Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host "Country Music's Biggest Night" for the sixth consecutive time in 2013. With them at the helm, the 47th Annual CMA Awards airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8 p.m.), on ABC. The popular hosts used "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" to make the announcement when the concert special aired on ABC.
"Carrie and Brad are the consummate hosts," said Ed Hardy, president of the CMA board of directors. "They have the respect of our industry, artistic credibility, critical acclaim and a quick-witted, genuine rapport that makes them popular with our audience and the viewers at home. We are delighted to have them back as hosts for the sixth year."
Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards since receiving the Horizon Award (now the New Artist Award) in 2000, including Entertainer of the Year (2010), Male Vocalist (2007, 2008, 2009) and Album (2006 for Time Well Wasted). Underwood has received five CMA Awards in her career - only six other female solo artists have received more. She won three consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophies (2006-2008), as well as Single of the Year (2007 for "Before He Cheats") and the Horizon Award (2006).
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958.
Winners of The 47th Annual CMA Awards will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The eligibility period for the 2013 CMA Awards is July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.
The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members Tuesday, Aug. 20. Voting for the second ballot closes Friday, Aug. 30 (6 p.m., ET). The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in September.
The third and final ballot will be emailed on Thursday, Oct. 10. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 28 (6 p.m., ET).
Ticket information for the CMA Awards will be announced later this summer with information available at www.CMAawards.com. Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.