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Billy Dukes

Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as Music Director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C., writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich., and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette, in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006, and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs Daisy and Clementine and their son. In his free time Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling, and exploring nature.
Jerrod Niemann, Hunter Hayes
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Jerrod Niemann vs. Hunter Hayes – The Showdown

With one more win, Jerrod Niemann will put his new song 'Only God Could Love You More' into the Showdown Hall of Fame. The ballad has topped singles by Thompson Square, Jason Aldean and Montgomery Gentry in recent days. Today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio, Niemann fans will have to out-duel fans of the 2012 CMA New Artist of the Year. 

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Shania Twain’s ‘Come on Over’ Turns 15

It's not an overstatement to say Shania Twain's 'Come on Over' album is the most successful country album ever. It has sold over 40 million copies worldwide after separate versions were released in Europe. Twain spent over 50 weeks at No. 1 on the Country Album charts.

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Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood
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Five Things Noticeably Missing From the 2012 CMA Awards

There were first-time winners in the Entertainer, Album and Vocal Group of the Year categories at the 2012 CMA Awards, and fans saw brilliant performances by stars like Little Big Town, Kelly Clarkson, the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band. However, there were a few noticeable absences from this year's Nashville ceremony. 

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Jana Kramer
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Jana Kramer Admits Brantley Gilbert’s Female Fans Aren’t Too Happy With Her

Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert walked the red carpet at the 2012 CMA Awards separately, but that doesn't mean their young romance has fizzled. The 'Why Ya Wanna' singer says she and Gilbert are still hanging out, but stopped herself before putting a label on the relationship. 

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Thompson Square Reveal How They Know When to Stay Away From One Another

Thompson Square's Shawna Thompson says when she needs a break from husband Keifer, she flashes something she calls the "stank eye." He might have gotten it -- the "stank eye," that is -- after telling Taste of Country Nights radio host Jeremy Robinson how he planned to celebrate if the duo won the Vocal Duo of the Year award at the 2012 CMAs. 

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Taylor Swift Reveals Who She’ll Never, Ever Write a Song About

On previous albums, Taylor Swift has written songs about ex-boyfriends like (allegedly) John Mayer, Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner and Jake Gyllenhaal. During an interview with Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson, the 'Begin Again' singer shared who she will not record a new song about, like, ever. 

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Jen-Nettles
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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Shows Off Her Halloween ‘Pumpkin’

Proving she has one of the best senses of humor in country music, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles painted her very pregnant belly orange for Halloween and shared the picture with fans on Twitter. The singer is expecting her first baby with husband Justin in November. 

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Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood
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2012 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

No category at the 2012 CMA Awards will be as debated as the Female Vocalist of the Year category. The five women chosen this year range from pop to outlaw, with a sprinkle of traditional and a sniff of bubblegum. Kelly Clarkson is a first-time nominee, while Miranda Lambert is shooting for her third straight win in this category. Who do you think will win the Female Vocalist of the Year award at the CMAs?

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Hunter Hayes Admits He Has ‘A Lot of Fear’ About Performing at the 2012 CMAs

Hunter Hayes in nominated in the New Artist of the Year category at the 2012 CMA Awards -- a huge deal for a kid who's only 21. He'll even get a chance to perform, which he admitted he is a terrifying prospect. Taking the stage in front of country legends, the men and women he's idolized for years... "There's a lot of fear," Hayes tells Taste of Country Nights host Jeremy Robinson. 

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