Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson + More Added to CMA Awards
Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson have been added to the list of performers at this year's CMA Awards. The two are expected to perform 'Don't You Wanna Stay,' a duet appearing on Jason's new album, 'My Kinda Party,' arriving in stores this week.
Jason and Kelly join previously announced performers Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, as well as special performances from Gwyneth Paltrow with Vince Gill, Miranda and Sheryl Crow in a tribute to Loretta Lynn and the Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson.
A handful of presenters were also announced today, including Martina McBride, JoAnna Garcia ('Better With You') and Ty Pennington ('Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'). Additionally, Rodney Atkins will present awards during the pre-telecast ceremonies. Previously announced presenters include The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Jerrod Niemann, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, Chris Young and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.
Kelly was Jason's first pick for the duet, and he knew exactly how he wanted the song to sound. "Kelly came in and we started cutting vocals on her and the first note she sang, I was like, 'Oh my, this is going to be good,"' he told The Boot. "She's an amazing singer, and she was really cool to work with. I couldn't believe how easy it was to get her to do it. We just played her the song and she loved it."
This will be Kelly's first performance on the CMA Awards, even though she was previously nominated for CMA Musical Event of the Year in 2007 for her duet with Reba, 'Because of You.'
JoAnna Garcia co-starred with Reba for all six seasons of the television series, 'Reba.'
Martina, who has won a career total of five CMA Awards, is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year. She has won this Award four times (1999, 2002-2004), and is tied with Reba for the most wins in the category.
The '44th Annual CMA Awards' will be broadcast live on ABC November 10 from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.