Hosts Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley ready for CMA Awards

Hosts Carrie Underwood, left, and Brad Paisley speak during the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 9, 2011. AP

The Country Music Association Awards will be handed out on Thursday, with Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosting together for the fifth year running.

And in the time Underwood has spent co-hosting the show with Paisley, she's learned there's nothing fake about the man with the white hat.

"He's not a different person in front of the camera and a whole different person away from the cameras," she said in a recent interview. "He is the way you think he is."

Eric Church leads this year's crop of nominees with five nods. The "Springsteen" singer is followed closely by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. The husband and wife have four nominations each.

Taylor Swift is up for her third entertainer of the year award, but she'll face competition from previous winners Kenny Chesney and Paisley, as well as Jason Aldean and Shelton.

Tim McGraw and The Band Perry will debut new music during the CMA ceremony. The list of scheduled performers also includes Swift, Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Shelton, Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Lambert, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band.

Underwood and Paisley are also performing, in addition to their co-hosting duties.

The 46th annual CMA Awards will air live Nov. 1 on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. You can see the full list of nominees here.

Tell us: Who do you think will win entertainer of the year?

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