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Matt Jones/CosmopolitanWith Wednesday’s eighth stint as co-host of the CMA Awards now under her belt, Carrie Underwood now has another high-profile, high-fashion TV gig on Thursday. She’ll be a guest judge on the season finale of Project Runway. While the season 4 winner of American Idol obviously has some reality show experience, Carrie says it’s definitely different being on the other side of the table.

“I’ve never been on the judging side of things before. I’ve been the judged, you know, so being on Idol I was the one who stood up there and listened, you know, to what the …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAAs the red carpet got underway close to three hours before the 49th Annual CMA Awards kicked off Wednesday night in Nashville, the stars could agree on three things: they were thankful to be there, it was hot, and so are their wives.

Even though the high in Nashville was only 75 degrees, the tents set up in Walk of Fame Park next to the Bridgestone Arena made the red carpet feel more like a greenhouse.

“I was ‘Power of Positive Drinkin’ some Mountain Dew before I walked out on this carpet, and now I’m sweating it all out!” Chris …read more

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Jimmy Kimmel Live/ABCOn Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kimmel followed up the CMA telecast on ABC with a country-tinged edition of his show, which was simulcast via hologram to Nashville.

The installment of Live! featured a special country music edition of “Mean Tweets,” featuring superstars like Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, and Willie Nelson.

“You ever gotten so drunk that you said a Luke Bryan song actually wasn’t that bad? Me neither,” the artist quoted, opening the segment.

“Why does Kasey Musgraves look like the house band at Chili’s?” she read with a smirk.

“Marijuana works wonders,” Willie Nelson read. “Just look at Willie …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Thursday night the men of ABC’s Nashville perform in a special edition of the CMA Songwriters Series at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Chris Carmack, Will Chase, Charles Esten and Sam Palladio will play in the round, alongside songwriters who’ve composed music for the show.

Jennifer Nettles will headline CMT’s 2016 Next Women of Country tour with Brandy Clark, Lindsay Ell, and Tara Thompson. They’ll play a total of 30 shows starting in January.

Guitarist Mac McAnally‘s eighth victory as CMA Musician of the Year extends his streak and beats his own …read more

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CMABackstage at the CMA Awards Wednesday night in Nashville, all the talk was about Chris Stapleton‘s surprise sweep. The singer/songwriter won all three categories he was nominated for, including Male Vocalist, New Artist and Album of the Year for Traveller, and the other winners acknowledged his great night during their comments to the press.

“It’s so fun watching the birth of an artist happen like that,” said Luke Bryan, who took home his second straight Entertainer of the Year trophy. “[It was] a comin’ out party.” He added, “I think we in …read more

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CMAWednesday night’s CMA Awards, which aired live from Nashville on ABC, was packed with musical performances from the year’s top artists, and some unexpected collaborations provided highlights. Here’s who sang what:

The show opened with Eric Church and Hank Williams, Jr. performing a raucous version of Neil Young‘s “Are You Ready for the Country.” Church returned later in the show to sing his new song, “Mr. Misunderstood.”

Keith Urban duetted with John Mellencamp on the latter’s “Pink Houses.” Mellencamp left the stage and Urban sang “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”

Zac Brown – in a rare hatless appearance …read more

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CMAWednesday’s 49th Annual CMA Awards is one Chris Stapleton will remember for the rest of his life. Not only did he get pop superstar Justin Timberlake to join him for a performance of his song, “Tennessee Whiskey” and Justin’s “Drink You Away,” but the newcomer pulled off a clean sweep – winning all three categories in which he was nominated, including New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for Traveller. After his Male Vocalist win, Chris joked, “Probably gonna be a party tonight.”

Then, Stapleton got a little emotional, telling the audience, “Two years …read more

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CMAHere are the winners for the 49th Annual CMA Awards, held Wednesday night in Nashville:

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan

Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist
Chris Stapleton

Album of the Year
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

New Artist of the Year
Chris Stapleton

Song of the Year (Award to Songwriter)
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

Single of the Year
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

Group of the Year
Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year
Florida Georgia Line

Musical Event of the Year
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban featuring Eric Church

Music Video of the Year
“Girl in a Country Song,” Maddie & Tae

Musician of the Year
Mac McAnally

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EB Media PRAt the end of this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus announced that she was releasing a surprise album that very minute. At tonight’s CMA Awards, Eric Church did something similar.

Backstage, a young man named McKinley James told reporters that Eric had just released a brand-new album called Mr. Misunderstood free to 80,000 members of his Church Choir fan club. The album is also in stores and on iTunes now. Why did James make the announcement? Because he’s pictured on the album’s cover. Eric later took the stage …read more

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Matt Jones/CosmopolitanIn the December issue of Cosmopolitan, covergirl Carrie Underwood opens up about everything from her onstage alter ego, to the difficulties women face in country music, to the state of her marriage.

”When I go to vote for the Country Music Awards, I have to write in names,” says the host of the genre’s biggest awards show. “I can think of, like, three who are really active. Women have to work harder to get half the recognition. I am one of the lucky ones.”

Carrie admits being one of the lucky ones involves being a bit of a chameleon …read more

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