Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho hosted the CMA Awards before Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley took over the gig? ANSWER: Brooks & Dunn. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Band Perry Reacts to CMA Nomination Before Boarding a Plane to Italy

BB GunThe Band Perry was boarding a plane to Europe to participate in Celebrity Fight Night in Italy when they found out about their CMA Vocal Group of the Year nomination.

Reacting to the good news, the group said from the airport Wednesday, "We were so thrilled to hear about our CMA nomination and are grateful to be recognized by our musical peers. It's hard to believe it will be our 6th trip to the CMA Awards!"

The Celebrity Fight Night in Italy event is a seven-day affair in Tuscany hosted by tenor Andrea Bocelli. Reba, Tony Bennett, Ronnie Dunn and Sharon Stone are among the other celebrities participating in the event to raise money for Andrea's foundation, as well as the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix.

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Randy Houser Says CMA Song of the Year Nomination “Means the World” to Him

Joseph LlanesRandy Houser picked up a CMA Song of the Year nomination Wednesday morning for writing his hit single, "Like a Cowboy." He finds the recognition "surreal.

"When you give it everything you’ve got and make sacrifices, to be recognized by fans, the industry and fellow artists, it really means the world," Randy says. "I grew up watching the CMAs and looking forward to those performances every year. It was the Super Bowl of music in a way for me. So I feel blessed to be at this point.”

The 49th Annual CMA Awards airs Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockA portion of Tennessee State Route 96 in Franklin, Tennessee will be renamed George Jones Memorial Highway. Jones lived just off Route 96 in Franklin until his death in 2013. Congratulations to "Burning House" singer,...
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