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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.
Go Backstage at the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
On Oct. 30 in Cleveland, a seriously A-list group of musicians came together to celebrate the latest additions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Watch the ceremony and concert on Nov. 20 on HBO
Luke Bryan Pokes Fun at Aaron Rodgers Vaccine Drama in 2021 CMAs Opening Monologue
Host Luke Bryan’s quip about being “immunized” appeared to prompt a reaction from Carrie Underwood, fans noted on social media
Meet the 2021 CMA Awards Presenters, Including Katy Perry, Kelsea Ballerini and Darius Rucker
The CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan, will broadcast live from Nashville on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Taylor Swift to Induct Carole King at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony
Tina Turner, JAY-Z, The Go-Go's, Clarence Avant and the Foo Fighters are also being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year
Lionel Richie Teams Up with Tyra Banks to Launch New Ice Cream Flavor 'All Night Love'
The limited-edition SMiZE cream can be shipped nationwide or purchased at the Santa Monica, California location

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American Idol Judges Invite Fans of the Show to Audition 'Literally from Anywhere' in Silly Video
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American Idol Judges Give Update on Luke Bryan After COVID Diagnosis: 'Giving Critiques at Home'

"I think he's gonna be all right. I think we'll be seeing him next week," Katy Perry told Entertainment Tonight of Luke Bryan