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It was the sudden death of long-time friend Kristi Hansen last year that made Kenny Chesney, 45, take stock of his life.
“Sometimes things happen that just stop you in your tracks, and they change you,” Chesney tells PEOPLE Country. I’m a different person now.” Hansen’s death from a brain aneurysm at age 35 – while six months pregnant with her first child – devastated the singer and inspired him to reevaluate his own life.“You realize it could all end in a second,” he says.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have been officially announced to host the Country Music Awards together for the fifth time.
A picture of the two viewing promotional CMA pictures during a photo shoot Wednesday was uploaded on the official CMA Twitter account.
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The 2012 CMT Awards air tonight on on CMT and CMT.com, and in honor of the big show we thought we'd look back at our favorite country artists before they were famous!
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“And if it all went away just like that, did I do everything I wanted to do, did I say everything I wanted to say? “I mean, my life’s been blessed, don’t get me wrong – professionally it’s been great,” says the singer.
“But personally…it hasn’t always turned out the way I wanted it, and I haven’t always been the person I wanted to be.
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