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It's an honor fit for the King of Country! George Strait will receive the 2013 Country Radio Broadcasters' Career Achievement award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Nashville, Tuesday, Feb. 26. Previous winners of the Career Achievement award include last year's recipient Glen Campbell. Among others who have earned the honor are Kenny Rogers, Charlie Daniels, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. The Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony serves as the unofficial kick-off for the annual Country Radio Seminar. [CRS]
Darius Rucker, Jake Owen and Clay Walker hit the links on Thursday (Feb. 7) in a charity pro-am tournament in California. The musicians will partner with professional golfers to play one of three courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course or Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course in Monterey. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament began on Monday (Feb. 13) and runs until Sunday (Feb. 10). The tourney, which features 156 pairs of golfers battling it out, has been running since 1937, raising more than $100 million for charity.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been married for 16 years and have had some memorable adventures during that time. One such outing for the couple -- an impromptu vacation -- even involved a blindfold! The two superstar entertainers reveal that Tim took his wife to a surprise destination. Although the gesture was a romantic one, the results were less than stellar. Of their trip, which found them ultimately in Key West, Fla., Tim says, "It wasn't that great. It rained the whole time." [US Weekly]
As a devoted "Star Trek" fan, Brad Paisley is among the countless fans excited to have seen the trailer for the new film in the sci-fi franchise, which aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Although Brad has a pal who's in the flick, that doesn't mean he has the inside trek, uh, track, on what to expect when it hits theaters this summer. "I think it looks great," Brad says of the trailer. "I mean, there's so little you can tell from the movie trailer. I love to read the geeky comments online that are like, 'I hope they haven't abandoned the entire subplot of the way that the Enterprise is supposed to travel the galaxy.' As opposed to, 'It seems to me they've gone for all action.' It's like, come on, it's just a trailer. The whole movie's not going to be like the trailer. But I'm friends with Zach Quinto, who plays Spock in the new movies, and he says it's insane. He says it's really going to be something else." [Country 92-5]
Gary Allan spends his second week at the top of Billboard's country album chart with Set You Free this week. Meanwhile, Blake Shelton's latest single, "Sure Be Cool If You Did," is the week's top digital country track. Taylor Swift's Red remains the top-selling country album of 2013 this far, with Set You Free in the No. 2 spot for the year.
Sunday's (Feb. 10) Grammy telecast will include a special tribute to late drummer/singer and actor Levon Helm. Participating in the musical tribute will be Zac Brown, along with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. Musical director for the tribute to the late performer will be T Bone Burnett. The Grammys air Sunday at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. Levon Helm passed away from cancer in April 2012.