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Paisley, LL Cool J Stand by ‘Accidental Racist’

Jerod Harris/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM(NEW YORK) -- It only took a few hours for a six-minute song about race to spark a backlash after its release Monday.

The song, recorded by the unlikely duo of Brad Paisley and LL Cool J and titled “Accidental Racist,” was slammed by music critics and fans alike for its attempt at a dialogue on race between two men from starkly different backgrounds. The song features lyrics including “If you don’t judge my do-rag … I won’t judge your red flag” and “If you don’t judge my gold chains … I’ll forget the iron chains.”

The country singer, 40, and his rapper counterpart, 45, say the national debate sparked by their song, released on Paisley’s new album, Wheelhouse, is exactly what they wanted to happen.

“I’m not really sure we’re going to find any answers but it was the idea that we were asking the question,” Paisley said in an exclusive interview with his duet partner that aired Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning America.

“Martin Luther King says that darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can,” LL Cool J said. “Hate can’t drive out hate, only love can. So what we’re talking about is compassion.”

“Accidental Racist” focuses specifically on how northerners like LL Cool J, who grew up in New York City, view southerners, like Paisley, a native of West Virginia, and vice versa.

“I’m not advising anyone to truly forget slavery, but what I’m saying is forget the slavery mentality,” LL Cool J said. “Forget the bitterness. Don’t get bitter, get better.”

Critics have been especially harsh on specific lines in the song, like LL Cool J singing “let bygones be bygones,” and Paisley singing that white Americans are “still paying for mistakes that a bunch of folks made before we came.”

“Some people take exception to some of the lyrics [and] I respect that,” LL Cool J said. “I’m sensitive to that.”

Paisley, for one, found out about the controversy from LL Cool J, who alerted him to the backlash after the video, in which LL Cool J plays a barista, was released on YouTube Monday.

“I got a call from this guy saying, ‘Have you seen anything?’” Paisley said, adding that LL Cool J went on to tell him to look at Twitter.  “I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to look at it.’”

Despite the backlash, the two stars, who will sing together again on LL Cool J’s next album, to be released later this month, say they are proud of the song and the discussion it is creating.

“Let’s not be victims of things that happened so long ago,” Paisley said.  “In the end, I felt like what we had on tape was something that people needed to hear.”

LL Cool J said, “At the same time, let’s respect it. But then after we respect it, let’s also open our hearts up so we can move forward.”


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Stars to Honor President George H.W. Bush Monday Night

White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Reba, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood have signed on to perform at an event in Washington, D.C. Monday night honoring former President George H.W. Bush.

The concert will recognize Bush's leadership in promoting service and volunteerism in America through his Points of Light campaign.  It will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Cee-Lo Green, Sam Moore and Sheryl Crow will also perform, and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter are expected to attend.

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Performers Announced for 46th Annual ACM Awards

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Heidi Gutman(LAS VEGAS) -- Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and Toby Keith have been confirmed to perform on the 46th Annual ACM Awards coming up April 3 on CBS. Reba and Blake Shelton will serve as hosts. The night's top prize, Entertainer of the Year, will be decided by the fans again this year too.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, online voting starts March 11th at

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Brad Paisley Performing, Driving Pace Car at Sunday's Daytona 500

Photo Courtesy - Arista Nashville(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- Brad Paisley is set to perform at the pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 this Sunday on Fox.

Paisley will also drive the official pace care for the race, the Chevrolet Camaro SS.

Randy Montana will also perform at the Daytona 500 on Sunday as part of the pre-race festivities.  He'll take the stage on the Coca-Cola Racing Family Stage outside the track that afternoon.

Martina McBride has been booked to sing the national anthem, as well.

Viewers can catch all the action starting at noon ET.

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Brad Paisley Launches Summer-Themed 'H2O Frozen Over' Tour

Photo Courtesy - Arista Nashville(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Brad Paisley launches his H2O Frozen Over tour Thursday night in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Even though the temperatures will be below freezing in many of the cities on his trek, Paisley is keeping some elements from his summer-themed H2O tour in place for this new run.  In keeping with that theme, the singer is asking his fans to dress appropriately underneath their coats when they come to the shows.

"You should be wearing shorts and a tank top if that's what you do in the summertime," Paisley told ABC News Radio.  "Just bring a coat so that you can get into the building.  And once you get in there, we're going to pretend that it isn't five degrees."

Paisley is bringing Darius Rucker and Jerrod Niemann along as his opening acts this time around. 

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Country Stars Performing Christmas Classics on CMA Special

Photo Courtesy - Mercury Records(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The first-ever CMA Country Christmas special airs Monday on ABC, and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is serving as host.

It's her first time helming a TV broadcast, and she says the show reminds her of those great holiday specials she watched as a kid.  "It's such a fond memory of being with your family and having something that feels like it only comes around once a year and that also gets you excited for the holiday."

Sugarland performs "Winter Wonderland" and "O Come O Come Emmanuel" on the show.

Reba is also on the special, singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and several St. Nicks actually join her onstage for the performance.  Reba says, "I was very glad they asked me to be a part of it.  It looks great.  The set's beautiful."

Darius Rucker makes an appearance to sing his holiday tune "Candy Cane Christmas."  Since heavy hitters like Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and Rascal Flatts are on the CMA Country Christmas special too, Darius says, "They got all the big boys, and they let me play too. So, that's pretty cool." He adds, "Everybody's doing these great Christmas songs."

Other acts featured on the special include Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler and LeAnn Rimes.   CMA Country Christmas airs Monday night at 9:30 ET on ABC.

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Brad Paisley Scores 14th Consecutive Hit with "Anything Like Me"

Photo Courtesy - Arista Nashville(NEW YORK) -- Brad Paisley has the number-one country song in the nation this week with "Anything Like Me."  It's his 14th straight number-one hit on a major country chart, second only to the record of Country Music Hall of Fame member Sonny James.

"Anything Like Me" was written about his son Huck, but also applies to his younger boy, Jasper.  In the song, Paisley looks back on the mistakes he made growing up and looks forward to his son making the same mistakes.

Says Paisley, "All those things that I'm talking about that he does, like, 'Probably stay out too late, drive his car too fast,' I kind of hope he does."  He adds, "All of these are things that I'm equal parts a little bit scared of and hopeful that he actually does them."

"Anything Like Me" is included on Paisley's album American Saturday Night and his new compilation, Hits Alive.

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Lambert, Shelton, Paisley & Lady A Win Big at CMA Awards 

Photo Courtesy - Michael Loccisano/ WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Miranda Lambert and her fiancé Blake Shelton had about the best night two country stars could possibly have Wednesday at the CMA Awards, carting home five awards in all, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Video for Lambert, and Male Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year for Shelton.  In addition, Miranda's hit "The House that Built Me" was named Song of the Year.

Accepting the award for Female Vocalist from her idol Loretta Lynn towards the end of the night, Lambert said, "I don't know what's going on!  I just told Blake I think we need to go to church!" To top it off, Wednesday was also her 27th birthday.

Shelton's win for Male Vocalist -- his first ever -- earned wild cheers from the crowd, and actual tears from Reba McEntire.  After walking to the podium, Shelton said, "That was 34 years' worth of steps for me, y'all.  This is a really big deal for me...this is unbelievable!"

Lambert was very emotional after winning Female Vocalist but the Album of the Year win, for Revolution, obviously meant a lot, too.  She told the crowd, "It's my baby.  It's what I do. It's what I live for.  Thank you so much for loving it too."

Lambert and Shelton's big night inspired the show's co-host, Brad Paisley to comment, "After the night they're having, I think we can expect a baby in about nine months."

Paisley was no slouch in the winning department either, taking home a long-awaited Entertainer of the Year trophy.  He'd been nominated for the CMA's top award each year since 2005, but it was his first-ever win in that category.

A very emotional Paisley told the crowd, "My hero Little Jimmy Dickens has a saying: 'If you see a turtle on a fence post, it had help getting up there.'  I feel like a turtle tonight."  He then proceeded to thank the fans, his wife Kimberley, his entire team and his late grandfather, who passed in 1987.

The other big winners of the night were Lady Antebellum, who took home Single of the Year for "Need You Now" and Vocal Group of the Year.  Hillary Scott thanked her band mates, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, saying, "I can't imagine two better people to enjoy the ride with...this is so humbling."  Charles thanked his brother, singer Josh Kelley, for "making me move to Nashville six years ago."

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Brad Paisley to Debut New Song on CMA Awards

Photo Courtesy - Arista Nashville(NEW YORK) -- Brad Paisley has been in the studio working on his next album while also getting ready to host the CMA Awards on ABC next Wednesday with Carrie Underwood.  Even though his latest single, "Anything Like Me," is still climbing the chart, Paisley tells ABC News Radio he's decided to debut a brand-new song from the upcoming album at the awards show.

It's called "This Is Country Music," and Paisley really wants his fans to hear the song now. He says, "I wanna sing something new. I think it's time."

When he's working on a new project, Paisley says he usually grabs a buddy and plays the new songs for them in his car. With "This Is Country Music," he says, "I'm essentially going to do that on the CMA Awards for 30-something million people, which is really fun."

No word yet on when Paisley might release his next studio album, but his new Hits Alive double album just came out this week.  It features live and studio versions of his biggest hits, along with "Anything Like Me."

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Brad Paisley's 'Hits Alive' Compilation Hits Stores Tuesday 

Photo Courtesy - Sony Nashville/Arista Records(NEW YORK) -- Brad Paisley's first best-of collection, Hits Alive, is out Tuesday featuring both live and studio versions of his biggest songs.

When choosing which version of his hits to include, Paisley thought about which songs have really changed the most in his concerts since they first came out.  "Things like 'Alcohol' and 'She's Everything' and 'Waitin' on a Woman,' they've become extended different pieces live," Paisley explains.

The singer also decided against putting the songs in chronological order on the collection.  Instead, he wanted the album to flow like one of his concerts would.

As for the songs themselves, Paisley thinks his fans will get a really good look at how his life has changed since he first came on the scene in 1999.  His early hits like "I'm Gonna Miss Her" and "Little Moments" were written while he was still single. Once he got married and started a family, the songs changed, too.

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