Country music superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host "Country Music's Biggest Night" for the eighth consecutive year in 2015. The 49th Annual CMA Awards airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8 p.m.), on the ABC Television Network.
The return of the pair was announced by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town during "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," which aired last night on ABC. During the concert special, which was hosted by Little Big Town, viewers were able to Shazam the show to unlock a video montage of Paisley and Underwood's many televised highlights from previous CMA Awards broadcasts.
"We are so fortunate to have Carrie and Brad hosting the CMA Awards for the eighth time," CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said. "They have real chemistry on stage and bring credibility, comic timing and critical acclaim to 'Country Music's Biggest Night.' "
"Brad and Carrie are great hosts, because they are very active collaborators in the process," said Robert Deaton, executive producer of the CMA Awards. "They are heavily invested in the continued success of the CMA Awards while being mindful of the prestige and history. They are not simply setting the bar for hosting an awards show, they are surpassing it every time they step out on our stage."
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 (2007-09) and Album (2006 for "Time Well Wasted"). He won Musical Event of the Year three times, first in 2004 with Alison Krauss for "Whiskey Lullaby," second in 2006 for "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Dolly Parton, and a third time in 2009 for "Start a Band" with Keith Urban. He claimed the Vocal Event of the Year trophy in 2001 for "Too Country" with Bill Anderson, George Jones and Buck Owens; and won Music Video of the Year four times, including "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" (2002), "Whiskey Lullaby" (with Krauss, 2004), "Online" (2007) and "Waitin' on a Woman" (featuring Andy Griffith, 2008). He is No. 5 on the list of top CMA Awards winners of all time.
Underwood has received five CMA Awards in her career - three consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophies (2006-08), as well as Single of the Year (2007 for "Before He Cheats"), and the Horizon Award (2006). Her 21 career CMA Awards nominations include three for Album of the Year for "Carnival Ride" (2008), "Play On" (2010) and "Blown Away" (2013); four nominations for Music Video of the Year for "Jesus Take the Wheel" (2006), "Before He Cheats" (2007), "Blown Away" (2013) and "Somethin' Bad," a duet with Miranda Lambert (2014); and two for Musical Event of the Year for "I Told You So" featuring Randy Travis (2009) and "Somethin' Bad" (2014). She has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year every year since first being nominated in 2006 (2006-14).
The 2015 CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,400 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. The eligibility period for the 2015 CMA Awards is July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.
Winners of The 49th Annual CMA Awards will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members.
The first "CMA Awards Banquet and Show" was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time - making it the longest running annual music awards program on network TV. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA's other two television properties, "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" and "CMA Country Christmas," through 2021.
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