"The rumors are true – I’m hosting the CMT Awards live from Nashville on June 9th," the singer announced on his Web site Thursday. "All I can promise is I will be awesome."
The Detroit-based rocker may seem to be an unusual choice for the fan-voted country music award show, but Kid Rock has made Nashville a second home. He's close pals with several country artists including Hank Williams Jr. and his daughter Holly Williams, and in 2005, he married Pamela Anderson at a Nashville honky tonk; it was one of a trio of celebrations before their short-lived marriage ended.
Kid Rock's had country radio success as well with his hit "All Summer Long," which won a CMT Award at last year's show.
Fans can vote for their favorite nominees through May 3. Final nominees will be announced exclusively on PEOPLE.com Tuesday May 11 at 9 a.m. EST.
The awards show airs June 9 at 8 p.m. EST on CMT.
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