06:37 PM EDT 05/24/2013
Originally posted 05/24/2013 03:15PM
Oklahoma's star contingent is showing its love for the victims of the recent deadly tornado that killed 24 people and injured 240.
Among the many generous showbiz names is Carrie Underwood, who on Thursday announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross from her "Blown Away" tour's concert receipts.
"I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness," Underwood said in a statement. "With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornados."
Originally posted 04/08/2013 05:30PM
Though his fellow country artists act as judges on reality TV, Jason Aldean's favorite kind of party is on an actual stage – not a sound stage.
"I never say never, but I just know doing that stuff takes away from being able to go out and play our shows," Aldean, named male vocalist of the year at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, tells PEOPLE. "For me, if I'm not out on the road playing in front of people then I would be miserable."
That said, the singer, who's currently in the middle of his Night Train tour, doesn't hold it against his buddies Blake Shelton and Keith Urban for what they do on The Voice and American Idol.
Originally posted 04/08/2013 02:15PM
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – usually.
But when Nashville's biggest stars descend on Sin City for the ACM Awards, there's no telling what'll happen when The Strip is full of cowboys bumping their bedazzled elbows with Elvis.
Check out what happened when PEOPLE caught 'em in the act during ACM weekend.
Elvis (a.k.a., Victor Trevino, Jr.), embraces his inner country Hound Dog.
Originally posted 12/13/2012 05:30PM
She's gone country! Malibu Country, that is.
Real Housewives of Orange County star Heather Dubrow, who also goes by Heather Paige Kent, has landed a guest-starring role on Reba McEntire's ABC sitcom.
In the episode, Dubrow plays Brooke, a friend of Reba's neighbor Kim Sallinger (Sara Rue).
"Reba finds herself in a bit of a pickle when she says some unkind things about Kim – not knowing that the camera is rolling – and tries to pin the blame on Kim's friend Brooke," reads a press release from ABC.
Originally posted 08/14/2012 10:45AM
Come September, Kelly Clarkson will have to balance two loves: boyfriend Brandon Blackstock – and football.
But the Texas-born Dallas Cowboys fan, who recorded a self-penned anthem for the team in collaboration with the NFL and Pepsi, says she's hoping to combine those two loves with some game day-dates during the upcoming NFL season.
"I always go to games," the recently toned singer, 30, tells PEOPLE. "I usually have my [running back] Emmitt Smith jersey on because I go old-school, and he's my favorite."
And while the now-retired Smith may be her favorite Cowboy, Blackstock, whom she began dating in late 2011, was at the receiving end of Clarkson's gushing.
Originally posted 06/26/2012 06:00AM
Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez had a date night on Saturday, when they took in an evening of entertainment at the 13th Annual Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and Opening Night Concert, hosted by Julie Andrews.
"The couple watched separate performances by Reba and Chaka Khan, who were inducted following video montages that celebrated their career achievements," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
Lily Tomlin introduced Reba's video, while American Idol judge Randy Jackson was on hand to honor Khan.
Prior to the concert, opening night guests enjoyed a VIP cocktail reception in the Hollywood Bowl Museum Patio. It wasdecorated to celebrate Old Hollywood Glamour at the Hollywood Bowl.
Just a week prior, Berry was also at the Hollywood Bowl for the Playboy Jazz Festival, which featured performances by Robin Thicke and other acts.
– Michael Fleeman
Originally posted 05/23/2012 10:15PM
Ryan Seacrest is in a tux – and American Idol has a winner!
Season 11's finalists, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips, both had a big night on Wednesday. In addition to seeing their fellow top 12 contestants (and future tour mates) perform with the likes of Chaka Khan and Neil Diamond, they heard performances by some of the biggest names in music today – Rihanna, Reba McEntire, judge Jennifer Lopez.
They also shared the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE stage with legends: Phillip sang "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Bad Moon Rising" with Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty. And Jessica performed "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" with original Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday. Both to impressive results.
And then there was that little business of announcing the new American Idol. Keep reading to find out who won ...
Originally posted 05/22/2012 01:00PM
Kelly Clarkson is known for empowering breakup songs like "Since U Been Gone," but now that she's happily in a relationship, the pop star is struggling to find her edge.
"It is killing me," Clarkson told PEOPLE while doing press for ABC's upcoming singing competition show Duets. "I'm trying to write a tough song and it is coming out like butterflies and rainbows."
Clarkson, 30, says she has been dating Nashville-based talent manager Brandon Blackstock, 35, since late 2011.
"It is ruining my creativity," she joked of the relationship that she publicly announced in early March. "I'm writing all this happy [stuff]."
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 11:30AM
Blake Shelton may be "Country's Hottest Guy," according to PEOPLE Country's latest issue, but he doesn't always feel like it.
"Right now, I'm feeling sweaty and a little bit overweight and buzzed," The Voice coach joked with PEOPLE during ACM rehearsals this weekend. "I exude sexy. I smell of sexy. I am the vision of sexy. I am the sound of sexy."
Of course, Shelton knows he was up against steep competition – past winners Tim McGraw and Keith Urban come to mind – but he believes he knows why he came out on top.
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