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Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan is a favorite to take home the coveted Entertainer of the Year trophy at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards. Surprisingly, Luke has never won a CMA trophy before, but he’s definitely got the numbers to earn an Entertainer win this year. Luke has played to more than 1.7 million fans on the road in 2014, and taken every single from his latest album, Crash My Party, to the top of the country charts. He’ll perform his latest #1 hit, “Roller Coaster,” on ABC’s CMA Awards broadcast.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum‘s career is profiled on a new episode of CMT Inside Fame, premiering Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

Maddie & Tae and RaeLynn have signed on as members of CMT’s Next Women of Country campaign. They were recognized at an event in Nashville Wednesday.

Don’t forget to watch Florida Georgia Line perform as a hologram on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night following the 48th Annual CMA Awards.

Chris Young will perform his latest single, “Lonely Eyes,” on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on November 14. He’ll headline New York City’s Best Buy Theater that night.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has plenty of CMA Awards in his trophy case, and he could add some more hardware at Wednesday night’s ceremony. Tim’s collaboration with wife Faith Hill on “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” is up for CMA Musical Event of the Year. The recognition is sweet for Tim, who is now in his 20th year of country superstardom.

“Well, nominations, you never take those for granted, I think, ’cause when you’ve been around as long as I have, everybody just assumes you’re there,” Tim explains. “Everybody can assume you’re …read more

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Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice wrote his #1 hit, “I Don’t Dance,” for his own wedding to wife, Sara, in 2013. Now that the song is up for Song of the Year at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, Lee is truly realizing a childhood dream come true.

He explains, “When I was 10 years old writing them songs — I don’t know why it was — but the dream for me was to have a girl, write songs about her and it be on the radio. That was my romantic thing. I wanted that. So, this …read more

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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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