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NellyToby Keith, Kenny Chesney, and Shania Twain are the first performers confirmed for the 36th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The Nov. 6 ceremony will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville and will be broadcast live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET (and rebroadcast at 8 p.m. PT).

The event will mark Twain's first network television performance since 1999. She's expected to perform a track from her forthcoming album, "UP!," due Nov. 12 via Mercury. As previously reported, Keith is nominated for six CMA honors, while Chesney has three nominations to his credit. Alan Jackson leads the field with a record 10 nominations.

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A dual performance by Carlos Santana and P.O.D. plus appearances by Ivan Lins and Bossacucanova are the latest updates to the Latin Grammy Awards lineup. New presenters for the event, set for Sept. 18 in Los Angeles, include artists Andres Cabas and Reba McEntire, as well as actors Ali Landry, Alex Meneses, Jacqueline Obredors, Freddy Rodriguez, and Wilmer Valderrama. The show will be broadcast live on CBS and hosted by Gloria Estefan and Jimmy Smits. Previously announced performers include Juanes with Nelly Furtado, Shakira, Thalia, Carlos Vives, and Marc Anthony. 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake, Jon Secada, Daisy Fuentes, the Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, vocalist Laura Pausini, pop star/actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, and actors Esai Morales, Cheech Marin, and Hector Elizondo will also present. Vives leads the Latin Grammy field with six nominations. Salsa legend Celia Cruz pulled in four nominations, while Miguel Bose, Emilio Estefan, Juanes, Gian Marco, and Alejandro Sanz each netted three nods.

Tribe Of Judah, a new band fronted by former Extreme/Van Halen singer Gary Cherone, will release its debut album Oct. 22 via Spitfire Records. Dubbed "Exit Elvis," the set is described as having "heavy, yet lucid production" that "clarifies the instrumentation while sustaining the subsonic electronic layering." The set will be led by the single "Thanks for Nothing." Besides Cherone, the band also features Extreme bassist Pat Badger and sometime Extreme drummer Mike Mangini, as well as guitarist Leo Mellace and keyboardist/programmer Steve Ferlazzo. When the band hits the road this fall, former Godsmack drummer Tommy Stewart will take Mangini's place.