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“He absolutely killed his verse of the song,” the country star added. “And we’re both Georgia boys, so even though our music is totally different, our roots are the same. We both know about hot Georgia summers and cooling off with a six pack of two. It wasn’t that much of a stretch.”

Aldean leads the way with four nominations for this year’s awards, followed closely behind by Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band with three nominations each.

The 2011 CMT Music Awards mark the 10th anniversary of the awards show and will be hosted by Kid Rock live today, Wednesday at 8/7 p.m. CST.