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Taylor Swift’s ACM Awards Date Kevin McGuire Anxious to Hit the Red Carpet

We’ve followed the touching story of New Jersey high school senior and cancer patient Kevin McGuire since he first asked Taylor Swift to prom via Facebook, only to remain speechless when she instead invited him to be her date to the ACM Awards. Now, just days away from the big night, McGuire is getting more and more excited, while at the same time trying to keep his expectations realistic.

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Martina McBride Dishes on ACM Awards Wedding Details

It’s truly one of the sweetest stories, and now Martina McBride is giving the details behind the live wedding that’s going to take place onstage at the ACM Awards while the country songstress and Train frontman Pat Monahan sing a live version of McBride’s single ‘Marry Me.’ The ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’ singer says the whole wedding plan was actually her own (admittedly crazy) idea.

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Blake Shelton Named Country Music’s Hottest Guy

The verdict is in for People Country’s hottest guy, and the top cowboy stud of the year just so happens to be now widely-loved ‘The Voice‘ celebrity coach and country star Blake Shelton. The Oklahoma native is (not surprisingly) quite “aww shucks” about the whole thing, telling the magazine, ”I think it’s funny because there is nothing about me, if I was a girl, that I would think is sexy” (quotes via the Boot). But country ladies everywhere seem to disagree.

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2012 ACM Awards Performances to Include Duets From Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Lionel Richie

The 2012 ACM Awards are shaping up to be quite an entertaining evening, with new country stars being added to the celebrity lineup of performers each day. That’s in addition to a live onstage wedding, and now, a list of country talents set to bring special duets to the ACM stage. The Academy announced today (March 29) the lineup of special collaborations that are slated to be a part of country music’s “party of the year.”

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Kenny Chesney Reveals Cover Art for New ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’ Album

Kenny Chesney hasn’t put out a new album since his Sept. 2010 release ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey,’ which resulted in four No. 1 singles and went platinum. Now, he is gearing up for another release — his 13th studio album — which is set to come out June 19 on BNA Records. The ‘You and Tequila‘ singer just announced today (March 29) that the moniker for his new record will be ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl.’

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‘Idol’ Hopeful Hollie Cavanagh Gets Mixed Reviews Singing Carrie Underwood’s ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’

American Idol‘ contestant Hollie Cavanagh isn’t one of the country singers in the bunch; but given the choice to sing a song from her real-life idol, small-statured, giant-voiced Cavanagh went for a Carrie Underwood hit.

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Carrie Underwood and Husband Remind Teens of Their Worth in Mental Health PSA

Carrie Underwood and her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher, are revered by teens across the country for their success in their respective careers. This week, the celebrity couple used that platform and took a minute to speak out for teen mental health. In support of the youth-driven organization D.I.F.D. (Do It For Daron), which works to raise awareness and get people talking about teen mental health, Underwood and Fisher appeared in a PSA reminding teens that they are highly valued and that they have hope.

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Skylar Laine Brings the Sass With Miranda Lambert’s ‘Gunpowder & Lead’ on ‘American Idol’

Only 9 ‘American Idol‘ contestants are left vying for the top spot in America’s hearts, and this week country rocker Skylar Laine showed her sass with a rendition of Miranda Lambert‘s revenge hit ‘Gunpowder & Lead.’ Each contestant got to pick a song from their real-life idol to perform this week, and the little country songstress says Lambert is it for her.

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Taylor Swift to Receive ‘Big’ Honor From Michelle Obama at Kids’ Choice Awards

Kids definitely know a good song when they hear one, and apparently they know a good philanthropist when they spot one, too. For her many charitable endeavors and contributions, Taylor Swift will be the recipient of this year’s the Big Help Award at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Presenting the prestigious honor to the country starlet will be a widely acclaimed past winner, a philanthropist of a different vocation: First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Taylor Swift Plays Dress-Up in Wedding Attire

While most celebrities are known for random party photos or the occasional didn’t-mean-for-anyone-to-see-that-moment snapshots, Taylor Swift recently retweeted a friend’s candid photo of her — playing dress-up. Looking like happy little girls enjoying a moment of delight, Swift and pal Claire Kislinger are decked out in charming dresses, and Swift’s appears to be a wedding gown with a matching veil of some sort.

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