Alan Jackson plans to perform a new song about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the Country Music Association Awards tonight (Nov. 7) in Nashville. The song is titled "Where Were You (When the World

Alan Jackson plans to perform a new song about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the Country Music Association Awards tonight (Nov. 7) in Nashville. The song is titled "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

"It's about how it affected a lot of people, and he just wrote it a couple of days ago, maybe a week ago," said Walter Miller, producer of the annual ceremony, which will be staged at the Grand Ole Opry House and air from 8-11 p.m. ET on CBS. "We were blown away [upon hearing the song]."

The biggest challenge this year is striking the proper balance between acknowledging Sept. 11 and putting on the awards show that fans have come to expect, Miller said. Brooks & Dunn are scheduled to open the show with their patriotic hit "Only in America," and the attacks will be mentioned throughout.

"I think it's impossible to go out there and host this thing with a big happy face like life is grand," said singer Vince Gill, the show's host for the 10th straight year. "But music is a real peaceful place for people to go, so maybe we can put our best foot forward and give everybody a little peace during a difficult time."

As previously reported, the event will also feature performances from Garth Brooks and George Jones, Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson, Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, and Tim McGraw. Evans leads the field with nominations in five categories.


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