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Both Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley are multiplatinum country stars – and both are duking it out for entertainer of the year at the Country Music Awards. But when it comes to their cowboy hats, Chesney does the dark thing while Paisley goes for all-white.
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These "new country" stars have been churning out hits since the early '90s – and even crossing over, with McGraw taking on film (with roles in Friday Night Lights and Flicka) and Brooks trying his alternate rock persona, Chris Gaines. But one thing they've held on to are their country roots – and hats.
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John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin have been bandmates for almost 10 years – Big amp Rich are up for a CMA for vocal duo of the year. But while Rich goes for a classic look, Alphin is, shall we say, less conservative.
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THE CAP KIDS
Forgoing the traditional cowboy hat, newcomers Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Rodney Atkins all cover up with scruffy, well-worn baseball caps. But who looks the best?
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George Strait and Sugarland frontman Kristian Bush – who will be performing at the CMAs – rock out with their guitars out, and their slick black cowboy hats firmly on. But who looks the best?
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THE JERSEY BOYS
Originally renowned for their blue-collar brand of rock 'n' roll, both Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen have recently taken their bands country. But the New Jersey natives haven't lost the rock-star shades – or the baseball caps.
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THE WELL-COIFFED COWBOYS
Who needs hats when you have highlights? Superstars and CMA performers Keith Urban and Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus (from Rascal Flatts) show off their coifs instead of covering up. So who looks the best without a hat?