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After spending all week hearing about who wore what to the ACM Awards on Sunday (April 3) night, my head is dizzy with designer names I've never even heard of. So when I read that Jason Aldean gets some of his bling from Wal-Mart, I was so relieved. It's just so normal. In the new People Country Special issue on newsstands now, there's a "Hottest Guys" section, and Aldean is in there talking about how real his country-boy image is. "There's not a lot of prettiness. Half the time we shave, half the time we don't," he said. And as for his signature earrings and necklaces, he does not go overboard and drop a lot of money on those. "If I find a necklace at Wal-Mart for $2, I'll wear it for years," Aldean admits. Other hot guys in the magazine are Keith Urban (the hottest of the hot) and then Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner, the newly-hatless Chris Young, Eric Church, Billy Currington, Clay Walker, brothers Charles and Josh Kelley, Joe Nichols, Kenny Chesney, David Nail and more. Stay tuned for more highlights as I continue to, um, research these hot guys.