Country queen Miranda Lambert tops the list of CMA nominees, Taylor Swift, Reba and Kid Rock will take the stage and Gwyneth Paltrow will make her CMA debut! The 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards brings all of country music’s greatest stars to ABC tonight, along with a few new additions!
With Country Strong set to hit theaters next month, Paltrow is set to make her live country music singing debut with Vince Gill. American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson will also make her CMA debut in a duet with Jason Aldean, while the Zac Brown Band will team up with Alan Jackson.
Miranda Lambert made country history by nabbing nine nominations this year and tonight, she and Sheryl Crow will pay homage to country great Loretta Lynn, who celebrates her 50th anniversary as a recording artist.
Other performers set to rock the CMAs include hosts Paisley and Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
While it’s the performances that keep the night moving, the CMAs are all about the awards.
Lady Antebellum follows Lambert’s nomination lead with five noms. The Zac Brown Band and Lambert’s fiance Blake Shelton go into the night with four noms each. Other big CMA nominees include Paisley, Urban, Bentley, Martina McBride, Reba, Swift, Underwood, Strait and Urban. Check out the full list of nominees!
Stars taking the stage to hand out the coveted statues include The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Little Big Town, McBride, Tim McGraw, Jerrod Niemann, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Chris Young and Sara Evans.
NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, Better With You star JoAnna Garcia and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host Ty Pennington will also get to play with the country crowd, while Rodney Atkins will present CMAs in the pre-telecast ceremonies.
The 44th Annual CMA Awards Live will air live at 8 p.m., November 10, 2010 on ABC — but the fun has already started online. Check out the CMA website for artist interviews, rehearsal footage and the first-ever live stream from the show.