TAYLOR’S AMAZING YEAR
(AND IT’S ONLY FEBRUARY)
COAST TO COAST WITH TAYLOR SWIFT
Proving she’s not just a Nashville phenom, Swift took on N.Y.C. and L.A. in less than a week. Swift (2008’s top-selling artist) turned the tables on Katie Couric while filming a CBS pre-Grammy special on Jan. 9, played Saturday Night Live on Jan. 10 and jetted to L.A. for a hockey game with pal Demi Lovato on Jan. 12 before filming a role on CSI.
BRAD MATES MARRIES!
The Emerson Drive singer wed Jana Raymond on Oct. 4 in her home state of Maine. Four days later, he played a groom in the band’s “Belongs to You” video.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
JAN. 7 LOS ANGELES
THE PEOPLE’S PRINCESS
Carrie Underwood scooped up three People’s Choice awards—and a whole lotta love. “God has blessed me with a wonderful life, a wonderful career and the most amazing fans,” she said after her wins.
“I was looking at him and thinking, ‘Oh my gosh! It’s Little Richard!’ ” Martina McBride wrote in her Web journal of being inducted on Nov. 9 into Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame with Randy Travis and the rock legend.
BIG MAN’S MUNCHKIN
Mackenzie Adkins, 11, visits with dad Trace before appearing onstage as a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Jan. 13.
TOBY GIVES BACK
Toby Keith pitches in at Oklahoma University Medical Center with a $500,000 donation from Ally’s House, his charity for children with cancer.
JULIANNE AND HER GUY
Julianne Hough and beau Chuck Wicks mug for the cameras at a Washington, D.C., airport Dec. 15.
COUNTRY WELCOMES THE JONAS BROS!
Some of Nashville’s finest (including Vince Gill and Amy Grant) joined the successful sibs onstage as they played a packed Ryman Auditorium on Jan. 4.
SINGING FOR THE TROOPS
KELLIE: USO GIRL
Kellie Pickler shares a laugh with Kid Rock and Zac Brown in Afghanistan and a peck with U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Lambert in Iraq during the 2008 USO holiday tour on Dec. 19.
NEW DAD (AGAIN)!
Josh Gracin welcomed one more to his family with Isabella (in Nashville with siblings Gabriella, Landon and Briana and mom Ann Marie), born Nov. 12.
FAITH & TIM LOVE N.Y.!
Nashville’s power couple cozied up in Manhattan on Oct. 24.