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Hatchette Book GroupFans and even Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks noticed the absence of nine-time CMA winners The Judds at last month's 50th anniversary awards show.  In a new interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, Naomi Judd opened up about some of the likely reasons the country legends weren’t able to be there for the celebration.While discussing her own ongoing battles with anxiety and severe depression, Naomi revealed that she and daught

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kelsea Ballerini gifted Nashville Public Schools with a $1 million grant from the CMA Foundation, during a visit with Oliver Middle School's wind ensemble. The money for music education is just part of what was raised at this year's CMA Music Festival. Billy Currington marked the success of his two-week number-one hit "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To" Tuesday afternoon at a party at South near Music Row in Nashville. Even his grandmother made the
Atlantic/Warner NashvilleBrett Eldredge will bring his own cold front to Live with Kelly on Friday, as he performs “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” from his new holiday album, Glow. Earlier in the day, he’ll also do “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on Good Morning America.  You can catch GMA starting at 7 a.m. on ABC. The syndicated Live with Kelly typically airs after GMA on most ABC stations.While Brett may be focusing on his big-band Christm
Webster Public RelationsReba, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss are the first stars confirmed to join Dolly Parton for Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund. The three-hour telethon will air next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on Great American Country, and will be simulcast on radio as well.“My home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is some place special,” Dolly says. “Wildfires have affected many of the people -- my people -- who live in those beautiful mountains. We
Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton will ring in 2017 with his Voice cohorts Carson Daly and Alicia Keys.Carson will host NBC's New Year’s Eve special from New York's Times Square for the 14th year, with Spice Girl Mel B by his side. Blake will perform, as will Alicia and a capella sensations Pentatonix.NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly starts at 11:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 31.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights re
ABC/Randy HolmesIf you’ve checked out Keith Urban’s Ripcord World Tour, you know there’s typically a time in the show where he picks one lucky audience member to come on stage and chat. That’s resulted in many memorable moments since he hit the road last June, and his first night in his native Australia was certainly no exception.“Do you bring a guitar to every concert?” Keith asked, as he welcomed flummoxed fan Amy Jennifer to the stage, with h
ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood want to see your biggest holiday fashion disasters! Inspired by a song on their new holiday album, the two launched 12 days of their own #UglyXmasSweater movement on Facebook Monday.Garth explains how the idea for the track on Christmas Together came to be.“I love this song!” he tells ABC Radio. "John Martin came to me and says 'I got this idea called "Ugly Christmas Sweater",' and the first th
Blue Chair Bay/Columbia NashvilleKenny Chesney fans snapped up more than 106,000 tickets for his only two stadium shows next year in several hours, after they went on sale Friday morning.After deciding not to tour in 2017, the “Setting the World on Fire” Grammy nominee admits he wondered if he’d done the right thing, after agreeing to two dates at the home of the New England Patriots.“It feels a little like cheating,” Kenny says, “because I said I was tak
Gwendolyn Records/Pearl Records, Inc.For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, Garth Brooks accomplishes a rare feat on the country albums chart this week. With Christmas Together with wife Trisha Yearwood at #2, the Walmart-exclusive combination of the holiday record and his tenth studio album at #3, and the single-disc edition of Gunslinger at #four, Garth officially occupies three of the top-five spots on Billboard’s Top Country Albums
Disney/Mark AshmanThe Virginia cancer survivor who gained notoriety after Garth Brooks brought her on stage to sing with him at the Richmond Coliseum in November, is recording an album.Danielle El-Jor got her big break when she met Garth Brooks during a meet-and-greet arranged by a local country radio station. Brooks was so impressed with her he invited her to join him the following night.Now, WTVR reports the Midlothian High School graduate is collaborating with a producer at Sony on four or
ABC/Image Group LAWilliam Michael Morgan will welcome 2017 by making his national TV debut on the Today show. He’s set to perform his breakthrough hit, “I Met a Girl,” during the fourth hour of the NBC morning show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, starting at 10 a.m. on January 4.Both the Mississippi native’s first number-one and his current single “Missing” are from his debut album, Vinyl, which appropriately will be available as an LP for the first ti
ABC/Image Group LAWith a coveted nomination in the much-watched Best New Artist category at the 59th Grammys, Kelsea Ballerini confesses she’s had her eye on the gramophone trophy for some time.“I was 15 the first time I saw a Grammy. It was in a studio I was recording some of my first demos in. I remember asking if I could hold it, being its biggest fan, and knowing how important it was," she recalled on Instagram. "I wish I could go back and tell that 15-year-old starry-eyed gir
ABC/Image Group LAWith four nods -- for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song, Best Country Album and in the prestigious all-genre Best New Artist category -- Maren Morris is the most-nominated singer in her genre at this year’s Grammys.“I’ve grown up watching the Grammys, and they are such a pinnacle for an artist,” the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year said in a statement from her label. “I’m so honored to be nominated by my peers who I am
ABC/Randy HolmesThough he’s cancelling his dates for the rest of the year, Granger Smith is back home in Texas recovering after a serious fall at his show in New Jersey this past Saturday. The “If the Boot Fits” hitmaker was standing on a speaker when it collapsed, causing him to break two ribs, which punctured one of his lungs and caused it to partially collapse.By Tuesday morning, Granger had shared a photo of himself looking healthy, resting on a pillow, while giving a th
ABC/Image Group LA News of Kenny Chesney’s Grammy nomination served as the ultimate wake-up call for the country superstar Tuesday morning“You’re kidding me. That’s fantastic,” he reacted in a statement from his publicist. “What a thing, what news to wake up to.”Kenny is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for his duet with Pink on “Setting the World on Fire.”“When I heard the song, I knew it was pretty special,&rdq