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Sara Evans on the ‘Complete Creative Freedom’ of Upcoming Female-Driven Album Words

Sara Evans on the ‘Complete Creative Freedom’ of Upcoming Female-Driven Album Words
Not only was Sara Evans “Born to Fly,” she was born to call the shots — specifically when it comes to her music.

Days after the launch of her own record label, the country star exclusively shares with People the title of and artwork for her highly anticipated forthcoming album, Words, set for release on July 21.

“I’ve always recorded music that I believed in and that I loved, but with Words I finally had 100 percent control over every decision,” Evans, 46, tells People. “We went into the song search with the mindset of choosing the most amazing songs, no matter what.
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Elton John to Appear on Nashville

Elton John to Appear on Nashville
Nashville better turn on those sad songs, because Sir Elton John is about to sit in.

The über-popular British singer/songwriter will appear in the May 18 episode, per The Hollywood Reporter. John, who will play himself, will perform in a scene with Sam Palladio’s Gunnar.

RelatedNashville Commentary: New EPs Are Exactly What the So-Called Country Drama Needs

John is just the latest big-name act to show up in the ABC drama’s fictional Music City: Kesha, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett are set to guest-star later this season, and the roster of acts who’ve appeared on the ABC
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Carrie Underwood Flaunts Bump at American Country Countdown Awards -- See the Red Carpet Pics!

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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!
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'Nashville' Recap, Season Three, Episode Six: Cma Awards and Baby Daddies

'Nashville' Recap, Season Three, Episode Six: Cma Awards and Baby Daddies
You've got to hand it to ABC. In this week's episode of Nashville, they managed to cross-promote practically every other ABC show on the air except How to Get Away With Murder (so we'll do it for them: #Htgawm airs Thursdays at 10 p.m.).

Between the Cma Award nominations, Good Morning America and Dancing With the Stars, Music City's fictional residents got plenty of network screen time (and potential future screen time), but most of them were too busy with other things to take much notice.

Juliette is rushed to the ER,
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Bww TV: Kelli O'Hara Lights Up A Capitol Fourth

Yesterday, America's national Independence Day celebration kicked off the festivities for our country's 238th birthday with an all-star salute led by Tom Bergeron Dancing With The Stars. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the event featured performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Frankie Valli Grammy Award-winning music legend Patti Labelle platinum recording artist and songwriter Philip Phillips multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks the world-famous Muppets five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael McDonald country music superstar Sara Evans singer-songwriter Kendall Schmidt from Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive and five-time Tony Award nominee and Broadway star Kelli O'Hara with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
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2013 ACAs live blog: Danica Patrick, winners list and more

The 2013 American Country Awards are coming your way live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday, Dec. 10 on Fox.

Trace Adkins, multi-platinum country artist and "Celebrity Apprentice: All Stars" winner, is taking his fourth turn hosting the ACAs. This year, he's got Nascar driver Danica Patrick to join him for hosting duties, so that should be fun.

Check out the nominees list here -- Taylor Swift leads all nominees with eight, followed by Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton with seven apiece.

Join us here starting at 8 p.m. Et for a live blog of all the performances, awards and off-the-cuff moments. All times Eastern.

8:00 -- The opening skit is Trace and Danica getting pulled over by "Officer Elvis." This definitely portends a painful two hours, comedy-wise. Thank goodness Lady Antebellum is here to start the show right.

8:05 -- Does the pit crew have light-up thunder sticks? That's
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The Voice Season 4 'Live Finals' Recap: Who Should (and Will) Win It All? [Updated]

The Voice Season 4 'Live Finals' Recap: Who Should (and Will) Win It All? [Updated]
The battle lines have all been drawn and the fandoms have been essentially locked in for several weeks now on Season 4 of The Voice. So the question entering tonight’s Live Finals was this: Would (or could) any voters be swayed to switch allegiance?

The question exiting it, though, was quite different: Why did one of the three competing acts get a hefty advantage by scoring two out of the last three solo performance slots on the telecast? (Spoiler alert: It wasn’t The Swon Brothers or a member of Team Usher.)

Look, I know Danielle Bradbery is as easy
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The Voice Top 6 Performance Recap: For God and Country, Country, Country! [Updated]

Welcome to NBC’s The Voice: Country Strong, home of gingham dresses and boot-cut jeans, chewin’ tobacco and four wheelers, and Blake & Miranda as your royal couple. The letter “g” need not apply for the apostrophe’s position at the end of such words like singin’, dancin’, comin’ or goin’. Y’all.

And no, I’m not mocking the redneck way of living. (I’ve had my share of Pabst from a can while sitting around a bonfire, if you must know.) I’m just shocked that Season 4 of NBC’s reality singing competition seems to have abandoned any notion of musical versatility.
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Country Singer Sara Evans Talks "Cute" Paul Ryan and Fifty Shades of Grey From Rnc

Country Singer Sara Evans Talks
Mitt Romney may be running for president, but his Republican right-hand man Paul Ryan is winning the race when it comes to good looks! Just ask country crooner Sara Evans, who's headed to Tampa for this week's Republican National Convention. "He's cute!" Evans told us of Ryan while promoting her Wednesday Rnc performance for Got Your 6, a do-gooder org that supports veterans and military families. Evans says Ryan's good looks may even help him in the voting booths. "I think human beings are drawn to other human beings who are beautiful or handsome," the 41-year-old singer said. "I do think that it probably helps to sway people towards liking somebody, if they're...
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Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert top Cmt award nominees

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Cable network Cmt announced the nominees for its 2012 Cmt Music Awards, and it was a great year for Carrie Underwood.

The former "American Idol" winner secured five nominations including "Female Video of the Year" and "Video of The Year" for "Good Girl."

Country music power couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton combined for seven nominations. Lambert got picked four times including for "Female Video of the Year." Shelton secured three noms including for "Male Video of the Year."

Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Thompson Square each received three nominations. Fans can vote for their favorites at

The award show will air live on June 6 at 8 pm Et on Cmt.

Here's a full list of the nominees:

Video of the Year

Jason Aldean - "Dirt Road Anthem"

Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter - "You and Tequila"

Toby Keith - "Red Solo Cup"

Lady Antebellum - "We Owned the Night
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The Voice Recap: A Song of Nice and Dire

The Voice Recap: A Song of Nice and Dire
Week 1 of The Voice‘s Season 2 Quarterfinals closely paralleled a pivotal scene in Game of Thrones‘ inaugural season: What appeared to be a character central to the action had his head unceremoniously detached and placed on a spike as the crowd — or at least the three people in my living room — roared approval. The only thing missing was Christina Aguilera emerging naked from the funeral pyre of her Bionic album, its jewel case having hatched into a tiny, fire-breathing dragon.

Of course, there were a few moments where the episode began to resemble the kind of deranged hootenanny described during
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"The Voice" Live Round: Is Adam Levine the Weakest Link?

There's only one thing more unsettling than watching two out of eight competitors on last night's The Voice receive surprise eliminations at episode's end: watching Adam Levine mumble and stutter for approximately 30 hours before giving simple criticisms. Bad news, everyone: Adam is suddenly the worst! His nervous preambles are so damn time-consuming! Last week I realized that Christina Aguilera often shares valuable insight with the contestants (even if she can't remember their names, as was the case with the wrongfully dismissed Tony Vincent), and now I'm realizing a far scarier fact -- that Adam Levine is worried about not seeming nice. What could be a more disgusting fear? He should focus his phobia on Xtina's stagewear, which -- during her performance of "Stronger" on The Voice stage -- resembled Paula Abdul's freakish, bedazzled ensemble from her performance of "Vibeology" at the '91 Video Music Awards.

Man oh man.
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Academy of Country Music Awards Annouces Nominees were announced today for the 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards­, a star-studded event produced for television by dick clark productions broadcast Live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 Pm live Et/delayed Pt on the CBS Television Network.

Nominees were announced online via the first-ever Acm digital press conference this morning on the Academy?s Facebook and Twitter pages. Awards co-host Reba participated with a video message to kick things off and entertainment superstars Lionel Richie, who will be honored during a special taping of Acm Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends In Concert in April (to air at a later date on CBS), Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls), Nancy O?Dell (Entertainment Tonight), Michael Ausiello ( announced batches of nominations in video postings during the approximately 20 minute online event which culminated in music fans announcing the nominees for the Academy?
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Cma Awards 2011: Live Blogging the Show

Cma Awards 2011: Live Blogging the Show
Getty Cma Awards host Carrie Underwood

The 45th annual Cma Awards are on ABC tonight and Speakeasy is live-blogging the show.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are co-hosting the show and the scheduled performers include Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift.

What do you think of the awards? Join the conversation and leave your thoughts in the comments.

10:58 pm

Good night everyone!

10:55 pm

Taylor Swift wins for Entertainer of the Year.

10:50 pm
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2011 American Country Awards: Jason Aldean, Scotty McCreery and more receive nominations

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The second annual American Country Awards have announced their nominations - Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band lead the noms with eight apiece; Thompson Square earned seven and The Band Perry and Taylor Swift each received six nominations. "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery also earned a nomination for Best New Artist.

Fans can vote once each day at Voting is open until Friday, Nov. 11. The awards, which are hosted by Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, air in a two-hour live show from Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. Et on Fox.

The full list of nominees (and gallery of the nominees):

Artist of the Year

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney

Lady Antebellum                          

Taylor Swift

Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Male

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Female

Sara Evans

Alison Krauss

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift                            

Carrie Underwood
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Sara Evans gets restraining order against ex Craig Schleske: Custody battle gets ugly

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Country singer Sara Evans has been embroiled in a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband, Craig Schelske, and now she's secured a restraining order that blocks him from publicly discussing details of their marriage, their custody agreement, and their divorce.

Schleske lost custody of their three children, blaming it on Evans painting him as a porn-addicted adulterer in the courts. He discussed the situation on Anderson Cooper's talk show, which fueled Evans to seek the restraining order. "This is a violation of his First Amendment rights, and he won't take it lying down," a source tells TMZ.

Evans, on the other hand, accuses Schleske of maintaining an environment in which underage drinking is encouraged. Their children are twelve, eight, and seven years old. They live with Evans, her husband Jay Barker, and his four children.

Evans and Schleske were married for 13 years. They called it quits in 2006. Evans maintains
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Sara Evans: My Ex Hurt Our Children on 'Anderson'

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Country star Sara Evans has obtained a restraining order against her ex-husband -- claiming he irreparably harmed their children by badmouthing her on Anderson Cooper 's new TV show. Craig Schelske appeared on " Anderson " back on September 20 -- claiming he lost custody of his kids because Sara falsely accused him of being a porn-obsessed adulterer. Sara claims the interview not only violated a temporary injunction she obtained against Craig back in 2010 -- blocking him from
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Sheryl Crow Flashes Underwear, Taylor Swift Has Big Night At Cmt Awards

Sheryl Crow Flashes Underwear, Taylor Swift Has Big Night At Cmt Awards
Nashville, Tenn. — Ludacris made a surprise appearance, as did Sheryl Crow's underwear. Lady Antebellum laid down a funky beat with Charles Kelley doing a Don Henley impression. And a sassy Wynonna Judd put Kid Rock in his place.

Actress Kristin Chenoweth's first Cmt Music Awards left quite an impression Wednesday night.

"This show is entertaining," Chenoweth said. "I think the Oscars could learn something from it."

Recent trends continued as Taylor Swift's fans gave her the night's top honor – the fan-voted video of the year award for "Mine" – Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me" continued its extraordinary run and Lambert's new husband, Blake Shelton, was the night's only multiple winner.

As often is the case at the Cmt Awards, though, the show was as memorable for its unlikely mashups and celebrity cross-pollination moments as for its winners.

Let's start with Crow's underwear, which made a
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2011 Cmt Music Awards: Sugarland, Justin Bieber, Miranda Lambert Are Early Winners

The 10th Annual Cmt Music Awards has been officially kicked off when a "Thelma & Louise" parody starring Taylor Swift and Shania Twain was played at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Hosted by Kid Rock, the star-studded show began announcing its winner. And the first award of the evening went to Sugarland.

Duo Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush won Duo Video of the Year, thanks to their hilarious music video "Stuck Like Glue" which stars "Chuck" actor Ryan McPartlin. They beat Steel Magnolia ("Last Night Again"), The Civil Wars ("Barton Hollow"), The JaneDear Girls ("Wildflower") and Thompson Square ("Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not").

Jennifer who wore a black little dress with one-off shoulder said this is the most fun awards show. Coming to the stage with Kristian to collect the prize from presenters John Rich and Gary Busey, she also thanked their fans and video director Declan Whitebloom. Fans
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Taylor Swift and Shania Twain's 'Thelma and Louise' Parody for Cmt Awards Teased

Taylor Swift and Shania Twain had a busy day on June 6, filming an opening segment for upcoming Cmt Music Awards. The two female country music singers were all smiles as they hit the road together in a vintage convertible. Shania was behind the wheel and Taylor sat beside her on the passenger seat.

The video will be a parody of outlaw classic movie "Thelma & Louise" and was filmed at Thompson's Station, Tenn., a community south of Nashville. Taylor and Shania will recreate a scene where a waitress and housewife, played by Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis respectively, embark on a road trip together. Joining them as a cameo will be "Glee" star Chord Overstreet.

Cmt Music Awards will be held in a live ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8 with Kid Rock as a host. Big & Rich, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Toby Keith
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