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Kevin and Michael Bacon, the Bacon Brothers, Prep for 2013 CMT Awards

Originally posted 06/05/2013 05:45PM



The Bacon Brothers are Nashville bound!

Kevin Bacon and his older brother, Michael, are heading to the country music destination Wednesday, just in time to present at the CMT Awards.

"It's gonna be fun," Kevin tells PEOPLE.

Although The Bacon Brothers have been playing together for more than 15 years, they still relish the quality time they spend together on the road.

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Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church Lead CMT Nominations

Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead CMT Nominations

Originally posted 05/06/2013 12:00PM

It's quite the power trio at the head of this year's nominations for the CMT Music Awards.

Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Eric Church each picked up four nominations Monday, PEOPLE can reveal exclusively. They are followed by country veterans Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts, as well as first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line, with three nominations each.

Carrie Underwood, who led last year's nominations with five (and won video of the year), has two nods this year. She is joined by Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town and the rock group Journey.

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Kristen Bell to Host CMT Awards – Again!

Kristen Bell to Host Country Music Television Awards

Originally posted 04/30/2013 09:35AM

It's back to work for new mom Kristen Bell.

The House of Lies star Tweeted on Monday that she'll be hosting the CMT Awards on June 5.

"Yay! Heading back to Nashville to host the #CMTawards, June 5 on @CMT!" she wrote. "This year I have an awesome, new co-host! Who do u think it'll b?"

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Hayden Panettiere & Toby Keith Share Whiskey in Tennessee | Hayden Panettiere, Toby Keith

Hayden Panettiere & Toby Keith Share Whiskey in Tennessee

Originally posted 12/05/2012 06:00AM

Hayden Panettiere is the host with the most.

The Nashville actress – who is co-hosting CMT's Artists of the Year – had a blast taping the awards show in Franklin, Tenn., on Monday night.

When Panettiere crossed paths with a red Solo cup-wielding Toby Keith on the red carpet, she had to find out what the country singer was drinking!

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Carrie Underwood Wins Big – and Husband Hugs Brad Paisley First!

UpdatePosted 06/07/2012 12:00AM

Carrie Underwood Wins – But Husband Hugs Brad Paisley First!

Originally posted 06/06/2012 09:15PM

Like any proud husband, hockey player Mike Fisher was by wife Carrie Underwood's side at Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards.

But the five-time nominee's clearly not the only country crooner to whom Fisher was showing some support.

As Underwood, 29, accepted her first win of the night with Brad Paisley for their sultry single "Remind Me" (in the collaborative video of the year category), her duet partner seemed to have a new No. 1 fan.

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Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert Keep CMT Award Streak Alive

Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert Win CMT Awards – Again!

Originally posted 06/06/2012 10:25PM

The third time was the charm for Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert.

The Nashville-based Lady Antebellum – Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood – accepted honors for group video of the year at Wednesday's CMT Music Awards – an award they took home in 2010 and 2011.

"Thank you, CMT, for really connecting the dot with these videos," Haywood told the audience gathered at the Bridgestone Arena after the win for their song "We Owned the Night." "Thank you for playing these things."

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Toby Keith and Kristen Bell to Host CMT Awards | Kristen Bell, Toby Keith

Toby Keith and Kristen Bell to Host CMT Awards

Originally posted 05/21/2012 09:00AM

Who says you have to be a country singer to emcee the CMT awards?

Kristen Bell will be joining nominee Toby Keith for hosting duties at the 11th annual awards on June 6, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

"It's an honor to get that call," says seven-time CMT winner Keith, 50, about being asked back to host to show. He and Pamela Anderson co-hosted in 2003.

Bell, who will be escorted to Nashville by fiancé Dax Shepherd (sans sloth), is already eager to make her first trip to Music City.

"Country music makes me happy," the actress, 31, tells PEOPLE. And she's most excited about meeting her co-host – and the possibility of coming face to face with her country crush, Miranda Lambert.

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Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley to Perform at CMT Awards | Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott

Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley to Perform at CMT Awards

Originally posted 05/14/2012 09:00AM

CMT Music Awards? More like a CMT Concert!

Among those set to rock Nashville's Bridgestone Arena during the 11th CMT Awards ceremony on June 6 are Carrie Underwood, who is going into country's big night with five nominations.

Other performers set to appear, as announced Monday morning, are fellow nominees Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band.

Also announced: Triple-nominee Lady Antebellum, with recently wed bandmate Dave Haywood.

Fans may vote for their favorite music videos at the CMT 2012 Music Awards website through June 4.

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Kid Rock Going Country for a Third Time | Kid Rock

Kid Rock Going Country for a Third Time

Originally posted 11/23/2010 11:45AM

Kid Rock might consider changing his name to Kid Country: The singer is set to make his third appearance on a nationally-broadcast Nashville awards program this year.

Rock is among the first guests announced exclusively to PEOPLE for the inaugural CMT Artists of the Year. The singer, who hosted the CMT Awards in June and performed "Born Free" on the CMA Awards in November, will present one of the trophies to the 2010 Artist of the Year winners: Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band.

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Kid Rock Will Be 'Pretty Well Behaved' Hosting CMT Music Awards | Kid Rock

Kid Rock Says He'll Be 'Pretty Well Behaved' Hosting CMT Music Awards

Originally posted 06/09/2010 07:15PM

Don't expect too much trouble or many bleep-worthy moments at this year's CMT Music Awards. Host Kid Rock says he's going to keep the Wednesday show family-friendly.

"I've always been pretty well behaved, really, when I'm on duty," the rocker, who promised fans the show would be awesome, tells PEOPLE. He acknowledges he has earned a certain reputation for rowdiness, but says authorities and award show producers shouldn't be on high alert.

"I joked that the censors are going to be like Family Feud – hands are going to be on the buzzers all night," says the 39-year-old singer. "There have been moments [before], but those have usually involved too much alcohol."

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