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The 51st Annual CMA Awards crushes the competition in the ratings

ABC/Image Group LAFor Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the tenth time hosting the CMA Awards certainly turned out to be a winner.

The Wednesday night show came out on top for ABC, beating Survivor on CBS and Empire on Fox, landing at #1 for the entire prime-time period.

The 51st Annual CMA Awards also attracted the show’s biggest audience in three years, more than doubling that of the competition. It was also the highest-rated entertainment show on any network so far this season.

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The Honky Tonk Highway rolls on for Alan Jackson

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ABC/Image Group LAAfter he sang “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” on the 51st Annual CMA Awards, and closed the show with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood singing along on “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” there’s no stopping Alan Jackson.

The new Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer will extend his Honky Tonk Highway Tour into 2018, with dates in both the U.S. and Canada. The latest leg of the trek kicks off January 19 in Lexington, Kentucky.

You can find updated tour listings and ticket information at AlanJackson.com/Tour.

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Brett Eldredge plans to “Glow” even brighter this Christmas season

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ABCFor Brett Eldredge, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — again.

If you thought his big-band holiday album Glow sounded good last year, just wait for what’s coming this yuletide season. For the first time, the Illinois native’s holiday collection will be available on vinyl this year.

You’ll also be able to sample Brett’s offerings on TV. He’ll sing on CMA Country Christmas on ABC on November 27, before helping light the Rockefeller Center tree on NBC on November 29.

“I’m ready to bring the holidays back bigger and better than ever,” the energetic star says. “I love everything about …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though The Statler Brothers, Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town have each won the CMA Vocal Group honor six times in a row, the Statlers are still the overall champions. How many times have they won? ANSWER: Eight.

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Country stars join “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” for “CMA Mean Tweets 3”

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Shore Fire Media/Jimmy FontaineOn Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kimmel followed up the CMAs telecast on ABC with the latest installment of “CMA Mean Tweets 3,” featuring Zac Brown Band, Cassadee Pope, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Randy Houser, Old Dominion, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, Dan + Shay, Jana Kramer, Chris Young, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Chris Stapleton, Jake Owen, Little Big Town and Justin Moore.

The Zac Brown Band just laughed when they read their mean tweet, “The Zac Brown Band is on three radio stations at the same time…. As you can imagine this is the …read more

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#StillTheSame: The return of Sugarland

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ABC RadioWhether there’s new music on the way or not is yet to be seen — but the reunion of Sugarland is officially complete.

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have pursued solo careers — to critical acclaim but limited commercial success — since releasing their most recent joint effort, The Incredible Machine in 2010.

But on Wednesday night at the 51st Annual CMA Awards, the five-time Vocal Duo the Year winners came together again to give Brothers Osborne the trophy they’ve won so many times.

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Backstage at the 51st Annual CMA Awards: From church to confessional

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ABC/Image Group LA If the 51st Annual CMA Awards seemed a little like church, the backstage press room seemed a lot like a confessional.

A raspy-voiced Garth Brooks wasted no time admitting he’d made a “game-time” decision to lip-sync, trying to conserve his voice so as to not disappoint fans who’ve bought tickets for his upcoming World Tour stop in Spokane, Washington.

A jubilant Brothers Osborne burst on the scene exclaiming “We did it again!” — as if to confirm last year’s upset over Florida Georgia Line wasn’t a fluke.

Little Big Town confessed the foursome doesn’t always agree on politics and social …read more

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Garth Brooks, Little Big Town & Chris Stapleton dominate a CMA Awards show filled with touching moments, moving tributes

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ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks, Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton were the big winners at the 51st Annual CMA Awards, broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, a show chock full of touching moments, moving tributes and musical performances.

Brooks took home the big award — Entertainer of the Year — thanking, among others his fans, “The most important thing, other than God himself,” and “the people that allow us to get to be in the greatest music ever, country music.”

Stapleton walked off with Male Vocalist and top album honors for From …read more

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