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Brad Paisley’s 5 Best Country Duets [VIDEO]

Brad Paisley's newest record, This is Country Music, plays like a country rock mix tape curated and orchestrated by Paisley himself. It's packed with guest appearances from the likes of coiffed guitar acrobat Marty Stuart, classic rock crooner Don Henley and, of course, Paisley's go-to duet partner these days, Carrie Underwood. Plus, Clint Eastwood whistles the melody to the instrumental 'Eastwood.' If that sounds like the most awesome thing ever, well, what can we say?

Not that it's anything new for the 'Celebrity' singer - he's put together some great collaborations in his day. Check out our list of the five best Paisley duets of all time.

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Miranda Lambert at the 2011 ACM Awards
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2011 ACM Winners: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift Honored

Taylor Swift can add yet another trophy to her already-full mantle. The 21-year-old singer won Entertainer of the Year at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday evening in Las Vegas.

The big winner of the night, though, was Miranda Lambert, whose Grammy-winning song ÔThe House That Built MeÕ took home awards for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year. Lambert also won Top Female Vocalist of the Year for the second year in a row.

Fresh off their success at the Grammys in February, Lady Antebellum racked up the award for Album of the Year, as well as Top Vocal Group of the Year.

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Rihanna and Jennifer Nettles at the 2011 ACM Awards
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2011 ACM Awards Performance Photos: Best Moments From the Show [PHOTOS]

Between Taylor Swift winning Entertainer of the Year and Jennifer Nettles' epic duet with R&B superstar Rihanna, the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards was certainly a night to remember.

Just in case you missed a second of tonight's telecast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Taste of Country has put together a frame-by-frame gallery of the ceremony's best highlights.

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2011 ACM Awards Red Carpet Photos: See the Stars Arrive [PHOTOS]

The biggest stars in Hollywood and Nashville made the trip to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Among the many A-listers attending were Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, 'Dancing With the Stars' beauty Julianne Hough and, of course, Entertainer of the Year winner Taylor Swift.

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St. Cloud Becomes One Town – On “This Date In Central Minnesota History”

ST. CLOUD -- April 2nd, 1856 – The three settlements, Upper Town, Middle Town, and Lower Town, were granted authority by the Minnesota Territorial Legislature to incorporate into the City of St. Cloud in March 1856, and on April 2nd the first town officers were chosen.

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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 21st, 1903

It was on this date in 1903 that Stephen Tenvoorde signed an agreement making his dealership the second Ford dealership in the country. Today it is the oldest Ford dealership in the world.

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Father: Okay To Say ‘No’ To Facebook For Lent [AUDIO]

It's the season of Lent -- and that means a lot of fish frys. But a Father at three St. Cloud churches says Catholics don't necessarily have to eat fish on Fridays. And, as for the tradition of giving something up during lent, he says the Catholic Church is fine with you abstaining from more modern temptations such as TV or Facebook.

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This Date In Central Minnesota History: March 17th, 1908

It was on this date in 1908 that the Watab Dam for the Sartell Paper Mill was finished. The Watab Pulp and Paper Company was formed by a group of investors from Wisconsin and the company began constructing the paper mill in Sartell in 1905.

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