamped, including Soundcheck, a rehearsal space on the Cumberland River where Keith Urban and many other artists keep their gear. "I've probably lost all of my road equipment, and all my guitars, and amp and everything," Urban tells CNN.
Originally posted 06/20/2009 09:40AM
LeAnn Rimes has taken the "high road" when it comes to recent allegations of stalking by the wife of her Lifetime movie costar Eddie Cibrian. But that doesn't mean the accusations don't hurt.
"I've been in the public eye since I was 14, so I have a tough skin. It's fine dragging me through the mud, but don't drag my loved ones through it," the singer says in the July issue of Shape magazine. "They're my family, and it hurts them. All I'll say is, I know what's in my heart and what's true.
She adds: "I feel like people are looking and pointing at me like I'm in a fishbowl. I've learned to let it roll off my back, but it's super hard, and it really hurts."
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