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The Academy of Country Music held its annual ACM Honors show Monday night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, honoring special award recipients. The roster of winners ranged from country superstars Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks to Larry Gatlin and Tom T. Hall. All but Garth were in attendance Monday night to receive the Academy’s Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award, honoring trailblazers in the genre. In a video message, Brooks explained that it was wife Trisha Yearwood’s birthday, “and the queen takes precedent, of course. But I wanted to send my love and my gratitude. Thanks to the academy, not only for tonight, but for my whole career.”
Rodney Atkins is celebrating his sixth career number one with Take A Back Road, taking over the top from Jake Owen's Barefoot Blue Jean Night. Rodney's new CD, "Take A Back Road," will be out Oct. 4. Watch the music video for Take A Back Road below:
LeAnn Rimes' next album Lady & Gentlemen is due out September 27 on Curb Records. On it, LeAnn remakes songs originally recorded by such country greats as Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Merle Haggard. LeAnn says the album is a tribute to the artists that made her fall in love with country music, "I realized that almost all of my favorite country songs from back then were sung by men,” says LeAnn of the album. “I am honored to take a step back in time and sing these songs from a woman’s perspective and hopefully help reintroduce them to a new audience.” The video to the first single, Give, is below:
Eddie Cibrian, LeAnn's husband, is hoping his country star bride will join him on his new NBC series, The Playboy Club, based on the swank '60s-era Chicago nightspot. Eddie said the show's producers are working on a way to incorporate Leann into the cast. The couple has temporarily moved their family to Chicago while Eddie tapes the show.
Taylor Swift is preparing to release her new Wonderstruck perfume. She is giving it away for now. For a limited time you can a free sample of Wonderstruck by visiting Taylor’s Facebook page. Wonderstruck will be available in stores next month. Taylor talks about the new scent in the video below:
Blake Shelton is hosting a cruise in 2012 on the Norwegian Jewel with destinations including: Miami, San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau. According to BlakeSheltonCruise.com, Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin, and Neal McCoy are all signed up and ready to set sail. More artists being announced in the near future. Book now because reports are they are starting to sell out. Complete info here: BlakeSheltonCruise.com.
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