The show, which airs live tonight on CMT and CMT.com, will feature the usual red carpet arrivals, pre- and post-show highlights and all the action from the stage. But if you want to get even closer to the stars and behind-the-scenes check out CMT.com's Live Stream, where you can watch the live show, as well as get backstage and pre-show streams for even greater access.
Come 8 p.m. ET/PT, Nashville's Bridgestone Arena will come alive with performances by Swift, Hayes and Underwood, as well as collaborations featuring Lenny Kravitz (who will team up with the night's co-host, Jason Aldean and "Country Grammar" rapper Nelly, with breakout jam-of-the-summer act Florida Georgia Line for a version of their crossover hit, "Cruise."
This year's show, co-hosted by Aldean and Kristen Bell, is already packed with the most performances ever, including songs by Lady Antebellum,Darius Rucker, Aldean, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan. Recently reunited group the Mavericks will serve as the night's official house band.
Eric Church, Bryan and Miranda Lambert lead all nominees for the 2013 awards with four each. Just behind them with three each are Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line, while Underwood, Brad Paisley, Hayes, Jana Kramer, Journey, Musgraves, Little Big Town, Swift and Tim McGraw scored two each.