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Left: Jennifer Nettles arrives at The 44th Annual CMA Awards on November 10, 2010. Right: Rihanna arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards on November 21, 2010. - Provided courtesy of ABC / ANDREW WALKER/TIM OGIER

Jennifer Nettles and Rihanna to perform duet at Academy of Country Music Awards

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04/03/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland fame is set to perform a duet with R&B singer Rihanna at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday.

The singer spoke to ACM presenter Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show on Friday about the upcoming performance. "We are just big fans of each other, and so we wanted to do something that was fun and different and fresh," Nettles said. "I reached out to her and said 'Hey, anything you wanna do?' and she [Rihanna] said 'I have this song that specifically I want to do with you.'"

The two women will perform a ballad off of Rihanna's latest album "Loud" called "California King Bed."

"It's the first time, obviously, Lady Ri and I have ever sung together," Nettles said. "And the first time this song will be sung live, so we are thrilled!"

The ACM awards will also have a few big names presenting at the ceremony including, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Seacrest. The show will be hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton and will feature performances by Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride and the Zac Brown Band with James Taylor.

The awards show is set to air on April 3 on CBS at 8 p.m. Check out the interview with Nettles below and the full list of nominees here.

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