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Watch now: Reba’s giving out the CMA’s biggest award, plans to “nail” duet with Kelsea

ABC/Image Group LAReba has a stacked schedule on Wednesday. In addition to sharing the stage with Kelsea Ballerini for a special duet, she’ll be presenting the award for Entertainer of the Year.

“They asked me Sunday if I would give away the Entertainer of the Year award,” Reba tells ABC Radio. “I’m going to be very busy at the awards show but I love that because I’m used to hosting and staying busy behind the scenes. I’m looking forward to it!”

The country legend previously won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards, and says it was …read more

ABC RadioGranger Smith has served as an opener this year for both Garth Brooks and Luke Bryan, who are two of the five nominees up for Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards on Wednesday. His prediction? Garth will take home the trophy.

“As long as Garth is touring, no one right now is competing with him for Entertainer of the Year because of what that award encompasses,” Granger tells ABC Radio. “It’s the full package of entertainment. It’s the every seat matters realization of entertaining that only Garth right now has.”

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ABC/Lou RoccoCountry fans unable to attend the CMA Awards on Wednesday will feel like they’re in Nashville thanks to a new livestream.

Beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, viewers can visit live.twitter.com/CMAawards to watch Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron serve as co-hosts live from the CMA Awards red carpet in Music City.

According to a statement, “The CMA Awards: All Access” will livestream from 10 cameras positioned throughout the red carpet and the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. These cameras will offer unique vantage points of the carpet and backstage areas. Twitter users can watch throughout the night …read more

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ABC RadioSince they arrived on the scene, Old Dominion has scored a string of hits, as well as critical acclaim, so you wouldn’t think they’d feel insecure about anything. But singer Matthew Ramsey says the two CMA nominations they’ve scored this year really make them feel like they’ve been embraced by the country music community.

“There’s always that kind of nagging feeling that I have of ‘Are we accepted?'” Matthew tells ABC Radio. “And the signs all point to yes. And hopefully this’ll be just another one of those things that make us …read more

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ABC RadioLuke Combs is nominated as a New Artist of the Year at Wednesday’s CMA Awards. He says winning the trophy would mean a lot to him.

“It would mean, obviously, a lot of hard work coming to a point of recognition from the industry. That’s a cool thing,” he tells ABC Radio. “We’ve been selling a lot of tickets, which is great. The fans have been awesome for this headlining tour that I’ve got. It’s a different thing to be embraced by the industry. It’s cool to acknowledge that the work that you put …read more

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ABC RadioBrett Eldredge is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and doesn’t regret skipping the CMA Awards last year to watch the Cubs win the World Series.

“It was something that needed to happen which was the best decision of my life,” Brett says about attending the Cubs’ victory game. “I look like a genius because we won! If we wouldn’t have won, I still would have been mad if I didn’t go. I took my brother and my dad and we had a life-changing experience. It was awesome. Now, I’m here this year to see what …read more

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ABC RadioMonday, Rascal Flatts told ABC Radio that while they love Little Big Town, they’re hoping that they don’t win this year’s CMA Vocal Group of the Year trophy. Why? It seems Flatts don’t want LBT to tie their record of most consecutive wins in that category. Now, Little Big Town has responded.

“Did they say that?” laughs LBT’s Karen Fairchild. “They’re all good friends of ours.”

“That’s funny, man,” Phillip Sweet chimes in.

“We’re not expecting to win, so I mean, it would be awesome…but we used to call this award the Rascal …read more

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ABC/Image Group LACam is both a performer and admirer of country music, but she admits that she wishes award shows like the CMAs would switch up the nominees and the winners a bit more each year.

“Country music, we always like to have the same people for a few years in a row, which is amazing,” she tells ABC Radio. “If I were in that thing I’d be like, ‘Keep me in here!’ There’s so much great music so if you give everyone a chance, I would like that if it was shared a little …read more

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Courtesy CMAThis year, Reba McEntire is taking over from Jennifer Nettles as the host of ABC’s CMA Country Christmas, and now we know who’ll be joining her for the holiday spectacular.

Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young, new duo CB30 and gospel legend CeCe Winans will all take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry House this year to tape the show.

Reba herself will also perform a number from her album My Kind of Christmas, which she’s just re-released with four new tracks featuring the …read more

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ABC/Randy HolmesLady Antebellum have two CMA Awards nods this year: Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year for Heart Break. It’ll be a jam packed night for the trio, who will help open the show with a special performance.

That opening number, which will include Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Keith Urban, and additional surprise artists, will be “really beautiful” and heartfelt,” Hillary Scott tells ABC Radio, adding, “I think it’s going to set the tone for the night in a really beautiful and reverent way.”

But overall, Lady A enjoys the CMAs each year because it’s a chance to …read more

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