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All-American Rejects Salute Taylor With “Mean”/“Gives You Hell” Mashup

William Shatner, Lionel Richie, Joe Walsh also show to honor CMT Artists of the Year.

photo courtesy CMT

Taylor Swift called dozens of pop, rock and rap artists to join her onstage on her recent tour, but now, they're coming to her.

Rock band All-American Rejects showed at the taping Tuesday (Nov. 29) for CMT Artists of the Year to play for Taylor, one of five honorees. The band did so by taking Taylor's bluegrass-y "Mean" and rocking it up. The Rejects also threw in a dash of their smash hit "Gives You Hell" for good measure.

"I love what the All-American Rejects did with 'Mean.' That's fantastic!" Taylor gushed in her acceptance speech. And she accepted the award from Faith Hill, whom Taylor once called her favorite person in Nashville.

Other highlights of the taping:

  • Joe Walsh jammed with honoree Brad Paisley on Joe's song "Life's Been Good."
  • Lionel Richie presented an Artist of the Year trophy to Jason Aldean.
  • Retired Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa and Saints head coach Sean Payton showed up to give a trophy to sports-loving Kenny Chesney.

Lady Antebellum is the fifth of the CMT Artists of the Year. The special airs Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET.

 

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