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Country Music Association (CMA) Awards Nominees And Other Country Stars' Opinions Of The Gay Community

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Tonight the biggest names in country music will come together for the 45th annual Country Music Association Awards.

Stars like Taylor Swift, Martina McBride, Blake Shelton, and Sugarland will vie for bragging rights in categories including Entertainer of the Year, Musical Event of the Year, and Album of the Year.

Country music has a long and rich history in the United States, but due to its often conservative point of view and fan base (remember the reaction to the Dixie Chicks dissing President Bush?), it also has a reputation for not always being the friendliest when it comes to issues and themes related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Revealing you're LGBT or even pro-LGBT can lose you fans, get you the boycotted, or much worse.

Still, there are many country stars who have embraced their LGBT fans and have spoken out on behalf of LGBT rights.

To celebrate the Country Music Association Awards, airing tonight on ABC at 8pm ET, we're taking a look at 14 of the biggest names in country music, many of them nominees at the Awards tonight and others simply legends in the industry, to see what they've said and where they stand on the LGBT community.

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