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It was the best of times and the worst of times for these country stars in 2014.
For stars like Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan, their songs took on new meaning this year through the triumph and tragedy that goes hand-in-hand with country music. Below, see which singers' real lives mirrored the music in 2014.
Pics: Flashback! Country Stars Then and Now
1. Luke Bryan, “Drink a Beer”: Tragedy struck the Bryan family yet again this year, as the country singer's brother-in-law Lee passed away at 46 years old. The loss comes years after Bryan lost both his siblings to unrelated, tragic circumstances. Bryan’s sister Kelly, Lee’s wife, passed away mysteriously in 2007 at 39 years old. Years earlier, Bryan’s brother was killed in a car accident. Bryan recorded his heartbreaking hit “Drink a Beer” in their honor, and after Lee’s death -- when he was forced to cancel an appearance at the Cmt Artists of the Year »
Luke Bryan is thanking his friends and fans for their support amid a devastating loss.
Just one month after the death of Bryan's brother-in-law Lee, the country superstar stepped out Monday night at the first-ever American Country Countdown Awards. Speaking with Et backstage, he said that his fans have helped his family through this trying time.
"It's been a really tough couple of weeks in my family, but my fans and really the country music community, the artists, everybody in Nashville, has really let me and my family know that we're loved," Bryan said.
Watch: Lady A Covers 'Drink a Beer' After Luke Bryan's Loss
On the same day as Lee's funeral in Georgia, Bryan was forced to cancel a scheduled appearance at the Cmt Artists of the Year honors in Nashville. Stepping up to pay tribute to the star, Lady Antebellum joined songwriter Chris Stapleton to perform Bryan's heartbreaking hit "Drink a Beer."
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Awww, look at that belly!Carrie Underwood was one of the first stars to hit the red carpet in Nashville, Tennessee for the first annual American Country Countdown Awards, airing Monday night on Fox.Sporting a tight white gown with gold detail and only one sleeve, the mama-to-be was absolutely glowing on the arrivals line. The former "American Idol" winner paired her look with dangly diamond earrings, a gold clutch and her hair swept to one side.This will be the first child for Carrie and husband Mike Fisher. Underwood previously revealed the two are expecting a baby boy.Other stars at tonight's event included Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Miranda Kerr, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans and woman of the evening, Reba McEntire.Miranda looked sexier than ever in a black gown that featured leather details and revealing cutouts -- see that and more red carpet looks in the gallery above! »
- tooFab Staff
The 38-year-old canceled his scheduled appearance and performance at the Cmt Artists of the Year ceremony on Tuesday after his brother-in-law passed away. Luke officiated the funeral and opted to remain in Georgia with family, rather than attend the Cmt celebration.
Pics: Country Stars Then and Now
Luke took notice of the tribute and tweeted his gratitude.
That was amazing. Truly. Thank you Charles, Dave, Hillary and Chris! Beautiful!!! Thank you fans for your love.
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) December 3, 2014
News: Luke Bryan Cancels Major Appearance After Another Heartbreaking Family Tragedy
Bryan's brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, was just 46 years old and is survived by three teenage children. His death comes »
Whether you like country music or not, you'll be hard-pressed not to get emotional at Lady Antebellum's version of "Drink a Beer." Luke Bryan was scheduled to sing at Cmt's Artists of the Year event in Nashville this week, but he had to drop out at the last minute following the unexpected death of his brother-in-law. Thankfully, Lady Antebellum and songwriter Chris Stapleton stepped up to the plate and performed a wonderful rendition of the song, dedicating it to Bryan and his family. It's a really fantastic version, and in light of the tragedy, it's even more heartbreaking than usual. Get More: Bryan tweeted a sweet message to his friends after the performance. That was amazing. Truly. Thank you Charles, Dave, Hillary and Chris! Beautiful!!! Thank you fans for your love. — Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) December 3, 2014 And in case you're wondering, here's the original version, as Bryan sings it. »
The Cmt Artists of the Year bash on Tuesday celebrated Nashville's brightest and biggest stars, but there was one star in particular that was on everybody's mind - Luke Bryan. The tragic death of his brother-in-law Ben Lee Cheshire this weekend kept Bryan from attending; he opted instead to stay with his family in Georgia. But his country music family had the Cma Entertainer of the Year in their hearts and prayers. The most touching moment of the night came courtesy of Lady Antebellum and songwriter Chris Stapleton, who moved members of the audience to tears with their poignant, acoustic »
- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000
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Iggy Azalea led the pack of nominees this year, ultimately walking away with awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop album. The icing on the cake? She topped Eminem just days after a controversial rape lyric made headlines.
Iggy took the high road with her acceptance speech, noting that it was "the first award I've ever won in my life."
"It means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this," she said. "It’s amazing."
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The American Music Awards were held tonight at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Below you will find a list of all the nominees and winners announced during the show as they were announced. Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock Imagine Dragons One Direction - Winner OneRepublic Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop Iggy Azalea - "The New Classic" - Winner Drake - "Nothing Was The Same" Eminem - "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock John Legend Sam Smith - Winner Pharrell Williams Favorite Male Artist - Country Jason Aldean Luke Bryan - Winner Blake Shelton Favorite Album – Pop/Rock Lorde - "Pure Heroine" One Direction - "Midnight Memories" - Winner Katy Perry - "Prism" Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock Iggy Azalea Lorde Katy Perry - Winner Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock Bastille Imagine Dragons - Winner Lorde New Artist of the Year 5 Seconds of Summer - Winner Iggy Azalea »
- Josh Lasser
Fresh off his big Entertainer of the Year win at the Cma Awards, country star Luke Bryan leads the finalists for the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards. The awards show will be held Dec. 15 in Nashville, and broadcast live on Fox. The categories are determined based on statistics and radio airplay charts (including American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks) from Nov. 1, 2013 to Oct. 31, 2014. Bryan has seven nods, followed by country duo Florida Georgia Line, who are also hosting the awards show, with six. Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert, who is up for three awards, will perform on the show. »
- Associated Press
Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum will be rocking out this year on ABC's “Dick Clark‘s New Year's Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2015.” Both the singer/songwriter and the band will add their performances to the show live from Nashville. See photos: Coachella: 21 Must-See Music Artists at the Festival (Photos) This year, the biggest live music celebration in the show's history will feature more 38 performances and five-and-a-half hours of music. Seacrest will lead the countdown to midnight, as per usual. Also read: Jimmy Fallon Makes President Obama Sing Taylor Swift's ‘Shake It Off’ As previously announced, before the ball drops, »
- Tony Maglio
Gavin DeGraw and Lady Antebellum are ready to rock 2015. The music stars are set to perform during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest on ABC, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Also read Taylor Swift to Headline Ryan Seacrest's 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Their performances will be broadcast live from Music City’s New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway in downtown Nashville. They will be part of a show beginning Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC, which will feature more than 38 performances and 5 1/2 hours of music. “Being included in such an iconic music event like Dick Clark’s
- THR staff
They promised surprises, and surprises we got (granted, not until the afterparty). Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum brought out their cover band (you can find the name here) to entertain the country crowd at the Umg Cma Awards afterparty at Anthem in Nashville late Wednesday night. Kelley and Haywood, with their musicians, donned crazy outfits and sang classics like Prince's "When Doves Cry," Michael Bolton's "Soul Provider" and Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" before dragging labelmate Darius Rucker up to join them on Blackstreet's "No Diggity." Related: All the CMAs News and Photos!Newly minted »
- Cynthia Sanz, @cinsanz
Nashville, Tenn. (AP) -- Miranda Lambert was the reigning queen of Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards, but Luke Bryan marked a long-earned breakthrough by winning entertainer of the year. The win was Bryan's first Cma, despite his multiple hits, top-selling albums and top-grossing tours. "Well, first of all, I never met Garth. Hey Garth,'' Bryan said, hugging the legend, who presented the top award. "I hope I can have enough time to say everything that's on my mind,'' an emotional Bryan said, thanking God, his fans, and his teary-eyed wife in the audience at the Bridgestone Arena. "I have some angels in heaven, my brother and sister are making this night possible for me." Wednesday night marked a breakthrough for Bryan, who was also snubbed at the recent Grammy Awards. Still, Lambert, who was nominated in nine categories, was the night's big winner: The fiery singer took home four trophies, »
- tooFab Staff
Talk about a landslide. Luke Bryan may have taken home the night's top prize, but Miranda Lambert owned the 48th Annual Cma Awards with a total of four trophies including Album of the Year, Single of the Year ("Automatic") and Female Vocalist of the Year. To put things in perspective: she won a full third of all competitive categories. Not too shabby, Miranda. Check out the full list of tonight's winners below, then let us know what you thought of tonight's show in the comments. Entertainer of the Year: Blake Shelton George Strait Keith Urban **Winner Luke Bryan Miranda Lambert Single of the Year **Winner "Automatic" - Miranda Lambert "Drunk On A Plane” - Dierks Bentley "Give Me Back My Hometown" - Eric Church "Meanwhile Back At Mama’s" - Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill "Mine Would Be You" - Blake Shelton Album of the Year Crash My Party - »
- Chris Eggertsen
Where's Taylor Swift celebrating the huge numbers for "1989"? Not at the Cma Awards. Despite being nominated for Best Female Vocalist at the 48th annual ceremony, the former country star (she's pop now!) was nowhere to be found on country's biggest night - though luckily a slew of other boldfaced names turned out including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum. Who needs Taylor anyway, right? Not us. So who will take home Entertainer of the Year? And will hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley make digs at Taylor's expense? Well lookie here, they already have. Check out all the glamorous pics in the gallery below. »
- Chris Eggertsen
The people have spoken and they're loving Sam and Shailene!
After weeks of voting on which celebs should make the cut to be nominees in the 2015 People's Choice Awards, the ballot has been crafted and the nominees have been announced.
Anna Faris and Allison Janney, stars of the CBS sitcom Mom, hosted the grand announcement, held at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. The duo were joined by other TV stars, including Katharine McPhee and Dylan McDermott, to present the long list of categories and nominees.
News: Shailene Defends On-Screen Nudity: 'When I Have Sex, I'm Naked'
In movies, 22-year-old Shailene Woodley is the clear front-runner with four nominations, while Sam Smith is leading the music pack with four nominations of his own. Not to be outdone, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has secured nominations in both TV and music categories.
Now, it's time to vote again, this time for »
The nominations for the People's Choice Awards 2015 have been revealed.
Shailene Woodley picked up four nominations including Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress and Favourite Action Movie Actress. Her roles in Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars also saw her score two nods in the Favourite Movie Duo category.
22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum received the most actor nominations, getting Favourite Movie Actor and Favourite Comedic Movie Actor nods alongside a Favourite Movie Duo nomination with co-star Jonah Hill.
The Favourite Movie Actress category will see Jennifer Lawrence take on Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy. The Hunger Games star also received a Favourite Action Movie Actress nomination.
The People's Choice Awards nominations are here! The categories for movies, TV, and music have lots of fan favorites in them, like Shailene Woodley and The Fault in Our Stars from the big screen, series like Supernatural and Once Upon a Time on the small screen, and musicians like Taylor Swift. There was even room for newbies, like new Fall shows and artists like Meghan Trainor. The People's Choice Awards will air on Jan. 7, 2015, on CBS, so check out the full list now! Movies Favorite Movie 22 Jump Street Captain America: The Winter Soldier Guardians of the Galaxy Maleficent X-Men: Days of Future Past Favorite Movie Actor Brad Pitt Channing Tatum Hugh Jackman Mark Wahlberg Robert Downey Jr. Favorite Movie Actress Angelina Jolie Emma Stone Jennifer Lawrence Melissa McCarthy Scarlett Johansson Favorite Movie Duo Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier »
Lady Antebellum's love for Halloween was on full display when the trio celebrated their ninth No. 1 single "Bartender" at City Winery in Nashville on Wednesday. "We thought we'd turn this into a costume party," said Hillary Scott, who twirled a rhinestone drum major baton during a live performance of their hit song. Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood took the "Bartender" theme and ran with it, sporting beer barrels accessorized by a foaming beer mug hat for Kelley and some (a bit too much?) skin for Haywood. This isn't the band's first time dressing up together - turns out it's a pastime. »
- Kay West
Kid Rock gave super fan Dan McGurk the surprise of his life for his 30th birthday!
Kid Rock gave Dan McGurk, one of the rockers biggest fans, the surprise of a lifetime during his 30th birthday celebration!
According to Colleen McGurk’s YouTube page, it all started with a letter in April. When that didn’t appear to have gotten to Kid’s attention, Dan opted to make a video message in August in hopes of getting his favorite artists attention in case he was available to attend his birthday.
In the first video, he began by telling Kid Rock when and where it was going to take place: October 27, 2014 at the Clarkston Union restaurant in Detroit .
Then, the 30-yaer-old man with Down Syndrome had to show off just how big of a Kid Rock fan he really is. Blanket, shirt, posters, he has »
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