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Image Courtesy People’s ChoiceBlake Shelton has picked up two nominations for the People’s Choice Awards 2015 including a nod in the overall Favorite Male Artist category as well as Favorite Male Country Artist. Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood are also nominated.

Voting is now open at PeoplesChoice.com. The show airs Wednesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

Favorite Male Country Artist
Blake Shelton
Brad Paisley
Hunter Hayes
Luke Bryan
Tim McGraw

Favorite Female Country Artist
Carrie Underwood
Dolly Parton
Faith Hill
Lucy Hale
Miranda Lambert

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Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban is rocking ABC’s Good Morning America live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena plaza Wednesday morning prior to the 48th Annual CMA Awards. Fans can attend the free broadcast for free that morning, starting at 6:00 local time. Miranda Lambert will also appear on the GMA broadcast, along with weather anchor Ginger Zee and special correspondent Tim Tebow.

Two CMA Awards categories will be announced on the Good Morning America broadcast, too. The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be handed out live Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC.

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Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley‘s career has hit the stratosphere in the past year thanks to his massive hit, “Drunk on a Plane.” He’ll perform it on Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, where he’s up for five trophies, including Male Vocalist and Single of the Year for “Drunk on a Plane.”

Dierks says of his CMA Awards performance, “It should look pretty big. It should be a great moment for the song. I feel like what’s cool about it is it’s been such a huge song. This will be a nice way to kinda …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER: George Strait.

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Jeremy Cowart/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood fans who tuned into Entertainment Tonight on Monday got a sneak peek at the singer’s music video for her current hit “Something in the Water.”

The video features 16 choir members, 12 dancers, three costume changes and a custom-built tank of recycled water.

Director Raj Kapoor teamed up with So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Travis Wall on the shoot.

Carrie says of the video, “We took it in a direction that was probably not what most people would think. We just made it joyful and happy and uplifting.”

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Image Courtesy CMAMiranda Lambert is still coming to terms with her leading nine nominations going into Wednesday night’s CMA Awards. She’s got nods in the Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year categories with Platinum, and Miranda could set the all-time record for most Female Vocalist wins if she takes that category for a fifth consecutive time this year. Collaborations with Carrie Underwood on “Somethin’ Bad” and Keith Urban on “We Were Us” helped her pick up even more nods.

Miranda says, “When you see your name for nine nominations, it’s really …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town has been rehearsing like mad to get ready for their collaboration with pop powerhouse Ariana Grande on Wednesday night’s CMA Awards. While they can’t reveal which song they’re singing just yet, LBT promises there will be a lot of people onstage for the performance.

As for Ariana Grande, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild is absolutely floored by the young singer’s vocal power.

Karen says, “She’s an incredible singer. You listen to her live, if you YouTube her performance of whatever it is, she always nails it. I mean, it’s incredible!”

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves is going into Wednesday night’s 48th Annual CMA Awards with a somewhat surprising nomination for “Follow Your Arrow” in the Song of the Year category. Even though “Follow Your Arrow” didn’t have a big impact at country radio, Kacey is happy to see the CMA recognize the song’s message of equality and acceptance.

She says, “It really is a shocker, and I think it says a lot for, not only where country music is heading, but kind of just where humans are heading, and I think it’s cool that …read more

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Image Courtesy CMACole Swindell got the news about his New Artist of the Year nomination at this year’s CMA Awards just after he stepped out of the shower. His manager was blowing up his phone via text and phone calls telling him to call her back immediately.

“I thought something was wrong,” Cole recalls.

When Cole got in touch with his manager and found out about the big news, he ran out on his back porch in nothing but a towel.

Cole recalls, “I look over and my good-looking neighbor’s in there in the backyard and I was …read more

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Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGSam Hunt‘s debut hit, “Leave the Night On,” has been certified platinum for one million downloads and streams.

Brantley Gilbert has released “One Hell of an Amen” as the new single from his latest album, Just As I Am.

A special video of Kenny Chesney‘s song, “Flora-Bama,” from his recent CMT special, Live from the Flora-Bama, will begin airing on CMT this Friday.

CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Brandy Clark has signed a new record deal with Warner Brothers Records. Look for her to present a trophy on Wednesday night’s CMA Awards on ABC.

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