By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated June 10, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Some people might be surprised by today’s announcement that Auto-Tune autocrat T-Pain will be part of the CMT Music Awards next Tuesday. Not me. “Why exactly would the CMT Awards organizers feel that a veritable who’s who of country stars like Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Toby Keith, and Brad Paisley was missing…T-Pain?”, you ask. Well, I’m not even sure that the CMT powers-that-be had a choice in the matter. Ever since reading about how T-Pain waltzed onstage uninvited during Jay-Z’s live debut of “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” last weekend, I’m assuming that’s just how that guy rolls. Hey, just because T-Pain shows up at a totally incongruous event doesn’t mean anyone asked him to be there!

Okay, just kidding. T-Pain is a very fun musician, and I am sure that his unique joie de vivre will make this broadcast that much more enjoyable to watch. He certainly makes more sense than fellow presenters like Bill O’Reilly and Luke Wilson, who aren’t even singers. And maybe this explains why Taylor Swift tweeted on Monday about being in the studio with T-Pain? (Or maybe not.) Anyway, what do you think? Does T-Pain’s involvement make you more or less interested in tuning in for the CMT Music Awards?

addCredit(“T-Pain: Daniel Locke/PR Photos; Swift: Chris Hollo/ABC”)

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