Terry Morrow: CMT Awards lassoes Kenny Chesney and The Band Perry

Country singer Kenny Chesney appears at a news conference to promote his 'Brothers of the Sun' concert tour on Friday June 1, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Chesney and fellow country singer Tim McGraw will kick off their joint tour on Saturday night in Tampa, Fla. (Photo by Scott Miller/Invision/AP)

Country singer Kenny Chesney appears at a news conference to promote his "Brothers of the Sun" concert tour on Friday June 1, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Chesney and fellow country singer Tim McGraw will kick off their joint tour on Saturday night in Tampa, Fla. (Photo by Scott Miller/Invision/AP)

What do the CMT Awards (airing live 8 p.m. Wednesday) have to do with Knoxville? Oh, let us count the ways:

Luttrell native Kenny Chesney is up for the night's main prize — Video of the Year — for the tune "You and Tequila" with Grace Potter. He's also up for Collaborative Video of the Year for the same tune.

The difference?

The "Collaborative" honor means he's not the only one working the video. (But, when you think about it, aren't all music videos a "collaborative" effort?)

Chesney is scheduled to perform as well.

Greeneville, Tenn., residents The Band Perry's "All Your Life" has nabbed them a Group Video of the Year nod. The band is prepping for the release of its second CD and will perform their current single "Postcards from Paris" at the awards ceremony, live from Nashville.

The trio consists of siblings Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry and Neil Perry. Though from Alabama originally, the three refer to Greeneville as their hometown.

"House of Lies" actress Kristen Bell will co-host the awards with Toby Keith. Shortly after the show ends, she'll be driving to Knoxville for a screening of her movie "Hit and Run" at the Regal Riviera Stadium 8, where a VIP group will see the film and ask her questions about it afterward.

"Parenthood" co-star Dax Shepard will present at the CMT event. He and Bell are married and co-star in "Hit and Run."

According to a source at Regal Entertainment, Shepard will drive one of his vintage cars from Nashville to Knoxville for the "Hit and Run" screening. The same car, which Shepard owns, is used in the movie and will be parked outside the theater for spectators to admire.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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