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Couple Who Wed at 2013 ACM Awards Naming Baby After Martina McBride

Couple Who Wed at 2013 ACM Awards Naming Baby After Martina McBride

Originally posted 08/01/2013 04:45PM

Martina McBride has a new namesake.

The couple she serenaded at the Academy of Country Music Awards in a very public wedding ceremony in April 2012 is pregnant, and plan to name their baby after her.

"We're expecting a baby girl!" Christina Davidson Tweeted. "We're naming her Martina."

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Independence Day Playlist Features Country's Best | Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith

Independence Day Playlist Features Country's Best

Originally posted 07/04/2013 10:00AM

Happy Birthday America!

No 4th of July is complete without a BBQ, friends, family and good music! While you're standing over the grill this Independence Day, let us take care of the playlist!

From Brooks and Dunn's Only in America to almost anything in Toby Keith's music catalog – Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue, Made in America – country music really knows how to tip their hats to Old Glory. Jam out to Martina McBride's Independence Day and treat this July 4th like it's the most amazing American Saturday Night.

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George Strait Is Going on Tour ... One Last Time

George Strait Announces Farewell Tour

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."

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ACM Awards Newlyweds: All About Their Happy Ending

ACM Awards Newlyweds: All About Their Happy Ending

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."

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The Best of the ACM Awards: Carrie Underwood, Ashton Kutcher and More! | Ashton Kutcher, Carrie Underwood

Academy of Country Music Awards: The Best One-Liners and Fan Picks

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.

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Couple Marries Onstage While Serenaded by Martina McBride

Christina Davidson and Frank Tucci Wed at ACMs

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."

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PHOTO FLASHBACK: Martina McBride's 1988 Wedding Pic! | Martina McBride

Martina McBride Shares Her Wedding Photo

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."

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Ashton Kutcher Will Award ACM's Female Vocalist of Year Sunday | Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher Presenting at Academy of Country Music Awards

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.

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Meet the Couple Who Will Marry at the ACM Awards

Meet the Couple Who Will Marry on Stage at the ACM Awards

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.

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Christina Aguilera Kicks Off Grammys on a High Note | Christina Aguilera

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Christina Aguilera Kicks Off Grammys on a High Note

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.

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