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Country Singers Pay Tribute to Shooting Victims at CMT Awards

Country singers honored victims of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas instead of accepting awards at the CMT Artists of the Year show last (October 18th) night.

The format of the show changed this year to focus on victims of the shooting, as well as those recovering from hurricanes and wildfires, with a night of somber tributes, inspirational anthems and voices lifted in harmony.

Jason Aldean, who was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shooting occurred Oct. 1, stood side-by-side with the night’s other award winners, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, to dedicate the night to country music fans. The honorees did not accept awards or give speeches as usual, but some chose to perform or other musicians performed in their honor.

“We’ve been tested beyond our worst nightmare these past few months,” Aldean said during the live broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee. “Heartbroken doesn’t even begin to describe how some of us feel. But we have proven time and again in this country that we have the power to overcome anything that threatens our way of life, or our freedom. We dedicate this night to you and everyone who has experienced loss or tragedy in the last few months.”

Rock legend Tom Petty passed away the day after the Las Vegas shootings, so Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and Little Big Town ended the show with a group performance of Petty’s hit “I Won’t Back Down.”

“On this night when we usually celebrate a year of music, we also want to celebrate a year of incredible human spirit, the spirit we see in our fans every night,” Stapleton said.

“So in some small way we want to thank you for your resolve and perhaps lift your spirits for just a moment,” Urban said.

The names of the 58 victims from Las Vegas were listed during an “in memoriam” segment, along with the names of Tom Petty, Gregg Allman, Glen Campbell, Don Williams and Troy Gentry.

Near the end of the night, Luke Bryan took a moment to honor his friend Aldean.

“It could have been any one of us standing on that stage two weeks ago,” Bryan said. “It’s a nightmare that nobody should have to face. Jason has responded with dignity, care, respect and, some ways, defiance. And we all proud of him, especially me.”

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Kacey Musgraves Gets Married

Kacey Musgraves & Ruston Kelly are now married.

Musgraves and Kelly were married in Tennessee on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The wedding wasn’t a complete surprise, because Kelly had posted on Friday night that he was spending his last night as a bachelor. And he was happy to do so. “Finally ready to throw in that towel cuz I actually found the real thing. Couldn’t be more proud to have all our family and friends here to honor this new badass union.”

Congrats to the happy couple!

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LadyAid to the Rescue

Lady Antebellum’s video “Heart Break” was recently filmed in Puerto Rico – BEFORE the hurricanes arrived.  Now the band wants to give back.

That’s where LadyAID comes in. It’s Lady Antebellum’s way of supporting the victims of Hurricane Maria. They are donating $200,000 of LadyAID relief efforts via MusiCares and United for Puerto Rico.

Heart Break (Official Video) by Lady Antebellum on VEVO.

The band said that after spending time in Puerto Rico, they all fell in love and now feel personally connected to helping support everyone there who was affected.

This isn’t the only time that LadyAID has helped. Since 2012, the band’s philanthropic efforts have helped people in need on local, national and international levels. And it’s funded by donations and by tickets sales. So anytime you go see Lady Antebellum in concert, you’re helping the cause.

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Hurricane Irma Claims Kenny Chesney’s House

In an interview on HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade September 8th, Kenny Chesney talked about how parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands have been devastated by Hurricane Irma, including the island of St. John, where he owns a residence.

Though Kenny was not there at the time, he told Robin Meade that friends in the area described the damage as “biblical in nature.”

When asked about his house on St. John, Kenny said, “It’s just simply gone.” But the country star didn’t seem very concerned with his own property.

“That place and the people mean so much more to me than my house. I’ve always felt that music was medicine and I’m gonna do everything that I possibly can to try to relieve some stress from people that I’ve really grown to love over the years, who have meant so much to my life. This place, these islands, have meant so much to me. They’ve shaped me as a human being. It’s given me creativity. It’s given me a different way to look at the world, a different window to see the world through. And when you look through that window right now, as you can tell, it’s just devastation. It’s really odd to see such a beautiful place look like a war zone.”

Although Hurricane Irma is still on the move, Kenny and his team have already begun creating a new relief foundation called “Love for Love City,” in reference to St. John’s nickname, “Love City.” The details are still being finalized, but in addition to accepting donations, Kenny said that there will be a “musical connection” to help raise money.

Listen to the entire interview with HLN’s Robin Meade below.

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New Blake Shelton Song

Blake Shelton has released a brand new song, “I’ll Name the Dogs.”

On his website, Blake describes the song as a throw-back. “It’s traditional country with fiddle and steel and I’ve got Jimmy Olander from Diamond Rio playing the guitar solo,” Blake said. “It brings the sound back a little more traditional for a minute, which I felt like needed to happen musically for me.”

Watch the video below.

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Troy Gentry Dies in Helicopter Crash

Troy Gentry of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, has died in a helicopter crash at age 50.

The Kentucky-based group had a concert scheduled for Friday night in New Jersey. The crash took place around noon, hours before the show. The other member of the duo, Eddie Montgomery, was not onboard the helicopter.

Gentry and Montgomery began performing together in the 1990s, and formed the band in 1999. The duo’s hits include “The Truth About Men,” “Hell Yeah,” “One in Every Crowd,” “Gone,” “Long Line of Losers,” and “Where I Come From.”