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Willie Nelson To Perform At CMT Music Awards

Classic country crooner Willie Nelson will be performing his new fan favorite, “Roll Me Up,” at the CMT Music Awards Wednesday, June 6th.  Nelson will be joined by fellow performers Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, and Jamey Johnson on stage at Bridgestone Arena in front of a live audience and CMT viewers at home.

Nelson is planning on using the crowd in Nashville, the home of country music, to determine if the song is a hit or miss.  The songs comical foreground makes way for an infectious tune off of Nelson’s new album “Heroes.”  No stranger to recreational activities involving rolled-up paraphernalia, Nelson sings the line, “Roll me up and smoke me when I die.”

“It’s so Willie,” Hootie & the Blowfish front man Rucker said. “It’s just get up there, play it live and have people along to it.  It’s really what Willie does best.  His voice sounds so cool on it.  It’s just one of those Willie songs that’s just undeniable.”

Nelson is known for catchy tunes like “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” and “On the Road Again.  The performance at the CMT awards is the final stop for Nelson’s busy Nashville trip.  He is also schedule to perform his classic album “Healing Hands of Time” accompanied by the Nashville Symphony.  Despite his fame as a country star, Nelson said he is unsure exactly what makes a song a hit.

“If I knew the answer to that I’d be a trillionaire,” he said.  “You’ve got to be lucky and trust your instincts and judgment.  And I’ve found that people all over the world are not that much different in the things they like and in the things they laugh and cry about.  And if it makes me happy, there’s a good chance that someone else is going to like it.”

Hosted by country star Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell, this year’s CMT awards will feature performances from Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry – just to name a few. 

This year’s show seems to be one for the ladies as well.  Former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood garnered five nominations, the leader of the pack for this year. Another frontrunner is country starlet Miranda Lambert who follows Underwood closely with four nominations – including two for her solo work and two as a member of the country trio Pistol Annies.

Lambert’s husband Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts are all tied with three nominations each.  The Civil Wars are also in the league of three nominations, including two for their hit “Safe & Sound,” a duo with Taylor Swift featured on The Hunger Games soundtrack.

While fan voting ends June 4th, the five nominees for Video of the Year will be announced at the beginning of the live show, allowing fans to vote at, CMT mobile, on the CMT Insider app and through texts while the telecast is going on.

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