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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat are the names of Carrie Underwood‘s two beloved dogs? ANSWER: Ace and Penny.

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ABCJuliette Barnes was done with drugs and her hard-partying friends, ready to return to her husband and daughter on Wednesday night’s Nashville. But it was too late, as Avery Barkley signed divorce papers, and only became more determined to mail them after Markus Keen fired him as producer of his new Highway 65 album.

Scarlett O’Connor and her uncle Deacon Claybourne returned home to Mississippi to clean out Beverly‘s house, eventually reaching some peace about the decision to end her life support.

Rayna Jaymes stayed home to work with her artist Layla Grant, while daughter Maddie went on the road …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockReba performed a Western-themed version of Taylor Swift‘s hit “Trouble” during her guest appearance this week on Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.

Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae, Trace Adkins, and Jewel play Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center November 9 to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network.

Craig Morgan presented a check for $5,000 to the Child Advocacy Center during his 9th annual golf tournament and concert this weekend in his hometown. The events raise money to help foster children in the area through Craig’s foundation.

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Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban revealed new details of the opening performance at this year’s CMA Awards Tuesday as he celebrated the number-one success of “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” at Nashville’s Rosewall. As previously announced, the show will start with Eric Church and Hank Williams, Jr. performing “Are You Ready for the Country.” The spotlight will then shift to Keith’s collaboration with John Mellencamp.

“It’s going straight into John and I doing a song together and then we go from that into [‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16′]. I don’t know if John’s gonna be a part of this song or …read more

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PR NewswireLeAnn Rimes is reaching out to veterans with her new holiday album, Today Is Christmas. In fact, she recorded a new version of Kenny Loggins‘ hit “Celebrate Me Home” with pop star Gavin McGraw, especially with the American heroes in mind. The new video for the song is made up entirely of footage of soliders reuniting with their families as they return home.

LeAnn also is partnering with the non-profit Disabled American Veterans on her upcoming yuletide tour, with plans to give VIP tickets to a deserving person in each city, eventually bringing them onstage to thank them …read more

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Shock InkThe Library of Congress will celebrate Willie Nelson‘s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song with a tribute concert Wednesday, November 18 at Washington’s DAR Constitution Hall.

The musically diverse line-up includes Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson and the MavericksRaul Malo, as well as legends like Paul Simon and Neil Young. Simon was actually the first person presented the honor, with Willie becoming the eighth to join the esteemed ranks.

Even though he recently postponed dates on his Django and Jimmie Tour with Merle Haggard because of an unnamed health concern, Willie is set to be on hand as well. …read more

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RCA NashvilleAfter a particularly tough year, Jake Owen says his most recent single, “Real Life,” is a sign of what’s to come from him musically.

“People can expect more of me. I’ve been through a lot recently, and I’m not by any means going to change my vibe or the way that I’ve made music for a while,” he tells Rolling Stone, “but [I’ll include] songs that are more relatable on a life level.” This summer, Jake announced his split from his wife of three years, Lacey Buchanan. The two share a two-year-old …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockMartina McBride went to #4 in 2012 with this song that’s become an anthem in the fight against breast cancer. ANSWER: “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”

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Jeremy Ryan/Black River EntertainmentFirst-time CMA nominee Kelsea Ballerini is taking a very special date to next month’s awards show. She asked Allie Allen, who’s a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, to accompany her, tweeting, “I know you’re busy kicking cancer’s butt, but I need you to come to Nashville on November 4.”

As you might expect, Allie accepted, replying, “Seriously crying my eyes out right now. I love you and I can’t wait!” Kelsea is up for both New Artist and Female Vocalist at this year’s show, which airs live on ABC at …read more

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Jeremy Cowart/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood is one of the first performers announced for the American Music Awards, which will air on ABC on November 22. Selena Gomez and Australian pop/rockers 5 Seconds of Summer are the other two acts on the bill.

It’ll be Carrie’s second award show performance that month; she’s also slated to perform on the CMA Awards November 4. She’s co-hosting that ABC telecast with Brad Paisley.

Jennifer Lopez was previously announced as a performer and host of the AMAs telecast. Nominees were announced last week, with Taylor Swift leading the way with six …read more

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