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4 ON THE SCENE

Garth leads an all-star salute to Loretta Lynn, the Opry comes home, and Keith and Vince salute the Hall of Fame

13 ROUND UP

Blake Shelton reflects on his big year, Luke Bryan and Joe Don Rooney welcome new babies, and more

22 BEHIND THE LYRICS!

Eric Church on the inspiration for “Smoke a Little Smoke”

24 FREE MUSIC DOWNLOADS!

A holiday playlist from Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and more!

27 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Taylor Swift, Faith Hill and other stars on what they hope to give and get for Christmas

30 INSIDE NAOMI JUDD’S CLOSET!

The singer shares her style secrets

37 COVER: THE BEST OF COUNTRY 2010

Reba, Brad, Taylor, Keith, Lady A, Miranda and Dierks celebrate the year that was

52 THE BIGGEST STORIES OF 2010

Carrie gets married, Tim and Gwyneth make a movie, Wynonna loses 55 lbs., and more!

62 DON’T TOSS THAT TURKEY!

Must-have recipes for leftover turkey

66 CHRISTMAS WITH TRISHA YEARWOOD

The singer shares her holiday recipes

70 RESTAURANT RECIPE

Fleming’s Steakhouse potatoes

72 DESSERT OF THE MONTH

Candy Cane Cupcakes

74 COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH

The Bad Santa

76 MAKE IT THIS WEEKEND!

Create personalized gifts with rub-on vinyl lettering

79 SECOND LOOK

80 I COUNT MY BLESSINGS…

Jason Aldean on what he’s thankful for

Look for our next issue on stands April 1, 2011!

ON THE COVER

Photograph by Brian Doben. Hair & Makeup: Brett Freedman/Celestine Agency; Stylist: Terry Ann Gordon. (Insets) from left: Kyle Rover/Startraks; Peter Kramer/AP; (Top insets) from left: Jon Kopaloff/Filmmagic; Jordan Strauss/Wireimage; Kathy Hutchins/Hutchins; Tsuni/Gamma