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Coti Howell

Coti Howell was born and raised a music lover, and growing up in Nashville only increased her love affair with country music. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate cut her teeth in Journalism as a television reporter for the campus news station before working as an on-air reporter for Inside Music Row. She took some time off to travel and lived abroad in Bangkok before returning to the States to rejoin her one true love: Music Journalism. Howell worked as the entertainment reporter for AL.com in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and freelanced for Nashville publications before joining Taste of Country. In her spare time, she loves traveling the world, tweeting, shopping, spending time with friends and family and, of course, going to live shows!
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2014 CMA Awards Worst Dressed Pictures

Sure, high fashion was in attendance at the 2014 CMA Awards, but not everyone got the memo. As much as we love 'em for their music, these folks left a lot to be desired on the red carpet, looks-wise. Do you agree with our picks for the 2014 CMA Awards Worst Dressed list?

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Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney Undergoes Emergency Surgery Prior to CMA Awards

Just one day before the 2014 CMA Awards, Taste of Country caught up with Dan + Shay ... or, one half of the duo, really. Dan Smyers stopped by our booth to chat about his other half, Shay Mooney, and why he was missing in action during interviews.

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Maddie and Tae Prep for Their First CMA Awards, Recall Where They Were Last Year

It has been quite a year for newcomers Maddie & Tae, whose debut single 'Girl in a Country Song' undoubtedly helped them snag an invite to the 2014 CMA Awards. The duo recall how far they've come since last year, including where they watched the show and how they're prepping to attend.

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Dierks Bentley Recalls ‘Totally Crazy’ Way He Secured a Spot at His First CMA Awards

Dierks Bentley is nominated for a total of five big awards at the 2014 CMA Awards, but he remembers a time when it wasn't that easy for him to find his name in lights during Country Music's Biggest Night.

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