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November 10, 2010 at 12:00 PM EST

Image Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.com Who better to fill the final performance spot at the 44th annual CMA Awards than a legend of the industry, a Grand Ole Opry vet, a … super famous actress, Gwyneth Paltrow!

Oh, we kid. This Malibu/Manhattan bird not only turned on her Nashville twang to play the title song from her upcoming Country Strong, she did it with a guitar, and Vince Gill. (The seven other dudes also onstage playing guitar were so sweet to assist, don’t you think?).

Honestly, la Paltrow sounded solid, and more tuneful than some who do it for a living on tonight’s show, and it earned her a standing O, though Blake Shelton’s slow-clap smirk looked a little more “Eh, she did it better in Duets.”

What did you think, viewers? Did she pull off her Bridgestone Arena debut?

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