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Vince Gill, Keith Urban and Hunter Hayes to perform on 2012 CMA Awards

by Brandy McDonnell Published: October 24, 2012
Vince Gill (AP file)
Vince Gill (AP file)

The star-packed lineup of performers for the 46th Annual CMA Awards grew today with the announcement that Oklahoma native Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, and Keith Urban will perform during the show.

The first round of artists presenting trophies during the three-hour gala also were announced, including Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Sugarland, and The Band Perry.

The 46th Annual CMA Awards, hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Checotah Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Oklahomans Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Underwood, as well as Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Paisley, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Underwood, and Zac Brown Band.

Gill is no stranger to the CMA Awards stage. He hosted the CMA Awards a record 12 times. He has earned 51 career CMA Awards nominations and has won 18 trophies including two for Entertainer of the Year (1993, 1994) and five consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Awards (1991-1995). Gill will be performing with previously announced CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Clarkson.

Hayes received his first CMA Awards nomination in the New Artist of the Year category in 2012 and this will be his first CMA Awards performance. (Artists can only be nominated in this category two times.) Hayes is currently the opening act on Underwood’s “Blown Away Tour,” which is stopping at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena Thursday night.

Urban, nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, has won the trophy three times (2004-2006). Since winning the CMA Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) in 2001, Urban has collected 25 CMA Awards nominations. He won Entertainer of the Year in 2005 and Musical Event of the Year in 2009 for “Start a Band” with Paisley.

Presenting Awards on the broadcast are McBride, who is nominated for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year (an award she has won four times); firebrand Pickler, who received her first CMA Awards nomination in 2007 for the Horizon Award; Sugarland, nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year (an award they have won every year since 2007); and Vocal Group of the Year nominee The Band Perry, who received their first CMA Awards in 2011 for New Artist of the Year, as well as Single and Song of the Year for “If I Die Young,” written by Kimberly Perry.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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