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Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairThe Grammy Charity Country Christmas Online Auction is live this week at eBay.com/Grammy, featuring items autographed backstage at Wednesday night’s 48th Annual CMA Awards. Additional memorabilia is up for bid from Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and more. You can also bid on trips to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.

The Grammy Charity Country Christmas Online Auction is live through November 15.

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ABC News RadioLuke Bryan never won a CMA Award before he took the Entertainer of the Year category this year.

He says, “I have longed and sought after many years to get one of these in my hands. To get the respect of the CMA board and all of its voters and win this is a ginormous deal.”

Luke played for 1.7 million fans this year, and his live show is a major reason he won the CMA’s top award.

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Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Swon Brothers are NRA Country’s featured artist for the month of November. Go to NRACountry.com more details.

Country trio The Henningsens will release their holiday album, Our Family Christmas, digitally on November 17, featuring a collaboration with Jerrod Niemann on the song “Christmas Kissin’.”

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CMAIf you had to wait for several years to finally win your first-ever CMA award, it might as well be for Entertainer of the Year. That’s what happened to Luke Bryan Wednesday night at the 48th Annual CMA Awards, which aired live from Nashville on ABC.

Luke, who’d been nominated numerous times but had never won, was named the winner of the night’s biggest and most prestigious award, and was handed his trophy by none other than Garth Brooks, making a much-anticipated return appearance to the CMA stage. “First of all, I’ve …read more

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CMAWednesday night’s CMA Awards, which aired live from Nashville on ABC, packed in the maximum number of musical performances possible over three hours, with nearly every big star taking a turn in the spotlight, and some unexpected collaborations providing highlights. Here’s who sang what:

The show opened with Kenny Chesney singing “American Kids,” with a Day-Glo painted bus in the background and many people dressed like hippies frolicking around the stage.

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Image Courtesy CMAHere are the winners of the 48th Annual CMA Awards, held in Nashville Wednesday night:

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan

Album of the Year
Platinum, Miranda Lambert

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year
Blake Shelton

Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year
Florida Georgia Line

New Artist of the Year
Brett Eldredge

Single of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year
“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves

Music Video of the Year
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley

Musical Event of the Year
“We Were Us,” Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert

Musician of the Year
Mac McAnally

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood is having a boy.

A publicist for Carrie confirmed to ABC News Radio on Wednesday night that the pregnant singer is expecting a boy with her husband, NHL player Mike Fisher.

Brad Paisley appeared to reveal the gender of the baby during his opening monologue with Carrie at the CMA Awards in Nashville earlier on Wednesday night. He suggested, “We can name him Garth,” after Garth Brooks. Carrie responded, “What are you doing? Well, you kept that secret for a whole two minutes.”

Carrie announced the pregnancy on Twitter September 1.

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Image Courtesy Vinyl RecordingsMartina McBride didn’t expect to hear her name called as a nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year at this year’s CMA Awards. She holds the records for most wins in that category with four trophies along with Reba and Miranda Lambert, but Martina’s career took a left turn this year with her new album, Everlasting. The project features a throwback R&B vibe not geared towards country radio, but the CMA voters seemed to love Martina’s new material anyway.

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Image Courtesy Universal Music GroupSam Hunt‘s debut album, Montevallo, lands at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with sales of 70,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The project bows at #3 on the overall Billboard 200 albums chart.

Montevallo includes Sam’s debut hit, “Leave the Night On.”

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge doesn’t expect to be a nervous wreck when his name is called as a nominee for New Artist of the Year at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards.

Imagining himself in that moment, Brett says, “It’s like, at this point, whatever happens happens. Everybody has worked really hard to get to that point, and I know that everybody that I’m sitting next to have all fought and had sleepless nights.”

He adds, “We’ve all been in this fight together.”

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