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.”
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.
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