Over the last few years, the country music scene has transitioned its twangy roots to span across pop and rock genres of music, bringing about some of the most celebrated talented artists and uniting the music industry in many ways. Wednesday night's CMT Music Awardson CMT and CMT.com will feature performances and appearances by today's hottest country and other chart topping artists including...Ludacris? Yes, country superstar Jason Aldean will be performing a rap number with Ludacris, so if anything else you'll want to have your satellite TV set to channel 200 for DISH Network subscribers. Even Justin Bieber is nominated for a CMT Award along with the popular country trio Rascal Flatts for their collaborative video.Some of the presenters for tonight's show includes: Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward, Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon, Cheryl Hines, Shania Twain, Little Big Town, Dale Earnhardt Jr., 'American Idol' winner and runner-up ScottyMcCreery and Lauren Alaina, amongst others. The show will also be packed with performances by host Kid Rock, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich and Sheryl Crow.
Here is an abbreviated list of some of the top categories that country music fans could vote for their favorite nominees in:
Video of the Year:
Jason Aldean, 'My Kinda Party'
Kenny Chesney, "The Boys of Fall"
Lady Antebellum, "Hello World"
Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"
Rascal Flatts, "Why Wait"
Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue"
Taylor Swift, "Mine"
The Band Perry, "If I Die Young"
Carrie Underwood, "Undo It"
Zac Brown Band, "Colder Weather"
Collaborative Video of the Year:
Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay"
Justin Bieber featuring Rascal Flatts, "That Should Be Me"
Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow, "Collide"
Aaron Lewis featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels, "Country Boy"
Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow, "Coal Miner's Daughter"
CMT Performance of the Year:
Martina McBride and Train, "A Broken Wing" (From CMT Crossroads)
Reba, "If I Were a Boy" (From Unplugged: Reba)
Darius Rucker and Adele, "Need You Now" (From 2010 CMT Artists of the Year)
Keith Urban and John Mayer, "Sweet Thing" (From CMT Crossroads)
Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett, "Margaritaville" (From CMT Crossroads)
To watch the performances past tonight's broadcast of the 2011 CMT Music Awards, be sure to set your DVR as well. To make sure CMT is part of your satellite TV programming package, visit authorized DISH Network retailer, DISH Systems online or call 866-989-3474.