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2011 CMA Awards Nominees to Be Announced September 6

On November 10, the 2011 CMA Awards will bring together country’s brightest stars for an evening of glamour, excitement, and live performances of the year’s biggest hits — but you won’t have to wait until then for the fun to start.

The announcement of this year’s nominees will be an event unto itself, featuring an appearance on ‘Good Morning America’ by The Band Perry and Jake Owen, as well as a Nashville press conference hosted by Jerrod Niemann and Thompson Square.

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Early Buck Owens Recordings to Be Released in September

He’s a legend today, but Buck Owens wasn’t born into country music royalty — in fact, he struggled for years as a session musician and performer, releasing a series of little-known recordings for smaller labels.

Next month, thanks to a compilation scheduled for release by Rockbeat Records, fans will get a new chance to hear some of Owens’ earliest recordings for themselves.

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Shoes That Tripped Up Shania Twain Sold for $9,000 for Singer’s Charity

You can hardly blame Shania Twain for wanting to get rid of the shoes that tripped her up when she fell during the 2011 CMT Video Music Awards ceremony in June — and you’ve got to hand it to her for raising some money for a good cause in the process.

After autographing the infamous heels, Shania put them up for auction on eBay two weeks ago, and after a 63-bid frenzy, she sold them for $9,000 — which will go to her Shania Kids Can charity, benefiting underprivileged children in Canada.

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Martina McBride Unveils New Songs During ‘CMT Unplugged’ Special [VIDEO]

We’ll have to wait until October 11 to hear Martina McBride‘s new album ‘Eleven,’ but she gave fans a sneak preview of her new material while taping a CMT special this week.

‘CMT Unplugged: Martina McBride’ aired Wednesday night, and nestled between the hits in her set list, she shared some of her favorite songs from the new album, in addition to a cover of Sara Bareilles’ ‘Love Song.’

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Mary Chapin Carpenter Debuts New Songs on Tour

Mary Chapin Carpenter is still touring behind her most recent studio album, 2010′s ‘The Age of Miracles,’ but she’s already thinking about where her songwriting muse might lead her next.

In fact, she says she’s written a handful of new material for her next album — and she’s even taken the opportunity to debut some of the songs on the road.

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Taylor Swift Spends a Staggering $2.5 Million on a Mansion for Her Mom and Dad

In a move that pretty much locks up Daughter of the Year honors for her, Taylor Swift has plunked down $2.5 million on a 5,600-square-foot Nashville mansion for her mom and dad.

Let this be a lesson to you, parents: supporting your children’s dreams can really pay off. Big time.

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Joe Jonas Says Taylor Swift Isn’t Focus of His New Song, ‘See No More’

Joe Jonas‘ new single, ‘See No More,’ details the aftermath of a nasty breakup, so it’s perhaps understandable that tongues are wagging about the possibility that it was inspired by the end of his relationship with ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift.

But according to Jonas, those rumors are way off base.

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Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift Perform ‘Baby’ Duet Live [VIDEO]

Justin Bieber has made something of a habit out of making surprise public appearances lately — as these wedding guests can attest — and he continued his streak Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

What was so unexpected about Bieber taking the stage in L.A.? Only the fact that Taylor Swift was already there, wowing a crowd of several thousand fans — who really went into a frenzy when they saw her special guest.

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Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer Share a Wedding Photo

Didn’t get an invitation to Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer’s nuptials last weekend? Don’t fret — the brides have thoughtfully opted to share a photo of the blessed event, which took place in Connecticut.

Fittingly for a day that was all for them, it’s just Wright and Blitzer in the picture, facing one another in their wedding dresses and sharing a moment.

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Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson Inducted Into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

They’re already two of the most successful recording artists in modern country music. Now Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson are getting their due as songwriters, too.

Brooks and Jackson are two of this year’s inductees in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with John Bettis, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin. The five will be honored with a dinner and ceremony in October.

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