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CMT to Honor the Cast of “Nashville”

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CMT today announced that it will honor the cast of ABC’s groundbreaking series, “Nashville” with the inaugural “International Impact Award” during the “2015 CMT Artists of the Year” special, the definitive year end party, live from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Wednesday, December 2 at 8pm ET/PT. The award will be presented by country sensation Kellie Pickler, currently featured in CMT’s hit series, “I Love Kellie Pickler.” “Nashville” is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment.

Cast members Connie Britton (Rayna), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Chris Carmack (Will), Will Chase (Luke), Charles Esten (Deacon), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Maisy Stella (Daphne), Lennon Stella (Maddie), and Audrey Peeples (Layla) are slated to accept the award on behalf of the entire cast.

“Through their captivating characters, the cast of Nashville have become international ambassadors for our music; helping to spark Nashville’s red-hot renaissance ” said Brian Philips, President of CMT. “With this award, we express our gratitude to a terrific group of stars for helping connect fans from around the world with our city.”

The sixth-annual 90-minute special will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts as the biggest stars of music, film and television gather to celebrate the top five artists that earned the right to be called CMT’s artists of the year: Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt. These artists collectively dominated the last 12 months ruling CMT’s platforms and country radio, scoring chart-topping album and singles, and selling out arenas around the country. Country legend Kenny Rogers will receive the prestigious “Artist of a Lifetime Award,” while Chris Stapleton will receive the first-ever “CMT Artists of the Year Breakout Award” and perform live.  Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced at a later date.

Previous “CMT Artists of the Year” honorees include Jason Aldean (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Kenny Chesney (2011, 2012), Eric Church (2012), Hunter Hayes (2013), Toby Keith (2012), Lady Antebellum (2010, 2011), Miranda Lambert (2012, 2014), Tim McGraw (2013), Brad Paisley (2011), Taylor Swift (2010, 2011), Carrie Underwood (2010, 2012), Keith Urban (2014) and Zac Brown Band (2010).

Past “CMT Artists of the Year” performances have included Adele and Darius Rucker performing Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan’s mashup of “Oh No” and “All Night Long,” and Maroon 5 covering Taylor Swift’s “Mine.” The show has featured appearances by EllenDeGeneres, Matthew McConaughey, Selena Gomez, Billy Bob Thornton, Roger Clemens, Morgan Freeman and more.

Kellie Pickler Talks Chicken’s, Friends and More with Larry King

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Country star Kellie Pickler sits down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series Larry King Now to talk about not wanting kids, but raising chickens, country stars Taylor Swift, Chris Stapleton, and Carrie Underwood and a possible “American Idol” reunion. Plus, reminiscing about getting cozy with Clint Eastwood.

Reality stars, Kellie Pickler and her husband Kyle Jacobs comment on whether there could be a new addition to the cast of reality TV show “I Love Kellie Pickler”. Babies, puppies or chickens?

“He doesn’t consider those [the chickens] our children. He says dinner.” Jacobs adds, “We have two dogs right now and we are content.”

Pickler also commented on Swift’s massive success and how they both met.

“She [Taylor Swift] and Jack Ingram and I were opening acts for Brad Paisley.” Adding onto Taylor Swift’s recent success she says, “She’s a very smart business woman and she’s very talented. She is one of the most incredible songwriters. She’s a great entertainer and I think really marketed herself and protected her brand.”

Kellie’s  totally crushing on a fellow country star.

“Chris Stapleton is one of the greatest assets we’ve had in our format. I love seeing great things happen for great people.”

The “best advice” Kellie’s ever received was from Carrie Underwood.

“I remember asking her how do you deal with people picking you apart and saying these hurtful things sometimes lies? Because we’re all people, we all have feelings. She [Carrie Underwood] says ‘I don’t read them. Don’t read it just don’t even open yourself up to all that.’ and that’s some of the best advice.”

Plus, Kellie reminisces about getting cozy with Clint Eastwood,

“I did what any woman would do. I kissed him on the mouth and I curled up in a fetal position on his lap.” And whether or not there will be a farewell reunion during the show’s forthcoming final season, “I think that there will most definitely be an Idol reunion!”

Check out clips from the show below.

Kellie Pickler Releases Holiday Single, “My Christmas Caroline”

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Country music singer and television personality Kellie Pickler, has released a new holiday single, “My Christmas Caroline,” available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, and wherever digital music is sold. Kellie wrote the song with her husband, songwriter/producer Kyle Jacobs, as a look back at the Christmas holidays she spent with her grandmother while growing up in North Carolina. The song will also be performed on the Dec. 17th episode of her hit docu-comedy “I Love Kellie Pickler.” The television series airs on CMT every Thursday night at 10:00 PM (ET) / 9:00 PM (CT).

Pickler and Jacobs will make their debut appearance on “The Steve Harvey Show” this Thursday, Nov. 19th, where they talk about “I Love Kellie Pickler” and much more. Check local listings for channel and airtime in each market.

The dynamic entertainer will perform at the Grand Ole Opry in the historic Ryman Auditorium on both shows on Tuesday, Dec. 1st. In-between the two Opry shows, she will also sign autographs and perform a two-song acoustic set in the Ryman’s new Café Lulu as part of the “Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler Christmas Event” showcasing the new holiday items in her line of home goods. “Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler,” which debuted earlier this year, is the Opry’s first artist-curated collection and can be found exclusively in the Opry Stores and online at

America Does Love Kellie Pickler

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Kellie Pickler might just be America’s next sweetheart as CMT’s premiere night of “I Love Kellie Pickler” on Thursday night charmed more than 2.5 million total viewers. The premiere episode notched an impressive .81 rating with women (18-49) and .53 rating with adults (18-49) according to Nielsen Media Research*, propelling the network to its highest premiere with adults since 2012 and women since 2008. Including encores over the weekend, nearly 4 million viewers have tuned-in. Kellie and Kyle lit up social media that night with the series ranking as the #2 primetime reality series on Twitter, while the premiere drove a staggering 105% week-over-week increase in visitors and 96% week-over-week increase in total visits to New episodes of “I Love Kellie Pickler” premiere on Thursday nights at 10pm ET/PT.

The premiere of “I Love Kellie Pickler” marks another strong showing for a CMT original series, with the network now pacing 34% ahead in primetime this quarter among A18-49 (L+SD). CMT is building a successful block of original programming on Thursday nights as the 10th season of “Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Making the Team” recently concluded its season as the highest rated to date with A 18-49 garnering nearly 3 million total viewers, while “Party Down South,” returning January 7, remains the network’s highest rated series.

Recognized and beloved for her fun-loving personality, uniquely hysterical witticisms and Southern charm, “I Love Kellie Pickler” follows Kellie as she navigates her madcap relationships with friends, family and the unpredictability of couple hood alongside her husband, Kyle Jacobs, her complete opposite.

Kellie Pickler catapulted from small-town obscurity and became a household name thanks to “American Idol” and “Dancing With the Stars,” but has since gone on to become a country music sensation and part of the CMT Family. Her Gold-certified debut album Small Town Girl contained her signature hits “Red High Heels” and “I Wonder,” followed by her self-titled second album which featured her Platinum-certified Top 10 hit “Best Days of Your Life.” Her third album 100 Proof, which showcased both her powerful voice as well as her songwriting prowess, was named by Rolling Stone as the No. 1 Country Album of the Year and was among those named by The Washington Post as the “Best of 2012.” Her most recent album, The Woman I Am, caused Newsday to write “…Pickler shows how the next phase of her career may be bigger than she ever dreamed.” Last year, Pickler voiced the lead character in the animated Veggie Tales movie “Beauty and the Beet” and performed eight songs on the official soundtrack album. Earlier this year she launched her first home goods line, “Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler,” available in the Opry Stores and online at A proud supporter of the men and women in the U.S. military, she has completed eight USO Tours and was presented with the Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award for the acknowledgement of her unwavering and impassioned support and contributions to the United States Armed Forces and their families.

For more information on “I Love Kellie Pickler,” visit, download the CMT App for exclusive footage, like CMT and “I Love Kellie Pickler” on Facebook, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram and use hashtag #ILoveKP.


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