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Cheap Trick to Perform with Billy Ray Cyrus at 2016 CMT Music Awards Ceremony


Credit: David McClisterCheap Trick will bring a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll to the 2016 edition of the country-themed CMT Music Awards. The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will team up with country star Billy Ray Cyrus for a mashup performance at the ceremony, which airs live on CMT from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena this Wednesday, June 8, at 8 p.m. ET.

While details about the collaboration haven’t been revealed yet, it’s worth noting that Cyrus is starring as an Elvis Presley impersonator in a new CMT series called Still the King, while Cheap Trick had a top-five single 1988 with a cover of Elvis’ chart-topping hit “Don’t Be Cruel.”

Meanwhile, Cheap Trick will be competing for the CMT Performance of the Year prize at the 2016 CMT Music Awards, after receiving a nomination for their duet performance of “I Want You to Want Me” with Jennifer Nettles on CMT Crossroads. Another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, Lynyrd Skynyrd, also is in the running for the award, thanks to their rendition of their hit “What’s Your Name” with Brantley Gilbert that appeared on a different episode of Crossroads.

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