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The Best of the Academy of Country Music Awards

The Best of the Academy of Country Music Awards

Originally posted 04/04/2011 06:30AM

When Nashville's finest take over Sin City for the Academy of Country Music Awards, it's a good thing that what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas.

The awards, which went to such country crooners as Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, were only one highlight of Sunday night's show. If you missed any of the cowboy hat-happy action, PEOPLE.com breaks down some of the show's more memorable moments. Among them:

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Could Reba and Beyoncé Be the Next Matchup on CMT Crossroads? | Beyonce Knowles, Reba McEntire

Could Reba and Beyoncé Be the Next Matchup on CMT Crossroads?

Originally posted 06/18/2010 03:15PM

The long anticipated CMT Crossroads featuring Keith Urban and John Mayer will finally air Friday night. Having teased viewers with a sneak peek and a rousing performance of "Hit the Ground Runnin" at the CMT Awards, fans will now be able to enjoy a full hour of watching the guitar mavens do what they do best.

Kenny Chesney and The Steve Miller Band have been announced as the next Crossroads matchup to air in July, but isn't it time for the ladies to show their stuff?



Reba McEntire recently performed a version of Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy," which begs the question – who wouldn't like to see a Reba/Beyoncé Crossroads?

The set list could include "Single Ladies," "If I Were a Boy," "Consider Me Gone," and "Fancy" – capitalizing on the stage power of the two top divas.

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Uh-Oh! Reba McEntire & Kenan Thompson See Double at CMT Awards | Kenan Thompson, Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire and Kenan Thompson See Double at the CMT Awards

Originally posted 06/09/2010 11:40PM

They didn't have Abbott & Costello, but Wednesday's CMT Music Awards included many guest presenters who still gave the show plenty of comic relief.

Among the night's notable pairings:

Reba McEntire and Kenan Thompson. Thompson appeared first, wearing a green dress and doing his Reba impression from Saturday Night Live. Soon, Reba herself showed up, in the same outfit. "Aren't you embarrassed of yourself?" she asked. He replied: "Yeah I'm embarrassed. I'm embarrassed that someone showed up in the same dress as me." Reba: "You can't be Reba, you're too dark." Kenan: "Um, pardon?" Reba: "I'm ginger with highlights, and you're a solid auburn!"

Celebrity chef Paula Deen and Jersey Shore's Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino. "Who did your hair, Crisco?" Deen asked Sorrentino, who promptly lifted his shirt to show off his ripped abs. "Oh my goodness, I could grate cheese on that thing, y'all," Deen said. Polizzi and Sorrentino then gave Deen her own Jersey-girl nickname, "Mama Ho Cake," and tried to explain their credo of GTL (gym, tan, laundry). But Deen said she had GTL covered. "I garnish, I tenderize, and then I lard," she said.

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Reba McEntire Gives Beyoncé a Country Music Makeover

Originally posted 05/25/2010 02:00PM



Beyoncé is goin' a little bit country.

The singer's hit "If I Were a Boy" just got a twangy makeover thanks to Reba McEntire, who put her country spin on the R&B song for Country Music Television's latest Unplugged performance.

Though Beyoncé's hits have been covered by everyone from Justin Timberlake, who performed "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" on Saturday Night Live, to Liza Minnelli, who just sang the song for Sex and the City 2, she's also been courted by country stars before.



In 2007, Sugarland famously performed "Irreplaceable" on the American Music Awards – and Knowles even took the stage to sing along.

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Country Stars Ask for Help and Prayers as Nashville Floods

Country Stars Ask for Help and Prayers as Nashville Floods

Originally posted 05/04/2010 10:00AM

"You can cry cry cry like the rain," Dierks Bentley sings on "Little Heartwrecker." There's no shortage of rainfall or tears in Nashville this week, as Bentley and his fellow country-music artists deal with devastating flooding in the region.

At least 12 people have died in the Tennessee floods, as some 13 inches of rain fell over a 48-hour period in Nashville this weekend. Country artists have been forced to cancel shows, and have been telling their stories on Twitter and elsewhere.

Bentley posted a photo to Twitter of himself in his flooded basement, and had to cancel shows in Knoxville on Sunday and Charlottesville, Va., on Monday. "Hate to cancel shows," he wrote. "Might be a first, but Nashville is a disaster. All of our houses are messed up."

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Who Knew Kristen Bell, Matthew McConaughey & Jamie Foxx Were Country Fans? | Kristen Bell

Who Knew Kristen Bell, Matthew McConaughey & Jamie Foxx Were Country Fans?

Originally posted 04/09/2010 01:25PM

Next weekend's Academy of Country Music Awards are turning out to be a star-studded affair. Toby Keith and John Fogerty were just added to the lineup of performers and Kristen Bell, Matthew McConaughey, Jamie Foxx and L.L. Cool J will be presenting!

The show, hosted for the twelfth time by Reba McEntire, will feature Laura Bell Bundy, Billy Currington, Jack Ingram, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker.

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INSIDE STORY: At Home with Country's Biggest Stars!

INSIDE STORY: At Home with Country's Biggest Stars!

Originally posted 08/07/2009 09:00AM

Ever wonder what happens behind closed doors at your favorite stars' homes? Well, settle in, because PEOPLE Country is giving you a peek into the places your favorite stars call home.

• Reba McEntire likes to enjoy hot days in Nashville at her 14,000-acre house with a good glass of sweet tea. "We [McEntire and husband/manager Narvel Blackstock] love it here," she tells PEOPLE. "The beauty of it. It's just so green. It's magical."

• Darius Rucker, who lives in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, shares that his favorite spot is his TV room, which holds six flat screen TVs. "This is where I relax," says the star, whose new single "Alright" went to No. 1 on the country chart this week, adding "You can watch almost all the NFL games at once!"

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Reba McEntire: 'Girls Put on a Better Show'

Reba McEntire: 'Girls Put on a Better Show'

Originally posted 04/03/2009 11:05AM

Reba McEntire has hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards 10 times already, but that won't make it any less exciting when she takes the stage on Sunday.

"Once the curtain opens and it's time to perform, that's when it really becomes fun and interesting and that's why I keep coming back and doing it year after year," McEntire, 54, tells PEOPLE.

The country star, who's also nominated this year for her collaboration with Brooks & Dunn, "Cowgirls Don't Cry," has had a front-row seat as country music has evolved over the years to become a worldwide phenomenon.

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LeAnn Rimes Gets Vocal For Reba McEntire

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LeAnn Rimes Gets Vocal For Reba McEntire

Originally posted 10/14/2008 12:30PM

LeAnn Rimes paid tribute to Reba McEntire at Monday's 2008 ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville, belting out one of McEntire's signature songs, "I'm A Survivor."

Kelly Clarkson and Brooks & Dunn also joined in, with Clarkson – who was rewarded with a standing ovation – singing "Why Haven't I Heard From You" and Kix and Ronnie performing an emotional rendition of "For My Broken Heart," another McEntire standard.

McEntire, who received the Golden Note Award, also surprised the audience with one of her earliest hits, "(You Lift Me) Up To Heaven."

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Caught in the Act: ACM Awards Edition! | Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire

Caught in the Act

Caught in the Act: ACM Awards Edition!

Originally posted 05/19/2008 12:00PM

• Reba McEntire, hanging out backstage at Cirque du Soleil's LOVE show with former tourmate Kelly Clarkson. The two watched the show with Kix Brooks (of Brooks and Dunn), and sipped cocktails in their seats. Earlier in the weekend, Sugarland also checked out the Beatles-inspired extravaganza.

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