Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles, Doobie Brothers, Cole Swindell Added to CMA Awards Lineup

CMAThe lineup for the CMA Awards continues to grow.  The latest performers added to the bill include Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Michael McDonald and The Doobie Brothers. In addition, Ashley Monroe will take part in Blake Shelton's performance.

As previously announced, the CMA Awards will also include performances from Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Kierks Bentley, Eric Church and the show's hosts, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

Newly announced presenters at the event include Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay, Brandy Clark and supermodel Lilly Aldridge.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air this Wednesday night on ABC, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Brad Paisley Launching 2015 Leg of Country Nation World Tour January 17 in West Virginia

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryBrad Paisley will launch the winter leg of his Country Nation World Tour January 17 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Parmalee and The Swon Brothers join Brad on the bill. He's got shows announced through a March 6 date in Lubbock, Texas.

Here are Brad's 2014 Country Nation World Tour Dates:

1/17 -- Morgantown, WV, WVU Coliseum
1/22 -- Southaven, MS, Landers Center
1/23 -- Pensacola, FL, Pensacola Civic Center
1/24 -- Estero, FL, Germaine Arena
1/29 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
1/30 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, U.S. Cellular Center
1/31 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center
2/5 -- DeKalb, IL, Northeastern Illinois University
2/6 -- Springfield, MO, JQH Arena
2/7 -- Youngstown, OH, The Covelli Center
3/4 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Colorado Springs World Arena
3/5 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center
3/6 -- Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena

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Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Ready for Seventh Turn as CMA Awards Co-Hosts

Image Courtesy ABCBrad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are hosting the CMA Awards together for a seventh time Wednesday night, so they're feeling pretty confident as the clock ticks down to show time.

Brad says, "Our roles are established where as she holds down the fort as extremely eloquent and funny and brilliant up there, and I'm an idiot. And it really does work that way. It really kind of feels like that's the role that we've fallen into in a good way."

Even though the headlines have been intense lately with the Ebola scare dominating the news cycle, Brad and Carrie have found ways to include current events in their monologue as usual.

"It's the angle that's the most important thing," Carrie explains. "Like, there's certain things that you can't just make fun of, but there's certain things about them you can go at from a side angle. You know, people's reactions to different things and not the things themselves."

Carrie's pregnancy will undoubtedly come up throughout the night, and it's been rumored her baby bump will prevent Carrie from making as many costume changes as usual this year. Brad is willing to help keep the fashion aspect of the show alive, though.

"I'll wear a couple of her [outfits]," Brad says. "I hate to see something that she paid for not get showcased properly on television. No, I've got a little baby bump myself. It's fine."

Carrie adds, "He's been gaining sympathy weight."

Look for Brad to perform his latest single, "Perfect Storm," on the CMA Awards. Carrie is also expected to sing her new song, "Something in the Water." The 48th Annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country star collaborated with Zac Brown Band on their hit song, "As She's Walking Away?" ANSWER: Alan Jackson.

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