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Is pop star and “The Voice” judge Christina Aguilera going country?

Looks like the southern drawl of fellow “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton is starting to influence pop star extraordinaire Christina Aguilera.

Not only is the pop princess beginning an acting stint on the ABC series “Nashville” on April 15 to play the ‘pop-turned-country’ role of Jade St. John, but it looks like Aguilera will also make an appearance at the upcoming 50th Academy of Country Music Awards alongside country trio Rascal Flatts.

“We’re going to do some of her song, then go into ‘Riot’,” says Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus in a recent USA Today article. “It’s going to be a nice, seamless transition and a really powerful performance.”

Her song is called “Shotgun” and Aguilera will debut it on “Nashville” during her three-episode stint. “We are putting a different spin on the song for the awards,” adds Aguilera, “but it’s a quiet, beautiful song about true love that lasts a lifetime.”

Of course, while the collaboration is sure to draw some buzz, Rascal Flatts will also be looking to make up a bit from last year, when the group admitted to lip-syncing their hit “Rewind” after lead singer Gary LeVox lost his voice days before the live awards.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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