Monday, November 9, 2009
– Taylor Swift will open the 43rd Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, although it was not disclosed Monday what song she will perform.
The awards are hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and air live from the Sommet Center in Nashville, 8-11 p.m. eastern on ABC.
"Taylor is the perfect choice as the opening act for the 2009 CMA Awards," said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "Her charisma, charm, popularity and talent will set the stage for an evening you won't soon forget. We know her fans will want to stay tuned to see what she does next."
Performers already announced include Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and Dave Mathews, Billy Currington, Vince Gill and Daughtry, Kid Rock and Jamey Johnson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band and Underwood.
Presenters will be Dale Earnhardt Jr., Neil Flynn, Patricia Heaton, Julianne Hough, Randy Houser, The Judds, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Robin Roberts and Lee Ann Womack. Love And Theft will host the pre-telecast awards.