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Taylor Swift to host 'SNL'; 'Idol's' Daughtry added to CMA Awards roster

October 15, 2009 | 11:01 am


Days before she surely cleans up at the Country Music Assn. Awards, Taylor Swift will bring her crossover pop to "Saturday Night Live," hosting the NBC program on Nov. 7. "Saturday Night Live" has been kind to musicians this year, including Lady Gaga, who appeared in a number of sketches during her recent appearance.

Swift has already shown off her comedy chops. In an an opening sketch for the Country Music Television Awards, Swift (a.k.a. T-Sweezy) rapped with T-Pain to open the telecast ("I knit sweaters, yo!"). In the weeks leading up to "Saturday Night Live," expect plenty of speculation as to how exactly "SNL" will attempt to refresh the Kanye West/MTV Video Music Awards incident.

Swift's "SNL" appearance will mark the start of what will be a country-heavy week on television. On Nov. 11, Swift will appear on the CMA Awards, which has bolstered its performance roster: Jason Aldean, Billy Currington and Daughtry, who will duet with Vince Gill, have been added to the lineup.

Nashville has been kind to "American Idol"-bred artists, with Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler and Bucky Covington among those finding success in the genre. As for Chris Daughtry, the heartland rocker featured Gill on his recent album "Leave This Town." The country veteran appeared on the track "Tennessee Line."

Other artists scheduled to perform on the CMA Awards include Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait,  Underwood, Sugarland and Keith Urban. All, however, will be shown up by Miranda Lambert

As previously noted, the gala will be hosted by Underwood and Paisley.

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Screenshot of Taylor Swift performing with T-Pain to open the CMT Awards. Credit: CMT. Watch the clip here.