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Phillip Phillips Wins American Idol

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Phillip Phillips Is American Idol Season 11 Winner

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 ...

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Kelly Clarkson: My Boyfriend Is Ruining My Creativity

Kelly Clarkson: My Boyfriend Is Ruining My Creativity

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]."

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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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Blake Shelton Gets Very Real About His Sexiness | Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert

Blake Shelton Gets Very Real About His Sexiness

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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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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Reba McEntire 'Alive and Kicking' Despite Death Rumors | Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire 'Alive and Kicking' Despite Death Rumors

Originally posted 01/31/2012 04:30PM

Reba McEntire hasn't sung her swan song.

The country legend and actress, 56, shoots down internet reports that she passed away while filming in Europe.

"There is a rumor going around that I died after falling off a mountain in Austria yesterday while shooting a movie," the songstress Tweeted on Tuesday.

"While I would love to be shooting a movie in Austria, I definitely did not fall off a mountain! Nor am I dead! I am alive and kicking!!! … Have a great day."

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The Voice Recap: Who's in the Top 16?

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The Voice Recap: Who's in the Top 16?

Originally posted 06/01/2011 01:30PM

In a night focused on perfection versus passion – to the point of a surprise kiss at the end! – The Voice wrapped up its battle rounds Tuesday with four singers left on each celebrity coach's team.

Adam Levine's final pair, Jeff Jenkins and Casey Desmond, kicked things off with "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me." Levine, Desmond's sole champion during the blind auditions, told his fellow coaches, "I thought you were all nuts," but in the end chose Jenkins, the overwhelming favorite.

Jenkins joins Casey Weston, Javier Colon and Devon Barley on Levine's team.

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The Results Are In For Battle Round II on The Voice

The Voice

The Results Are In For Battle Round II on The Voice

Originally posted 05/18/2011 11:30AM

After a splashy opening battle round that advanced Broadway vet Frenchie Davis, cowboy Patrick Thomas, athlete Casey Weston and soul singer Vicci Martinez to the live competition, The Voice continued with team selection Tuesday night.

To start the show, Cee Lo Green delighted in pairing fellow Texans Tje Austin and Nakia in singing "Closer." Not only did the two have strong voices, but they also both had on their swagger – Nakia sported white-rimmed shades to match up against Green's red frames during practice, and Austin's 'fro made Adam Levine quip, "So much hair flyin' around" during the battle.

Green said afterward, "You guys both represent me and [you are] extensions of my good taste," but he ultimately chose blues singer Nakia.

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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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