Justin Timberlake and a Jimmy Kimmel hologram join country stars for the 49th CMA Awards

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Kimmel are among the slated guests for 49th CMA Awards

Justin Timberlake, left, along with Paul Williams, president of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and former U.S. President Carter, present Trisha Yearwood with the Voice of Music award in Nashville on Monday.

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Justin Timberlake’s country-boy roots are showing — again. After taking part in a high-profile salute to country singer Trisha Yearwood on Monday night — alongside former President Carter — the Memphis, Tenn., pop star will join in Wednesday for the 2015 Country Music Assn. Awards show from Nashville.

He’s slated to perform during the ABC telecast with rising singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton, who is nominated for three awards: album, male vocalist and new artist.

In another unusual moment for this year’s show, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will make appearances simultaneously in Hollywood and Nashville, where his show will be beamed into the Country Music Hall of Fame by way of a hologram.

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Kimmel’s show will include a performance by the Band Perry that also will materialize in Nashville through holographic technology.

Among the other performers slated for the ceremony are Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church, Hank Williams Jr., Keith, Urban, John Mellencamp and Sam Hunt.

The show will be hosted once again by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

Lambert, Church, Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks are vying for the CMA’s top award of entertainer of the year.


Stapleton’s nomination for male vocalist puts him in a category with Bryan, Church, Shelton and Dierks Bentley.

The female vocalist nominees this year are Lambert, Musgraves, Underwood, Lee Ann Womack and newcomer Kelsea Ballerini.

The 49th annual CMA Awards show airs at 8 p.m. EST for most of the country, but is tape-delayed until 8 p.m. PST for West Coast viewers. Full details and a complete list of nominees are available at the CMA Awards website.

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