NASHVILLE - In her first-ever appearance at the CMA Awards, Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow will make her live Country Music singing debut on "The 44th Annual CMA Awards," Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Paltrow performs the title track from her forthcoming feature film, "Country Strong," and is joined in her CMA Awards performance by legendary singer Vince Gill. RCA Nashville will release the original motion picture soundtrack to "County Strong" on Oct. 26.
Paltrow and Tim McGraw, along with Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester, star in the big-screen drama, "Country Strong," set to hit theaters this winter.
Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) becomes romantically involved with Paltrow's character, Kelly Canter, the pair embarks on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (McGraw) and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer (Meester). In between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.
Written and directed by Shana Feste and produced by Tobey Maguire and Jenno Topping, "Country Strong" hits theaters in Los Angeles and Nashville on Dec. 22 and nationwide on Jan. 7, 2011.
Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Underwood, and Keith Urban. In addition, special duet performances will feature top nominee Lambert with Sheryl Crow in a tribute to Loretta Lynn's 50th Anniversary as a recording artist, and Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson.
"The 44th Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2010 CMA Awards. Chevrolet, Proud Sponsor of the CMA Awards and Official Ride of Country Music.