News Country 09/06/2005

CMT Reveals the Top 12 Greatest Duets in Spectacular Concert Event; Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton Take Top Duet



NASHVILLE, TN. (CMT) - In a once-in-a-lifetime concert event, CMT revealed the Top 12 duets from its elite list of CMT 100 GREATEST DUETS live from Nashville. A celebration of the crowning songs included live performances by 21 of country music's biggest artists, including Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Rogers, Trace Adkins, Terri Clark and more. The two-hour concert will round out a remarkable six-hour special, CMT 100 GREATEST DUETS, which airs on Saturday, September 17.

"American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood made her Nashville debut on CMT 100 GREATEST DUETS performing "Does He Love You" with vocal powerhouse Jamie O'Neal. The newly crowned "Idol" proved her country status and received an arena-wide standing ovation.
For the first time in nearly two decades, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton joined the stage to perform "Islands In The Stream," which earned the No. 1 spot on CMT's prestigious list. The 1983 hit, written by the Bee Gees, reached No. 1 on both Billboard's pop and country charts and was certified Platinum the same year.

Highlights of the evening included a touching tribute to Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty's "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man," performed by Patty Loveless and Travis Tritt; Montgomery Gentry and Shooter Jennings paired for "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys," originally performed by Willie Nelson and Jennings' father, Waylon Jennings; and husband and wife duo Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black performed a romantic rendition of their own hit song "When I Said I Do."

Co-hosts Terri Clark and Trace Adkins expertly guided the night, and performed their own country-steeped version of "After the Fire is Gone." Other show-stopping performances included Lee Ann Womack and Joe Nichols ("We're Gonna Hold On"), Crystal Gayle and Raul Malo ("You and I"), Rebecca Lynn Howard and Keith Anderson ("Jackson"), Kenny Rogers and Lee Ann Womack ("Every Time Two Fools Collide"), Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton ("You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma"), and Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart ("The Whiskey Ain't Workin'").

The Top 12 duets are as follows:
(#1) Islands in the Stream / Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
(#2) Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man / Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
(#3) Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys / Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings
(#4) Jackson / Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
(#5) We're Gonna Hold On / George Jones & Tammy Wynette
(#6) You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma / David Frizzell & Shelly West
(#7) You and I / Eddie Rabbit & Crystal Gayle
(#8) Every Time Two Fools Collide / Kenny Rogers & Dottie West
(#9) Does He Love You / Reba McEntire & Linda Davis
(#10) After The Fire Is Gone / Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
(#11) When I Said I Do / Clint Black & Lisa Hartman Black
(#12) The Whiskey Ain't Workin' / Travis Tritt & Marty Stuart
For more information on CMT 100 GREATEST DUETS visit http://CMT.com .

CMT, America's No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 77.1 million households in the United States. Go to country music's biggest web site at http://www.CMT.com






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