LUKE BRYAN ON THE CMA AWARDS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Luke Bryan used to watch the Country Music Association Awards on TV when he was a kid. Tonight, he'll be performing during the CMA awards show. He's nominated for male vocalist of the year and for album of the year. He says the night is "a dream come true," and he's going to enjoy it.
BRAD PAISLEY AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD PREVIEW THE CMA AWARDS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For the fifth straight year, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are co-hosting the Country Music Association Awards. There'll be a few surprises and some humor in the mix according to the pair, as well as a tribute to Willie Nelson. But helping the Red Cross raise money for victims of superstorm Sandy will also be an important part of the show. The CMA Awards airs live at 8 p.m. Eastern Time tonight on ABC.
TOM T. HALL HONORED AT BMI COUNTRY AWARDS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall was honored at the BMI Country Awards Tuesday night. The 76-year-old singer-songwriter known by fans as "The Storyteller" says he was "very proud of the fact" that he could get back into his tuxedo, which has been out of commission for the last 12 years. Hall had a string of No. 1 hits including "Harper Valley PTA." Toby Keith, The Avett Brothers, bluegrass stars Dailey & Vincent and Justin Townes Earle all performed songs by Hall at the tribute.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD A BIG FAN OF BRAD PAISLEY
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carrie Underwood says her CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley is the same man on and off the camera. He is who he appears to be, says Underwood, adding that "It's really great to see how somebody has balanced family life... in our crazy world." Underwood adds that seeing how Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams juggle everything is "very encouraging." But that doesn't mean Underwood and her husband, hockey star Mike Fisher, are ready to start a family. She says children are in the plan "eventually," but not just yet.
''THE X FACTOR"
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The judges on "The X Factor" like country singer Tate Stevens. L.A. Reid says Stevens is "a classic" and "absolutely a keeper." Judge Demi Lovato says he's "such a star." Britney Spears and Simon Cowell also had praise for Stevens' performance of "Tough" on last night's show. Tonight, the judges will narrow the field of contestants from 16 to twelve.
BLAKE SHELTON GETS CHRISTMAS TV SPECIAL
UNDATED (AP) — Blake Shelton is getting his own holiday television special. And even though he's calling it "Blake's Not So Family Christmas" show, his mom and his wife Miranda Lambert will both make appearances just like they do on his new holiday album, 'Cheers.' Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson will also join Shelton for the holiday special which premieres December 3 on NBC.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Actress and comedienne Lily Tomlin has southern roots and she says they prepared her for the role of Shirley, Reba McEntire's mother on the new ABC show "Malibu Country". The series premieres Friday night.
GEORGE JONES REPORTED ILL
MAHNOMEN, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota casino says country star George Jones is ill and has canceled a concert scheduled this week. Jones was scheduled to perform tomorrow at Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center in Mahnomen. That concert had been rescheduled from April when the singer needed more time to recover from an upper respiratory infection. Shooting Star released a statement from Jones' management team, saying the 81-year-old performer has a virus and is being treated by doctors. Jones apologized to fans for the inconvenience. Shooting Star says there are no plans to reschedule the performance.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Songwriter Bill Dees has died. He co-wrote "Oh, Pretty Woman" with Roy Orbison. Orbison and Dees had been inspired to write the song after seeing Orbison's wife, Claudette. It hit number one in 1964. Dees died last week in Arkansas. He was 73. A funeral home says a memorial is planned for Saturday in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Another gathering will be held next month in Branson, Missouri.
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