Toby Keith and Kristen Bell are preparing to co-host the 2012 CMT Music Awards in these promotional videos.
The Oklahoma country music superstar and the actress have not yet met but they will team up to preside over the awards show next week.
Now in their 11th year, the CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. Wednesday on CMT and CMT.com.
“Toby Keith and Kristen Bell are a terrific one-two knockout punch for the 2012 CMT Music Awards,” said John Hamlin, SVP, Music Events and Talent, CMT, in a news release. “Toby has been involved with our show every year since its inception and Kristen is as entertaining and witty as any young actor working today. We’re thrilled to have them both as hosts for this year’s show.”
The fan-voted awards show will include performances from Checotah native and leading nominee Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band.
From his first No. 1 smash “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” to his latest Top Country Album chart-topper “Clancy’s Tavern,” Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit-makers of his era. The Norman resident’s albums have sold more than 36 million copies, ranking him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard’s Top 200 Artists of the Decade. Keith also was named Billboard’s No. 1 Artist of the Decade and No. 1 Country Songwriter of the Decade. The Clinton native is now in his 19th consecutive year having had a No. 1 single every year since his first release. The Moore-bred superstar’s latest album’s lead single, “Made In America,” topped the charts as one of the fastest-rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith’s pen. The second hit, “Red Solo Cup,” has become one of the most commercially successful and downloaded country singles in recent memory with a viral video that has received more than 15 million views. The third single From Clancy’s Tavern, “Beers Ago,” is on its way to becoming another huge hit.
Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series, “House of Lies” opposite Don Cheadle. She will star alongside Dax Shepard in the feature film, “Hit & Run,” hitting theaters on Aug. 24, and she and Shepard also produced the film together. She lends her voice as the infamous narrator on the TV series “Gossip Girl,” can be heard in the new animated FX TV show “Unsupervised” and will be added to the roaster of Disney princesses in the studios upcoming animated feature “Frozen”. She recently completed work on “Some Girls,” written and based on the play of the same title by Neil LaBute. Bell’s film credits include “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” “You Again,” “When in Rome,” and “Couples Retreat.” Her television credits include “Veronica Mars,” “Deadwood,” “Heroes” and “Party Down,” while her Broadway credits include “Tom Sawyer” and “The Crucible.”
Underwood will compete for a leading five prizes and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert will vie for four trophies when the 11th annual CMT Music Awards are handed out June 6. Keith, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Thompson Square and Vince Gill also are among the nominees with state ties.
Fans can vote online at CMT.com, and on their mobile device at CMT Mobile or the CMT Insider app available on iPhone, iPad and Android now through Monday to determine the winners. The five finalists for the top award, video of the year, will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com, CMT mobile, on the CMT Insider app and via text message throughout the live telecast in the Eastern and Central time zones to determine the night’s big winner.