Two and a half decades years after his last performance at the Country Music Association Awards, Lionel Richie  will return to the CMAs stage this year to perform cuts from his upcoming country duets album, "Tuskegee."
The pop/R&B icon will be joined for country-fied versions of his hits by Little Big Town  for "Deep River Woman," Darius Rucker  for "Stuck On You" and Rascal Flatts  for "Dancing on the Ceiling" during a performance at the Nov. 9 ceremony. Richie previously performed "Lady" with Kenny Rogers  at the 1984 CMAs, and "Deep River Woman" with Alabama  two years later.
"I was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama," says Richie, who will release "Tuskegee" on Nov. 1, in a press release. "I am a country boy and proud of it. To do this project just felt natural."
The CMA Awards will be hosted by Brad Paisley  and Carrie Underwood , and feature performances by Jason Aldean , Lady Antebellum , Miranda Lambert , Taylor Swift  and Keith Urban , among others. Paisley, Swift, Urban, Aldean and Blake Shelton  are nominated for entertainer of the year, an honor that Paisley won in 2010.
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