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The trophies for the 42nd Annual CMA Awards have been awarded!!!! The winners are as follows:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Kenny Chesney

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Carrie Underwood

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Brad Paisley

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lady Antebellum

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Rascal Flatts

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Sugarland

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer)“I Saw God Today”
George Strait
Produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
MCA Nashville

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer)
Troubadour
George Strait
Produced by Tony Brown and George Strait
MCA Nashville

SONG OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Songwriter and Primary Publisher)
“Stay”
Jennifer Nettles
Jennifer Nettles Publishing

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
(Award to each Artist)
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
“Gone, Gone, Gone”

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Director)
“Waitin’ On A Woman”
Brad Paisley
Directed by Jim Shea

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Mac McAnally – Guitar


In a recent interview, Rodney Atkins revealed that he was willing to do almost anything to make the big time, except change his name.
Although aspiring artists often change or modify their family names to be distinctive and stand out from the crowd, Rodney refused to consider that option, even when his record company practically insisted. "If you're a big country music fan, then my name probably sounds a little familiar to you," Rodney writes. "And not just because I've had a couple of hit singles recently. My last name has an illustrious history in the business.
"Back in 1994 I was making my first forays into Nashville from east Tennessee, where I grew up," he continues. "My new record label told me they had something they needed to discuss with me before we even got started. 'Rodney, we're going to have to do something about that name of yours. It's just too close to some folks out there who everyone already knows — Chet Atkins, Trace Adkins — you're not related, are you?"
Rodney went on to describe how he was given up by his birth mother as a newborn and then by two adoptive couples who couldn't deal with a sick and colicky baby before he found a home. "That family name — Atkins — is what saved me from who knows what and gave me the richly blessed life I have today," he writes. "A family has a way of healing you. I turned into just about the healthiest, happiest kid you could find in east Tennessee. I outgrew the colic, of course, but I will never outgrow my family. Because family, well, that's just about the most important thing in life. Just ask a couple by the name of Allan and Margaret Atkins."

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STORK REPORT

CONGRATULATIONS are in order for...

Emerson Drive's fiddle player, David Pichette, and wife Jill welcomed their first child - Emma Victoria Pichette - into the world on Friday November 21! Emma made her grand entrance at 5:35pm weighing in at 5 pounds and 14 ounces. "This is definitely the greatest moment of my life. To see your own take her first breath and hear her first cry. Jill and Emma are in perfect health and I must say, my heart goes out to all the new parents who may live the birth of their child a bit differently and with a few more complications. I count my blessings every day," exclaims the new dad.

Josh Gracin and wife Ann Marie have welcomed the birth of their fourth child - Isabella Sophia Gracin - on Wednesday, November 12!! She joins sisters Briana and Gabby, and brother Landon.


Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, are expecting their second child!! The celebrity couple made the announcement via an item at People.com, the website for People magazine. The couple welcomed their first son, William Huckleberry, in February of last year. Their new bundle of joy is due in April, 2009!

Dierks Bentley, and his wife Cassidy, welcomed their daughter Evalyn (Evie) Day Bentley into the world late Saturday night, October 4, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville!!!! Evie weighed 7 lbs. 10oz.

Carolyn Dawn Johnson and her husband, Matt Fisher, have welcomed their baby girl, Abigail Grace!! Baby Abigail entered the world on Tuesday, September 16! Mother and baby are doing well.

Clay Walker and his wife Jessica Walker announce the newest blessing to the family. Their son, William Clayton Walker was born on August 5 in Houston, Texas!! He is a perfect 6lbs & 12 ounces, 20 inches long. Jessica is doing very well and Clay and the family are over the moon with the new arrival!!

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WEDDING BELLS

CONGRATULATIONS to Joe Nichols, who married his sweetheart Heather Singleton the evening of September 9 in a candlelight ceremony attended by family and close friends. The couple opted for a traditional wedding at the historic Whitfield Chapel in Savannah, GA, a city they agree is one of the most romantic in the world. "Heather and I have known each other since we were 18 years old, and I can honestly say I fell in love with her the first day I saw her," Joe said. "The saying 'timing is everything' is so true with us. I have never been happier." The couple will reside in Nashville, TN.

Clay Walker and Jessica Craig became husband and wife this late September in New Orleans. The ceremony was performed by Tracy Lawrence and attended by Curb/Asylum President Doug Johnson and VP/Promotions Adrian MIchaels. The newlyweds will spend the next three weeks on their honeymoon.

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