CMAs to Tip Its Hat to the Women in Country Music

Taylor Swift performs on the NBC "Today" television program in New York Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010.
AP Photo/Richard Drew
Taylor Swift performs in New York Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010.
AP Photo/Richard Drew

NEW YORK (CBS) For country music superstar Taylor Swift, the biggest accessory for the 44th Annual Country Music Awards this Wednesday night will her heart on her sleeve.

In true country music fashion, there will be storytelling about heartache, moving on and reaching milestones.

PICTURES: Taylor Swift
PICTURES: On Stage at the CMAs

Swift will be singing "Back to December," which is reportedly about her ex-boyfriend, 18-year-old "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner. The performance is supposed to be very intimate and emotional with just her sitting at the piano with strings playing, according to US Magazine.

A source also told US that "It'll definitely be a 'moment' in the show."

Swift, 20, is reportedly dating actor Jake Gyllenhaal, 29, but there hasn't been any confirmation whether or not he will be attending.

Hollywood is also stepping on country music territory:  there will be a special performance by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who will be making her live country music singing debut performing the title song from her upcoming movie "Country Song" with Vince Gill. (Paltrow stars in the film with Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester. She plays a washed up country singer who gets romantically involved with a rising singer-songwriter (Hedlund).

In the past, Paltrow showed off her vocal chops when she appeared in the film, "Duets" (2000) with Huey Lewis and sang Smokey Robinson's 1979 hit single, "Cruisin."

County music wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for performers like Loretta Lynn.

The icon who paved the way for other female musicians in a once male-dominated genre, is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a recording artist. Top nominee Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow will pay homage to the country great with a special performance.

Who else will take the stage on country music's biggest night?

Kid Rock  will perform. He is nominated for Musical Event of the Year for his "Don't You See" duet with Zac Brown Band. Kid Rock was also nominated in 2003 for Vocal Event of the Year for "Picture," a duet with Sheryl Crow.

Other performers include: Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Underwood, and Keith Urban, Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson and Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson.

Country superstars, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the CMAs for the third year in a row.

"The 44th Annual CMA Awards" airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 10 on ABC.