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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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Image Courtesy Sony Music/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is returning to Boston for the first time in more than 17 years. Garth and Trisha Yearwood will play three shows at Boston’s TD Garden January 22, 23 and 24, 2015. Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday, November 21 through Ticketmaster.com.

Garth also released his new album, Man Against Machine, this week. He’s also joined Twitter, Facebook and Instagram under his own name, Garth Brooks.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Garth Brooks‘ studio album prior to his latest offering, Man Against Machine? ANSWER: Scarecrow, released in 2001.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard isn’t afraid to climb up and play his guitar on top of a stack of speakers or stand on the edge of a theater balcony during his shows. It’s all part of his plan to bring the excitement of a rock show to his country audiences.

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Chris HolloCarrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band marked Veterans Day Tuesday by performing at the Concert for Valor on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Carrie performed “See You Again,” “Something in the Water” with the Singing Sergeants Choir, and closed with “Before He Cheats.”

Zac Brown band deliver a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful” and were joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl for a performance of the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit “Fortunate Son.”

The concert aired live on HBO and also included performances from Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Metallica, Eminem and others.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks has joined Twitter with the handle @garthbrooks.

Kenny Rogers will kick off a final tour of Australia and New Zealand on January 23 in Sydney. He’ll play 12 shows before wrapping the trek up February 15.

Keith Urban will appear on HSN throughout the day Saturday to launch his new Night Star Guitar Collection. Keith launched his guitar collection through HSN one year ago.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town chose Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne to open their Pain Killer tour this fall, and those newcomers should take the invitation to hit the road with LBT as a big compliment.

The group’s Phillip Sweet tells ABC News Radio, “I think we take it very seriously. For us to offer a platform for these other artists, we’re fans of them. You know, we love what they’re doing and wanna show the world.”

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Image Courtesy Capitol Nashville/Nino MunozDierks Bentley hit the recording studio with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley this week. He posted a photograph of the session on Twitter with the caption, “Still processing. got to sing a ralph stanley song with…ralph stanley! look him up kids. #firstgenerationbluegrass.”

Dierks continues his Riser tour Thursday night in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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