Kristen Bell Teases CMT Awards: Jason Derulo, John Legend & Hunter Hayes

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With CMA Fest well underway, the party gets even hotter with tonight's (June 4) CMT Awards, emceed by the illustrious and talented Kristen Bell. Enjoying the blockbuster success of Frozen and the latest Veronica Mars entry, the actress and country music lover is taking the reigns solo for the first time ever, returning for her third year. “I find the (awards) to be the best concert I’ve ever been to,” Bell shared with reporters at a press conference on Tuesday (June 3). “I think the lineup, and with the amount of performers, it’s destined to be the best one yet. Just the lineup of performers alone is pretty radical.”

Among the performers is hip-hop superstar Jason Derulo, who is enjoying new-found fame this year with such hits as "Talk Dirty" and his new single "Wiggle." Unconventionally, he will join Florida Georgia Line onstage for the opening number on a re-imagined version of his "Dirty" smash, with special guests to soon be revealed.

John Legend is also set to perform, alongside Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes (on guitar). "He's playing it in a way he's never done before," executive producer John Hamlin said of a new version of "All Of Me." "He wanted to do it as a guitar-driven song this time. So, we asked Hunter Hayes to do an arrangement. John and Jennifer Nettles will duet, with Hunter performing instrumentation."


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Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ gets a modern update courtesy of The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes — Album Review

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Every working musician today owes their career to Elton John, the consummate piano man. He's defined pop music in ways that can still be heard today, especially through such artists as Ed Sheeran and Sara Bareilles. Not only has he influenced Top 40, but he shook rock-n-roll and country music to the core, setting the bar high for generations to come. So, it's no wonder that on the newly re-released Goodbye Yellow Brick Road many of today's superstar artists (from all genres of life) have come together to deliver a remarkable project, celebrating its 40th anniversary and Sir Elton's birthday!

From Hunter Hayes and The Band Perry to Miguel and Wale, every style of music is represented on this must-have deluxe box set.


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