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The ACM Awards
We’re live from Las Vegas at the Academy of Country Music Awards with up-to-the-minute news, photos and fun! And before the first trophy is handed out, take our quiz to see how well you know hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton (answers below).
1. Which star’s backside has inspired multiple Twitter accounts?
2. Who’s a member of the Grand Ole Opry?
3. Who did Today anchor Hoda Kotb name her dog after?
4. Who was voted Entertainer of the Year at the 2013 ACM Awards?
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Answers: 1. Luke; 2. Blake; 3. Blake; 4. Luke
STEEL MAGNOLIA’S JOSHUA SCOTT JONES
Back from the Brink
With a hit debut album, country duo Steel Magnolia was flying high in 2011. But Joshua Scott Jones and his on- and off-stage partner Meghan Linsey were hiding a secret: Jones’s crippling addiction to alcohol and painkillers. “I was out of control in my own life,” says Jones. “I couldn’t go to the grocery store or mow the lawn without taking a handful of pills. No one wanted to be around me.” After a days-long bender landed him in the hospital in September 2011, friends staged an intervention and he entered rehab. “It was like hitting the brakes when you’re going 100 miles an hour,” says Jones. “It was the most difficult thing of my adult life.” His struggle ultimately “unraveled” his relationship with Linsey: They ended their engagement in 2011 and broke up the band in 2013, but remain friends. Jones, who has embarked on a solo career, says post-rehab, “Everything’s more fun. I have things to look forward to.”
Read more of Jones’s story exclusively in the new issue of People Country.
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