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Country’s Top 5 Moments at the 2014 Grammys

Country music shined at the 2014 Grammys, with nine of Nashville's top singers taking the stage to sing and play guitar. Collaborations and solo performances from artists like Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes were among the night's best, but what was the best moment?

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ToC Encore: Trace Adkins’ Rehab Trip Spotlights Country Music’s Drinking Problem

Earlier this week, Trace Adkins announced a second stint in an alcohol rehabilitation facility. He fell off the wagon during a cruise he was set to headline. It was his first taste of alcohol in over a decade -- since his last stay in rehab in 2002. While the singer seems to be taking full ownership of what happened on that boat, the incident shines a light on something not talked about very often. 

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ToC Encore: What You Can Learn From Country Tour Announcements

Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen have announced their summer tour plans, and many more will surely follow in the coming weeks. If you’re paying attention, you can learn a little more than just where an artist will be, and they'll be there. Taste of Country’s Billy Dukes explains how you can find out a lot about your favorite artist by looking at the schedule.

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ToC Encore: Favorite Interviews of 2013

There's an art to giving a great interview, and not every country star has mastered it. In fact, most fall somewhere between guarded and nervous when they pick up the phone or agree to talk about their lives and music face-to-face. That holds a singer back, but it's an obstacle that can be overcome, as Brantley Gilbert has proven. 

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Tim McGraw, ‘Lookin’ for That Girl’ [Listen]

Tim McGraw marries traditional country stylings to contemporary innovations in his new single ‘Lookin’ for That Girl.’ The scream of a pedal steel keeps the track safely on the country side of the radio, while his use of auto-tune points forward toward what could be the genre’s future.

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Headline of the Year – 2014 Taste of Country Awards

2013 was full of tragedy, surprises and celebration -- it seemed a new jaw-dropping news event took place just about every month in country music. Five events make the final cut as nominees for the Headline of the Year Award at the 2014 Taste of Country Awards. Which do you think should win?

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Video of the Year – 2014 Taste of Country Awards

2013 was a really good year for country music videos, with more than one turning into mini-movies. The plot was thick during Carrie Underwood’s Two Black Cadillacs’ and Tim McGraw’s ‘Highway Don’t Care,’ two of the 10 nominees in the Best Video category. Take a look at all nominees and decide who should win this Taste of Country award.

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Most Heartwarming Moment of the Year – 2014 Taste of Country Awards

All five nominees for the Heartwarming Moment of the Year award at the 2014 Taste of Country Awards involve kids ... duh. Country artists go out of of their way to help children in need, turning up in the most surprising places. It's the only format where a dying girl can ask to get a phone call from her favorite singer and actually receive it.

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Best Dressed Artist of the Year – 2014 Taste of Country Awards

For some, it comes naturally. For others, it comes with a little help and a $30 million necklace. OK, Carrie Underwood looked great at the Grammys even without the jewels, and her wardrobe choices in 2013 made her an easy pick for nomination in the Best Dressed category at the 2014 Taste of Country Awards. It's up to fans to decide who has the best style. 

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Song of the Year – 2014 Taste of Country Awards

With Artist of the Year already decided, Song of the Year is the most distinguished honor at the 2014 Taste of Country Awards. Ten hits from 2013 make the ballot, including ACM, CMA and Grammy nominees. Combined, these tracks have sold over 11 million downloads, but which is worthy of this fan-decided honor?

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Live Act of the Year – 2014 Taste of Country Awards

The nominees for Live Act of the Year aren't just your usual suspects. New artists like Florida Georgia Line make the ballot, while first-time headliners like Luke Bryan and Eric Church look for fan votes against mainstays like Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean. George Strait may be the sentimental favorite, as he finished the first year of a two-year plan to retire from the road. Vote for your favorite live performer from 2013 here!

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