Eric Church, Kenny Chesney and Lady A Added to “CMT Artists of the Year” Lineup

Image Courtesy CMTEric Church, Ashley Monroe, Billy Bob Thornton and T Bone Burnett will perform in honor of Merle Haggard at CMT Artists of the Year Tuesday night. Merle will be on hand for the show along with Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, NASCAR’s Danica Patrick, rocker Chris Cornell and hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa.

Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban are this year’s CMT Artists of the Year. Due to a death in his family, Luke Bryan won’t be appearing on the show. CMT Artists of the Year airs live from Nashville Tuesday night at 8 ET on CMT and VH1.

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Garth Brooks Taking His World Tour to Buffalo, New York March 6 and 7

Image Courtesy RCA/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Buffalo, New York, on March 6 and 7, 2015. He’ll play two shows each night, and tickets go on sale Friday morning. Garth’s wife, Trisha Yearwood, is also on the bill.

The show will take place at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

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Carrie Underwood Joining U2 for World AIDS Day Concert Tonight in New York City

Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood has joined the lineup for U2′s World AIDS  Day (Red) concert Monday night in New York City’s Time Square. The event also features Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay‘s Chris Martin. U2 lead singer, Bono, will not be there since he is still recovering from a bike accident last month.

The concert will stream live on YouTube at starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Artists Announced for CRS 2015 New Faces of Country Music Show

Image Courtesy Aristo PRFrankie Ballard, Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Eric Paslay and Cole Swindell have been selected to perform at the CRS 2015 New Faces of Country Music Show in Nashville. The industry-only event takes place February 27, and the performers are voted on by country radio station employees.

The showcase is a huge launching pad for country stars. Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Reba and Luke Bryan are among the stars who have performed at New Faces in the past.

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Ronnie Dunn Hints at Brooks & Dunn Reunion

Image Courtesy Little Will-EIs there a Brooks & Dunn reunion in the works? It certainly looks that way based on Ronnie Dunn‘s recent Facebook post mentioning Kix Brooks.

On November 26, Ronnie posted a message saying, “…Talking to Kix. He’s talking back.” In the comments on that post, Ronnie stopped short of confirming a reunion, but he did say he and Kix were never completely on the outs as a friends.

Ronnie is expected to make a very big career announcement later this week.

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Darius Rucker Added to “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” Lineup

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker has been added to the lineup for NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center special airing Wednesday night. He joins previously announced performers Trisha Yearwood, LeAnn Rimes, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett and Idina Menzel. Mariah Carey will open the show singing “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

Christmas in Rockefeller Center airs Wednesday night at 8 ET on NBC.

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RaeLynn Performing “God Made Girls” on “The Voice” Tuesday Night

Image Courtesy Susannah Barber/ValoryRaeLynn will perform “God Made Girls” on NBC’s The Voice Tuesday night. She competed on the show’s second season and has gone on to perform on coach Blake Shelton‘s song “Buzzin’” from his latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine.

RaeLynn will tour with Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, in 2015.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood starred in a live performance of which classic musical last December on NBC? ANSWER: The Sound of Music.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood will perform on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville December 13.

Zac Brown Band will perform on PBS’s A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen Friday, December 5.

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The Holiday Season Officially Kicks Off with Tonight’s “CMA Country Christmas” on ABC

Image Courtesy ABC/CMAThe star-studded CMA Country Christmas special airs Monday night on ABC. Jennifer Nettles returns as host and teams up with Idina Menzel for a duet of the smash hit from Frozen, “Let It Go.” Carrie Underwood sings her duet with Michael W. Smith, “All Is Well,” which is included on his new holiday album, The Spirit of Christmas.

Carrie says, “This is the first time that we’ve performed it in a live setting in front of people. So, I’m really looking forward to it.”

For his part, Michael admits he was nervous to sing with Carrie, since she’s such a vocal powerhouse. He tells ABC News Radio, “You gotta bring the A-game. But you know what, I think it turned out great on the record. [Taping] the special was a magical moment. I’ll never forget it.”

Little Big Town also teamed up with Michael W. Smith for a rendition of “Silent Night,” along with their own performance of “I Pray on Christmas.”

Steven Tyler jumped at the chance to join Brad Paisley for a collaboration on “Run Run Rudolph,” which happens to be Steven’s favorite Christmas song. When he got the call to join the CMA Country Christmas lineup, Steven says, “I just hit the ceiling, and I said, ‘I’m in.’ We just did it, and the proof is in the pudding — Christmas pudding, that is.”

Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, LeAnn Rimes, and Lucy Hale are among the other stars performing on CMA Country Christmas, Monday night at 8 ET on ABC.

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