The superstar lineup continues to grow with the announcement today that Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, and Blake Shelton are each performing during “The 49th Annual CMA Awards,” which airs live Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.
Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ will also feature performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maddie & Tae, Kacey Musgraves, Paisley, and Underwood, as well as one-of-a kind collaborations with Eric Church joining musical forces with Hank Williams, Jr., Thomas Rhett with Fall Out Boy, and Keith Urban performing with John Mellencamp.
Aldean has 14 career CMA Awards nominations including three each for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year (2011-1013). He has won CMA Awards for Musical Event of the Year with Kelly Clarkson for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and Album of the Year for My Kinda Party, both in 2011. He received his first nomination in 2008 for New Artist of the Year. He is nominated for Album of the Year for Old Boots, New Dirt, produced by Michael Knox.
Bryan, who is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, is nominated in that category again in 2015 (he received his first nomination in the Entertainer category in 2013). He is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year (he has been nominated in this category every year since 2012). He received his first CMA Awards nomination in 2010 for New Artist of the Year.
Most New Artist of the Year nominees are content with recognition in that sought-after category, but CMA member voters bestowed two additional nods to Hunt. He collected nominations for Single of the Year for “Take Your Time,” which was produced by Zach Crowell and Shane McAnally; and Song of the Year for “Take Your Time,” which Hunt wrote with McAnally and Josh Osborne.
Shelton is nominated for Musical Event of the Year with Ashley Monroe for “Lonely Tonight” and Male Vocalist, a trophy he has won five consecutive times (2010-2014). This marks Shelton’s second Musical Event of the Year nomination with Monroe. Monroe was a member of Pistol Annies in 2013 when they were nominated with Shelton for Musical Event of the Year for “Boys ‘Round Here.”
Winners of “The 49th 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 tabulated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT).
“The 49th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Fans can get more information on “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” and sign up for CMA emails and exclusives, including a full nominee recap, by visiting CMAawards.com.