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Reba, Underwood, Paisley backstage from CMA Awards

Jessica Phillips  |  November 9, 2009

The CMA Awards will air live on Wednesday night, and stars, production crews, TV networks and media are already getting everything in place at the Sommet Center in Nashville.

Yesterday several stars, including Reba, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, and Billy Currington were on hand to start rehearsals for the show.

Having previously hosted the CMA Awards, Reba McEntire says she's still perfecting the art of comedy and wit that's essential to hosting an awards show. "You never quit learning," Reba says. "You always gotta improve on comedy, cause it's the hardest. Delivering a straight line is the easy thing, but to deliver comedy exactly right, that's the hard part."

Word is that Taylor Swift will (predictably) open the broadcast with a performance, and that the Enterainer of the Year nominee will in fact perform twice during the telecast. No word if Twilight star Taylor Lautner will be in the audience.

As the show will take place on Veteran's Day, there will be a tribute to the Armed Forces. Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top is rumoured to be joining Brooks and Dunn for a performance during the show.

Be on the lookout for Paisley and Underwood to do some parody songs before some performances.

Host Carrie Underwood says she is not upset by the Entertainer of the Year snub this year. "Oh, I don't deserve it," she says, without hestiation. "I had five shows this year! Entertainer of the Year is about getting out there and busting your rear. And while I was busting my rear, I was writing, I was recording, doing a lot of stuff not in the public eye. I was still working, but I do not feel slighted in the least. Not even one teeny tiny bit."

Brad Paisley says he's glad to be co-hosting with Underwood-it takes the pressure off of him. "She's here for class and grace and poise and integrity and beauty," Paisley says. "I don't know what I'm here for. I think it's court jester. I feel no pressure to be pretty with her out there, that's the nice thing."

:: Posted at 12:57 PM by Jessica Phillips ::
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