There's been a lot of talk about the place of women in country music lately, so it seems like the perfect time for two women to host the 2015 CMT Music Awards, and with any luck whatsoever, that is what we intend to do this Wednesday night on CMT. In recent weeks, "Saladgate" broke out in the Country world when a prominent radio consultant gave an interview saying, "If you want to make ratings in Country Radio, take females out." Somehow in the process of making his point, this gentleman compared women in Country Music to tomatoes, and men to lettuce. We didn't believe it either. Here, then, are ten reasons we politely suggest you all watch the CMT Music Awards whether you're a man, woman or child; lettuce, tomato or even crouton.
1) Erin's blonde obsession Carrie Underwood will perform live onstage for the first time on TV since she gave birth in February, and as we saw during rehearsal, she's never looked or sounded better. Which is SO impressive. And just the slightest bit annoying.
2) Against all odds, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Arnold will rekindle their True Lies romance in ways you might never expect.
3) One way or another, you'll find out why we are hosting the show. It will make sense that we're here. We think.
4) Eric Church will sing "Wrecking Ball," but no twerking is currently scheduled.
5) Joe Dirt and Billy Ray Cyrus will both be on the show. Will this finally become the musical salute to the mullet that America has been waiting for?
6) Florida Georgia Line may FINALLY confess they're from a rather tony section of Connecticut.
7) Performances by everyone from Keith Urban to Kenny Chesney to Kim Jung Un, though one of them might drop out. Please don't hack our email.
8) Reba will sing. That is all.
9) You'll see Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Maddie & Tae, and Norman Reedus who is apparently excited to hang out with the living for a night.
10) What do Justin Bieber, Steven Tyler, Kristen Bell, Hunter Hayes, Zedd, Alan Jackson, Rick Springfield, James Cordon and us all have in common? Tune in for the first ten minutes of the CMT Music Awards and find out.