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Carly Pearce says singing with Wynonna Judd on ’CMA Fest’ is “the biggest full-circle moment”

ABC/Connie Chornuk When Carly Pearce brought Wynonna Judd out onstage during CMA Fest, it wasn’t just a surprise for the crowd, but a full-circle moment for the star.  Growing up in Kentucky, Carly has been a longtime fan of The Judds. Prior to her CMA Fest performance with Wynonna, Carly got to pay tribute to legendary duo when she performed …

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Jason Aldean recalls playing Nissan Stadium parking lot at his first CMA Fest

ABC/Connie Chornuk Ahead of his appearance on the CMA Fest special this week, Jason Aldean is looking back on his first performance at the festival, which proves what a difference a year makes.  Jason Aldean recalls performing in the parking lot of Nissan Stadium in 2005, but even then, he had his eyes set on those stadium lights, hoping …

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Too soon to call presidential race, young voters turned out less than expected

iStock/simon2579 Election Day has turned to night as polls across the country closed with some municipalities announcing they will resume tabulating Wednesday morning. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden briefly addressed the nation from Wilmington, Delaware, projecting confidence in the race and called for patience as the nation tabulates a record number of mail-in …

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New Artist nominee Carly Pearce is ready to hit the red carpet with her “arm candy” Michael Ray

ABC Audio At the CMA Awards on Wednesday, Carly Pearce is celebrating a lot of firsts: Her first CMA nod — for  New Artist of the Year — and her first red carpet as a married woman. Carly and Michael Ray tied the knot just over a month ago, and the couple will be making …

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CMA Belle of the Ball Maren Morris talks about her special “good luck” wave

ABC Audio Maren Morris is the leading nominee going into Wednesday’s CMA Awards with six nominations, and she says she got a very special sign of encouragement from an unexpected source. Tuesday on her socials, Maren, who’s expecting a baby boy with husband Ryan Hurd, posted a sonogram video which showed her fetus waving with …

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Garth Brooks on his CMA Entertainer of the Year chances: “It *is* the year of the woman”

ABC Audio Garth Brooks has been named the CMA Entertainer of the Year six times. He’s nominated again this year, but he says everyone who’s nominated this year is deserving, especially the guy who won the trophy last year. In fact, Garth even voted for him. “Keith Urban‘s the reigning Entertainer. If that name’s on …

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Kelsea Ballerini’s ready for her “powerful moment” on the CMAs: “Performing is winning”

ABC Audio Kelsea Ballerini is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, but she says she feels she’s already won. “Honestly, getting nominated is amazing because that means that you get some type of performance, and I think performing is winning,” she told ABC Audio Tuesday. “I think having that …

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Luke Combs is ready to hit the CMA red carpet — and leave the baseball cap at home

ABC Audio Luke Combs has two nominations going into Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, but when you see him on the red carpet, you may not recognize him, because he won’t be wearing his signature baseball cap. “I love wearing a hat, but I love wearing a suit and I just feel like hats and suits …

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Brothers Osborne’s country dreams are coming true at the CMA Awards

ABC Audio Brothers Osborne are up for a number of awards at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, including Vocal Duo of the Year and Single of the Year — and the whole Osborne clan will be in the audience cheering them on. “Our sister will be with us, our mom’s gonna be there, our dad and …

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What’s happening in a small town? Oh, Lindsay Ell’s just having the best week of her life

ABC Audio Her duet with Brantley Gilbert, “What Happens In a Small Town,” just hit number one, and she’s nominated for a CMA Award Wednesday, so Lindsay Ell must be having one of the best weeks of her life, right? “I want to say…in the top three…maybe it’s just the best week of my life!” …

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