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Gwyneth Paltrow Makes Country Singing Debut At CMAs

Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t seem satisfied with just being an Oscar award-winning actress, it looks like she’s ready to take over the country music industry too.

The actress made her live country singing debut last night when she performed “Country Strong” at the 2010 Country Music Association Awards with Vince Gill. The song is the first single from the soundtrack for her upcoming movie, “Country Strong”, in which she plays a washed up country star ready to make a comeback.

After she performed, she received a standing ovation from the crowd and decent reviews from critics, many of whom admitted they were ready to pan the performance before it even started.

Entertainment Weekly critic Ken Tucker said that even though Paltrow appeared nervous, her vocals were stong. “Strumming an acoustic guitar, looking a little nervous but singing the movie’s title song in an expressive, surging tone, she didn’t really need the assistance of the wonderful Vince Gill, there to give a polite country-industry imprimatur to Paltrow’s efforts,” Tucker wrote.

New York Times music reviewer Jon Caramanica added, “The surprise was that she didn’t need [Gill]’s steadying hand nearly as much as some of the night’s other performers.”

Meanwhile, New York Post writer Jarett Wieselman said he was waiting for a “car crash,” but changed his mind after seeing Paltrow’s full performance. “Gwyneth delivered a very solid — if not sensational — performance,” he said.

Singer Miranda Lambert agreed with the critics telling USA Today that she thought Gwyneth did a great job. “She sounded really country, I think. She seems very genuine,” Lambert said.

You can see Gwyneth’s performance on the CMAs below:

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