The star-packed lineup for The 46th Annual CMA Awards continues to grow with the announcement that co-host Brad Paisley,Luke Bryan, reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert and The Zac Brown Band have joined the lineup of performers for "Country Music's Biggest Night."
The CMA Awards, hosted for the fifth time by Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday, Nov. 1 (8 to 11 p.m.), on ABC. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson and Little Big Town.
Paisley is nominated for Entertainer of the Year. His nomination keeps him third on the list of artists with the most career nominations in CMA Awards history. He has been nominated every year since 2000, and has amassed 58 nominations.
Bryan is making his debut in the Male Vocalist category. He enters the elite list for the first time in 2012. He also picked up a second nomination for Album of the Year for "tailgates & tanlines," produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright. Bryan was nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
Lambert received four nominations, including a shared nomination with Blake Shelton for CMA Song of the Year for "Over You." She was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year for "Four the Record," produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf; and Music Video of the Year for "Over You," directed by Trey Fanjoy.
The Zac Brown Band is a 12-time CMA Awards nominee with a 2012 Vocal Group of the Year nomination, their fourth consecutive nomination in the category. The band was named CMA New Artist of the Year in 2010.
Tickets for The CMA Awards went on sale to the public Sept. 29, and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster outlets; by calling 1-800-745-3000; or at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). Ticket prices for the CMA Awards start at $110 for upper level seating.
Full 2012 CMA Awards details, including nominations and performers, are available at www.CMAawards.com, which also includes CMA Awards history, a searchable database of past CMA Awards nominees and winners, host information and much more. Fans can connect with CMA online at Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic (#CMAawards), YouTube.come/CountryMusicAssoc and Pinterest.com/CMAworld.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 11,000 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" was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time - making it the longest-running annual music awards program on network television. The awards aired on NBC through 1971 and on CBS from 1972 through 2005. The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it will remain through 2021.