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Taylor Swift, Kid Rock and Gwyneth Paltrow to Perform at CMAs Tonight

Swift To Sing About Ex-Boyfriend Taylor Lautner

November 10, 2010 4:08 PM ET

Tonight's Country Music Awards (airing on ABC at 8:00 PM EST) will feature performances by the biggest names in country — from Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood to Kid Rock, and even a special Vince Gill/Gwenyth Paltrow duet.

The most anticipated performance, however, will be by Taylor Swift. Us Weekly reports that the 20-year old superstar is going to sing "Back To December," which is allegedly about her ex-boyfriend Taylor Lautner. "She rehearsed last night and sounded great," a source told Us. " It's a very emotional performance — just her sitting at the piano, strings playing. It'll definitely be a 'moment' in the show."

Read what Taylor Swift told Austin Scaggs about her life earlier this year

The night — hosted by Underwood and Brad Paisley — might belong to Miranda Lambert, who is up for a record nine awards. Swift swept last year, but tonight she is only nominated for Female Vocalist Of The Year.

Check out the Rolling Stone review of Swift's new album Speak Now

Here are the nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Taylor, Swift, Carrie Underwood

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR: Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR: Brooks & Dunn, Joey + Rory, Montgomery Gentry, Steel Magnolia, Sugarland

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: "A Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin; "Hillbilly Bone," Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins; "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum; "The House That Built Me," Miranda Lambert; "White Liar," Miranda Lambert

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: "Hillbilly Bone," Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins; "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum; "The House That Built Me," Miranda Lambert; "Water," Brad Paisley; "White Liar," Miranda Lambert

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum; "Play On" by Carrie Underwood; "Revolution" by Miranda Lambert; "Twang" by George Strait; "Up On the Ridge" by Dierks Bentley

SONG OF THE YEAR: "A Little More Country Than That," "Need You Now," "The House That Built Me," "Toes," "White Liar"

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR: "Bad Angel," Dierks Bentley featuring Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson; "Can't You See," Zac Brown Band featuring Kid Rock; "Hillbilly Bone" Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins; "I'm Alive," Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews; "Till The End" Alan Jackson with Lee Ann Womack

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR: Paul Frankin — Steel Guitar, Dann Huff — Guitar, Brent Mason — Guitar; Mac McAnally — Guitar; Randy Scruggs — Guitar

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