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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTim McGraw has been inducted into the Headwear Association’s Headwear Hall of Fame this year in recognition of his signature, black cowboy hat.

Reba, Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and Dolly Parton are among the stars who have decorated Christmas trees now on display at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. Fans can bid on the trees now through December 31 at OprylandParadeofTrees.com. Proceeds will benefit a charity of the artist’s choosing.

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Image Courtesy CMTJason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban were honored Tuesday night as CMT Artists of the Year in a televised special broadcast live from Nashville.

Jason Aldean kicked off the CMT Artists of the Year 2014 special, singing his brand-new single, “Just Gettin’ Started,” with a little help from rocker Chris Cornell of Soundgarden on guitar and background vocals. Kenny Chesney was on hand to present his pal Jason with his Artist of the Year trophy.

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Image Courtesy Monarch/Sasha EisenmanLucy Hale heads out on The Road Between tour starting January 29 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Pretty Little Liars star-turned-country singer will perform songs fromm her debut album, The Road Between, including the singles “You Sound Good to Me” and “Lie a Little Better.”

Lucy says, “It’s been a dream come true for me to have released my first album this year. To be able to hit the road and perform is so exciting. I look forward to seeing everyone in 2015!”

Here are Lucy’s 2015 tour dates:

1/29 — Boston, MA, Paradise
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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleDan + Shay will kick off their Where It All Began tour February 28, 2015 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The trek features newcomer Canaan Smith in the opening slot and will continue through late April. More dates will be announced soon.

Fans can also catch Dan + Shay performing on CBS’s Home for the Holidays December 19 at 8 p.m. ET. They just released a special holiday video for “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” as a thank you to fans, as well.

Here are the Where It All Began tour dates:

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Image Courtesy Taryn Pray PRKenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band have signed on to headline the 3rd Annual Tortuga Music Festival April 11 and 12, 2015. The event takes place in Fort Lauderdale with Little Big Town, Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Frankie Ballard, Chase Rice and David Nail also on the bill.

Tickets are on sale this Friday morning at TortugaMusicFestival.com. The festival seeks to raise awareness about conservation efforts to protect the world’s oceans. Last year’s event raised more than $100,000 towards that cause.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw is glued to the TV these days watching as much football as possible. His love spans professional, college and even high school football. In fact, Tim is a regular at Ensworth High School’s football games in Nashville.

Says Tim, “You know, our daughter’s a cheerleader — Maggie. So, we try to make all the games. We rarely miss one, although I had to miss a few because I’m working.”

When Tim isn’t watching football, he’s usually watching football coverage.

He says, “Now if I’m gonna watch anything about what happened in football that I …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Luke Bryan‘s wife’s name? ANSWER: Caroline.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert‘s Platinum comes in at #5 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 50 Best Albums of 2014. Eric Church’s latest offering, The Outsiders, also made the cut at #21.

Craig Campbell has signed a new deal with Red Bow Records and will release new music in 2015.

Kip Moore will kick off his 2015 headlining tour January 27 in Missoula, MT.

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Image Courtesy Boot BarnBrad Paisley‘s new clothing line, Moonshine Spirit, is now available at Boot Barn’s 165 locations. The clothes were inspired by Brad’s latest album, Moonshine in the Trunk, as well as his concept of what country music is all about.

Says Brad, “What we were trying to do was create clothing that is the kind of things I want to wear, that I want to look like, that is the image that I think of as country and modern and a little bit progressive and a little bit rugged and all of those …read more

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Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood joined Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, Coldplay‘s Chris Martin and U2‘s The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. for a concert at New York’s Times Square Monday night to mark World AIDS Day.

Carrie performed her hits “Something in the Water” and “Change.”

Springsteen and Martin filled in for an ailing Bono. The U2 singer was forced to bow out of the event because of injuries he suffered last month in a bike accident in New York’s Central Park.

Former President Bill Clinton kicked off the concert. Clinton told the crowd he received an email from …read more

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