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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLauren Alaina debuted two new songs, “Doing Fine” and “Breathe Again,” during her Saturday night performance at the Grand Ole Opry. It was her first public performance since undergoing vocal cord surgery in August.

Brantley Gilbert has been added to the presenters lineup for Sunday night’s American Music Awards airing at 8 ET on ABC. Garth Brooks is slated to perform.

Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett will launch a four-date run of shows together January 27, 2015 starting in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

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Image Courtesy ABCFans tuning in to ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night might experience a little déjà vu if they also caught the CMA Awards earlier this month. Nashville‘s version of the CMA Awards airs Wednesday with engaged couple Luke Wheeler and Rayna Jaymes squaring off in the Entertainer of the Year category. Real-life CMA Awards hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley actually filmed a cameo for this episode of Nashville in the days leading up to actual ceremony.

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Image Courtesy Kevin White/Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae‘s top five debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” has been certified gold for 500,000 downloads and streams. The song has caught on as an answer to all those guys singing about girls wearing cut-off shorts dancing on tailgates and drinking next to a bonfire in the woods.

“We had no idea people would respond like this,” says the duo’s Maddie Marlow. “We wrote a song where we looked at how the girl in these songs must feel… It’s hard, being expected to be in those Daisy Dukes and that …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAA female country star with multiple #1 hits is gearing up for a residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2015. According to the Las Vegas Sun, some of the names bouncing around for the spot include Reba and Dolly Parton. Shania Twain will welcome the new headliner to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace before she wraps up her Shania: Still the One residency next month.

We’ll keep you posted on the big announcement.

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleJerrod Niemann went with a mellow feel for his new version of “Holly Jolly Christmas,” available now at iTunes. The song reminds Jerrod of his childhood holidays with his family growing up in Kansas.

He says, “I recall “Holly Jolly Christmas” always would play on a small Santa doll every time anyone would walk by it. When I hear the song, it takes me home for the holidays. That’s what made me so eager to record it.”

Jerrod’s current single, “Buzz Back Girl,” is included on his latest album, High Noon. His Get …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is getting the Country Radio Broadcasters Artist Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. The honor will be presented during the event’s opening ceremonies February 25.

Lady Antebellum gives back to multiple charities and worthy causes through their LadyAID organization, which helps raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network, and myLIFEspeaks. They’ve also led big fundraisers to rebuild schools damaged by natural disasters, and recently fulfilled seven wishes in seven days through their 7FOR7 campaign.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich instrument does Hillary Scott‘s husband Chris play in Lady Antebellum‘s touring band? ANSWER: Drums.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTrisha Yearwood is set to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on December 3 in support of her new album, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit. She’ll co-host The Rachael Ray Show on December 8 and perform on CBS’s The Talk on December 19.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton will play the Country Thunder festival taking place in Florence, AZ, April 9 through 12, 2015.

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, both had a feeling they were having a baby boy, but they didn’t want to find out in the doctor’s office during her sonogram.

Carrie explains, “It’s kind of a sterile place. We got to see all the pictures and everything. It was really cool to see that, but whenever she’d get near, near those parts we would look away.”

Instead, Carrie and Mike took the envelope containing the news of the baby’s sex with them out to a nice restaurant.

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Image Courtesy CMAMonday night in New York City, Garth Brooks was honored with the ASCAP Centennial Award — a new honor created to mark the performing rights organization’s 100th anniversary. Garth was recognized alongside the night’s other honorees, including one of his heroes — Billy Joel. Joan Baez, Stevie Wonder and musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim also received the Centennial Award Monday night.

Garth says, “I feel lucky, ’cause an award really, truthfully, is only good as the names that have won in the past or other things, so this was pretty sweet that …read more

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