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The CMA Awards air tonight on ABC at 8/7c PM

Women Honored At CMT’s Next Women Of Country Ceremony – NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Artists on the rise were honored at CMT’s Next Women of Country induction ceremony. CMT Next Women of Country was started in 2013 and is a group of women picked by CMT that they’re expecting big things from and who they think can bring a lot to the genre of Country Music. This year’s inductees also included Lucie Silvas, Maggie Rose, Margo Price, Caitlyn Smith, Jamie Lynn Spears, Jillian Jacqueline, Kree Harrison, as well as trios Post Monroe and Runaway June. – Read more at NewsChannel5

NBC sets Pentatonix Christmas Special feat Kelly Clarkson

Zach Seabaugh is Cast in Troubadour: A World Premiere Musical by Janece Shaffer with Original Music by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush – Atlanta’s Tony Award® winning Alliance Theatre is pleased to announce the cast and creative team behind its upcoming world premiere musical, Troubadour, by playwright Janece Shaffer (The Geller Girls, Broke) with original music by Grammy Award-winning recording artist Kristian Bush. Set in 1950s Nashville, Troubadour is a romantic comedy about an unlikely group of friends whose unconventional style changes the course of country music. The cast includes Atlanta-based actor Andrew Benator (Disgraced, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest); Nashville-based singer-songwriter Slyvie Davidson; country music singer-songwriter, musician, and music producer Radney Foster; Atlanta-based actor and singer-songwriter Rob Lawhon (Songs to Grow On, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County); Atlanta-based actor Bethany Anne Lind (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Edward Foote), and Atlanta-based singer-songwriter and 5th place finalist of the NBC hit television series “The Voice,” Zach Seabaugh. – Read more at ZachSeabaugh.com

Christina Grimmie’s family says they’ll keep releasing singer’s music after her death – “We would like to express our deepest appreciation for the love and support you have shown our Christina during her brief but richly filled life. She loved her ‘frands’ and tried every day in every manner she could to find new ways to reach, please and inspire them through her God-given gift of music,” “As her family, we are fully committed to continuing her legacy as she would have wished and will be constantly updating you, the frands, with all Christina-related activities, including her unreleased music and new mixes of existing music.” – Read more at NYDailyNews

The Story Behind Kellie Pickler’s Emotional 2007 CMA Awards Performance of ‘I Wonder’ – “Growing up watching the CMAs as a girl and seeing all of my favorite country music singers up there, it was such an unbelievable experience to share that same stage with them, the people who I grew up watching perform,” Pickler tells PEOPLE in the new special issue, 50 Years of the CMA Awards. “I looked down and George Strait was sitting in the front row and I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ It was such a beautiful moment for my soul and my heart.” – Read more at People.com

Carrie Underwood on Her First-Ever CMA Awards: ‘I Felt Really Good That Night’ – This year marks the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards and the 9th time Carrie Underwood will be co-hosting the event alongside Brad Paisley. But despite all the duets and countless outfit changes through the years, the singer’s first CMA red carpet is still her most memorable. “We’d been touring with American Idol and I had just kinda started my fitness journey, and I felt really good about myself that night,” she tells PeopleStyle exclusively of the 2005 CMAs. “I picked a dress, and there wasn’t anything crazy or flashy about it. It was just red and simple and elegant and beautiful, and that’s how I felt.” – Read more at People.com

Kelly Clarkson: “If I’m Skinny One Day or Bigger One Day, That Ain’t Gonna Change How I Sound” – And that’s why I work my butt off — because I don’t wanna be there. But I know that if it did happen to me, I’d make it, ’cause she made it. And I think it’s important. That’s my fear with my kids, especially my younger two, that they won’t experience some of the hardships that helped mold my husband and I into these very independent beings that can handle quite a bit. But I try to show them how to be appreciative and respectful and take them to things where they can see other people that don’t have the benefits that they have right now. – Read more at Redbook

‘Idol’ winner Taylor Hicks brings old soul and new sounds to N.J. – More than a decade since his self-title first album went platinum, Taylor Hicks is releasing his third full-length collection next Spring, original songs he calls “roots music” he predicts will please the so-called “Soul Patrol” who pushed him to victory in “American Idol” in 2006. “You can’t fit a square peg in a round hole, that’s what they’ve always told me,” Hicks said in an interview with NJ Advance Media, describing his “not-like-everyone-else” sound. “I am a square musical peg — maybe there’s a rounded part somewhere — but I believe the more you can be a square peg, the better off you’re going to be.” – Read more at NJ.com

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