Star Power Intensifies for 2005 CMT Music Awards

Heart and Dierks Bentley Added to Musical Performance Lineup

The star power of the 2005 CMT Music Awards continues to intensify with the addition of hot country stars and celebrities from across the entertainment and sports worlds.

Powerhouse duo Heart and platinum-selling Dierks Bentley have joined the stellar live musical performance lineup which includes previously-announced performers Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Big & Rich, Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson.

The 2005 CMT Music Awards, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, is country music’s only fan-voted awards show and this year’s only country awards televised from Nashville. CMT will telecast the 2005 CMT Music Awards live on Monday, April 11 at 8 p.m. ET.

The show will include appearances by NASCAR star Kyle Busch, Deana Carter, Jeff Daniels (Because of Winn Dixie, Terms of Endearment), Drea de Matteo (Joey, The Sopranos), Bill Engvall (Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie), Gina Gershon (Face/Off), Dennis Hopper (Apocalypse Now, Easy Rider), Shooter Jennings, Larry the Cable Guy (Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie), Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols, LeAnn Rimes, Julie Roberts, William Shatner (Boston Legal), Shania Twain, Van Zant, NASCAR star Brian Vickers, Lee Ann Womack and the Warren Brothers.

Wilson and McEntire will join Martina McBride in presenting country icon Loretta Lynn with the prestigious Johnny Cash Visionary Award. Lynn will be honored by friends and family in a moving tribute featuring appearances by Elvis Costello, Crystal Gayle, Faith Hill, Sissy Spacek, Urban and Wynonna.

Fans may vote online at CMT.com through Friday, April 8 to determine the winners at the 2005 CMT Music Awards. The final four nominees for the video of the year category will be named at the beginning of the live telecast, with voting taking place during the show. Viewers on the West Coast wishing to vote will need to vote during the live broadcast beginning at 5 p.m. PT. The show will be telecast on the West Coast at 8 p.m. PT.