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Country stars rock out on new TV special

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
August 31, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
More than a dozen of country music's top artists are bringing their unique style to a new TV special on ABC, CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock. Entertainment reporter George Pennacchio says relative newcomers Taylor Swift and Julianne Hough are thrilled just to be invited to the party.Taylor Swift is just one of the country music stars who performed at the five day, CMA Fan Festival in June.

For the 19-year-old singer, it's a chance not just to meet fans; it's also her chance to be a fan to some of her childhood heroes.

"Getting to be a part of it is a real honor. I am never gonna take that for granted," said Taylor Swift. "I remember being a 13-year-old girl just wishing someday I could be there. It blows my mind that I get to do this."

The same goes for Julianne Hough.

"Its awesome. My first year I was a fan. My second year I was hosting," said Hough.

Even though she now gets to take the stage as a performer, Hough admits she still gets star struck when she's around some of her own idols, like Martina McBride.

"You just catch yourself staring and it's just funny," said Hough. "She's so great, now I can say, I'm buddies with Martina."

Another special moment in tonight's show, for the first time in six years, Wynonna teams back up with her mother, Naomi, for a performance as The Judds.

Also performing tonight: Brooks and Dunn, Reba McEntire, Kenney Chesney, Brad Paisley, Sugarland and more. And one added bit of fun. The CMA is hosting a live Twitter feed!

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