Jason Aldean is joining forces with actress Kristen Bell to co-host what’s proven to be music’s wildest night of the year — the CMT Music Awards — live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com.
The duo confirmed their duties on the 2013 CMT Music Awards on Thursday (May 2) after Bell disclosed this week on Twitter that she was returning as host for this year’s show and teased who her counterpart would be.
Nominations for the 12th annual show will be announced Monday (May 6) and performers and presenters for country music’s first fan-voted awards show will be revealed soon. Tickets for the show will go on sale May 11 at 11 a.m. ET at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Bridgestone Arena box office.
With more than 8 million records sold and 11 No. 1 hits under his belt, Jason Aldean is an 11-time CMT Award nominee and has been a CMT Artist of the Year honoree the last three years running. “1994,” the third single from his platinum album Night Train, is currently storming up the Top 15 and follows seven consecutive No. 1 singles, including Night Train’s “Take a Little Ride” and “The Only Way I Know,” the latter featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church.
Aldean’s current Night Train tour has sold out every show so far, including his Madison Square Garden debut and the first-ever show at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium where he played to 66,000 fans. More stadium dates on the books this year include two nights at Boston’s Fenway Park (July 12 and 13) and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (July 20).
Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series House of Lies with Don Cheadle. This summer, she starts shooting the Warner Brothers film Veronica Mars, reprising the title role from the TV series. She starred in and co-produced the comedy Hit & Run, written and directed by Dax Shepard, and is also lending her voice to the new Disney animated feature Frozen.
Additionally, Bell plays the lead role in the independent film Lifeguard which opens this summer. Her other film credits include Forgetting Sarah Marshall, When in Rome, Couples Retreat, Movie 43, Some Girls, You Again and Burlesque. Her other television credits include Deadwood, Heroes and Party Down while her Broadway credits include Tom Sawyer and The Crucible.