Welcome to The Boot's News Roundup, a morning rundown of the news country music fans need to know. Read on to learn more about the latest goings-on in the country, Americana, bluegrass and folk genres.

Michigan is now home to a corn maze in the shape of Luke Bryan. According to Lansing radio station WITL, Gull Meadow Farms in Richland, Mich., transformed its annual corn maze into a depiction of Bryan playing guitar in celebration of the artist's upcoming 2019 Farm Tour stop at Stafford Farms, also in Richland. The maze opens to the public on Sept. 7, with admission priced between $9 and $12; it will be open six days a week.

Billy Ray Cyrus
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Billy Ray Cyrus will be on hand at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" collaborator will present an award at the ceremony alongside fellow presenters Hailee Steinfeld, U.S. Women's National Soccer team players Ali Krieger and Alex Morgan, and John Travolta, among others. The 2019 VMAs will air on MTV on Monday (Aug. 26) starting at 8PM ET.

Lindsay Ell
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Lindsay Ell and Morgan Wallen will perform at the 2019 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Set for Sept. 8, the ceremony will also feature performances from High Valley, Aaron Goodvin, Jade Eagleson and the Reklaws. Canadian artist Dallas Smith will co-host the 2019 CCMA Awards alongside Billy Ray Cyrus, and fans outside of Canada can watch the awards via Twitter starting at 9PM ET.

Martina McBride cooking show
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Martina McBride, Chris Janson and more artists have been named to the House of Blues Music Foundation's Ambassadors Council. According to MusicRow, artists on the council will encourage the development of new artists by mentoring young acts, donating funds and participating in "educational youth workshops." “I grew up knowing that more than anything I wanted to be a musician; but I didn’t have the resources or access for help, so I taught myself how to play,” Janson says in a statement. “It makes me realize how blessed I am not only to be able to share my passion with others but to help Music Forward inspire and support kids whose passions lie in their love of music.”

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