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Comstock/ThinkstockJay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts is married to a correspondent for CMT. What is her name? ANSWER: Allison.

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore wasn’t happy about jumping into a freezing-cold Percy Priest Lake near Nashville earlier this month for his tour boss Dierks Bentley’s Polar Plunge. To get back at Dierks, Kip painted Dierks’ beloved truck, called Big White, in multiple colors with the name of Kip’s new single, “I’m to Blame,” written on the side. Kip also loaded a live goat into Dierks’ truck bed and filled the cab with foam peanuts. A video of the prank is now posted on YouTube.

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Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicReaction from this year’s ACM Awards nominees began very quickly after the finalists were announced via Instagram Friday morning. Here’s a roundup of some of the stars had to say:

Garth Brooks — “Thanks @ACMAwards for the Entertainer Of The Year nomination! This tour is the best EVER!! love, g #ACMawards50.”

Kacey Musgraves — “The sun is shinin’ & I got some ACM love. Thank you!! So happy for my nominated buddies, too. Congrats, y’all! ..now off to the string sesh for the record..”

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Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicThe Academy of Country Music announced the nominees for the 50th Annual ACM Awards Friday morning via Instagram.

The trophies will be handed out Sunday, April 19 on CBS. This year’s show takes place at AT&T Stadium in Texas.

Here are the nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Florida Georgia Line

Female Vocalist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Album of the Year
Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
Pain Killer, Little Big Town
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church

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Miranda Lambert is the lead nominee for the 50th Annual ACM Awards, which were revealed Friday morning via Instagram.

Lambert scored eight nominations in all, in all of the major categories, including her fourth Entertainer of the Year nomination and her ninth consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. Dierks Bentley‘s right on Miranda’s heels with seven nods, including Male Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year, for Riser.

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Academy of Country MusicThe nominees in the Video of the Year category for the 50th Annual ACM Awards were announced Thursday night on Entertainment Tonight.

The nominees are “American Kids,” by Kenny Chesney; “Cop Car,” by Keith Urban; “Drunk on a Plane,” by Dierks Bentley; “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” by Glen Campbell; and “Somethin’ Bad,” by Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood.

The nominees in the other categories will be announced Friday morning on the Academy of Country Music’s social media accounts, beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockZac Brown Band performs on PBS’s Live from the Artists Den Friday. Check local listings for air time.

Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts will once again co-host the Waiting for Wishes Celebrity Waiters Dinner at The Palm in Nashville on Tuesday, April 7. Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Dustin Lynch and Frankie Ballard will join Jay as celebrity waiters for the event. Proceeds go to The Kevin Carter Foundation and the Make-a-Wish Foundation Middle Tennessee.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has a big weekend planned starting with Friday morning’s ACM Awards nominations and ending with a Super Bowl viewing party Sunday night.

Luke hopes to see his name as a finalist in multiple ACM categories, including Entertainer of the Year. He took that top prize in 2013.

Luke says of the big announcement, “I’ll be biting my nails and see what happens, and it’s an amazing night and an amazing day to hear what you’re nominated for, and you never know. You never know what’s gonna get in and what’s …read more

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert has released the video for his latest single, “One Hell of an Amen.” The song is a tribute to two men who passed away in recent years, including Brantley’s pal, Kory, who lost his battle with leukemia after a brave fight against the disease. A fallen war hero, named Jon, is the other person whose sacrifice inspired the song and video. Jon was the best friend of Brantley’s pal from Georgia, Josh, who served several tours of duty in Iraq.

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Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityCraig Morgan and Trace Adkins have joined the lineup for Charlie Daniels‘ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam, coming up August 12 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The Oak Ridge Boys and Tracy Lawrence also join the performers list, along with previously-announced stars Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Travis Tritt.

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster. Proceeds from the Volunteer Jam go to help American veterans in support of The Journey Home Project.

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