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  • Highlights from The ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn -- The Last Rodeo TV special

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    Virtually every country superstar in America performed on the ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn -- The Last Rodeo TV special that aired on CBS Sunday night. Miranda Lambert was on hand to sing "Hillbilly Deluxe," but she had to fight for that one with Jason Aldean and Darius Rucker, who both told her, "Hey, thanks for stealing our song." Says Miranda, "Originally Carrie Underwood stole mine, 'cause I wanted to do 'Neon Moon,' so we were all taking everybody's stuff.'"

    After taping her performance, Miranda got to go watch the rest of the show from the audience, and there were a few performances that really stood out for her. Jennifer Hudson's powerful take on "Believe" was among those.  Miranda adds, "One of my favorite performances was Sugarland's. I thought it was so great, and I love to see them and, like, Rascal Flatts just by themselves. It makes me remember why Rascal Flatts is Rascal Flatts because it's just the guys and their instruments and their amazing voices." Of note, Sugarland performed a stripped-down version of "Red Dirt Road," and Rascal Flatts took on "It's Getting Better All the Time."

    As for Brooks & Dunn really splitting up for good, Miranda just isn't buying it. She says, "At some point, even if it's 20 years from now, they're gonna come back together and do something on TV. We'll see it."

    Other big performances from last night's Brooks & Dunn tribute include George Strait's version of "Boot Scootin' Boogie," Brad Paisley doing "My Next Broken Heart" and Reba and Ronnie Dunn making a surprise appearance on Lady Antebllum's version of "If You See Him, If You See Her."

  • Music City: Keep on Playin'

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    Nashville native and Desperate Housewives' star James Denton and a sometimes tearful Kimberly Williams Paisley, wife of Brad Paisley, welcomed a packed house to the Ryman Auditorium for last night's Music City: Keep On Playin' flood relief benefit. The initial three-hour telecast on GAC -- it was re-aired immediately after it ended -- raised more than $1.5 million...

    • The event started out with $44,000 in the bank from ticket sales alone and within the first half hour, the tally surpassed $245,000. Video of the heartbreaking devastation was interspersed between artist performances on GAC, which aired the event live.
    • Spotted manning the telephones were a music executives, Nashville mayor Karl Dean, Tennessee Titans football players as well as Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley's father Doug and wife Kimberly, Joey and Rory, Steel Magnolia, Josh Thompson, James Otto, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Dean, Lorrie Morgan and Whitney Duncan. 
    • Brad Paisley kicked things off. He nixed playing his current single, "Water," in favor of the optimistic "Welcome to the Future." He ended his performance by donating $100,000. Backstage, Brad said although his tour set was damaged by the floods, his crew was able to repair it in time for the start of his H2O Tour, which kicks off in Virginia Beach on Friday (May 21st).
    • Dierks Bentley, whose own home took on water during the flood, performed the Jeff Black song "Gold Heart Locket" with the legendary Sam Bush
    • Martina McBride gave two inspired performances -- first singing her own hit, "Anyhow," and later singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." 
    • Keith Urban gave a chilling acoustic performance of a poignantly arranged version of The Beatles' "Help." Despite suffering damage to his rural Nashville home and losing much of his touring equipment, he joked that his musical instruments were last seen floating down the river to Southern Tennessee. He then lifted the somber mood by performing "Better Life." His wife, Nicole Kidman, manned the phones after Keith's performance. 
    • GAC host Storme Warren spoke with Julie Roberts ("Break Down Here") who lost her home, its contents, her car and broke her ankle during the evacuation. 
    • Other performers included Lady Antebellum, Kellie Pickler, Rodney Atkins, Randy Montana, Sheryl Crow, Will Hoge, blues singer and guitarist Keb' Mo', gospel artists Cece Winans and Jaci Velasquez
  • Lady A spoof Easton Corbin's song

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    Dave and Charles of Lady Antebellum Spoof Easton Corbin's song.   Check out "A Little More Preppy Than That"    Funny stuff

  • K-Strass Yo-Yo Master fake

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    Kenny "K-Strass" Strasser is a Yo-Yo master. Well, he's not really. But somehow he's been able to convince morning T-V shows across the Midwest that he is, and this master prankster has made T-V station after T-V station look quite silly.

  • Blake and Miranda are Engaged

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    Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert

     

    After 5 years of dating, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are engaged!  Blake popped the question to Miranda over the weekend and People magazine has the exclusive story…

    He may be classified as a “hillbilly” singer, but Blake Shelton polished up his manners when it came to popping the question to Miranda Lambert.

    “He called my dad and got his blessing first,” Lambert tells PEOPLE about Shelton’s surprise proposal on May 9. “That was so Southern and old-school and perfect.”

    Equally perfect: The diamond-and-platinum ring “Hillbilly Bone” singer Shelton, 33, chose on his own.

    “I was so proud of him,” says Lambert, 26. “We’ve been together five years, so he knew exactly what I wanted but it’s so much more perfect than I could have picked out myself.”

    The setting for the proposal was distinctly down-home – in the woods near Lambert’s Tishomingo, Okla., home. And the celebration was similarly informal: “We had a couple of Bacardi and Diet Sprites – in a Solo cup!”

    The engagement is yet another high point in a stellar year for Lambert, who in January scored her first No. 1 single with “White Liar” and in April won Album of the Year and Top Female Vocalist at theACM Awards. Tuesday morning, Lambert was nominated for two CMT Awards, while her groom-to-be also received a nod.

    “2010 will not be forgotten in my world,” she says.

    And the best may be yet to come. “Weddings are great and engagements are great and diamonds are especially great,” Lambert says. “But I’m just excited to be married because I want to tell Blake I really can love him the rest of my life and be happy and make him happy.”

    For more on Lambert and Shelton’s engagement – and a photo of the ring! – pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

  • Music City Flooded and Forgotten

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    Even though the torrential rains had stopped by Monday, Nashville still experienced unparalleled flooding due to the rising waters of the Cumberland River. The Grand Ole Opry House was damaged in that flood, but the show will go on Tuesday night at Nashville's War Memorial Coliseum, while Opry performances for Thursday, Friday and Saturday will take place at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Both the Ryman and War Memorial Coliseum are former homes of the Grand Ole Opry. The last time the Opry had to relocate was back in 1975: that was also due to flooding of the Cumberland River.

    The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville also took on water in its basement and in the Ford Theater. A rep for the Country Music Hall of Fame tells The Tennessean newspaper that no exhibits are threatened.

    Several country artists lost instruments in the flood. Brad Paisley's road guitar gear and amps were flooded, but he tweeted saying, "On the positive side, everyone is safe." Chuck Wicks' tour bus and equipment trailer were also underwater as of Monday afternoon, and Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum and his wife Cassie actually borrowed Dierks Bentley's water pump to drain the water from their basement. Michelle Branch lost her car in the flood, and urged everyone to give what they can to the Red Cross relief effort.

    Tim McGraw and Faith Hill released a joint statement saying, "We are very concerned for our town, but are also extremely proud of the selflessness and generosity shown by our wonderful citizens. We truly live in a special community."

    The National Weather Service confirmed Monday night that the Cumberland River crested at just shy of 12 feet above flood stage.  Thankfully, the waters are expected to drop below flood stage by Wednesday morning.

    Tennessee needs you! Text REDCROSS to 90999 for a quick $10 donation that goes directly to helping those in Nashville and surrounding areas devastated by the flooding. Please help.