NASHVILLE, Tenn. - High-profile duets featuring newcomer Grace Potter teaming with Kenny Chesney and Natasha Bedingfield performing with Rascal Flatts have been added to the lineup of live performances scheduled for the 45th Annual CMA Awards broadcast in November.
Bedingfield will team with Rascal Flatts to perform their current single, "Easy." Potter is a first-time nominee for her duet with four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney on "You and Tequila," which is nominated for Musical Event and Music Video of the Year. Chesney is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year.
Previously announced performers include nominees Jason Aldean, the Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, as well as Faith Hill, who is slated to debut a song from her album planned for next year. Co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be featured performing their No. 1 country hit, "Remind Me," during the Nov. 9 ABC broadcast live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Chesney's three 2011 nominations follow seven CMA Awards to date, including his four consecutive wins for the prestigious Entertainer of the Year trophy, tying him with Garth Brooks for the most wins in that category. Potter's performance nominations on "You and Tequila," also nominated for Song of the Year, are her first two from the CMA. She is the frontwoman for Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.
New Zealand-born Bedingfield is a major British pop vocalist best known in the U.S. for "Unwritten," the title cut of her debut album. Rascal Flatts are seven-time CMA Award winners, having won six consecutive Vocal Group of the Year awards from 2003 through 2008, and are again nominated in that category for 2011.
Photos: See pics from last year's show
There is good and bad in all music. Nothing is as bad as rap, though. Country music has changed as has most things. Most of the changes are for the better. There are wonderful singers now that are selling millions of albums and playing to sold out stadiums. You do not have to like them all. But one of the idiots of the posting board put Chesney down and said he could not sing. His album sales are tours prove otherwise. Maybe the protestor is tone deaf. And the same for Taylor Swift. If you don't like her fine....but to say she has no talent just proves how dumb you are. Billboard magazine just gave her "Woman of the Year". She must be doing something right....besides selling out stadiums and multi platinum albums left and right! I like some of the old stuff too, but one poster wanted them back on stage and then named several (all of whom are DEAD)....do not think I want to attend that concert!
Freetobefree: The word you want is off.....not of.