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Carrie Underwood hosts fan party; CMT Awards rehearsals underway

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Jake Owen performs in downtown Nashville Jake Owen performs in downtown Nashville
Kristen Bell, center, discusses the CMT Music Awards Kristen Bell, center, discusses the CMT Music Awards
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It's Nashville's week to shine, and it seems like everywhere you look, Music City is center stage.

Carrie Underwood hosted her big annual fan party Tuesday at the Opry House, as her mighty army of supporters, known as the Care Bears, arrived from all points on the compass to pack the historic venue.

"Hope you guys are having fun this week," Underwood told the crowd between songs.

The widely diverse group of fans supported Underwood through her American Idol competition and has fought for her in award show competitions and on social media.

Down at Bridgestone Arena, the rehearsals for Wednesday's CMT Awards are underway. The show's host, actress Kristen Bell, set the scene on Tuesday.

"I look for any excuse to come back to Nashville, especially when I can weasel my way into hosting this show. I consider it the best concert I've ever been to," Bell said.

And there's no shortage of live music downtown this week. Jake Owen previewed his CMT performance Tuesday on one of the outdoor stages, and Blake Shelton is expected to play outside Bridgestone Arena later Tuesday evening.

Rolling Stone magazine has launched a new country music website and is releasing a new issue with two covers to celebrate. One features Miranda Lambert, and the other has Eric Church.

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