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The CMAs vs. the VMAs: What's the Difference? | Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke

How to Tell the Difference Between the CMAs & the VMAs

Originally posted 11/07/2013 11:00AM

It's not every awards show where the ratio of cowboy hats per head outnumbers, well, everything else. Throw in a lot of boots and big hair and songs referencing various types of automobiles, and we reckon your Honky Tonk Badonkadonk's definitely at the CMA Awards.

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Scotty McCreery Takes You Inside the Christmas in Washington Concert | Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery Takes You Inside the Christmas in Washington Concert

Originally posted 12/13/2012 06:00AM

See the country star's personal diary, from rehearsals to performing for the President

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It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere: A Kid-Friendly Mocktail for Sunday's Teen Choice Awards

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Teen Choice Awards: A Kid-Friendly Mocktail for Your Viewing Party

Originally posted 07/20/2012 07:00PM

What do Justin Bieber, Scotty McCreery and Demi Lovato have in common – aside from the fact they're all nominated at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards?

They're all under the legal drinking age of 21.

In the spirit of Sunday's awards show, which airs live on Fox at 8 p.m. (EST), PEOPLE.com has a cocktail (ahem, mocktail) recipe you can serve up your teens, too, as you root on Bieber, 18, McCreery, 18, Lovato, 19, and all the other talented kids.

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Country Star David Nail Breaks Finger Playing Softball with Carrie Underwood

David Nail Breaks Finger Playing Softball with Carrie Underwood

Originally posted 06/10/2012 10:45AM

He was just lending his hand to a worthy cause.

But country star David Nail left Saturday's City of Hope celebrity softball game, which raises money for the cancer institute, with a broken finger.

"Gonna be one handed for a while!" he Tweeted post-game, following a trip to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center – he thanked the "Vandy ER" in his Tweet – where the singer-guitarist's right hand was treated.

He added, "Thanks for the concern, this is a lesson to not play like you're 18 when you're 33! Fingers crossed for no nerve damage."

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PHOTO: American Idol's Scotty McCreery Graduates from High School

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Scotty McCreery Graduates from High School

Originally posted 06/08/2012 10:30AM

American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery can add another title to his credentials – high school graduate.

McCreery, 18, graduated from North Carolina's Garner Magnet High School Thursday, walking across the stage with his 400 or so classmates in Raleigh, N.C., to collect his diploma.

The singer had flown in from Nashville to attend the ceremony, after taking home the trophy for breakthrough video of the year at the CMT Awards the night before.

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POLL: Who Do You Want to Win American Idol?

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American Idol: Who Do You Want to Win?

Originally posted 05/23/2012 02:45PM

It's almost over!

Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips had already come a long way before having to perform three songs each on American Idol's final night of competition Tuesday.

After the show, they spoke together with reporters about taking the stage on a night with the highest stakes yet.

"We feel like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders," Jessica said. "Tomorrow is the last episode of the season and we are just really relieved."

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Scotty McCreery Is Picking a College for Fall | Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery Is Picking a College for Fall

Originally posted 04/01/2012 03:30PM

He won the 10th season of American Idol and released a Platinum-selling debut album, but there's one accomplishment Scotty McCreery has yet to achieve: graduating high school. The country star is walking with his classmates this June, and doesn't expect his education to end there.  

"I'll be going to college in the fall," McCreery told PEOPLE this week. "We're gonna work classes around [and] head out on the weekends on the road or something. We're gonna work it out."  

The Idol alum has spent his senior year of high school on the road part-time opening for Brad Paisley along with The Band Perry, but he looks forward to this new juggling act: "It's gonna be fun," says the Academy of Country Music nominee for new artist of the year.

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Inside Scotty McCreery's Country Christmas | Scotty McCreery

Inside American Idol Scotty McCreery's Country Christmas

Originally posted 11/04/2011 02:00PM

A lot has changed for Scotty McCreery in the six months since he won American Idol. But when he heads home to Garner, N.C., for Christmas, it's what hasn't changed that he's most eager to revisit: candlelight Christmas Eve services at First Baptist Garner; mom Judy's sausage balls; red foil-wrapped presents under the tree; and quality time with his family.

"It'll be nice just being home," says the 18-year-old singer, whose debut album Clear As Day topped the Billboard 200 chart. "I can't wait."

McCreery's also looking forward to digging into the family's annual Christmas feast, including Grandma Paquita's flan, Grandma Janet's broccoli cornbread and his mom's banana pudding. ("She likes putting a lot of bananas in there," says McCreery, "so sometimes I have to sneak in a couple extra [Nilla] wafers.")

But the Idol champ says he isn't the only one who gets to indulge in his favorite foods during the holidays at the McCreery home.

"We don't eat too many cookies in my house," he says, "but Santa always leaves happy!"

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Idol Champ Scotty's Dogs Are 'Fou-Fou' Much! | Scotty McCreery

American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery's Dogs Are 'Fou-Fou' Much!

Originally posted 09/02/2011 10:30AM

Since becoming the season 10 American Idol champ, 17-year-old Scotty McCreery has been on the road with his mom, Judy. Meanwhile, his dad, Mike, has been holding down the fort – and taking care of the McCreery family's dogs, Becky and Junior.

"I have two fou-fou dogs," McCreery tells PEOPLE. "I don't really know how to describe them. They're weird."

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Carrie Underwood Introduces New Idols to the Grand Ole Opry | Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery

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Carrie Underwood Introduces New Idols to the Grand Ole Opry

Originally posted 06/09/2011 09:30AM

Talk about all-stars: The Grand Ole Opry was chock-full of country's biggest names Tuesday night, including Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum and the legendary Jimmy Dickens

The evening's two sold-out shows also brought a surprise visit from American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina, who were introduced by none other than Underwood, Nashville's resident Idol superstar.

McCreery and Alaina, who co-presented at Wednesday night's CMT Awards, will make their official Opry debut Friday, six years to the day since Underwood's first performance on Nashville's most famous stage.

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