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Watch Florida Georgia Line's Surprise Backstreet Boys Collaboration at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival

The Backstreet Boys made a surprise appearance during Florida Georgia Line's set at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday night (Sept. 24), with the two groups performing BSB's hit "Everybody."

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Country singer Jean Shepard dies; was Grand Ole Opry staple

Jean Shepard, "the grand lady of the Grand Ole Opry" who had a long recording career as an influential female in country music, died Sunday, according to an Opry spokeswoman. Shepard was 82.

Spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said in a news release that Shepard had entered hospice care last week and died in Nashville.

"The Opry family is truly saddened by the news of Jean's passing," Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher said in the statement. "Although we will miss Jean's presence on the Opry stage, she has left us the wonderful gift of her music which will be remembered for generations to come."

Shepard joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955 and helped set the standard for women in country music, choosing to tour as a solo act rather than as part of a group. She presented a strong female point of view on songs like "Twice the Lovin' in Half the Time" and "The Root of All Evil (Is a Man)," influencing such key figures in country music as Loretta Lynn who came along a decade later.

Shepard also was credited with releasing country music's first concept album, "Songs From a Love Affair," in 1956.

Shepard was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, and was one of 10 children. She was raised near Bakersfield, California, where she listened to the Grand Ole Opry, the show she later performed on.

Her career began in the 1940s. According to the Grand Ole Opry website, Western swing musician Hank Thompson saw her at age 14, singing and playing bass in the Melody Ranch Girls, an all-girl band, and helped her begin recording.

She paired with fellow Hall of Fame member Ferlin Husky in 1953 on "A Dear John Letter," her first No. 1 country hit.

In 1963, her husband at the time, country singer Hawkshaw Hawkins, was killed in a plane crash along with Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas.

In 2005, she became the first female singer to reach 50 years as a Grand Ole Opry member, according to the Opry's website.

Shepard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011 as she continued to perform regularly on the Grand Ole Opry.

Shepard is survived by her husband, Benny Birchfield, and sons Don Robin Hawkins, Harold Franklin Hawkins II and Corey Birchfield.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

Jean Shepard Dead at 82

Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard has passed away.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay Cover: Florida Georgia Line, 'H.O.L.Y.' [Watch]

Five Song Suffragettes singers take their audience to church during this #LetTheGirlsPlay cover song. Recently they closed one of their Monday night shows with “H.O.L.Y.” by Florida Georgia Line.

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Kane Brown speaks out for the first time after the death of his papa

When you are on the road and riding big tour buses and playing in front of thousands of fans, the outside world can often feel millions of miles away.

That is, until that outside world is rocked by an almost unspeakable pain.

RELATED: For the second time in two months, tragedy hits Kane Brown

That’s exactly what happened on Sept. 23, when rising country star Kane Brown was hit with some horrible news from back home. Shared on his Facebook page with the simple words “R.I.P. Papa I Love You,” Kane quickly found himself thrust into mourning.

And just hours before he would put the pain behind him and step onstage to fulfill his opening duties on Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots Tour, Kane had something else to share with his legions of fans.

RELATED: Kane Brown nearly breaks the internet with this sneak peek at his brand new song

“My family and I lost a great man today,” Kane shared before a gorgeous black-and-white pic of him staring out into a sunset. “I know I’m not home with y’all but I know he’s on the road with me now :100: rest in peace papa you will always be in our heart!”

We send our thoughts and prayers to Kane and his family during this difficult time.

Cam Weds Fiance Adam Weaver

Congratulations to Cam and her new husband, Adam Weaver!

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Backstreet Boys Join Florida Georgia Line During iHeartRadio Festival [Watch]

On Saturday night, country reps Florida Georgia Line surprised the crowd when they brought out special guests the Backstreet Boys to sing BSB's hit song "Everybody." Continue reading…

Cam Praises Dolly Parton: 'She's the Most Brilliant'

At the 2016 ACM Honors, Cam praised country legend Dolly Parton and talked about her 2016 Burning House Tour.

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Still no will, but work to settle Prince estate forges ahead

Work to settle Prince's estate is moving forward, and a closed hearing is expected to be held this week to resolve an undisclosed dispute between the likely heirs and the trust company that's managing the estate. Court papers say only that the dispute involves "confidential business agreements." Five months after the musician's death, here's a look at where things stand:


No will has surfaced since Prince died of an accidental painkiller overdose in April, so his sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings are likely to be declared the rightful heirs within the next few months. Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide has not made an official declaration or said when he will. He has rejected numerous claims by people who said they were Prince's children, wives and cousins, or that they otherwise deserved a piece his estate. The main question remaining is whether a woman and girl who claim to be Prince's niece and grandniece are entitled to shares. The judge plans to hold one or two hearings on that in November.


At Tyka Nelson's request, the court appointed Bremer Trust to serve as special administrator of the estate pending the appointment of an executor, which would happen after the court names the legal heirs. Tyka Nelson or someone else could be named the executor, or the heirs could choose to keep Bremer Trust in charge or bring in a different manager. Currently, Prince's entertainment assets are being managed by L. Londell McMillan, a longtime attorney, manager and friend of the artist, and entertainment industry executive Charles Koppelman.


A Sept. 12 deadline set by the judge for claims against the estate passed quietly. Most businesses that say they're owed money have been filing their claims directly with Bremer Trust, and those claims aren't public information. While people who claim to be Prince's heirs are supposed to have filed with the court by now, it's possible that more claims could trickle in. But the legal bar for getting taken seriously at this point is high.


The Oct. 13 tribute concert sanctioned by Prince's family sold out quickly when tickets went on sale Monday. The lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan and others. Prince's inner circle gets a nod with Morris Day & The Time, Judith Hill and Liv Warfield, The New Power Generation and 3rd Eye Girl. The family originally wanted to hold the concert at the new NFL stadium in Minneapolis, but after a long wait for details that frustrated fans across the country, the much smaller Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul was chosen as the venue.


Paisley Park, the 65,000-square-foot studio complex in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen where Prince lived and died, opens for tours Oct. 6. If that sounds reminiscent of Elvis Presley's Graceland, it should. Graceland Holdings is managing it. The tours will include the studios where Prince recorded, produced and mixed most of his biggest hits; the soundstage where he rehearsed for tours and hosted exclusive private concerts; and displays of artifacts including costumes, awards, instruments, and rare music and video recordings. The 70-minute tour costs $46 to $57.50, while the 100-minute VIP tour will cost $111.75. Tickets are available online only. A round building on the 9-acre grounds may be developed into a boutique hotel eventually.


No official valuation of the estate has surfaced since a Bremer Trust attorney estimated during a hearing in June that it could be worth $100 million to $300 million. But it's certain that attorneys, accountants and others are hard at work on that question. That's because estate taxes are expected to gobble up just over half its value. The Internal Revenue Service will be expecting a payment in January. Bremer Trust has been putting some of Prince's real estate holdings on the market. His recorded music shot to the top of the charts after he died, so it's a safe bet that a lot of those royalties will find their way into the public treasury.

Cam Marries in California Desert Ceremony

Country singer Cam and Adam Weaver tied the knot Saturday evening (Sep. 24) in their home state of California.

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