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Saturday 31 January 2015

Gwyneth to sing at music awards

Gwyneth Paltrow will sing at the CMA Awards
Gwyneth Paltrow will sing at the CMA Awards

Gwyneth Paltrow will be taking the stage at next month's Country Music Association Awards - as a performer.

Chris Martin's wife will sing the title track of her new movie, Country Strong, and is set to be joined by Vince Gill.

Gwyneth plays a washed up country singer who gets romantically involved with a rising singer-songwriter, played by Garrett Hedlund.

They try to resurrect her career with a major tour, headed up by her husband/manager, portrayed by Tim McGraw and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer, played by Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester.

Gwyneth said she researched a lot of country music history for this role.

"I sort of started at the beginning with Hank (Williams) Sr and Johnny Cash and really studied Dolly (Parton) and Loretta Lynn, and kind of just started at the beginning and went all the way through and found the people that I really love and who inspired me," she said.

In addition to classic country stars, Gwyneth also has some current country music favourites.

"I really like a lot of the young women in country right now, like Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert," she said. "I had never really known very much about country music, and I now am very into it. I know a lot more about it than I did."

Previously announced performers for the CMA Awards include Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson will perform together, and Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow will sing a duet to honour Loretta Lynn's 50th anniversary as a recording artist.

The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November.

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