Miranda Lambert and Fellow Country Stars Gather For an Intimate Night of Celebrating at ACM Honors

Miranda Lambert isn’t one to shy away from a bold performance.

So when she took to the stage Tuesday at the ACM Honors celebration at the iconic Ryman Auditorium to perform the racy and fiercely independent Loretta Lynn single, “Rated X,” it was in full “Texas born and raised spitfire” fashion, as described by the night’s host Jake Owen.

CMT Awards Makeover: Today's Stars with Throwback Hair

Like peanut butter and jelly or, say, the Internet and cat videos, country music and major hair just go together.

And while today’s crop of Nashville regulars put plenty of time (read: hairspray) into their dos, we’d really like to see these singers return to the genre’s roots (pun intended).

Is Luke Bryan the Next Garth Brooks?: Meet Country Music's New Guard of Entertainers

The Academy of Country Music awards are just a banjo solo away, broadcasting on Sunday, April 6th on CBS.

This year’s show is hosted by solo stars and best buddies Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan – sorry Adam Levine, looks like you have competition. Along with steering the 2014 ACMs, both cohosts are also up for the show’s Entertainer of the Year award.

Loretta Lynn Postpones Two Shows Due to Exhaustion

Country music legend Loretta Lynn is postponing two shows in Iowa because of exhaustion.

A statement from Lynn’s representative on the singer’s website says the 81-year-old singer started feeling poorly midway through her three-week tour and is taking some time off to be treated.

“Loretta is a pro and wants to give her fans the best show possible,” the rep said. “She felt she was physically unable to do that.”

Simon Cowell Baby News Wows Readers, Housewives Indictments Spark Anger

Surprise! That prickly, cruel and oft-wise entertainment mogul Simon Cowell is going to be a dad. And more shocking still, the new mother is the wife of one of his good friends, a touchy detail that elicited surprise this week.

But enough about just him, here are the five stories that sparked strongest reactions from readers this past week – the news that made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, angry and even saying ‘Wow’!

Loretta Lynn's Oldest Daughter Dies

A family representative says Betty Sue Lynn, the oldest daughter of country singer Loretta Lynn, has died. She was 64.

According to the statement from the family, Lynn died Monday from complications of emphysema in Waverly, Tenn., near her mother’s ranch in Hurricane Mills.

Loretta Lynn, who has six children, was born in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and chronicled her life in an autobiography and song, both titled “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Loretta Lynn Married Just Shy of 16, Not at 13, as Long Claimed

One of country’s greatest legends – that Loretta Lynn was married at 13 – has been shot down by a new report that the Coal Miner’s Daughter, believed to be 77, is really three years older than she claims to be.

Combing through the records at the state Office of Vital Statistics in Frankfort, Ky., and checking the records of relatives’, the Associated Press reports that Lynn was born April 14, 1932, in the Bluegrass State’s Johnson County and is actually 80.

Zooey Deschanel to Hit Broadway – as Loretta Lynn

There’s a new girl coming to Broadway.

Cast by the country icon herself, Zooey Deschanel will play Loretta Lynn in an upcoming stage musical about the singer’s life, Coal Miner’s Daughter, producers for the Broadway-bound production have announced.

Lynn personally introduced Deschanel Thursday night on the stage of Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium during Opry Country Classics. The two then sang “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Loretta Lynn Hospitalized with Pneumonia

Country legend Loretta Lynn has been hospitalized with pneumonia but is “doing well,” according to her official website.

“Doctors have diagnosed her as [having] the beginning stages [of] pneumonia,” according to a post on the site. She has canceled weekend shows in Ashland, Ky., and Durham, N.C.

“Loretta is doing well and is disappointed but feels confident she will be ready for upcoming November dates,” according to the post.

Miranda Lambert & Sheryl Crow to Lead CMA's Loretta Lynn Tribute

After half a century in the music business, Loretta Lynn is to be honored at next month’s CMA Awards, when Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow deliver a special performance of Lynn’s signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”