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ABC/Image Group LAWith multiple nominations at both last year's CMAs and the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards, newcomer Kelsea Ballerini is no stranger to the red carpet. In fact, she's an admitted, lifelong awards show junkie. Though she didn't end up being nominated for a Grammy at this Monday's ceremony in Los Angeles, she says she's actually excited for what will likely be her last chance to sit on the sidelines.

"I love awards shows and I love the Grammys. I'm not gonna go, but I love -- and I've always loved growing up -- watching awards shows on my couch, with like a snack tray and my dog," she reveals. "And I'm very lucky to get to go to most of them now, but that one, I think I'm gonna take one last time and sit in my pajamas with my dog and watch it from the couch and just love it, from that perspective!"

When asked who she's rooting for, the "Dibs" hitmaker goes with one of the Best New Artist nominees, who'll also be performing on the show.

"Tori Kelly. She's one of my friends and I think she's just such an incredible artist," she says.

If you plan to join Kelsea with some snacks on the sofa, the 58th Annual Grammy Awards start at 8 p.m. ET Monday on CBS.

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BBR Music GroupNot only is Joe Nichols a hitmaker with five number-ones to his credit -- from "Brokenheartsville" in 2003 to "Yeah" in 2014 -- at home, he's a husband who also happens to have three girls, two of them under the age of four. At his house, Valentine's Day is a big deal for Joe and his wife Heather.

"We usually try to do a really cool date night -- slash date day-- where we do something fun. One year we made coffee cups for each other. You know, we went to a little pottery place and you know, make your own little coffee cup or plate or whatever. And then we go to a nice dinner," he says, but that's not all.

"You know, of course, roses, balloons. Maybe a little bit of candy, whatever, for mom.  But that's about it. Try to do something at least interesting, you know for the day, that's a little bit romantic, a little thoughtful."

As for whether he usually manages to live up to the image of the suave balladeer he sometimes portrays in song, the Arkansas native can't help but laugh.

"I try to, but not most days," he confesses. "I think mostly I'm just kind of trying to keep up with all the estrogen in the house!" 

Right now, Joe is finishing up work on his new album, with a follow-up single to "Freaks Like Me" expected soon.

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ABC/Image Group LAReba, Carrie Underwood and Brooks & Dunn are getting ready to step into the ring with Muhammad Ali. For the eleventh year in a row, Reba will host Celebrity Fight night at the Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.

Carrie will headline the April 9 black-tie fundraiser and receive an award too, with David Foster serving as the evening’s musical director. Reba and Brooks & Dunn are set to sing as well. The event was created to raise money in the legendary boxer’s fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

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Warner NashvilleWith their romantic new ballad, "From the Ground Up," written about the lifelong romances of their grandparents, it's not too surprising that Dan Shay sound like they'd probably make good valentines. Shay in particular isn't shy to show his thoughtful side.

"For me, and this is the romantic in me. This is what I would say to a girl: 'Baby, everyday is Valentine's Day.''

But he admits he's skeptical of the commercialism of the holiday. "I think it's super-hyped. I get it, but I don't know...I'm a let's-hang-out-together, I'm a spend-some-time-with-ya kinda guy. I don't want them to spend any money on me."

"Sip a little wine with ya?" Dan adds, interjecting some humor.

"Yeah! Sip a lil wine wid ya!" Shay laughs. "I think it's more of, you know spending time with them. But I think everyday should be Valentine's Day. It should always be that sweet and awesome."

"That's a great stand-alone quote right there," Dan says, mocking his musical partner ever so slightly. "Shay Mooney:  'Everyday should be Valentine's Day!'"

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis 2005 release was Dierks Bentley's first #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Can you name it? ANSWER:  Modern Day Drifter.

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Capitol NashvilleOne week after the release of his first solo album, The Driver, Charles Kelley is wrapping up his first 24 hours as a father. Ward Charles Kelley was born Thursday morning in Nashville -- healthy and making lots of sounds, according to his parents.

Though he and his band mates in Lady Antebellum are taking a little break right now, Charles says you can expect Ward to be out on the road with his daddy when the trio eventually re-convenes. In the meantime, the proud papa says he won't shy away from changing his share of the diapers, either!

"Of course! Yeah, I mean I have so many nieces and nephews, and of course, being around Dave [Haywood] and Hillary [Scott] and their kids, they're amazing, you know. And I've gotten to kind of see it first hand how kids do adjust to your life too. And you know, they're two little road babies and I want mine to be too!" 

Ward wasn't actually due until several days after this Monday's Grammys, where his father is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for his recording of his album's title track with Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay. Though new mom Cassie had originally urged Charles to attend the L.A. ceremonies, the couple have since changed their minds. For the record, Charles says he expects Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" to take home the trophy.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock"Record Year" is Eric Church's new single, from his surprise Mr. Misunderstood album, which was released during last year's CMA Awards.

Reba's emotional video for "Just Like Them Horses" has generated so much buzz on social media, her record label is now officially releasing it as a single.

Newcomer Kane Brown's first single for RCA Records is called "Used to Love You Sober."

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MCA NashvilleVince Gill plays a special show Friday night inside Nashville’s famed Ernest Tubb Record Shop, to celebrate the release of his new album, Down to My Last Bad Habit.

Situated among the stretch of honky tonks on Music City’s Lower Broadway, the iconic music store currently features a pop-up shop dedicated to the Country Music Hall of Famer.  The free concert kicks off at 6 p.m. CT Friday, the same day Vince’s new project comes out.

In August, Vince will mark a quarter century as a member of the Grand Ole Opry by headlining two shows at the legendary venue.

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Mercury Nashville/19/InterscopeSeason 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina returns to American Idol Thursday night, offering some pointers to two of the contenders in the show’s farewell season. She will perform with the pair as well.

“I’m so honored American Idol asked me to mentor,” she says. “It’s really special to be able to go back to the show that taught me the ins and outs of the music business and be able to share what I’ve learned with the new contestants. I love that I get to give back to the show that gave me so many opportunities and tools to set up my career,” she reflects.

Scotty McCreery, who won Idol the year Lauren was on, will be back on Thursday as well. You can catch the pair’s return to the show that made them famous at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

Lauren co-wrote all five songs on her new self-titled EP, including her current single, “Next Boyfriend.” She heads out on the Keepin’ It Country Tour this spring with Alan Jackson.

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Arista Nashville/RCA RecordsHot off her appearance at the prestigious New Faces show at Country Radio Seminar this week in Music City, Cam is now gearing up for the Grammys. The Best Country Solo Performance nominee will present on Monday’s show, joining Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt, who are set to perform.

Cam opened her New Faces performance Wednesday night at the Nashville Omni with the title track from her debut album Untamed, before seguing into the uptempo “Runaway Train.” She delivered her new single “Mayday” next, before inviting the crowd of radio professionals to sing along on her Grammy-nominated number-one, “Burning House.”

Current tourmate Brad Paisley made a cameo appearance in the comical intro clip that brought Cam onstage -- a spoof of her “Burning House” video that pitted a sleepy Cam against a flaming toaster. The California native continues touring with Brad through the end of the month before heading out with Dierks Bentley on his Somewhere on a Beach dates in May.

You can catch a profile of Cam Friday on CBS This Morning, in advance of the 58thAnnual Grammy Awards Monday night at 8:00 ET on CBS.

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Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley is now officially a daddy. He and his wife Cassie welcomed Ward Charles Kelley at 9:20 Thursday morning in Nashville, according to Cassie’s Womanista blog.

“We can’t stop staring at him and he hasn’t stopped chitchatting with us since he arrived,” the couple says. “He’s got momma’s nose and daddy’s eyes and vocal chords and a head full of blond hair. We feel like our life just began today and are so grateful for a healthy baby boy in our arms.”

Little Ward weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, measuring 20 inches long. He arrives almost exactly a week after the release of his father’s debut solo project, The Driver.

Charles has continued working, though he's been staying close to home. Tuesday night, he joined Sam Hunt onstage at the Ryman Auditorium, though he’d already opted not to attend Monday’s Grammys in L.A., where he’s nominated for the title track of his album.

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Big Machine Label GroupNext week, Rascal Flatts returns to Las Vegas for their second residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. But even after the trio wraps up their nine shows in Sin City, a part of them will remain. On Tuesday, the Hard Rock will dedicate a case of memorabilia to the “I Like the Sound of That” hitmakers.

Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney play their first Rhythm & Roots show Wednesday night at the nearly 4,300-seat venue. Barrett Baber, a finalist from Blake Shelton’s team during the most recent season of The Voice, will open the shows, which continue through March 5.

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ABC/Image Group LAMonday night at the Grammys, Carrie Underwood's "Little Toys Guns" competes for the Best Country Solo Performance trophy. She confesses the emotional song about the power of a parent's words is just one of her hits that can bring on the tears when she spends one-on-one time with her fans.

"I cry a lot in meet-and-greets," she admits, "because somebody inevitably will say something about a song that’s important to them or that has affected them or made them think differently about something or gave them an 'aha' moment. I mean, I have songs about loss and stuff like that too. People are like, ‘This happened to my family, we lost somebody that was really important, and I’m just so glad that you sing this song because it reassures me.'"

Carrie believes one of the reasons she's so easily touched by her fan's reactions to her music is because she herself has often had a similar response to another artist's work.

"It’s a regular occurrence that I’m moved by someone else being moved. That’s something that’s great about country music, is we do go there and sing about things that are real life. But even like Patty Loveless, ‘How Can I Help You Say Goodbye.’ That one was one that was a story song, kind of going through somebody’s life. I mean, that’s like I said, one of the great things about country music, because you can listen to the radio and something just really speaks to you on a personal level. It’s real," she says.

We'll find out if Carrie wins Monday at 8 p.m. ET as the 58th Grammys air live from Los Angeles on CBS. She's also set to perform on the show, as part of a special collaboration with fellow nominee Sam Hunt.

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Comstock/ThinkstockPatty Loveless sings on this track from Miranda Lambert's 2011 album, Four the Record. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Dear Diamond."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda LambertKix Brooks and Steve Wariner will play Wade Hayes' Country Hits Back concert March 2 at the Franklin Theatre, just outside Nashville. Proceeds go to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Wade himself is a cancer survivor.

Martina McBrideJennifer NettlesLee Ann WomackToby KeithHank Williams Jr., and Jack Ingram are now set to play March 16th's The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson taping at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

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ABC/Image Group LAJason Aldean is hot down under. The “Gonna Know We Were Here” singer is the first headliner ever to sell out Australia’s CMC Rocks QLD festival -- an impressive feat since both Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw have played the show in the past.   

“I have been looking forward to heading down under to play, but to hear it’s already sold out without ever stepping foot in Australia is pretty cool,” the nominee for ACM Entertainer of the Year says. “The boys and I kicked it off really early this year stateside and I am ready to bring it to the fans who I hear have been waiting.” Prior to his March 12 festival date in Willowbank, Jason plays Melbourne March 8, followed by Syndey on March 9.

After a rare weekend off, Jason and tour mates Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses take their We Were Here show to Roanoke and Charlottesville, Virginia next week.

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Justin NolanIf you’re single and Dustin Lynch strikes your fancy, there just may be some hope on the horizon for you, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The singer, whose hit “Mind Reader” just cracked the top 20, confirms he is indeed uncoupled, with the most romantic holiday of the year just around the corner.

“It seems like the last four years we've had a show on Valentine's Day. So it'll be doing a show,” he says, looking ahead to his February 14 date at Sayreville, New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom.

“Kidding around, one of the band guys is gonna have to be my date, because I don't have a Valentine,” he jokes. “I'm taking somebody to Mexican food. We're gonna do Mexican this year!”

Chris Lane, who’s currently enjoying his first top-30 hit with “Fix,” is opening for Dustin on his Hell of a Night headlining tour. Dustin heads out with Luke Bryan and Little Big Town for their Kill the Lights trek next Thursday night.

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Courtesy of Big Loud Records Just as his first hit, “Fix,” breaks into the top 30, Chris Lane is now set to make his Grand Ole Opry debut. He’ll play the world’s longest-running radio show on Saturday, February 20 -- a lifelong dream for the newcomer.

“Growing up, I always considered the Grand Ole Opry to be hallowed ground,” Chris says. “So many greats have played that stage and to now have the opportunity to share that stage is a huge milestone moment in my career. I’m truly honored.”

In the meantime, Chris continues on Dustin Lynch’s Hell of a Night Tour with shows this week in Boston, Philadelphia and Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Eric AdkinsIf you want to know exactly what it’s like to compete to be an American Idol, you’ll have the chance to question Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery this Thursday. The 2011 winner's Q&A starts at 6 p.m. ET on the Fox show’s official page

 “I always have a blast talking with my fans, and I’m really looking forward to hearing what they want to ask me. Maybe I’ll share a backstage story or two from when I was taping American Idol last week,” he teases.

You can catch Scotty mentoring a pair of the final 24 contestants Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho is the most recent country artist to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl? ANSWER:  Carrie Underwood, who sang "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl 44 in 2010.

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