updated 05/21/2012 AT 12:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/21/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
Who says you have to be a country singer to emcee the CMT awards?
“It’s an honor to get that call,” says seven-time CMT winner Keith, 50, about being asked back to host to show. He and Pamela Anderson co-hosted in 2003.
Bell, who will be escorted to Nashville by fiancé Dax Shepherd (sans sloth), is already eager to make her first trip to Music City.
“Country music makes me happy,” the actress, 31, tells PEOPLE. And she’s most excited about meeting her co-host – and the possibility of coming face to face with her country crush, Miranda Lambert.
Fans can vote for their favorite music videos at the CMT 2012 Music Awards website through June 4.
The CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on June 6 on CMT and CMT.com.