Taylor Swift leads a list of country’s hottest stars set to perform at the CMT Music Awards next month.
Swift, Miranda Lambert’s Pistol Annies, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Little Big Town are the first performers announced for the June 5 awards show.
Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell are set to host the fan-voted awards show when it is broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Lambert, Bryan and Eric Church are this year’s top nominees. Fans can vote in all categories at the music channel’s website through June 2. Six finalists for top honor video of the year will be announced at the top of the broadcast and fans can vote on a winner during the show.
More performers and presenters will be announced later
Singer-bassist Jack Bruce of Cream is 70. Movie producer George Lucas is 69. Director Robert Zemeckis is 62. Musician David Byrne (Talking Heads) is 61. Actor Tim Roth is 52. Guitarist C.C. DeVille of Poison is 51. Singer Ian Astbury of The Cult is 51. Musician Fabrice Morvan of Milli Vanilli is 47. Bassist Mike Inez of Alice in Chains is 47. Singer Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Tone!) is 47. Actress Cate Blanchett is 44. Singer Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block is 44. Director Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) is 42. Singer Natalie Appleton of All Saints is 40. Singer Shanice is 40. Guitarist Henry Garza of Los Lonely Boys is 35. Singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys is 34. Bassist Mike Retondo of Plain White T’s is 32. Actress Amber Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia”) is 30. Actress Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly”) is 20. ASSOCIATED PRESS
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