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Kenny Chesney calling on college students to create his next video; awarding scholarships to the winner

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Blue Chair Records/Columbia NashvilleKenny Chesney is calling on Nashville-area college students to create the music video for his latest single, “All The Pretty Girls.”

Chesney asked students from Nashville’s Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN to submit a video they’ve created for the song, including lyric videos, live action, notion, animation and more.

“Get creative. Get real. Get inside the song, and show us how ‘All The Pretty Girls’ looks, feels, and resolves,” Chesney said in the announcement. “I wanna help a student filmmaker with school. And I want to give people a chance to get creative this summer.”

The winning entry — chosen by a panel from Kenny’s record label Sony Nashville, CMT: Country Music Television and Chesney’s own management team — will receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as having their video’s world premiere on CMT.

Kenny also noted that while the song’s video could have easily been a nostalgic look at his own college experience, but he instead wanted to spotlight today’s youth.

“The best moments of being young and having fun should be captured,” said the four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year. “But nobody ever talks to the people who are right in the moment of living it about this kind of thing. Rather than look back, we oughta just go to the people living it.”

For more information on how to become involved, Belmont and MTSU students can go to KennyChesneyAllThePrettyGirls.com. Contest deadline is July 23. Winner will be announced July 31.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Actress Barbara Eden starred in both a movie and an NBC TV series based on this 1968 hit by Jeannie C. Riley. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Harper Valley P.T.A.”

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So many country acts wanted to perform with Earth, Wind & Fire for Fridays CMT Crossroads episode, they had to take the concert outdoors

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John Shearer/Getty Images for CMTSome of country’s biggest stars have teamed up with legendary funk/R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire for a first of it’s kind outdoor CMT Crossroads, premiering tonight.

Filmed during the CMA Music Festival earlier this month, the group took to a stage in Downtown Nashville outside the Bridgestone Arena to welcome the likes of Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, Martina McBride and more.

The electric collaborations showcases Earth, Wind & Fire’s timeless hits including “Shining Star,” “After the Love Has Gone” and “September,” performed with Lady A. Get a sneak peak now at CMT.com

CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends will premiere tonight, June 23 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Carrie Underwood to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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By Andrea Dresdale

Image Group LA/ABCIt’s no exaggeration that Carrie Underwood‘s rise to stardom has been non-stop since she won the fourth season of American Idol thirteen years ago. Her latest career milestone? Her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Carrie’s one of eight recording artists on the list to be honored as part of the Class of 2018, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Carrie’s the only country star in her category, which she shares with R&B star Mary J. Blige, former American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr., rapper Snoop Dogg, and even “Weird Al” Yankovic.

There’s no date set for Carrie’s star ceremony — honorees have two years to schedule that themselves. It’s usually done around the time the honoree has a major project about to come out, to help drum up publicity, so don’t be surprised if we see Carrie’s ceremony right about the time she releases a new album.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWednesday night the Country Radio Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony at the Vanderbilt Marriott in Nashville. In addition to welcoming more than ten country radio personalities and business executives, the organization bestowed their 2017 Artist Career Achievement Award upon Martina McBride.

Prolific Nashville songwriters Sarah Buxton and Rodney Clawson have re-signed with powerhouse publishing company Big Loud Shirt Publishing. Sarah has written charts hits for Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson and Florida Georgia Line. Rodney Clawson has written #1 hits for Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean as well as Justin Moore‘s most recent chart-topper, “You Look Like I Need a Drink.”

Stars of the hit CMT series Nashville played two sold-out shows at Manchester’s O2 Apollo recently. Following the shows, Opry Entertainment- the show’s producer- donated £10,000 to the British Red Cross “UK Solidarity Fund” on behalf of the touring cast: Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio and Jonathan Jackson. The fund was set up by the British Red Cross to help victims of terrorist attacks throughout the U.K

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