Tuesday, October 28, 2008
– Reese Witherspoon is the first presenter announced for The 42nd Annual CMA Awards. Nominees Rodney Atkins and Kellie Pickler were added as performers on Tuesday for the Nov. 12 event.
Previously announced performers include co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, along with Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and The Wailers, the Eagles, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
"We are thrilled to have Reese return to the CMA Awards this year to honor the best in Country Music," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "Among this year's most successful rising artists are Rodney and Kellie, and we are happy to have them perform on the Awards as well."
Witherspoon first appeared on the CMA Awards in 2005, when she co-presented an Award with Joaquin Phoenix, her co-star in the Johnny Cash bio picture, "Walk the Line." The actress won an Academy Award for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in that movie. Witherspoon, who was raised outside Nashville, will appear next in "Four Christmases," due in theaters on Nov. 26.