Lauren Alaina, Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Reba, and LeAnn Rimes are the first presenters announced for The 45th Annual CMA Awards on Wed., Nov. 9.
Other just-in news from the show: Singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson will perform his new single “Run” with Sugarland. The artists co-wrote the tune and toured together earlier this year.
Singer/actress Laura Bell Bundy will host the Pre-Telecast Award Ceremony, where she will present Awards to the winners in three CMA Awards categories as well as to recipients of the CMA Broadcast Awards.
Luke Bryan will be the Nashville red carpet correspondent for the Ellen DeGeneres Show. That night he is nominated for New Artist and will also perform. The segment will air on Ellen Thurs., Nov. 10.
Bryan made his first appearance on Ellen in late September to perform his smash hit “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and also portrayed “Pierre” in Ellen’s ongoing soap opera drama, “As the Tide Turns” (see clip below).
Celebs strolling the red carpet will be asked to autograph a 2012 Chevy Camaro convertible. CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley will be the first artist to sign the hood when he performs live on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from the Bridgestone Arena Plaza in Nashville.
Chevy donated the car to be auctioned off to benefit the CMA music education initiative Keep the Music Playing. The two-year partnership between Chevy and CMA for the cause will be highlighted during a segment of the awards show featuring students from Nashville School of the Arts.