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» Trophy Life: George Strait earned his third Entertainer of the Year honor, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton became the first married couple in CMA history to win Female and Male Vocalists four years in a row and Taylor Swift received the Pinnacle Award at Wednesday night's (11/6) 47th Annual CMA Awards. Shelton also took home Album, Kacey Musgraves was named New Artist, Florida Georgia Line won Vocal Duo and "Cruise" took Single. Vocal Group went to Little Big Town and Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck" won Song for writers Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary. Full list of winners here.


Luke Bryan and FGL opened the show with a "That's My Kind Of Night" and "Cruise" blend. The Robertson Family took the stage to "Duck Blinds," a version of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" with help from co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker paid tribute to Kenny Rogers. Alan Jackson joined Strait to honor the late George Jones. Swift recruited Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Sam Bush to back her for a stripped-down "Red." Urban and Lambert did "We Were Us." Jason Mraz followed Hunter Hayes from his dressing room to center stage for "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me." And Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl added some kick (drum) to Zac Brown Band's "Day Of The Dead." If you missed it, GAC will re-air the show Nov. 16.

» CMA Quotebook:Heard onstage and backstage Wednesday night (11/6):
  • "The first few shows I about lost it every night. Leaving the stage ... thinking this might be the last time I ever play on this stage here ... I'm not totally quitting, I'm just slowing down a little bit. But I don't know, this gets me fired up again. Cowboy might be ridin' back in." –Entertainer George Strait.
  • "We're starting to feel like the people at the party that never pass it around. You know what I'm saying? There's just so many artists in there in the male or female category and [I don't know] why I'm standing here holding this again, but it's awesome." –Blake Shelton on his fourth consecutive Male win.
  • "Luke Bryan and Zac Brown, nobody cares; you both make great records and you're both millionaires." –Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood referencing Brown's comments about Bryan's last single.
  • "No, but when I won Male Vocalist Of The Year again, I did urinate and it ended up in my boot if that answers your question; got all over my flask. Thank you, thank you very much. That's the kind of class I like to bring to the CMA Awards." –Shelton on if he carries a boot flask.
  • "I was really happy to be up there performing with my band and just being a part of this. Last year I had really crappy seats ... with my roommate just as a fan. And now here I am holding this thing. It's really fun." –New Artist Kacey Musgraves.
  • "This song was written about a young man named Jared Monti. And Jared Monti gave his life in Afghanistan for his battalion. Jared gave his life for his country. And his dad, today, still drives his truck. We wrote this song about him. Thank you so much, Jared, for what you did for this country." –Jimmy Yeary, co-writer of Song honoree "I Drive Your Truck."
  • "I was standing with Faith Hill with our arms around each other crying. We were so happy because both of us have opened for him." –Taylor Swift on Strait's Entertainer win.

» Can't Touch This: "I do not like people touching my underwear. That's just weird," says Carrie Underwood in her Redbook cover story. "I travel with a washer and dryer and I like cooking on the bus, too." Underwood discusses American Idol, trusting her husband, eating habits and more in the December issue. More here.

» Urban Upheaval: Not only can Keith Urban play a guitar, he can apparently sell them, too. The country crooner introduced his new Urban Guitar Collection via HSN Sunday (11/3) and more than 20,000 of them were snapped up in Urban's debut appearance. See what all the fuss was about and get yours here. Don't have a flair for the fretboard? Don't sweat it. Urban also offers a host of instructional DVDs.

» Boot Beard Float: The Robertson Family of A&E's Duck Dynasty will waddle through the streets of Manhattan during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov. 28. Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Kellie Pickler and Carrie Underwood with the cast of The Sound Of Music Live will also make appearances. More here.

» Thinking Strait: Quicken Loans will be the presenting sponsor for the final leg of George Strait's The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014, starting in January. Of the 26 stops, 16 have already sold out and four have yet to release tickets. Quicken is planning fan promotions to enhance the concert-going experience. "It is an absolute honor to sponsor George Strait's final tour," says Quicken Pres./CMO Jay Farner. "George means so much to country music fans everywhere, and we can't wait to help him create a concert experience of a lifetime for those who have supported him for so many years." More here.

» In Case You Missed It: "In the middle of it, it's like there's no way that's not real, how can that not be real?" That's Brad Paisley talking to Nightline after he, wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley and at least a dozen other celebrities were targets of a hoax involving a young girl dying of cancer. Watch here.


Big Kenny talked to ABC NewsNow about moving to Nashville at the age of 30, getting his 12th CMA nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year with John Rich, his humanitarian work and his Electroshine project. "We liked the idea of circus tents and we liked the idea of dance ... so we smashed the two together," he says. Watch here.

Hit List 

  • Eric Church will release his fourth studio album, The Outsiders, Feb. 11. Starting Nov. 6, fans can pre-order a package which includes the album, t-shirt, sticker and leather cuff bracelet. More here.
  • Craig Morgan has teamed with Kidde Fire Safety and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for the "Be A Safety Hero" campaign. Morgan and Nashville firefighters will be featured in television and digital spots to outline "five simple home fire safety tips." More here.  
  • The Robertson Family of A&E's Duck Dynasty topped the country albums chart with Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, which sold more than 69,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


Lauren Alaina (11/8) 

Bucky Covington (11/8)

Chris Cagle (11/10)

Miranda Lambert (11/10)


Saturday (11/9): Garth Brooks: Blame It All On My Roots, 5 Decades Of Influence (GAC); Dolly Parton, A Country Christmas Story (Lifetime).

Monday (11/11): Lady Antebellum, Today (NBC); Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Kelly Clarkson, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).

Upoming Album Releases

Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am (11/11)

Sammy Kershaw Big Hits: Volume 1 (11/11)

Lady Antebellum Golden Deluxe (11/11)

Danielle Bradbery Danielle Bradbery (11/19)

Florida Georgia Line Here's To The Good Times...This Is How We Roll (11/25)

Deana Carter Southern Way Of Life (12/2)

Jake Owen Days Of Gold (12/3)

Various Artists The Sound Of Music - Music From The NBC Television Event (12/3)

Krystal Keith Whiskey & Lace (12/10)

Parmalee Feels Like Carolina (12/10)

» Twerk Permit: Willie Robertson rehearses for the CMA Awards opening bit with the support of wife Korie.

» Little Diddy: Brett Eldgredge takes a moment backstage at the CMA Awards to pose for a picture with Sean Combs.


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