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Rucker, Gill, Hough, Owen Rich, Wayne added to CMA line-up

Friday, November 7, 2008 – Darius Rucker will no longer present an award at the 42nd Annual CMA Awards next week, but that's because the singer will perform. New presenters added to the lineup are Vince Gill, Julianne Hough, Jake Owen, John Rich and Jimmy Wayne. The awards will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12 in Nashville.

Previously announced performers include co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, along with Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney with The Wailers, the Eagles, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, James Otto, Kellie Pickler, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

Previously announced presenters include Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Heidi Newfield, Swift, Josh Turner, Lee Ann Womack and Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon.

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