CMA Awards To Host Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton … And Snoop Lion?

Thursday night's show will get a pop treatment with appearances from three 'American Idol' sweethearts.

The East Coast is only just beginning to recover from Sandy’s wrath, but nothing is going to stop country music’s biggest night. Hosted by country royalty such as Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley for the fifth consecutive year, the 46th annual CMA Awards will air live Thursday (November 1) at 8 p.m. ET/PT from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This year, however, we may be seeing a little less cowboy boots and a few more pop superstars strutting down the red carpet.

Taylor Swift, whose fourth studio album, Red, sold 1.21 million copies in its first week, is competing in three categories tomorrow night: Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year. Swift took home Female Vocalist of the Year in 2009, but she’s got some stiff competition this year with Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and a couple American Idol alums.

“American Idol” is making quite a grand showing on the Bridgestone Arena’s red carpet tomorrow night. Aside from host Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and we’ll be seeing Kellie Pickler as one of the evening’s presenters.

“The Voice” coach Blake Shelton is up for Song of the Year for “God Gave Me You,” Single of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.

But we’re most looking forward to a rather unlikely CMA appearance — Snoop Dogg a.k.a. Snoop Lion, who just premiered his video for “La, La, La,” is nominated for Musical Event of the Year for “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” his collaboration with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson.

Thursday’s roster of performers includes Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton.

Which CMA Awards performance are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments!