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Although Brad Paisley is a seasoned CMA Awards veteran, Wednesday's (11/10) telecast will feature a first in Paisley's career. "I'm really excited about my performance because I'm trying something out," Paisley says. "I've never done this before ... There's a song that's on the next album that I feel like is going to be really fun to demo [during the CMAs]. It's just like when I take somebody and stick them in the car and say, 'I've got something new to play you.' I get to stick 30 million people in the car essentially and play them something new, which is fun." According to ABC News Radio, the song is titled "This Is Country Music." Watch Paisley pull triple duty when he plays co-host, performer and nominee as the CMAs air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena at 8pm ET on ABC-TV. Fool Party:Carrie Underwood has her eye on the prize for Wednesday's (11/10) 44th Annual CMA Awards, and it's not the Female Vocalist of the Year trophy. "There's so much going on, and hosting takes over everything else," Underwood says. "So, you really don't even think about your performance or things that you're nominated for. You're more concerned about keeping the show running and no matter what happens after any of it, it's like, 'Well, okay, [I've got to] get back out there and introduce so and so.' It's just running. But it makes it fly by, which is good." Co-hosting the three-hour telecast with Brad Paisley will no doubt lend itself to some memorable moments. "She's a good sport," Paisley says of Underwood. "We're both very wiling to make complete and utter fools of ourselves for the sake of country music's well-being on that night."
» Okie With Her: With nine nominations, Wednesday's (11/10) 44th Annual CMA Awards is slated to be Miranda Lambert's best birthday ever. Not only is she the first woman in CMA history to earn that many nods in one year, she also ties with her all-time favorite outlaw. "I think my favorite part about the whole thing is that I've set the record [and] tied with my ultimate hero, Merle Haggard," Lambert says. "That's just so fitting for me, and I'm hoping that sets my career up [to be] as long as Merle Haggard's."
» Male-ing It In: With six consecutive Vocal Group of the Year wins, 2010 Group nominees Rascal Flatts could have a chance in some other categories. Of course, it might mean breaking up the band. "I'm always thankful we're able to walk away taking a trophy home," RF's Jay DeMarcus says. "[But] I've always said it's a shame that they don't include lead singers of bands in the Male Vocalist category because Gary [LeVox] would win hands-down."
» Mental Notes: If reigning Entertainer Of The Year Taylor Swift played last year's award win on repeat, she would be giving more hugs than her 13-hour meet-and-greet during the CMA Music Festival. We'll let her explain. "I think I gave out four billion hugs that night and told so many people that I loved them and I'll always have that night," Swift says. "Winning Entertainer of the Year was one of the most unbelievable, magical accomplishments. I didn't think I was going to win it because I was really young ... If you have a memory like that in your life, go back and relive it every couple days. I think to myself, 'This could be the only time this ever happens to me in my life.'"
Hey Soul Sister: The Martina McBride and TrainCMT Crossroads taping Saturday (11/6) served as the unofficial kickoff to CMA Awards week. The rockers made a special Music City pit stop in between dates in Europe and South America just to belt it out with Martina in downtown Nashville. "I'm going to need a medic," Train frontman Pat Monahan said before tackling the "Broken Wing" duet. "I don't know what's about to happen so forgive me." Clearly there was no medic needed as the crowd gave the first of many standing ovations in approval. McBride's band backed the two singers on "Wrong Baby Wrong," "Whatever You Say," "For These Times" and "Broken Wing." A quick set change had the rest of Train supporting "Drops Of Jupiter," "Hey Soul Sister," "Marry Me," and "Calling All Angels," to which McBride quipped, "Gosh, I wish you guys had a big hit or something." The group closed the night with the Faces' "Stay With Me." Catch all the action when the show premieres Nov. 20 at 8pm ET.
» For The Good Times: The photos of legendary patrons and performers that paper the walls of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge will have to squeeze in a little tighter to make room for the many photo ops at Tootsie's 50th Anniversary concert Sunday (11/7) at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Terri Clark and Lorrie Morgan were just a handful of those who performed short sets in honor of the famous honky tonk. "The evening was steeping with camaraderie as old friends mingled, laughed and posed for photos together backstage," an insider tells us. View a full photo gallery here.
» Hat Act: Get all the woman you can handle when Reba releases her 34th album All The Women I Am Tuesday (11/9). The 10-track collection includes the lead single "Turn On The Radio" and Beyoncé's "If I Were A Boy." "We decided to name the CD All The Women I Am because there are many different women who I'm singing about on this album," Reba says. "Also there's many women in [myself] who wear different hats — sometimes it's throughout my life and sometimes it's all in one day that I have to wear these hats. So All The Women I Am is a good title. It describes this album because it's an eclectic group of songs about different situations." Read more on the release, Blake Shelton's hits collection Loaded and the Loretta Lynn Coal Miner's Daughter tribute record below.