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Bobby Bones and ET's Rachel Smith are going to be ringing in 2022 in country music's capital city. Bones is set to host the New Year's Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash straight from Music City, U.S.A., with Smith, on Friday, Dec. 31.

CBS' New Year's Eve celebration will feature nearly 50 high-energy performances by country music’s hottest superstars, including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and Zac Brown Band. The five-hour broadcast will cross multiple time zones, with the traditional countdown at midnight, ET, culminating with the renowned Nashville music note drop and fireworks at midnight, CT.

The radio and TV personality shared his excitement about hosting the event, telling CBS, “I’m so excited to celebrate and host New Year’s Eve this year right down the street from my house, with so many of my friends who have great performances planned. I can’t wait to show America how special Nashville is.”

CBS’ NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL
CBS’ NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL

Smith is equally pumped to be ringing in the new year in her hometown with some of the biggest stars in country music.

"I am over the moon to co-host New Year's Eve Live from Nashville," she said. "I get to hang with the hottest acts in country music, some I’m lucky enough to call friends, on New Year’s Eve in my hometown! Sign me up!"

New Year's Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash airs Dec. 31 on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

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Luke Bryan will host the 2021 CMA Awards! ABC and the Country Music Association announced on Monday that the 45-year-old country music superstar will make his hosting debut at the 55th annual ceremony in November.

"The CMA Awards is one of the biggest nights of the year for country music," Bryan says. "Being asked to host the CMA Awards was definitely something I put a lot of thought into before answering. The pressure that comes along with that can be overwhelming, but knowing I get to help honor and celebrate so many of my friends, I knew it was something I couldn’t turn down."

"I mean, growing up in Georgia, I remember watching Vince Gill, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, to name a few. They were so good," the two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year continues. "And then becoming a part of this amazing country music family and sitting on the front row while Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Darius Rucker took the reins, all of these artists are heroes and friends, and I am honored to have my name included in this group."

Bryan, who is nominated for Musical Event of the Year at this year's ceremony, concludes, "I’m looking forward to making it fun and memorable and using this platform to continue to make country music shine."

Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer, notes that the association is "so thrilled to have Luke join us as this year’s CMA Awards host."

"His fun and playful energy is something television viewers have welcomed into their homes week after week as a judge on American Idol, and I know he has something exciting up his sleeve for the CMA Awards," she says. "We cannot wait to bring music fans a magical night of performances and truly some of the most special moments our show has ever delivered in just a few weeks."

Rob Mills, executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, adds that the network is "so grateful Luke will host the biggest event in country music."

"That’s my kind of night and it will be yours too," Mills says. "I am excited for Luke to bring the same humor, energy and emotion as host of the CMA Awards that he has for the last five years on American Idol."

This year's nominees were announced in September, with Eric Church and Chris Stapleton leading the pack with five nods each. Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 55th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

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Trace Adkins is sticking with what he knows.

The multi-platinum country music star has boarded Fox's upcoming family drama, Monarch, the network announced Wednesday. Adkins joins previously announced Susan Sarandon and Anna Friel in the midseason series.

He will play Albie Roman, the reigning King of Country Music.

Monarch centers on the Romans, America's first family of country music, and is a multigenerational family drama set in Texas. The Romans are headed by the talented, but tough-as-nails Queen of Country Music Dottie Cantrell Roman (Sarandon). Along with her beloved husband, Albie (Adkins), Dottie has created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown Nicolette "Nicky" Roman (Friel) will stop at nothing to protect her family's legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom.

Original music and covers will be featured throughout the series.

Monarch hails from creator/executive producer Melissa London Hilfers, executive producer/showrunner Michael Rauch and executive producers Gail Berman, Hend Baghdady and music manager Jason Owen. Jason Ensler will direct and serve as an executive producer on the series' first episode. Adam Anders will serve as executive music producer. 

Monarch will launch with a two-night premiere event beginning Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 immediately following the NFC Championship game on Fox and continuing Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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Susan Sarandon is headed to TV.

The Oscar-winning actress will star in Fox's upcoming country music family drama, Monarch, the network announced Tuesday. Sarandon will be joined by Pushing Daisies alum Anna Friel, who has also boarded the midseason series.

Sarandon will play the matriarch of the family, while Friel will play her daughter.

Monarch centers on the Romans, America's first family of country music, and is a multigenerational family drama set in Texas. The Romans are headed by the talented, but tough-as-nails Queen of Country Music Dottie Cantrell Roman (Sarandon). Along with her beloved husband, Albie, Dottie has created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown Nicolette "Nicky" Roman (Friel) will stop at nothing to protect her family's legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom.

Original music and covers will be featured throughout the series.

Monarch hails from creator/executive producer Melissa London Hilfers, executive producer/showrunner Michael Rauch and executive producers Gail Berman, Hend Baghdady and music manager Jason Owen. Jason Ensler will direct and serve as an executive producer on the series' first episode. Adam Anders will serve as executive music producer. 

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Dierks Bentley has a special wedding gift for his friend, Blake Shelton, and it's helping him win The Voice!

The country star is currently on his Beers on Me Tour, and recently spoke with ET's Cassie DiLaura at a concert stop at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, where he opened up about joining the hit NBC reality competition series as a mentor for Shelton's team.

"It was amazing, you know? It was so great seeing him," Bentley recalled of reconnecting with Shelton. "We hadn't seen each other in a long time."

Bentley praised Shelton for his work on the show and for his ability to guide the young hopefuls who make it onto his team.

"Just being around him as he talks to these kids, I was really impressed," he shared. "He's been doing it for a long time and he's really good at, like, steering these kids who have these big dreams, these big hopes. This is so important to him."

Bentley also weighed in on Shelton's recent wedding to Gwen Stefani, and playfully poked fun at Shelton about how he didn't get an invite this time around. However, he also said he understood the desire for a small, intimate wedding for close friends and family.

"It's really cool, the way that his wedding's private like that, I'm so happy for him," Bentley shared. "He found Gwen and he's doing so well, great music, recording together. He's doing so great."

When asked if he happened to get Shelton a wedding present, Bentley quipped, "My presence at The Voice was his present!"

Bentley has a a similar present for his fans, having kicked off his live Beers on Me Tour and traveling the country performing for live audiences.

"It's the best feeling," Bentley said of touring and being back on the road. "The second my boots, like, touch the stage, it's like electricity coming up through the floorboards. I'm just I'm so excited to be out there!"

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Country music stars are coming together for a special night of celebration! To commemorate the occasion, some of the most respected names in the genre will hit the stage at this year's 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors ceremony.

The ACM revealed the full line-up of the artists who will be performing at the history Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, during this year's show, including the last four acts to be announced -- Trace Adkins, Ronnie Dunn, Alan Jackson and Brittney Spencer.

Some of the other A-list performers who will hit the stage for the big show include Lauren Alaina, Devin Dawson, Jessie Jo Dillon, Sara Evans, Nicolle Galyon, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Toby Keith, Lady A, and Ashley McBryde. 

Additional performers include RaeLynn, Jordan Reynolds, Keith Urban, Laura Veltz, Sam Williams, Lee Ann Womack and the night's host, Carly Pearce.

The big show will be doling out special honors to some of the big winners from the 55th and 56th Academy of Country Music Awards, as well as special honorees and recipients -- including Joe Galante and Rascal Flatts, Lady A and Ross Copperman, Luke Combs,  Dan + Shay and Toby Keith, among many others.

The 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors airs on Circle TV Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET. 

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Rest in peace, Don Everly. The musician, who was the last surviving member of the Everly Brothers, died at his home in Nashville on Saturday, according to multiple reports. He was 84. 

"Don lived by what he felt in his heart," Don's family said in a statement to ET. "Don expressed his appreciation for the ability to live his dreams ... living in love with his soulmate and wife, Adela, and sharing the music that made him an Everly Brother. Don always expressed how grateful he was for his fans.

Don and his younger brother Phil, who died in 2014 at age 74, were rock n' roll pioneers. Their harmonies and country roots set them apart, and in 1986, they were one of the first artists to be inaugurated in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, alongside Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis.

In a statement on Sunday, Lewis reflected on Don's death.

"The Everly Brothers are integral to the fabric of American music. Very few of us can say we were around at the beginning, and even fewer can say we’re still here," he said. "With my friend Don’s passing, I am reflective… reflective on a life full of wonderful friends, spectacular music and fond memories. There’s a lot I can say about Don, what he and Phil meant to me both as people and as musicians, but I am going to reflect today. God Bless Don Everly and long live Rock and Roll music." 

Music came naturally to Don and Phil, whose parents, Ike and Margaret Everly, were folk and country music singers. The brothers began their music careers in 1945 on their family's radio show in Shenandoah, Iowa. They moved to Nashville about 10 years later, and signed a recording contract with Cadence Records. 

The Everly Brothers' Top 40 hits included "Bye Bye Love," "Let It Be Me," "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Wake Up Little Susie," among others. The duo inspired countless artists before their breakup during a 1972 concert at Knott's Berry Farm in California. Phil threw his guitar down and walked off, after which Don told the crowd, "The Everly Brothers died 10 years ago."

They reunited in 1983, but disagreements between the brothers continued even after Phil's 2014 death. Don sued Phil's heirs in 2017 over the copyright to three of their songs. The case went all the way to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

However, in a 2014 statement, Don said his and Phil's love "was and will always be deeper than any earthly differences we might have had." 

Don is survived by his mother, Margaret; his wife, Adela; his son, Edan; and his daughters Venetia, Stacy and Erin. 

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