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Lesson: You can take the girl outta the country … and she'll be just fine
The hills were alive with the sound of Underwood when she went from do-si-do to do-re-mi in NBC's live production of The Sound of Music. "I know I'm not Julie [Andrews]," the Academy of Country Music Awards double nominee told Entertainment Weekly before taking the stage in December. "Nobody is, and I would never pretend that I was … I know my place." That "place"? Anywhere her voice takes her.
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Lesson: The tighter the jeans, the louder the screams
Fact: You won't catch Bryan hitting the stage in his sweats. "Some jeans I'll throw on, and I'm like, 'Man, I can't even move in these damn things,'" the entertainer of the year nominee told Entertainment Weekly last August. "But whatever puts asses in the seats – if they want to see some tight jeans, I'll pull 'em on."
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Lesson: Turn heartbreak into breakup anthems
Chocolate ice cream and rom-coms may help, but Swift much prefers to put pen to paper – and fingers to guitar – when she's getting over a boy (like Harry Styles or Joe Jonas). "You know that guy you really wish you could erase from your memory? But then the answer is track six, eight, 12 and 13," the singer-songwriter (and ACM entertainer of the year contender) told Harper's Bazaar in 2012. Oh, we know Taylor – we know Gyllenh-all too well.
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MIRANDA & BLAKE
Lesson: All is fair in love and awards shows
As two of country's biggest names, Miranda Lambert and husband Blake Shelton seemingly have no problem mixing business and pleasure. "No matter what it is – awards or No. 1's, skeet shooting or fishing – there's always good, friendly competition between us," Lambert told CBS's The Early Show in 2011. We reckon that's a good thing, since both singers are up for entertainer of the year at the 2014 ACM Awards.
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FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
Lesson: The dirt road of true love always runs smooth
Shakespeare clearly didn't spend enough time riding shotgun with Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, the easy-going guys behind Florida Georgia Line (who are up for four awards, thanks for asking). Their nominated single "Cruise" is now everyone's breezy road trip anthem – especially for those crushing on their backseat drivers.
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Lesson: You do you
Musgraves's instant sing-along "Follow Your Arrow" has haters shaking in their light-up boots, (which, for the record, she proudly sported at the Grammys). "Make lots of noise/Kiss lots of boys/Or kiss lots of girls/If that's what you're into," country's new ingénue (nominated for five ACM Awards) sings, finishing her hit with the wise words, "Follow your arrow/wherever it points."