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Def Leppard nominated for 3 country music awards

Taylor Swift + Def Leppard = Hysteria
Taylor Swift + Def Leppard = Hysteria

Def Leppard's recent collaborations with country artists Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw have been smashes, and as a result, the veteran UK hitmakers have been nominated for three CMT (Country Music Television) Awards.

Two of the nominations stem from the Leps' stint with country phenom Taylor Swift on the band's blockbuster single Photograph, which Swift performed with the group on the show CMT Crossroads: Def Leppard and Taylor Swift.

Def Lep also racked up another nomination in the Wide Open Country Video of the Year for their collaboration with Tim McGraw on the song Nine Lives.

Def Leppard will perform at this year's CMT Music Awards, which is scheduled for 16 June.

Oh...wait a minute...you think the New Wave Of Heavy Metal can't meet the Grand Ole Opry? Well, check out Def Leppard and Taylor Swift rockin' it on Photograph. All we can say is, we like!

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.