With the dress rehearsal now completed, the clock is ticking down to the opening of the 2010 CMT Music Awards . Kid Rock hosts the show that airs live Wednesday (June 9) at 8 p.m. ET/PT from the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville.
The night will be highlighted by performances from Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band. Keith Urban and John Mayer, who will be featured together on an upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads, will perform “Hit the Ground Runnin’,” a track from Urban’s Defying Gravity album.
As always, the CMT Music Awards will also feature a wide array of non-country celebrities as presenters. This year’s list includes TV personality Paula Deen, American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi, NFL great Terrell Owens, actress Hayden Panettiere, NASCAR legend Richard Petty, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, comic-actor David Spade and Saturday Night Live‘s Kenan Thompson. Also presenting awards are Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from MTV’s Jersey Shore and Dancing With the Stars finalists Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
During the awards show, Bundy, Easton Corbin, Justin Moore, Steel Magnolia, Trailer Choir and Chris Young are set to perform from the Nationwide Insurance stage. Leading up to the main show, CMT Music Awards Red Carpet 2010 will feature all the excitement of the red carpet arrivals. Hosted by The Singing Bee‘s Melissa Peterman and CMT’s Evan Farmer, the red carpet festivities begin at 7 p.m. ET/PT.