Shania Twain Makes Her Return
updated 11/12/2008 AT 12:15 PM EST
•originally published 11/12/2008 AT 10:00 AM EST
Twain, who was spotted in Nashville on Tuesday, will be a presenter at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night. ABC, which is airing the awards show, has been running ads promising a buzz-worthy surprise guest.
Nashville is buzzing all right: The CMAs will mark Twain's first public appearance since the country crossover superstar, 43, announced her separation from husband Robert "Mutt" Lange, 60, in May.
Dividing her time between her native Canada and Switzerland, Twain "hasn't put down her guitar since the split," a source told PEOPLE in July. "The songs are pouring out of her."
On Tuesday night, Twain dined with record label execs at hip Nashville restaurant Flyte World Dining & Wine; on the way out, she greeted fans. "She looked gorgeous," says an observer. Adds Flyte’s co-owner Scott Sears, "She was charming and gracious. She and her party definitely enjoyed themselves."
Twain took home the Entertainer of the Year CMA award in 1999, and was last in Nashville for the 2004 CMAs.
"She loves Nashville and is excited to spend time with all her friends that live there," says a source close to Twain. "I would expect to see her more around town in the coming months."
Reporting by KAY WEST
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