Brad Paisley is doing his comedy homework, preparing to co-host the 42nd annual Country Music Association Awards next week.

"I've watched some tapes of some old awards shows, watched a couple Oscars actually with Steve Martin and Billy Crystal," the reigning CMA Male Vocalist tells Nashville's Tennessean newspaper. "It's not that I could ever do what those guys do, but seeing how they handle stuff, because that's the part that you can't plan for. I mean, we can have a great script, but inevitably something is going to happen that we don't really expect."

Vince Gill, who hosted the CMA Awards for 12 straight years, has also been a good source of advice for Paisley.

"When in doubt, make fun of yourself," Gill said in consulting Paisley. "You can't offend anybody doing that."

Paisley will share hosting duties with the reigning CMA Female Vocalist, Carrie Underwood. He says it's a perfect match, as their different personalities compliment each other.

'I'm excited to do this with Carrie, who is so graceful and will handle this so well -- probably better than I do," he tells GAC. "I think it'll be a nice offset."

Performers announced for the show include Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, James Otto, Taylor Swift, Rodney Atkins, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson and more. The CMA Awards will be broadcast live, November 12 at 8 PM ET on ABC.

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