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Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts duets unveiled for CMA Awards

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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.

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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

Oct 13, 2011 12:01PM
EastamptonNJ:  I like both George and Scotty but they sound nothing alike...get your hearing checked!
Oct 12, 2011 7:09PM
Also, Scott McCreery he sounds just like George Strait and I hope that Scott can stay country. Good Luck Scott. :)
Oct 12, 2011 12:42PM

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) not think I want to attend that concert!


Freetobefree:  The word you want is off.....not of.

Oct 12, 2011 10:55AM
I agree that country music isn't the same anymore. They have the same country artists every year and I never see new faces in country perform and even get at least a award. For instance, I bought Jake Owens 3rd album Barefoot Blue Jean Night and his song was the best summer 2011 hit.  I never see him perform on the awards it seems like the same artist. I am a big country fan but I get disappointed and bored with the same old country artists like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert etc. I will not like it if Taylor Swift or Carried Underwood wins the majority of the awards I don't think that is right. I want the Country Music Association to bring in new artists not the same successful artists. I want to new performance from different artists I don't mean right before a a commercial break singing there song for about 15 seconds. I think that is ridiculous. I would like to see Jake Owen, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Edge's Edge, and new group I discovered Attwater Music to perform. At least some new artist perform for the whole 2 minutes I would enjoy it!! They need to make it a little new and mixed it up a little bit.
Oct 12, 2011 10:06AM
I keep reading all these comments about country music and how its not really country music, well first off people there is an evolution to everything, of course its not gonna sound like what it did in the 50's or 60's. Country music has evolved as much as some hate to admit it, IT HAS. R&B is no longer R&B, now you just have a bunch of people rapping and cussing. Music is not what it once was but nothing is really as it once was, that is part of evolving, but as far as some of you go calling Kenny Chesney not country music, well let me give you a little something. Everyone hates a winner and thats what this man has done he's become a winner, but remember before he was a winner and had lots of songs on the radio and everybody knew his name, he was just a boy from East Tennessee singing in clubs and honkey tonks trying to get someone to notice him.
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