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Backstreet Boys, Phillip Phillips, Lionel Richie join Blake Shelton, Dolly Parton & Kelsea Ballerini on "CMT Artists of the Year"

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CMTWhat would American Idol winner Phillip Phillips sound like singing Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back Road”? We’re likely to find out Wednesday night, as the singer/songwriter pays tribute to the smash at the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year event.

Backstreet Boys will also honor their pals and recent tour mates Florida Georgia Line with a special performance at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Though the other Artists of the Year — Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan — will play tonight as well, CMT is shifting the tone of the annual event away from being an awards show, in favor of a night of coming together after the recent shootings in Vegas, and the multiple hurricanes that have ravaged many parts of the U.S.

Stars from outside the world of country, like Andra Day and Common, will collaborate with Lee Ann Womack and Little Big Town on a medley of Day’s hit “Rise Up” and “Stand Up for Something.”

Also look for appearances tonight from Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Dolly Parton, Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Brothers Osborne, and new American Idol judge Lionel Richie.

You can catch the 2017 Artists of the Year special live from Music City tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Ricky Skaggs will be this year’s special guest on the annual CSX Santa Train, as it travels from Shelby, Kentucky to Kingsport, Tennessee on November 18 to deliver food, toys and winter clothes to the people of Appalachia. This will be the 75th year for the tradition.

RaeLynn performs her latest single “Lonely Call” Wednesday during the 10 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today show.

Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher helped raised $500,000 for Danita’s Children during a fundraiser this weekend in Nashville. The money goes to help the people of Haiti.

If you missed Dierks Bentley‘s Tuesday morning appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, you can see it online now.

You can watch The Chew‘s Clinton Kelly play a game of “I Beg Your Parton” with Dolly herself in a new YouTube video from the legend’s Tuesday appearance on the ABC show.

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After a day of ribbing from Brad Paisley, Chris Young steps into the circle as the newest member of the Opry

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ABC RadioChris Young is officially the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry, after one of his heroes invited him to join back in August, and another inducted him on Tuesday night.

“If you pick two people that I’ve been lucky enough to not only get to know, but also grew up loving their music and have been to one of their shows… [it would be] Vince Gill and Brad Paisley,” Chris said before taking the stage. “Vince being the one that asked me to become a member, and Brad being the one inducting me is just incredibly special.”

That didn’t stop Brad from having a little fun at his expense, however.

“On the way up here, I texted him,” Chris explained. “And you know, this is just a huge deal for me, so I’m emotional today, and I’m sending everybody like really nice messages, and Brad just brought me right back to reality, perfectly…”

“I texted him,” he continued, “I was like, ‘Man, I really appreciate you being here tonight, and wanting to be the one that inducts me. That means a lot…’”

“He goes, ‘I called the Opry like two or three times, but I couldn’t get ’em to change their mind, so I figured I might as well show up.’ Which is, if you’ve ever been around Brad Paisley, is not surprising. I was like, ‘Thanks, dude. Love you too!’” Chris laughed.

In addition to his first #1, “Gettin’ You Home,” and his hit “I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris played two songs especially for the occasion: Marty Robbins‘ “Devil Woman” was a song his granddad played for him growing up. Before doing Keith Whitley‘s “When You Say Nothing at All,” Chris recalled how his admiration for the late singer had made him especially excited to sign with his label, RCA.

“This is a zoo,” Brad quipped, after coming on stage for the induction ceremony. “It’s not a museum of inanimate objects — you can come see the animals!”

In a more serious moment, Brad added, “This is a great human being. This is what the Opry needs,” before giving Chris the statue that signifies his membership.

Chris then walked to the back of the stage where his mother was seated, hugged her and handed her the trophy, before bringing Cassadee Pope on to sing their #1 duet, “Think of You.”

Losing Sleep, Chris’s seventh album, comes out on Friday.

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Garth Brooks recommends you take "This Ride" with Jerrod Niemann

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CurbAs Jerrod Niemann prepares to release his new single “I Got This,” from his latest album This Ride, he’s getting a pretty impressive shout-out from five-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks.

“This is one of the greatest talents I’ve ever got to run into, just a humble kid from Kansas,” Garth said recently on Facebook Live, while holding Jerrod’s album. “I would write with this guy every day. I think his well is infinite and I think he’s a great writer, great kid, great singer.”

Jerrod co-wrote both Garth’s #1 “Good Ride Cowboy” and the cut “That Girl Is a Cowboy.” He quickly responded back to Garth’s praise, saying he’d be “ready to write any day… or night.”

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"High School" bound: Kelsea Ballerini returns to her alma mater for free concert next week

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Black River Entertainment“High School” is more than just a track on Kelsea Ballerini‘s new Unapologetically album — it’s where she’s headed.

Fresh off playing shows in Amsterdam, Ireland, and the United Kingdom on Lady Antebellum‘s You Look Good World Tour, the Tennessee native is traveling back to her alma mater to play a free concert. She’ll take the stage at Knoxville’s Central High School on October 28 through a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

For a chance to win tickets, all you need to do is follow “Tennessee” on Snapchat.

Kelsea’s sophomore album arrives November 3. You can download the title track, “Unapologetically,” the first single “Legends,” and “High School” now, with the track “Miss Me More” coming Friday.

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