11:51am PT by Billboard Staff
Toby Keith and 'House of Lies' Star Kristen Bell to Host CMT Music Awards
This year's CMT Music Awards will be hosted by country star Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell when it airs June 6 from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
"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. "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."
Country music's first fan-voted awards show will include performances from Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band. Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.
Perennial fan favorite Underwood has five nominations, Miranda Lambert following closely with four, and Taylor Swift with three. Fans of American Idol will get to choose once again between Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, who both figure into the nominees for the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year, and critics favorite The Civil Wars are up for three awards - including two with Swift for their collaborative effort "Safe & Sound," from The Hunger Games soundtrack.
Fan voting for the 2012 awards runs through June 4. Two days after voting ends, the CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville.