JAMEY JOHNSON, LEANN RIMES, KEITH URBAN AND JOHN MAYER DEBUT NEW MUSIC AT THE “2010 CMT MUSIC AWARDS”

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NASHVILLE – June 2, 2010 – New music is set to explode on the 2010 CMT MUSIC AWARDS stage, with the addition of Jamey Johnson, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban and John Mayer to the performance line-up. Johnson will debut “Macon”, a moody Southern-rock infused tune from his 2 CD-set entitled The Guitar Song being released this fall, while Rimes will perform a fully-choreographed number during her powerful and contemporary rendition of the John Anderson classic, “Swingin’,” from her forthcoming album Lady and Gentlemen.

Superstar John Mayer will trade guitar licks with his CMT CROSSROADS partner, Keith Urban, on the unreleased single “Hit The Ground Running” from Urban’s Defying Gravity, for the very first time on television. These performances, along with every performance from the CMT MUSIC AWARDS, will be streamed live and available for viewing after the show on CMT.com The 2010 CMT MUSIC AWARDS premieres LIVE on Wednesday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT.

Hosted by Kid Rock, the 2010 CMT MUSIC AWARDS features performances from country music’s biggest stars, including Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band. Presenters will include celebrity cook Paula Deen, ‘American Idol’s’ Kara Dioguardi, the NFL’s Terrell Owens, actress Hayden Panettiere, NASCAR legend Richard Petty and ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Kenan Thompson. In addition, country superstars Trisha Yearwood and Zac Brown Band are scheduled to present.

Fans can vote online at vote.CMT.com through June 8 to determine the winners. The final nominees for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com and via text message throughout the live broadcast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.

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*EDITORS: The 2010 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will premiere LIVE on Wednesday, June 9 at 8:00 PM, Eastern and 7:00 PM, Central; and at 9:00 PM, Mountain and 8:00 PM, Pacific (tape delayed).


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