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Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman, and the late Hank Cochran are now in the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Nashville institution celebrated its newest members with the annual Medallion Ceremony Sunday night. The "Tennessean" says Brenda Lee handled the induction for Milsap, who received a musical tribute from Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride, and R&B star Sam Moore. Gill performed for Wiseman as well, along with Charlie Daniels and Jim Lauderdale. Allison Krauss and Gene Watson helped salute Cochran, while Hank's widow accepted her late husband's medallion from Bobby Bare.
Milsap, a six-time Grammy winner known for such crossover hits as "Smoky Mountain Rain" and "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me," was inducted as a "Modern Era Artist." Wiseman was added to the "Veteran Era Artist" category. Cochran, who passed away in 2010, was honored in the "Songwriter" category. His credits include hits for Patsy Cline, George Strait and others.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are spreading the word about the upcoming Country Music Association Awards. The singers will be on TV Monday promoting the event. They'll be guests on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" to discuss the ceremony. Earlier in the day they'll visit ABC's "The View," where they'll also talk about their own work. Paisley will perform his latest single, "Perfect Storm." while Underwood will support her upcoming best-of disc, "Greatest Hits: Decade #1." The album, featuring Carrie's latest hit, "Something in the Water," will be available December 9th. The 48th annual CMA Awards will take place in Nashville and air on ABC on November 5th.
Kenny Chesney says he's "fired up" about his 2015 tour. The country superstar will be hitting the road behind his latest release, "The Big Revival," and doing something a little different with this trek. He explains that he's not heading out with a set lineup for the tour, but will welcome different acts at different shows. Kenny says as a result the "roll out is a little trickier," and he's not able to unveil a full list of dates and other details, but he believes it'll be "worth the wait." The singer also promises his shows will feature "a whole lot of music and some surprises."
Chesney adds that he plans to visit some of his favorite cities, so he'll be making stops in places he's never performed before. He also has the place and date set for the tour opener. Kenny will launch the trek in Nashville on March 26th -- his 47th birthday -- and says he "can't think of a better way to celebrate."
Miranda Lambert says she's excited about how she can help neglected, abused, and abandoned animals following the success of her latest "Cause for the Paws" benefit. The country star raked in 628-thousand-148-dollars with this year's fundraiser, which she held earlier this month in Las Vegas. The event took place in conjunction with Miranda's appearance at the inaugural Route 91 Harvest Festival, and included a VIP cocktail party with live and silent auctions as well as an online auction. Miranda says she always has fun when she's in Vegas, and "being able to save dogs along the way" made it even better this time around.
"Cause for the Paws" supports Lambert's MuttNation Foundation, which will use the money for a number of projects including the construction of Redemption Ranch. MuttNation's first owned and operated shelter is expected to open in Tishomingo, Oklahoma on November 22nd.
Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott are supporting their bandmate in his own charity event. Charles Kelley is joining his brothers -- John Kelley and singer-songwriter Josh Kelley -- to launch the "Kelley Brothers & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament and Concert." All three members of Lady A will hit the links for the tournament, along with other stars. Those on board include Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney, Kip Moore, and Joe Nichols, as well as Ozzie Smith, Roger Clemens, Sterling Sharpe, and others. Fans will get to join the stars for a round of golf before enjoying a special concert. Lady A is headlining, while Owen, Moore, and Nichols are some of the other artists slated to perform. The event will take place in Evans, Georgia on Monday, at the Champions Retreat Golf Club and the Lady Antebellum Pavilion. Proceeds will go to St. Jude Children's Hospital, The John W. Kelley, M.D., Cardiovascular Endowment, and other charities in the Augusta, Georgia area.
Reba McEntire has lost her dad. The country star shared the sad news on Facebook, saying "Daddy passed away" late Thursday in Coalgate, Oklahoma. He was 86. Reba explains that her father had been ill for the past five years, and her family is "very thankful he is not suffering anymore." She adds that her father's death made "total sense" to her, and is further proof that he was "a born and bred cowboy through and through." The singer says her father always told her and her siblings "never to run your horse to the barn," and the way he went was him "just taking his time to go on home." Clark's health setbacks in recent years included suffering a stroke in 2011, just days after Reba was announced as an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Clark was a Hall of Famer as well. The rodeo star took four World Champion steer roping titles in the 1950s and '60s, and in 1979 was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Reba told her father's story in the song "Daddy," which she wrote and recorded for her 1979 sophomore album, "Out of A Dream."
Darius Rucker says he tapped some outside vocalists for his new holiday album, "Home For The Holidays." The singer says the three guest vocalists joining him on "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" are his children -- Daniela Rose, Caroline and Jack.
Lee Brice says he, Jerrod Niemann, and Randy Houser have been good friends for a long time. The country star also admits that hasn't always worked out for the best for Randy. Lee recalls one time when he and Jerrod got Randy kicked out of a place they were staying. Lee says they were staying at this "little country hotel" that was "in the middle of nowhere," and he and Jerrod were "being loud" wrestling in one of their rooms. Brice recalls that he and Jerrod left just before the owner came to confront them, which was why Randy ended up taking the fall. Lee also admits that's not unusual. He says he and Jerrod often seem to get Randy in trouble.