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You DO NOT WANT TO MISS the Opening of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards”

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Kick off Country Music’s Biggest Night™ with a not-to-be-missed, world premiere musical collaboration and opening monologue during “The 49th Annual CMA Awards,” airing live Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

The three-hour gala kicks off in high gear with one of the night’s top nominees Eric Church with iconic Country rocker Hank Williams, Jr. for a world premiere of Williams’ new Nash Icon release; followed by critically-acclaimed CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and their highly-anticipated opening monologue. And that is just the first 15 minutes.

“If you don’t see the first 15 minutes of the CMA Awards live, you will be grasping for straws at the proverbial watercooler the next morning,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “It is that good and it is just the beginning of a great night of entertainment.”

Church’s nominations include Entertainer (his first nomination in the category); Male Vocalist; Single of the Year for “Talladega,” which was produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.;  Song of the Year for “Like A Wrecking Ball,” which he wrote with Casey Beathard; and Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban. He will be performing “Are You Ready For the Country” with Williams – himself a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year (1987, 1988).

The song, which was written and recorded by Neil Young and later recorded by Waylon Jennings, “is the perfect narrative for the night,” said CMA Awards Executive Producer Robert Deaton. “It sets up musically everything that is going to happen for the rest of the show.”

Paisley and Underwood have undeniable chemistry, humor, and the admiration of the music industry, and they bring it all to the stage. Viewers and the industry audience have come to expect musical parody, wry topical humor, and colorful commentary on pop culture.

With all of that going for them, it’s easy to forget they are world-class entertainers and in addition to hosting duties both will also have performances during the broadcast.

“They have impeccable timing as hosts and then in the next segment you see them with their bands blowing the roof off the arena with an amazing performance,” said Deaton. “They are the whole package.”

Click here to see a video montage of their hosting highlights from previous CMA Awards.

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. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 8. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT).

Fans can get more information on “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” and sign up for CMA emails and exclusives by visiting

The Grand Ole Opry Goes To The Movies

©2015 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2015 Grand Ole Opry
Photo By: Chris Hollo

The show that made country music famous is set to take some of the genre’s most popular artists to the big screen in December when its first feature film, American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry, previews in theaters across America. The made-for-cinema concert film captures on-stage Opry performances and backstage moments with Opry members Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Darius Rucker, as well as country favorites The Band Perry and Brett Eldredge.

American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry is set for a limited special engagement at select Carmike Cinemas in the US beginning December 4. Distribution across America will follow in January in partnership between the Opry and independent distributor DigiNext, a joint-venture of Carmike Cinemas Inc., a leading motion picture, alternative programming and 3-D motion picture exhibitor.

“We are excited about the opportunity to take the Opry and country music into movie theaters across the country,” said Steve Buchanan, Opry Entertainment President.  “This partnership allows us to present the Opry to fans through a previously unutilized medium and is another way for the Opry to expand its reputation as a vehicle of discovery for America’s music.”

The film will give audiences a virtual front row seat and VIP all-access pass.  Among the performances featured:

  • –Brad Paisley performing his #1 hit and the film’s title track “American Saturday Night” and current hit single “Country Nation”
  • –Blake Shelton’s award-winning “Boys Round Here” and current single “Gonna”
  • –Darius Rucker’s Grammy-winner “Wagon Wheel” as well as “So I Sang” from his current album SOUTHERN STYLE
  • –The Band Perry performing “If I Die Young,” the same song the band sang for Opry management in a backstage dressing room in 2009, earning an invitation to make its Opry debut
  • –Brett Eldredge’s first number one smash, “Don’t Ya”

“Everyone in the audience was swept away by each artist’s incredible performance,” said Bud Mayo, Managing Member of DigiNext and President of Carmike’s Alternative Programming and Distribution Division, who attended the live taping on August 31 with Carmike CEO David Passman. “The Opry production was the best I have seen and heard in 40 years in this business. Add the personal interactions with the artists between their sets and moviegoers are in for a thoroughly immersive experience from the moment they do their virtual walk into the hallowed halls of the Opry. This kind of groundbreaking event helps to fulfill the promise of digital cinema and its importance to Carmike and the exhibition industry at large.”

American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry is directed by George J. Flanigen IV. Executive Producers are Steve Buchanan, Robert Deaton, Pete Fisher, and Flanigen.

To find theaters, show times and purchase advance tickets, visit Tickets also available through and

Top Country Tweets September 21st-27th

blake tweet

  1. @blakeshelton I call dibs on these quality items!!!
  1. @BradPaisley Everyone okay? #tokenrhetoricalquestionandwillprobablynotreadrepliesbutknockyourselvesout
  1. @bretteldredge It’s almost October….find me a pumpkin and a sword…I wanna carve that beatch!

kacey musgraves tweet

  1. @KaceyMusgraves THANK YOU @SherylCrow for joining us last night at @TheRyman! You’re the original badass lady! #IfItMakesYouHappy

mirnada lambert tweet

  1. @mirandalambert When you walk into catering and you see this….Froot Loop Rice Krispie treats. (Froot Loopie…
  1. @martinamcbride Just looking at my phone and realized some of my most used emojis are Not sure that looks good for me…..

david nail

  1. @davidnail My view on this @SouthwestAir beauty. The flash scared have the plane and now I look like a dummy.

jake owen tweet

  1. @jakeowen One of my new favorite pictures I snapped of Pearl at the park. Pictures last forever. Being 2 years…
  1. @carrieunderwood Oh, just having tea with the Queen! #TeaBreak #SmokeBreak #PinkiesUp #LondonCalling #TooManyHashtags
  1. @CharlieDaniels Hazel,myself and all the CDB folks wish to extend our deepest condolences to Eddie Montgomery and family In the loss of his son Hunter

Top Country Tweets of the Week Sept. 14th-20th

dierks tweet

  1. @DierksBentley hanging these boots up! Atlanta and every city on the #SoundsOfSummer tour…thx for making it my fav summer ever.
  1. @BradPaisley Great to be in Denver. Although the clean mountain air I remember has a new pungent aroma to it. Odd.

miranda tweet

  1. @mirandalambert Makin music tonight with my friends. jessilalexander, Jon Randall and @radneyfoster @mutt_nation
  1. @bretteldredge My hotel room is frozen like Elsa and I can’t find the dragon setting….
  1. @KaceyMusgraves Who do I talk to about having a float in the next Nashville Pride Parade? It’s happening and I can’t be stopped.

austin webb tweet

  1. @austinlwebb Do you guys ever have days where you can’t get your dog off your mind?

band perry tweet

  1. @thebandperry Dear @taylorswift13 thank you for a magical night. Dear Indianapolis thank you for a magical sing along. We love you.

reba tweet

  1. @reba Who can resist a great tasting mocha latte in Italy??? Not me!!!

carrie tweet

  1. @carrieunderwood Date night with this handsome hunk!!!
  1. @CharlieDaniels Debate last night left more questions than answers for me. The commentators kept trying to preside over a game of gotcha Childish stuff

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