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Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood ‘Extremely Excited’ to Host the CMA Awards Again

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are obviously doing something right. In addition to having their respective award-winning country music careers, the two bombshell country stars have now been invited to host the CMA awards a whopping five times. Luckily, the dynamic duo isn’t getting tired of hosting the awards show — in fact, they both admit to being really excited to host the 2012 CMA Awards.

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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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Remember When the ACM Award Looked Like a Bowling Trophy?

The famed ACM award got a redesign before the 2003 show in Las Vegas. Now, artists pick up a silver statuette attached to a black base. If you look down at the trophy, you’ll notice it’s shaped like a cowboy hat. Overall, the award is much heavier than one would imagine. Artists that win two or three certainly will have sore arms after an night of lugging their loot around Sin City.

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2012 ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year – Who Will Win?

The final award given out on Sunday night will name the country artist who — all things considered — had the best year in 2011. There’s no formula for how a voter should choose. It’s some magic mix of sales, concert draw, chart success, high-profile appearances and “heat.” Everybody has their own special blend to decide which artist is tops. Fans can still vote at www.VoteACM.com.

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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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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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Rick Diamond, Getty Images / YouTube
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Cute Kittens Want You to Vote for Hunter Hayes as 2012 ACM Awards New Artist of the Year

Hunter Hayes wants to win the 2012 ACM Awards New Artist of the Year honor so bad that the singer and his digital promotion team recruited a quartet of super cute kittens to aid him in his quest and to emotionally blackmail you into voting. They’re preying on your inability to ignore rampant cuteness.

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Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire + More to Appear on ‘The Talk’ for ACM Week

CBS’ afternoon talk show ‘The Talk’ is getting a bit of a country makeover — but only for one week. In honor of the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards, the show, which stars hosts Sharon Osbourne, Julie Chen, Leah Remini and Sheryl Underwood, is going country. The hosts will invite a cast of celebrity country acts to come perform, co-host and, well, talk with them during the week leading up to the 47th Annual ACM Awards.

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Who Will Win the 2012 ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year? – Readers Poll

Five artists are competing to be named Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 ACM Awards on April 1. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton have all had years worthy of the honor, but only one can bring the trophy home. Your votes will help decide the winner.

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