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Courtesy Waffle House Tunie AwardsCountry music was well represented at the first-ever Tunie Awards on Thursday. The TouchTunes Jukeboxes, located in over 1,900 Waffle House restaurants, celebrated the most selected songs over the past 12 months. Chris StapletonSam Hunt and Keith Urban were among the winners.

Chris, who ranked at number six with "Tennessee Whiskey," had the most country songs played and took home the Tunie award for Best Country Artist.

"I've had a lot of dreams come true," Chris said as he accepted his award. "One of the dreams I wanted is to have a song on the Waffle House jukebox. Not only did I get a song on the Waffle House jukebox, I got this fantastic award. So thank you very much."

Last year's number one song was Keith's "Blue Ain't Your Color," which appears at number five in 2018. Sam came in second place for his record-breaking hit "Body Like A Back Road." Additionally, Country Music Hall of Famer Whispering Bill Anderson received the Jukebox Legend Award. The complete list is below.

Waffle House Jukebox Top Ten Songs of 2018:

1. "Location" by Khalid
2. "Body Like A Back Road" by Sam Hunt
3. "Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake 
4. "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran 
5. "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban
6. "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton
7. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars 
8. "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
9. "Too Good at Goodbyes" by Sam Smith 
10. "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd

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Sara Kauss Photography Maddie & Tae had a very special evening planned for one young fan at Wednesday night's CMA Awards. The singers invited five-year-old cancer patient Caroline Lantz and her family to attend Country Music's Biggest Night.

In partnership with Aflac, the country duo surprised Caroline, who is a pediatric cancer patient at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, and took her to the awards show. Caroline and her family were surprised with VIP tickets, a day filled with glam, and a red-carpet experience leading up to the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville.

"We loved getting to team up with Aflac to surprise Caroline and her family with tickets to join us at the CMAs this year," Maddie & Tae said in a statement. "In the midst of something as difficult as childhood cancer, we wanted to help give Caroline and her family an unforgettable experience. It was really special for us too."

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ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini will host her first Thanksgiving dinner at her home in Nashville next week with husband Morgan Evans.

"I will be learning how to baste the turkey,” she tells People. “Wish me luck!”

While she describes Morgan as a "great cook," he recently became a vegetarian, which leaves cooking the turkey up to her.

“He actually just became vegetarian recently,” she said. “So he cooks a lot of healthy soups and salads. Honestly, whenever I’m home, I just make something else for myself — like chicken and steak and stuff.”

She adds, “The holidays, to me, are all about the times to wear the turkey pants and eat pumpkin pie. The dessert table is where you will always find me around Thanksgiving.”

In addition to hosting their first Thanksgiving together, Kelsea and Morgan are approaching their one-year anniversary as a married couple and are planning a day trip to celebrate the occasion in December.

“We’re going to take a one-day trip,” she said. “We both have stuff on the day before and the day after so we’re just going to meet somewhere and pack it all into a day and have a date somewhere. It’s going to be cute! Every time we’re together, we have something to celebrate. We always carve out our time together and protect it. It’s a fun chapter.”

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Curb RecordsDylan Scott returns to country radio with a new, feel-good single called "Nothing To Do Town."

The singer co-wrote the song with John Taylor and Matt Alderman, and in it, he sings about a small town that's "a little town square /middle of nowhere /ain't even big enough to be a map dot."

"I'm really excited about the release of my new single 'Nothing To Do Town,'" Dylan said in a statement. "Growing up in a very small town in Northeast Louisiana, we had to create our own entertainment since we didn't have malls or movie theaters. That is what this song is all about and I wouldn't trade the way I grew up for anything."

He adds, "I know there are going to be a lot of people who hear the song and feel the same way I do."

With soaring guitar parts, a thumping beat and Dylan's vivid lyrics, "Nothing To Do Town" paints the picture of small town living. The song follows the success of his top 5 single "Hooked" and number-one hit "My Girl."

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ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks is gearing up to spend 2019 on the road as part of his stadium tour and he promises it will be a good time.

“Everything’s startin’ to fall into place,” he shared earlier this week on “Inside Studio G” on Facebook. “I’ll tell you right now – it’s going to be the tour of a lifetime for me. This’ll be the biggest, baddest one. And there won’t be one in the future that’s cooler than this one.”

The six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year plans to spend much of the next three years on the road. Each year he'll schedule between 10 and 12 stadium shows in various cities. The trek kicks off in St. Louis, MO on March 9. Tickets for that date are on sale beginning today.

In addition, as part of the tour, Garth previously announced that he'll be playing at colleges as part of a series of shows called "Music 101," where he'll play other people's songs.

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ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban knows all too well what many people in California are going through as the wildfires engulf the state. While at school as a child, his home burnt down.

“When I was 10, our house burned down, so I know that feeling of losing your house," he told Extra TV ahead of the CMA Awards on Wednesday. "We completely lost everything. Luckily, we were all okay."

Keith admits that he will never forget the feeling of walking through his charred house while looking at all his former belongings.

"When you are walking through the house and it’s charred, black as black everywhere you look, water’s dripping and the firefighters have left, I remember thinking, 'I was just in here getting ready for school.' It gives me chills. So I know that feeling," he admits.

He adds: "But what I remember was the community coming together in such an incredible way. And not just the Goodwills and the Salvation Armys and the Red Crosses, which also came to our aid, but also the community with clothing and food and shelter and a place to stay — unbelievable. And you’re seeing it out in California. right now. It’s really amazing."

The CMA Entertainer of the Year has a friend in California who has personally been affected by the wildfires and the singer says he's helping that friend get back on their feet.

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Allister AnnKenny Chesney has extended his Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour. The intimate trek will see the singer performing on smaller stages to bring the songs from his latest album to life.

“We have played the stadium in Louisville several times, but in really looking at this notion, I wanted to give them something more intimate,” Kenny says in a statement.

“This tour is going to really feel like a club show – and put the music front and center. It’s why we’re going to Oklahoma City, Albany, Lincoln and Jacksonville next year. [We'll] go to No Shoes Nation, and bring them the songs where they live.”

He continues: “We know how to do stadiums, and we love the rush of those shows, but you never want to get to where you take it for granted, or you’re so used to it, it’s just what you do. There’s a real intimacy even in arenas that you don’t have in a stadium, and it’s something we’ve not had for a while."

Kenny adds, "To me, it’s a whole other canvas for us – and I’m psyched about it.”

Here’s the initial itinerary for Kenny Chesney's 2019 Tour:

4/4 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum!Center
4/5 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center
4/6 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
4/12 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
4/13 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily’s Place
4/18 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem
4/25 -- Charleston, SC, Volvo Car Stadium
4/26 -- Tallahassee, FL, Donald L Tucker Civic Center
4/27 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf
5/2 -- Columbia, MO, Mizzou Arena
5/3 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
5/4 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena 
5/9 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Arena
5/10 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena
5/11 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
5/17 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
5/18 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
5/25 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis artist holds the record for the most CMA Entertainer of the Year wins, with six. Can you name him? ANSWER: Garth Brooks.

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Food NetworkSunday on Food Network, Martina McBride's new cooking show, Martina's Table, premieres at 12 p.m. ET.

"It's a Thanksgiving episode, so I make a turkey," the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year explains.

"I'm not gonna tell you my turkey secret," she teases. "You have to tune in to see it. You know, [my husband] John and the girls are in the episode. We all have Thanksgiving dinner."

Martina's older daughters, Delaney and Emma, now live in Los Angeles, but they came back home to Nashville to be on their mom's show.

"You know, every episode has a storyline," Martina continues. "So this storyline is everybody's home for Thanksgiving, the girls are back from California. It's good to have everybody under one roof again, and I'm making Thanksgiving dinner, so, and then we all sit down and eat at the end."

"And the girls help me in the kitchen," she adds. "Delaney helps me make gravy, John comes and tastes the turkey and then goes back and watches football. And, you know, it's very true to life," she laughs.

In addition to her new cooking show, Martina also has a new cookbook, titled Martina's Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life, as well as a new Christmas album, called It's the Holiday Season.

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Curb RecordsThanksgiving isn't until next week, but Dylan Scott is already thinking about Christmas.

The "My Girl" hitmaker heads back home to Louisiana to put on a charity concert Saturday to make the yuletide a little brighter for some local kids.

"Bayou Stock! Yes!" Dylan explains. "So my first year is this year. It's a concert I'm putting on November the 17th, in the town in between the town that I grew up and the bigger city. It's called Sterlington, Louisiana."

"So it's basically, it's a charity event," he continues. "We're gonna give back to kids who need any Christmas, and their families are a little less fortunate."

Bayou Stock was inspired by the Swampstock benefit fellow Louisianian Tim McGraw began hosting in 1994.

"Hopefully we'll get together and raise a bunch of money for these kids," Dylan says of his event. "And I'm bringing Morgan Evans and Mark Chesnutt, and a local girl who just got signed to Broken Bow Records, Lainey Wilson. So it's gonna be a really big deal."  

Dylan's new single, "Nothing to Do Town," is also set to come out on Friday.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrandon Lay has been named one of Vevo's DSCVR Artists to Watch campaign. The eclectic list includes 19 other artists, from many different musical genres, who the video platform believes will break through in 2019.

Voting for the Country Radio Seminar's 2019 New Faces of Country Music Show is officially open. Full-time country radio station employees are eligible to vote now through November 23 for the 13 nominees, which include Lindsay EllJimmie AllenJordan DavisRussell DickersonMorgan EvansRiley GreenWalker HayesLancoChris LaneDylan ScottMitchell TenpennyMorgan Wallen and Aaron Watson.

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ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks debuted a brand new song called "Stronger Than Me" on the CMA Awards Wednesday evening. A song about his wife, Trisha Yearwood, who happened to be sitting in the front row, Garth admits that the decision to debut the track was a bit daunting.

"This song is so ‘me,’ and how I feel toward Miss Yearwood, that it is scary,” he admits.

With lyrics like, "If I had a choice I'd pray to God he takes me first/'Cause you're stronger than me," it's no wonder the song made Trisha start to cry.

Garth explains the idea behind the song.

“There’s a verse that comes out of the bridge that says, ‘You know, I always thought I had to have the answers/Be her strength, and take the lead/But when it comes to anything that really matters/She’s stronger than me,’" he explains. "I can’t tell you how many times in our relationship that verse has been the truth.”

The country couple always praise each other in interviews, but after his performance Wednesday night, Garth just might be crowned Husband of the Year.

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NBC UniversalIt's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and several country stars will help celebrate the occasion by taking part in the annual lighting of New York City's famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

Brett EldredgeMarina McBride and Kellie Pickler will help kick off the holidays with performances on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center, airing on November 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

Additionally, Motown legend Diana RossTony Bennett, jazz artist Diana KrallAmerica's Got Talent star Darci Lynn Farmer, a cappella group Pentatonix and John Legend will also lend their talents to the television special.

NBC's Today anchors Hoda KotbSavannah GuthrieAl Roker and Craig Melvin will co-host the holiday special, which will take place at New York City's famed Rockefeller Center. The evening will include the lighting of a 72-foot tall, 45-foot wide Norway Spruce from Wallkill, N.Y.

A holiday tradition for 86 years, the lighting of the tree will feature more than than 50,000 multi-colored LEDs.

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Donn Jones/CMAThe country world lost a beloved member of its community today when Roy Clark died of pneumonia, and now many of his fellow country stars have issued statements or taken to their socials to express their sadness at his loss.

A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and Grand Ole Opry member, Roy was well known for co-hosting the television series Hee Haw for 24 years. He also had crossover success on both the country and pop charts. He was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1973.

Roy influenced many of today's country stars. In fact, if it wasn't for his music, the genre might not have Brad Paisley or Keith Urban. In a series of heartfelt posts on Twitter, Brad shared the impact the late singer had on his life and career.

"Roy Clark shaped my path," Brad wrote. "My Papaw introduced me to his music as a toddler. Every Saturday we’d watch Hee Haw. My first guitar book was a Roy Clark guitar method. I practiced his style, then practiced making his facial expressions. He was a hero. And so many have the same story."

"My first CMA memory is sitting on my living room floor watching Roy Clark tear it up. Sending my love and respect to him and his family for all he did," Keith, the newly crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year, shared on Twitter.

Dolly Parton said in a statement, "Roy Clark was one of the greatest ever. His spirit will never die. I loved him dearly and he will be missed."

Charlie Daniels tweeted, "Just got word that Roy Clark has passed. I’ve known him for 60 years and he was a fine musician and entertainer Rest In Peace Buddy, you will be remembered."

Roy died at his home in in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Funeral arrangements are forthcoming. 

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ABC/Image Group LAVince Gill was scheduled to perform on Wednesday's CMA Awards with Ricky Skaggs but had to cancel his appearance because he's being treated for kidney stones.

The two singers and longtime friends were planning on performing Ricky's "Highway 40 Blues" together, but after Vince had to bow out, Keith Urban and Brothers Osborne's John Osborne stepped in.

Vince's publicist tells ABC Radio that Vince is currently undergoing treatment, and that he'll be postponing the next four dates of his tour. Vince's shows scheduled for tonight through November 18 will be rescheduled for a later date.

"To have Keith Urban here to sing 'Highway 40' with me -- we've done that at the Opry, but not here," Ricky told reporters backstage following their performance. "He was sitting in for Vince Gill, who couldn't make it because of a little sickness."

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Reviver Entertainment GroupKenny Chesney wasn't able to make it to the CMA Awards last night due to a death in his family but that didn't stop the singer from congratulating his friend and duet partner, David Lee Murphy, on their trophy.

Ahead of the broadcast, the longtime collaborators were named CMA Musical Event of the Year for their chart-topping hit "Everything's Gonna Be Alright." Kenny then shared his love for the song on social media.

“Sometimes you hear songs & they just feel good," he wrote on Twitter. "Occasionally one that feels good says something that people need to hear. That’s how I felt about Everything’s Gonna Be Alright when I heard it. Proud to have been part of this with my friend @davidleemurphy. #musicaleventoftheyear."

Kenny was also nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs; that trophy went to Keith Urban.

The CMA Awards aired Wednesday night on ABC live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

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ABC/Image Group LAMidland performed a spirited cover of "East Bound and Down" last night during the CMA Awards. Following their appearance, the band has made the song available for purchase.

"'East Bound and Down' is a balls to the wall, honky tonk, fast tempo tornado of a song that was a great challenge to master and to make some tweaks to make it our own," the band shares in a statement. "It’s now one of our favorite songs to perform live and we can only hope that The Guitar Man is smiling somewhere up above with approval." 

The Guitar Man reference is, of course, a nod to the late Jerry Reed, who scored a top-five hit with the original "East Bound and Down" in 1977 from the classic film Smokey and the Bandit, which starred both Jerry and Burt Reynolds

Midland's rollicking interpretation of "East Bound and Down" is out now.

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesRoy Clark, the Grammy, ACM and CMA-winning Country Music Hall of Fame member and celebrated picker who's best-known by most as co-host of TV's Hee Haw, has died at age 85.

Clark's publicist confirmed he died Thursday morning at his Tulsa, Oklahoma home of complications from pneumonia.

Just two years ago, Clark revived his classic “I’m a pickin’ and I’m a grinnin’” bit for the landmark 50th Annual CMA Awards, with Brad Paisley stepping in for his late Hee Haw co-host, Buck Owens.  

Hee Haw -- a rural variety show that mixed homespun comedy with current country stars -- premiered on CBS in 1969. When it was cancelled by the network, it moved to syndication, where it ran until 1992.

Though his musical prowess was somewhat overshadowed by his comedy success on Hee Haw, Clark was an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, admired for his abilities on both guitar and banjo. At the peak of his career, he was well-known enough to guest-host The Tonight Show for Johnny Carson.

Clark was also largely responsible for the country music boom that took over Branson, Missouri for a time. Standards like “The Tips of My Fingers,” “Yesterday, When I Was Young,” “Thank God and Greyhound You’re Gone,” and “Come Live with Me” are just a few of the hits he placed on the country chart.

Roy Clark was a Grand Ole Opry member who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He’s survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara. A memorial will be held in Tulsa in the coming days.

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Comstock/ThinkstockCan you name the youngest country artist ever to win the CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy? ANSWER: Taylor Swift.

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ABC/CMAIt was a Universal night backstage at the 52nd Annual CMA Awards. Universal Music Group artists swept every major category during Country Music’s Biggest Night, except for New Artist, Vocal Group, Video, and Musical Event.

Keith UrbanCarrie Underwood, and Brothers Osborne were all emotional -- and somewhat stunned -- at the new trophies they claimed. Male Vocalist, Song, and Single winner Chris Stapleton expressed his gratitude after winning awards for “Broken Halos,” a song he wrote with his mentor, Mike Henderson.

Kacey Musgraves appeared backstage dressed head to toe in orange, after winning Album of the Year for Golden Hour, a nontraditional album without a country radio single.

“Dust on the Bottle” hitmaker David Lee Murphy explained Kenny Chesney’s absence, even though they won the Musical Event honor: Kenny is back home in East Tennessee with his family, after the passing of someone close to him.

Thomas Rhett revealed that his wife Lauren had warned him about involving her in his performance of “Life Changes,” predicting she wouldn’t be able to keep it together in the moment.

Old Dominion and Luke Combs claimed triumphs for Sony Nashville: OD grabbed the CMA Vocal Group trophy to match the equivalent Academy of Country Music Honor they won earlier this year. Luke pointed out that his New Artist acceptance speech was off-the-cuff, since it was important to him to speak from the heart.

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