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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Two-time chart-topper Luke Combs joined the CMA Foundation on Friday to present a $1 million grant to the Houston, Texas Independent School District. $800,000 of the money will go to music education, while the remainder will help with recovery from Hurricane Harvey. The contribution comes from money raised during the summer’s CMA Music Festival

Tucker Beathard‘s debut album, Dear Someone, is set to be released November 17. It features his #2 debut single, “Rock On.”

The Bellamy Brothers, Howard and David, plan to release their autobiography next year, titled Let Your Love Flow — The Life and Times of the Bellamy Brothers.

You can check out Chris Stapleton‘s “Scarecrow in the Garden” via an audio-only video on YouTube now. The track is the second one released so far from Chris’s new album, From A Room: Volume 2, which comes out December 1.

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SESAC kicks off the countdown to the CMA Awards, with honors for Billy Currington, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Rogers

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ABC RadioSunday night in Nashville, Billy Currington took the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to perform his multiple-week #1, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To.” Immediately afterwards, performing rights organization SESAC proclaimed it the group’s Song of the Year.

SESAC’s annual Nashville Music Awards also paid tribute to Lady Antebellum this year, giving the trio the Humanitarian honor for the work they’ve done through their LadyAid foundation. In light of all the tragedy we’ve experienced this year, Hillary Scott says it’s simply a call to action.

“We’re very humbled, but if anything, we’ve got a fire in our belly to do more,” the expectant mother of twins says. “Because, you know, not only do I have two little girls that I want the world to be better for, I have a 4-year-old at home, who I try to wake up every day and think about the ways in which we can do better: love each other better, and protect each other, and fight for one other. And if anything, I think this just lights a fire under us to keep going. You know, we’ve all got to do better.”

An all-star tribute to Kenny Rogers was the evening’s highlight. Dustin Lynch capably tackled “The Gambler,” while Craig Campbell showed off his skills both as a pianist and a vocalist on “Lady.” 72-year-old rock legend Kim Carnes proved she’s still got it, making a rare public appearance to perform the duet she wrote for Kenny, “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer.”

Lee Brice did “Twenty Years Ago,” a song that helped chart the course for his career.

“Mama always wanted daddy to dye his beard white,” the South Carolina native recalls. “She always thought it was sexy, and that’s what we listened to, was Kenny Rogers. But then, when I was about 11, I remember, I got my own little radio for the first time, and this song came on, and this is when I really started writing songs heavily and being serious about it. You know, he had a hit with it, but it was bigger than a hit to me. It changed my life.”

SESAC’s annual awards evening is just one of three Nashville traditions leading up to the CMA Awards. ASCAP passes out its trophies Monday night at the historic Ryman Auditorium, followed by BMI’s honors on Tuesday at its Music City headquarters. The 51st Annual CMA Awards air Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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A decade into their run as CMA hosts, are Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood planning a Vince Gill take-down?

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ABC RadioAs of this year’s CMA Awards, it’s official: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have hosted country music’s biggest night for a decade.

“Ten years has flown by,” Carrie tells ABC Radio. “Like it’s hard to believe that this is our tenth year. But it means I guess that they like us,” she laughs.

“No one else will do it,” Brad jokes.

“Yeah, maybe. Maybe they’ve asked,” Carrie agrees. “We don’t know! No, I mean it’s such an honor to be able to be the ones that are kind of driving the bus up there and just trying to make sure everybody has a good time and we get to show the world what we got.”

“I feel thrilled to do this. I wouldn’t want to do this with anybody else,” Brad says, complimenting his co-host. “It’s great. We have a great thing going.”

So will Brad and Carrie ultimately try to break Vince Gill‘s twelve-year hosting record?

“I feel like they keep saying that, because they know I’m competitive,” Carrie says. “So people keep bringing that up. Like, ‘You just do it a couple more years and you’re going to like, break the record!’ to try and get me to be like, ‘Yeah, I’m in!’ But everybody just kinda takes things year by year. We want them to be happy, we want to make sure we’ve still got stuff to joke about, and say and do and stuff.”

Tune in Wednesday night to see the antics Brad and Carrie have planned for the 51st Annual CMA Awards. The show airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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