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ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban got a triple thrill at Sunday night's American Music Awards.

He was announced as the winner in the category of Favorite Country Male Artist, but while he was on stage accepting the trophy, presenter Kathryn Hahn announced that he'd also won two additional awards: Favorite Country Album for Ripcord, and Favorite Country Song for "Blue Ain't Your Color."

Instead of juggling his three trophies, Keith handed two of them to his wife Nicole Kidman, who was sitting in the front row, noting that it was only right that she share in the wins with him.  He thanked everyone, including his "baby girl" Nicole and their daughters, who he called "Munchkin" and "Fifi" -- their actual names are Sunday and Faith, of course.

Backstage, Keith told ABC Radio that his wins felt "extraordinary," adding, "I have so much gratitude for what I get to do, makin' music and when you make a record like Ripcord and it connects the way it has with everybody, it's the best feeling. It really is."

He added, "And this time of year, too, with what so many people have gone through and are still going through, it's an extremely important time to take stock of everything good in your life: family, loved ones, your health, everything."

The only country performance during the show came from Florida Georgia Line, who teamed up with actress and pop star Hailee Steinfeld, deejay/producer Alesso and guitarist Watt for their pop hit "Let Me Go."  All the artists performed on a flashy set made of interlocking metal boxes stacked on top of one another.

The other country winners included Carrie Underwood for Favorite Female Country Star and Little Big Town for Favorite Country Duo or Group.

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ABC/Image Group LAFor Carly Pearce, the last couple weeks have simply been the stuff that dreams are made of:  She scored her first #1 with her debut single, “Every Little Thing,” which has also been certified gold in both the U.S. and Canada.

This weekend at the Nashville stop on Brett Young’s Caliville Tour, the president of her record company, Scott Borchetta, presented her with the plaque commemorating her accomplishments -- and she’s already decided where she’ll put it.

“I live alone, so wherever you enter my house, you're gonna see it,” she tells ABC Radio. “So maybe like my living room, just so I can stare at it. Because I've always dreamt of what that would be like. It's not gonna match anything in my house, and I don't even care.”

Carly confesses it’s an emotional time for her family, after all her mom and dad sacrificed to help make her success a reality.

“My parents let me quit high school at 16 and start home-schooling, because I saw an audition to sing in the country show at Dollywood,” she explains. “And they've always supported my music career, and to be honest, these days we're on a group chat together, and we kind of, when we get together, we cry, just because it's so full circle. They'll send me little emoticons of them crying or pictures. It's a really special time for my family.” 

You should soon start hearing the Kentucky native’s second single, "Hide the Wine," from her Every Little Thing album.  

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSix-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks appears on both Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday. You catch GMA starting at 7 a.m. on ABC, while you’ll need to check your local listings to see when Ellen’s syndicated show airs in your area.

Hunter Hayes’ new track, “More,” is available to stream or download now.

“The Bravest” is the latest track from Zac Brown’s side project, Sir Rosevelt. You can sample the song from the trio’s self-titled debut album, which comes out December 15, via a new lyric video.

You can check out Hailee Steinfeld’s new video for “Let Me Go,” which features Florida Georgia Line, Alesso and watt, on YouTube now.

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David Redfern/RedfernsThe biggest stars in country music are remembering Mel Tillis this weekend, after the Country Music Hall-of-Famer passed away early Sunday at the age of 85.

For Blake Shelton, it took a series of four tweets to begin to describe his affection for the singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. The star of The Voice recalled how Mel had advised him during difficult times, and even gifted him with a pair of his boots after a day spent together.

Tim McGraw shared a similar tale of spending time with him early in his career. Fellow Floridian Michael Ray marked Mel’s passing as well, while Tanya Tucker recalled starring in an episode of The Love Boat with the legend.

Here’s how members of the country music family reacted to the death of Mel Tillis, both on social media and through their publicists:

Blake Shelton: "Some of my most cherished memories are the times I spent with Mel Tillis. Many many great memories. From fishing, to just having a beer, to him crashing my concert! He once spent an entire day at his place in Tennessee showing me all the memorabilia he'd gathered over the years where he gave me a pair of his stage boots. He even took time to talk me through some hard times in my life on a couple phone calls. He did his best to try and keep my head on straight. I looked up to Mel more than he could've possibly known. A talented songwriter. An incredible entertainer. And a funny funny guy. It has been a couple years since I saw him last. I deeply regret that now. What a truly devastating loss. I loved Mel. I will miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers to all his family."

Tim McGraw: "Man, one of the coolest guys in country music ever and an extraordinary songwriter! So glad I got a chance to hang out with him a bit early in my career. Thinking about his family..."

Rascal Flatts: "What an incredible loss for the country music world. Mel Tillis will be greatly missed."

Michael Ray: "Sad day in country music. You will be missed Mel Tillis thank you for your time and your music."

Chris Janson: "Heartbreaking news. RIP. prayers to your family"

Crystal Gayle: "I’m saddened to hear of the passing of my friend, Mel Tillis. Sending my love and prayers to his family and friends. There will never be another Mel Tillis!"

Charlie Daniels: "Mel Tillis, you will be missed by so many of us you touched over the years. Rest in peace my friend."

CMA: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mel Tillis. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time."

Grand Ole Opry: "Thank you, Mel Tillis, for the songs, stories, and years of incredible entertainment. Our thoughts are with all of your loved ones."

Billy Ray Cyrus: "Kindest man I've ever known. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Gonna be some great country music in Heaven this Sunday."

Tanya Tucker: "My heart is just broken over the passing of the great Mel Tillis. I have so many wonderful memories with him. I'll never forget working with him on Love Boat with Dottie West. We just go way back - from the time I was 8 years old when he brought me on stage with him. When I got older, sometimes I had to use other bands because I didn't have a band. Mel always let me use his band and I'll never forget that. We remained friends right up until the end. Love you, Mel."

Naomi Judd: "There are stand-up comedians and then there's Mel Tillis. His hilarious misadventures out on the road are legendary. Just ask Mac Davis or Ray Stevens. I also know Mel as my friend. Upbeat guy who admirably turned his stuttering into an asset and educated everyone on how to overcome stereotypes. There will never be anyone else like Mel Tillis."

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Country Music Hall-of-Famer Mel Tillis passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 85. The legendary singer, songwriter and comedian -- who turned his famous stutter into a comedy trademark -- had battled intestinal issues since early last year.  A statement on behalf of the family says Tillis died of suspected respiratory failure.

After serving in the Air Force, the Florida native born Lonnie Melvin Tillis found work on the railroad, using his railway pass to take the train to Nashville to pursue a career as a songwriter. Though he’d eventually amass 35 top-ten hits and six number-ones on his own, some of his greatest successes came crafting song for others, including Bobby Bare’s “Detroit City,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, Waylon Jenning’s “Mental Revenge,” and classics like “So Wrong” and “Strange” for Patsy Cline.

His own chart-toppers like “Coca-Cola Cowboy” and “Good Woman Blues” were part of a sixty-year career that saw Tillis take home one of country music’s highest honors in 1976, the CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy. Along the way, he even recorded an album of duets with Nancy Sinatra, and appeared in movies like Smokey and the Bandit II and The Cannonball Run.  His final #1 on the country chart came with “Southern Rains” in 1981.

In the nineties, Mel was one of a handful of artists who helped country music establish a stronghold in Branson, Missouri, as he opened a theater and performed there regularly. In 2007, Tillis received two of country music's highest honors when he was officially inducted into both the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts in 2012 for his contributions to country music.

Mel Tillis is survived by six children, including 1994 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Pam Tillis, who was scheduled to be on the road Saturday night performing with Terri Clark and Suzy Bogguss.  A statement on Pam's Facebook page calls her father's passing "sudden and unexpected," adding that he was dearly loved and one of a kind," and "a master songwriter, brilliant comedian and beloved father."

Funeral services are planned in both Florida and Nashville, though details are still pending.

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Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleThrough the years, Dolly Parton has often joked that her exaggerated looks and big hair make her seem like a cartoon -- and now that’s become a reality: Dolly’s animated alter-ego, Little Dolly, makes her debut in a new series of lyric videos on YouTube.

The thirteen clips go along with the tracks on Dolly’s first children’s album, I Believe in You. The new musical cartoons find Little Dolly exploring well-known places in the Volunteer State, as the on-screen lyrics aim to help kids learn to read.

All the proceeds from I Believe in You go to help Dolly’s literacy non-profit, The Imagination Library. The Tennessee Department of Tourism helped produce the new videos.

You can check out the new treatments for everything from the title track to Dolly’s classic, “Coat of Many Colors,” on YouTube now.

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ABC/Image Group LAWhen Luke Bryan first learned that People had chosen Blake Shelton as its Sexiest Man Alive for 2017, he reacted much like Blake might’ve done if the situation had been reversed: by giving him grief.

But now that so many people have piled on to criticize the magazine's choice, Luke is changing his tune.

"I originally roasted him about it," Luke told Entertainment Tonight. “But then now the whole world is roasting him and now I feel bad for roasting him."

"It's very flattering and I'm happy for him,” the “Light It Up” hitmaker goes on. “I want to go on the record and say that I'm proud of my guy. And for all of the people out there that are giving him grief, I mean, Blake is a good-looking guy and he deserves it."

The two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year even admits he wouldn’t mind seeing his own face on the cover of People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue one day.

"I'm a little jelly," Luke confessed,"[But] I think he ought to enjoy [it]."

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ABC/Image Group LAHas Jon Pardi recorded a top-secret duet with Miranda Lambert? That seems to be the case, judging from Jon’s cryptic comments in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Next year, the two head out together on Miranda’s Livin’ Like Hippies Tour, and not long ago, they bumped into each other while they were traveling.

“I was sitting at the airport bar -- because what else do you do in the airport? -- [when] somebody tapped me on the shoulder,” Jon recalls. “[I] turned around and it was Miranda. She was like, ‘Hey, I saw you at the bar, you’re over here by yourself. I just wanted to say hey.’ I was like, ‘That’s so awesome!’”

The two went on to discuss “some other top secret information that might come about in the third record, maybe,” Jon teases, stopping short of saying the two have done a duet.

“That’s still not official…” he adds, before bragging, “It sounds awesome!”

Jon is currently working on his follow-up to his current album, California Sunrise, as its fourth single, “She Ain’t In It,” climbs the chart. The disc's three previous singles have all gone to #1.

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ABC/Image Group LA Thomas Rhett says his new single, “Marry Me,” represents a kind of worst-case scenario for him.

“It’s my big ‘what if’ song,” he says of the third single from Life Changes. “I wrote it from the perspective of if I had never told my wife how I felt about her all those years ago. I probably would have been sitting at her wedding watching her marry someone else."

"Thankfully I DID tell her how I felt -- it makes for a great song concept that so many people can relate to.”

Most country fans know how TR and wife Lauren’s love story worked out. Just this October, they celebrated their fifth anniversary, during a year that saw them adopt their daughter Willa from a Ugandan orphanage and welcome their first biological child, Ada.

Thomas Rhett also wrote his smash “Die a Happy Man” based on his real-life relationship with Lauren.

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ABC/Image Group LAIt was simply “Meant to Be”: Florida Georgia Line’s collaboration with pop star BeBe Rexha is their new country single.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley didn’t originally expect the song would find a home on country radio, but they’ve decided to release it as a single, since some stations have already been playing it.  

“Some of the coolest moments for us have been the ones we never planned,” says Tyler, who co-wrote "Meant to Be."  “Going into the writing session that day in L.A., we had no idea that it would turn into this. Seeing how the fans are connecting to the vibe and message of ‘Meant to Be’ has been really amazing."

As of now, you won’t find the tune on an FGL record, however. It’s on BeBe Rexha’s All Your Fault: Pt. 2 EP.

If you’re a Comcast Xfinity customer, you can watch a special on-demand performance of “Meant to Be” after Sunday’s American Music Awards.  FGL vies for Favorite Country Duo or Group on the show, and is set to perform their other pop hit, “Let Me Go,” with Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso and watt. The 2017 American Music Awards start Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Florida George Line's current country hit, "Smooth," is still climbing in the top 15, as the pair work on their follow-up to Dig Your Roots.

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CMTIt’s the end of the road for Deacon Claybourne, Juliette Barnes and the Nashville gang: the upcoming sixth season of the CMT drama will be its last.

A promo for the premiere on the show's Twitter account serves as the only confirmation from CMT so far: "Let's find the way back home. Come and find me. #NashvilleCMT: The Final Season. New episodes start Thursday, January 4 on @CMT," the post reads.

Executive producer Marshall Herskovitz issued a statement about the show's cancellation: “All of us on Nashville are so incredibly grateful to the show’s fans, who convinced CMT to give us a chance to keep telling the story of these remarkable characters. And we want to return the favor with a final season that celebrates all the joys and passions, twists and turns -- and amazing music! -- that made Nashville such an exciting journey for the last six years.”

Nashville premiered on ABC in the fall of 2012 and ran for four seasons before being cancelled in May of 2016. Shortly after, CMT picked up the show that follows the up-and-downs of both major stars and up-and-comers in Tennessee’s “it” city.

CMT made a major change midway through the show’s fifth season, killing off its central character, Rayna Jaymes, who was played by Connie Britton.

Nashville's sixteen-episode final run is set to start the first Thursday in January on CMT.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Tim McGraw and Faith Hill scored their first #1 hit together in 1997 with the lead single from Tim's Everywhere album. Can you recall the title of their iconic duet? ANSWER:  "It's Your Love."

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill joined Jimmy Fallon on Thursday's Tonight Show for a Family Feud-inspired game called "Search Party."

Faith's team -- consisting of Jimmy and James Poyser, from Fallon's house band, The Roots, took on Tim and The Roots' Questlove and Tariq Trotter.

A representative from each team was called up to a podium by Tonight Show announcer Steve Higgins, and asked to guess the most popular answers to Google search questions and enter them into a computer. The winner's team then took turns guessing the remaining answers, without getting two strikes against them. Otherwise, the opposing team had a chance to guess correctly and win the round.

McGraw's team won the game.

Later on, the country superstars, who have been married for 21 years, chatted with Fallon about the first time they met, their Soul2Soul tour and their oldest daughter Gracie's first date. Tim says it went well, at least from his perspective.

"We're doing a barbecue, so I'm in the kitchen and I forget that he's coming. So, I have a white apron on and a knife and I'm trimming meat up, so I've got chunks of meat all over this white apron...blood everywhere," he explains. "And the [doorbell] rings and I go and answer the door and there's this kid who's dating Gracie and I've got a knife in my hand and a bloody apron on."

Jokes Tim, "It worked out really well." The couple also has two other daughters, Audrey and Maggie.

Tim and Faith closed the evening with their first Tonight Show performance, singing "Break First," from their first duet album, The Rest of Our Life, available now.

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Arista Nashville/McGraw Music/Sony Music EntertainmentFor Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the day that was more than twenty years in the making has finally come.  Today, the couple releases their very first full album of duets together, titled The Rest of Our Life.

At the same time, the two get the chance to look back on a year of touring together, as their Soul2Soul concert special premieres at 9 p.m. ET tonight on Showtime.

For Faith, there’s no denying it:  it’s been a wild ride.

“It is an adventure to be on the road together,” she says. “I mean we’ve done it before but this is only our what, fourth time?”

“Fourth time, third Soul2Soul [tour], but fourth time touring together, yeah,” Tim answers her.

“I love it,” Faith declares. “I mean it’s fun. Of course I haven’t toured in a while, so you’re just manning the tour.”

“It's fresh to her!” Tim laughs.

It’s still so fresh, in fact, the superstar couple has extended their run into 2018, resuming May 31 in Richmond, Virginia.  And they say that being able to sing their new material together on tour is just icing on the cake.

“To be doing it as long as we’ve been doing it,” Tim says thoughtfully, “and touring and playing music and being married and to still be able to go out at this point in our career and have this much fun, and for the first time having an album that we made together, and be playing new music and have such a great band and such a great setup and such a great crew....I mean… “

“I love it. I mean, it’s fun,” Faith adds, finishing his thought.

The couple's new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, “Mississippi Woman, Louisiana Man,” also opens today in downtown Nashville.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee will release his new album, Classics 3, on January 26. In addition to hits like "Got My Heart Set on You," the record also includes several new songs.

Both Wynonna and Craig Campbell will perform at the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting. You can watch the ceremony December 4 on Hallmark Channel.

Lee Ann Womack and Willie Nelson have recorded a new version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for the holiday season. You can preview the track on Soundcloud now.

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ABC/Image Group LAWith his debut single currently in the top 20, newcomer Devin Dawson will mark another career first this weekend.

The California native will make his Grand Ole Opry debut this Saturday night in Nashville at the Mother Church Church of Country Music: Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.  You can be sure his Opry set will include his breakthrough hit, “All on Me.”

The tune is just one of a dozen songs Devin co-wrote on his debut album, Dark Horse, which is set to come out January 19.

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ABC/Image Group LAIt’s taken Tim McGraw and Faith Hill more than twenty years to make an album together. And now that The Rest of Our Life is finally ready, you can bet you’ll be seeing a lot of the superstar couple.

Thursday night, Tim and Faith are set to sing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, starting at 11:35 p.m. on NBC. Then on Friday, they kick off the record’s release day on the Today show, beginning at 7 a.m. on NBC.

If you happen to be in Nashville, you can stop by and see the “Mississippi Woman, Louisiana Man” exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, as it officially opens on Friday.  That evening, you can close out the day by enjoying Tim and Faith’s latest Soul2Soul tour in the comfort of your own home, as their concert special premieres at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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ABC/Image Group LA Garth Brooks picked up his sixth Entertainer of the Year trophy at last week’s CMA Awards, and he’s wasting no time living up to the title.

So far, he’s sold more than 100,000 tickets at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, which will be the final North American stop on his World Tour.

All told, that makes Music City the 17th stop on the trek where Garth has sold more than 100,000 seats. So far, more than 6.3 million fans have turned out to see his first post-retirement outing.

Garth’s seven shows in Music City start Saturday, December 9, and continue through the next two weekends, wrapping up on Saturday, December 23, with some tickets still remaining.

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Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCEven when you’re People’s Sexiest Man Alive, sometimes your hair just won’t do right. Just ask Blake Shelton.

“I don’t wanna mess with my hair,” the magazine’s current cover model confesses. “When my hair used to be brown it would do what I said, but when it goes gray it turns into a Brillo pad -- so I put a baseball cap on. The Brillo pad drives women crazy!” he adds.

As for Blake’s girlfriend, the glamorous Gwen Stefani, he says she’s flawless all the time -- even without her signature paint and powder.

“My favorite thing to see on her,” he tells People, “and I don’t mean this to sound cheesy -- is no makeup on whatsoever. She’s literally ageless. It’s unbelievable.”

You’ll find much more on Blake and Gwen in People's new Sexiest Man Alive issue, which hits newsstands on Friday.

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BMLG/Mert & MarcusIt looks like the next step in building Taylor Swift’s Reputation may be a return to the format that first made her a star.

On Thursday, Big Machine, Taylor’s record label, released the ballad “New Year’s Day” to country radio, as her new album, Reputation, continues to sell big numbers. It had already moved more than a million copies by Wednesday, following its release the Friday before. The cuts “Look What You Made Me Do” and “…Ready for It?” have already become huge pop hits.

Earlier this week, Taylor was back in Nashville, visiting with fans at a Target location in Music City.

It’s possible the timing has never been better for a country comeback for Taylor: just last week, the Country Music Association gave her its Song of the Year trophy for writing “Better Man” for Little Big Town.

You can check out Taylor’s recent performance of “New Year’s Day” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on YouTube.

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