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Kid Rock ready to party as host of the CMT Awards

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: June 8, 2010 at 11:47 am •  Published: June 8, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kid Rock won't be too far out of his comfort zone as host of the Country Music Television Awards. It will be kind of like throwing a party.

"They're just kind of loose and fun, and they're geared that way — to have fun," he said of Wednesday's event, to be aired live on the network from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

"You go to the Grammys, and it's very serious. You're just like, 'Man, everyone lighten up a little bit. It's fun. It's music. Let's celebrate,'" he said. "And that's just kind of the atmosphere at the CMT Awards, just really laid back, really fun, got some over-the-top performances, a little riff raff here and there. It just creates for a good atmosphere, good time."

Kid Rock wouldn't reveal too much of what's going to happen during the show, but he did offer up a possible scenario.

"There will probably be (a moment) where I propose to Kellie Pickler," he said. "She'll immediately dump me as I'm flirting with Carrie Underwood. I'll probably be smacked by Miranda Lambert for the whole fiasco. Then me and Jamey Johnson will go get drunk."

When informed that Lambert is now engaged to fellow country artist Blake Shelton, Kid replied, "I'm not messing with Blake or Miranda. I'm actually more scared of Miranda."

Back in April, he announced on his website that he would be hosting the CMT Awards by writing, "All I can promise is I will be awesome."

Asked how he would live up to that promise, he smirked and said, "This is where the cocky me comes out. ... How could I not be awesome?"

Even though he is known to many for his rock music, over the years he has made Nashville a second home through collaborations with artists including the Zac Brown Band, Willie Nelson and Gretchen Wilson.

Unlike many artists from other genres who occasionally try to crossover into country music, fans and artists seem to have embraced Kid Rock.

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