updated 08/28/2009 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/28/2009 AT 12:30 PM ET
Who didn’t get a kick out of Taylor Swift and T-Pain’s hysterical opening sketch at this years CMT Awards? Well, it’s part of a trend: Left and right country stars are pairing up with mainstream artists for what has proven to be spectacular entertainment.
“In Nashville working for a couple of days with Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood,” Ne-Yo recently Tweeted. And earlier this month, Timbaland confessed to Radar online that he’d like to work with Swift. “I love her voice,” he said, adding he’ll make a collaboration happen.