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Image Courtesy Vanguard RecordsJohn Fogerty has responded to the controversy that arose after Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Zac Brown performed his classic song “Fortunate Son” at the star-studded Concert for Valor event on Veterans Day in Washington, D.C. Some conservative media outlets in particular maintained that performing the song, which addresses the circumstances of soldiers in the Vietnam era, wasn’t appropriate for an event honoring U.S. military members. Fogerty disagrees.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCountry stars earned several nominations for Vevo’s fan-voted Hot This Year 2014 Awards.

Keith Urban is up for Best Male Video with “Somewhere in My Car,” and Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert got a nod in the Best Collaboration category with “Somethin’ Bad.” Carrie and Miranda are also up for Best Country Video, along with Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan‘s “This Is How we Roll,” Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song,” Dierks Bentley‘s “Drunk on a Plane,” and “Bartender,” by Lady Antebellum.

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Image Courtesy CMTLarry the Cable Guy has signed on to host CMT Artists of the Year 2014 special, Tuesday, December 2 live from Nashville. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will be honored during the 90-minute broadcast, which will air on VH1 as well as CMT.

Larry can’t wait to host the show. He says, “I’m very excited to get out of the house for a few hours and let the country celebrate this fantastic body I get to look at every day.”

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Dierks Bentley‘s oldest daughter’s name? ANSWER: Evie.

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Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D’AmicoGunnar Scott seemed to be adjusting well to life as a father to his son, Micah, on Wednesday’s Nashville, and that’s a good thing since Micah’s mom, Kylie, left town without her son to pursue a love interest. It looks like Gunnar and his girlfriend, Zoey, will have to adjust to full-time parenthood now.

Will Lexington and Layla Grant found some common ground before attending the premiere of their reality show. They were able to smile for the cameras on the red carpet, but the show was edited to make Layla look stupid and Will look …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDavid Nail is set to perform on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday, November 18.

Eric Church performs on PBS’s Austin City Limits this Saturday night at 9 ET. Rolling Stone has an exclusive preview of Eric performing “Springsteen” from the show.

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Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley played a pilot in the CMA Award-winning video for “Drunk on a Plane,” and he’s no stranger to an airplane cockpit in real life either. Dierks actually flies himself to most of his shows in a small plane in order to spend more time with his family. That way he can leave Nashville the morning of a show instead of heading out on the bus the night before.

“You get an extra 12 hours, basically, which is a long time when you’ve got three kids,” Dierks explains. “That’s …read more

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour is up for Major Tour of the Year at the 26th Annual Pollstar Awards. The ceremony will take place Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Jason is nominated in that category against heavyweights including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z and Beyoncé.

Brantley Gilbert and Kacey Musgraves also scored nods in the Best New Tour Artist category. The Pollstar Awards honor artists and power players in the touring industry.

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Image Courtesy CMATrisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes will perform on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center special coming up Wednesday, December 3 at 8 p.m. ET. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett also will sing on the show along with Cyndi Lauper, Idina Menzel and Seth McFarlane featuring Sara Bareilles. An additional hour of the special will broadcast in select NBC stations starting at 7 p.m. ET.

This year’s Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center is an 85-foot tall Norway spruce from Hemlock Township, Pennsylvania. It’s about 90-years-old and weighs approximately 13 tons.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleNew performances from Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban are now live on Country Now, the country music-dedicated YouTube channel. The footage is taken from each artist’s Front and Center performance, airing this fall on Public Television in partnership with the Country Music Association.

Lady A performs “Downtown,” “Bartender” and their latest single, “Freestyle,” on Country Now. Dierks is featured singing “I Hold On,” “Drunk on a Plane,” “Home” and “Tip It on Back.” Keith’s performances including “Cop Car,” “Somewhere in My Car,” “Sweet Thing” and “Somebody Like You.”

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