Five Reasons to Tune In To the 2013 CMT Music Awards

No plans tonight? Craving some good entertainment from all genres of music? Here are five reasons why you should tune in to tonight’s CMT Music Awards:

5. Jason Aldean and Lenny Kravitz

Aldean has done collaborations with Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and his buddies, Luke Bryan and Eric Church. So it only seems fitting that he add Lenny Kravitz to the list, right? Sure. It’ll be interesting to see which Aldean song the pair performs and how creatively they’ll execute it. I’m not worried about how Kravitz will be received; he is currently in the spotlight for his role as “Cinna” in the Hunger Games movie trilogy. The exposure to the country world will be nothing but positive for him.

4. Florida Georgia Line and Nelly

If I’m going to be honest, I am PUMPED for this performance, if only because in my opinion, the remixed version of “Cruise” is WAY better than the original. Nelly is no stranger to the country community: he had a number-one hit with Tim McGraw in 2004. I’m expecting his performance with Florida Georgia Line to be one of the highlights of the night.

3. What’s T-Swizzle gonna do?

Once upon a time, award shows like these were jokingly renamed, “The Taylor Swift Awards”. Now, with Swift assimilating into the pop realm and having only released two singles to country radio during the five-single Red era, country fans and Swifties are anticipating what Swift will do next. I’d tune in, because knowing Swift, she won’t disappoint.

2. Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell

Aldean’s biggest duet of the night will be his co-hosting collaboration with actress Kristen Bell, who single-handedly held up the award show hosting duties despite being paired with the cringingly-awkward Toby Keith during the 2012 ceremony. It’ll be fun to see how Aldean fares next to the charismatic Bell, as he usually conveys one continuous facial expression during his performances, music videos, photo shoots, and basically everything else he does (love you, Jason!). I’m looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.

1. Carrie Underwood

The nation is still healing from the catastrophic aftermath of May’s tornadoes that swept through Oklahoma without mercy. Announced yesterday, Underwood will be performing a moving tribute to her fellow Oklahomans with her latest single, “See You Again” (the video of which was just released today; check it out here and be prepared to bawl) backed by the Nashville Christ Church. Better pull out the tissues, folks. This is bound to be one heck of a performance.

The 2013 CMT Music Awards airs tonight on CMT at 8/7c.

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