Jason Aldean and…. Ludacris?

A surprise guest performer has just been announced for tonight’s CMT Awards live from Nashville. Jason Aldean has invited rapper Ludacris to duet with him on his “Dirt Road Anthem” country-rap single. This will be the first time the new version of the single will be performed live.

“He absolutely killed his verse of the song,” the country star added. “And we’re both Georgia boys, so even though our music is totally different, our roots are the same. We both know about hot Georgia summers and cooling off with a six pack of two. It wasn’t that much of a stretch.”

I don’t really understand it myself, but there you have it. Ludacris will be rapping alongside Aldean tonight.

Kid Rock hosts the CMT Awards. Watch them live on CMT or stream it on CMT.com starting at 8 ET/ 7 CT. Aldean leads the way in nominations with four; one of which is his duet with Kelly Clarkson. Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band follow closely in second with three apiece.

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