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Bring on the Joy! Monday Night's CMA Country Christmas Offers a Musical Feast: Everything to Know
Hosts Carly Pearce and Gabby Barrett welcome Carrie Underwood, Lady A, Brett Eldredge, the Pistol Annies and more to the annual TV special
Go Inside the CMA Awards 2021 Portrait Studio — and Get the Story Behind the Strings
Country music is a community. Behind the headliners of every album and tour are the bands, the guitar techs, the session players, the repair shops, and other vital talents whose work you hear but don't necessarily see — until you take a closer look.  For this year's CMA Awards, I wanted to spotlight the inner workings of the Country Music industry and also celebrate a return to touring. This year's portrait studio is designed entirely out of upcycled guitar strings — more than 3,000 sets — that have been plucked and strummed by the industry's finest musicians. Over the past six months, I've collected approximately 16,500 individual strings from the bands of Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Ashley McBryde, Darius Rucker, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Jimmie Allen, Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Luke Combs, Zac Brown Band and Carly Pearce, as well as Grand Ole Opry players. Local guitar shops in Nashville like Gruhn Guitars, Carter Vintage Guitars, Corner Music and Artisan Guitars also graciously contributed used strings. These individual strings were soldered into 10-foot-long strands and arranged into a visually compelling backdrop for artists and other CMA attendees on the red carpet. The resulting portraits echo the experience of listening to your favorite country songs: You'll notice the star right away — but take a closer look and you'll find their hardworking community shining brightly right behind them.
Lady A Recalls Moment That Led to Name Change: 'What It Made People Feel, We Had Never Asked'
Lady A announced they would be shortening their name in June 2020, amid protests in the U.S. fighting against police brutality and racial injustice
Lady A Lace Their New Album with Personal Growth: 'It'll Be a Record We Never Forget'
Bandmates Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood leaned on each other during their long months of "forced stillness" to create "the most vulnerable and honest record we've ever made"
Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Lady A and More Country Stars Are Celebrated at Emotion-Packed ACM Honors
The Ryman Auditorium event included memorable performances from a stellar lineup, including Ashley McBryde, Chris Janson, Alan Jackson, Ronnie Dunn, Keith Urban and newcomer Brittney Spencer
Laci Kaye Booth Had a Fan-Girl Moment in Front of Lady A's Charles Kelley: 'I Was Just So Nervous'
"I was just so nervous and so happy," the American Idol alum says of working alongside Kelley on "Broken Heart Still Beats"

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Lady A's Charles Kelley Recovers from Appendicitis 'Super Quickly' After Missing Show: 'I'm Back Baby'
Lady A missed a performance at Minnesota's Lakefront Music Fest after Kelley was diagnosed with appendicitis. Luckily, he was able to recover without surgery
Oh, Man! Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood Put the 'Lady' in Lady A on Band's New Single
Hillary Scott takes the lead on "Like a Lady," but her trio mates are happy to celebrate female empowerment in the joyful song. "Charles and I, and all of our masculinity, love singing along," says Haywood
Chris Stapleton to Perform at 2020 CMA Awards as Presenters Added

Charles Kelley will join Carly Pearce to sing "I Hope You're Happy Now" in place of fellow country star Lee Brice who recently tested positive for the coronavirus