NASHVILLE – The star-studded lineup for the Country Music Association’s yearly awards show continues to grow with today’s announcement of more performers for the 47th Annual CMA Awards.
Checotah native Carrie Underwood, her co-host for the show Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves are scheduled to perform. Plus, Alan Jackson and George Strait, the two top nominees in CMA Awards history, will perform together in a tribute to the legendary George Jones, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 and remains one of the most recognizable and evocative voices in the history of the genre. Jones passed away in April of this year.
Paisley and Underwood will host the ceremony for the sixth consecutive year live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 on the ABC Television Network.
Three-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Underwood is again nominated in that category, as well as for Album of the Year for “Blown Away,” and Music Video of the Year for the album’s title track. Underwood is a five-time CMA Award winner with 18 career CMA Awards nominations.
Paisley is among the top CMA Award winners of all time, with 14 trophies. He is a former CMA Entertainer of the Year and three-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, with multiple wins in the Music Video and Musical Event of the Year categories. Paisley’s first CMA Award came in 2000 when he won the Horizon Award.
Reigning CMA Album of the Year winner Church is nominated this year for Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Church is an eight-time CMA Awards nominee who earned his first nomination in 2011 for New Artist of the Year.
One of this year’s most nominated artists, newcomers and first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line earned nods for New Artist and Vocal Duo of the Year, as well as Single of the Year for “Cruise” and Musical Event of the Year for the song’s remix with Nelly.
Musgraves – who is also a first-time nominee – is tied as the year’s most nominated artist. She collected six nominations including Female Vocalist, New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Same Trailer Different Park, Single and Song of the Year for “Merry Go ‘Round,” and Song of the Year for Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”
Jackson is the second most nominated artist in CMA history, with 81 nominations and 16 trophies. He is a three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and two-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. Jackson earned his first CMA Awards nominations in 1990 when he was up for the Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year), Album of the Year for Here In The Real World, and Single and Song of the Year for the album’s title track.
Strait is not only the top CMA Award nominee of all time, but also the top CMA Award winner with 22 trophies and 82 nominations. He is nominated this year for Entertainer of the Year, an honor he has taken home twice before. Strait is a five-time CMA Male Vocalist and Album of the Year winner.
As previously reported, Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton, the reigning CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, and wife Miranda Lambert, the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, along with three-time nominee this year Jason Aldean, three-time nominee this year Luke Bryan, reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town, former CMA Entertainer of the Year Tim McGraw, two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift, and former CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban were the first announced CMA Awards performers, announced last week.
Tickets for the 47th Annual CMA Awards are officially sold-out, marking the fifth year in a row the ceremony has sold out in advance. This is the earliest tickets have sold out, according to a news release.
Winners of the 47th Annual CMA Awards will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 28.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music. The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show took place in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest-running, annual music awards program on network television. The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it will remain through 2021.