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A PEPSI MAN

Blake Shelton announced that he will be partnering with Pepsi to kick-off summer 2014 in a big way with a special remote performance on a Pepsi-branded stage during the 2014 CMT Music Awards airing live tonight at 8PM ET on CMT. Dubbed "CMT's Real Big Pepsi Block Party," the performance will take place from Nashville's iconic Broadway, marking the first time ever that the country music star and 2014 CMT Music Award nominee has performed as part of the live CMT show. Shelton's performance will also celebrate the launch of a partnership between the artist and Pepsi. Blake said, "I am excited to partner with Pepsi, a brand that has a long history of bringing music artists like myself closer to our fans. Summer is one of my favorite times of the year, and Pepsi and I will make sure this season is bigger, better and more memorable than ever for fans across the U.S."

MCGRAW GAVE UP EVERYTHING FOR HIS DREAM

Tim McGraw tells Oprah Winfrey on her series Oprah's Master Class which airs this weekend on OWN, that he was so resolute in following his dream of a musical career, he decided to give up his life in Delhi, Louisiana completely. He said, "I ended up telling my mom that, you know, I think I'm just going to drop out of school and move to Nashville, and she told me that she was surprised that I hadn't done it sooner – and I did. I sold everything … water skis and shotguns and just everything … and all the money that I had I got on a Greyhound bus and got to Nashville at 4 in the morning, never looked back. I mean that's what I wanted to do. I knew that I wanted to do this no matter what happened."

THE MOTORCYCLE GIFT IS EXPLAINED

Miranda Lambert explained to Robin Roberts on Good Morning America this week just why she gifted Carrie Underwood a motorcycle last month not long after the two performed their new duet "Somethin' Bad" together on the Billboard Music Awards. She said, "She was wanting a motorcycle and I wanted to get her something for all the work she’s put in, singing on the record, doing the performances. I was like, 'OK, you’ve got to learn how to drive this thing. Don’t blame it on me! She’s been practicing, so I can’t wait. She’s gonna look hot on that thing."

LUCY'S STORY

Lucy Hale – who just released her debut country album The Road Between this week – told MTV News that she's wanted to tell her story for years. She said, "A lot of people know me as Aria from ‘PLL,’ but a lot of people don’t know Lucy. They don’t know my story, and the things that I’ve been through, and what I stand for. I think after listening to the album, they’ll get a clear idea of who Lucy Hale is as a human being."

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