CARRIE UNDERWOOD, KENNY CHESNEY, ERIC CHURCH, AND THE BAND PERRY TO PERFORM ON “THE 46th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”


CARRIE UNDERWOOD, KENNY CHESNEY,
ERIC CHURCH, AND THE BAND PERRY TO PERFORM ON “THE 46th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”

NASHVILLE – The
star-packed lineup for “The 46
th Annual CMA Awards” shines
even brighter with today’s announcement that CMA Awards co-host and three-time
CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Carrie Underwood, four-time Entertainer
of the Year Kenny Chesney, top nominee Eric Church,
and reigning CMA New Artist of the Year The Band Perry will perform
on “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” 
“The 46th Annual CMA Awards,”
hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Underwood, airs
live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville,
Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET)
on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason
Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert,
Paisley, and Zac Brown Band.     

Chesney,
who is the reigning CMA Award winner for Music Video of the Year for “You and
Tequila” with Grace Potter, picked up three nominations in 2012 for Entertainer
of the Year; Musical Event of the Year for “Feel Like A Rock Star” a duet
with
Tim McGraw; and Music Video of the Year for “Come
Over,” directed by
Shaun Silva. If Chesney wins Entertainer of the
Year, he’ll take the record for the most wins in the category. Chesney is currently
tied with Garth Brooks winning the trophy four times in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Church
received his first CMA Awards nomination last year for New Artist of the Year.
A year later, he topped the list of nominees with five including Male Vocalist;
Album for
Chief, which was produced by Jay Joyce; Single of the
Year for “Springsteen,” also produced by Joyce; Song of the Year for “Springsteen,”
written by Church,
Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde, a member of Church’s
band; and Music Video of the Year for “Springsteen,” directed by
Peter Zavadil

The Band
Perry claimed three CMA Awards in 2011 for New Artist of the Year; and Single
and Song of the Year for “If I Die Young,” which was written by
Kimberly Perry. They are nominated
for Vocal Group of the Year in 2012.

CMA Awards co-host Underwood received
her seventh nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2012. Underwood won
Female Vocalist in 2006, 2007, and 2008. If Underwood wins the Female Vocalist
of the Year trophy again, it will tie her with
Martina McBride (1999, 2002-2004)
and Reba McEntire (1984-1987) for most wins in this category. McBride is nominated
in the category again in 2012, with Clarkson, Lambert,
Taylor Swift, and Underwood.

Winners
of “The 46
th 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 officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte
& Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends
Monday, Oct. 22 (5:00 PM/CT).

Full 2012
CMA Awards details, including nominations and performers are available at
CMAawards.com, which also includes
CMA Awards history, a searchable database of past CMA Awards nominees and winners,
host information, merchandise, and much more. The CMA Awards
Store has T-shirts,
hoodies, hats, mugs, tote bags, and more official merchandise for fans to purchase
online. Fans can connect with CMA online at
Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic (#CMAawards),
YouTube.com/CountryMusicAssoc, Pinterest.com/CMAworld, and by downloading
the
free CMA Awards
app
available for iPhone and Android. October is Country Music Month. Learn
more at
CountryMusicMonth.com, and join the
conversation on Twitter using official hashtag #CountryMusicMonth.

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 the CBS Television
Network from 1972 through 2005. The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it
will remain through 2021.

“The 46th Annual CMA Awards”
is a production of the Country Music Association.
Robert Deaton is the Executive
Producer,
Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer.
The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P),
ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Chevrolet™
is the Official Ride of Country Music. American Airlines is the Official
Airline of the CMA Awards.

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Carrie
Underwood will perform during “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” on Nov. 1, airing live
on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. 

Kenny Chesney
will perform during “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” on Nov. 1, airing live on the
ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. 

Eric Church
will perform during “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” on Nov. 1, airing live on the
ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. 

The Band
Perry will perform during “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” on Nov. 1, airing live
on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. 

Visit CMApress.com
for CMA Awards history, photos, press releases, and logos. Media can also visit
this site for on-line media credential registration for the CMA Awards.
This is a protected
site for the media only with restrictions on use. The public should be directed
to CMAawards.com.
Keep up to date with the latest CMA news by following us on Twitter at Twitter.com/CMAmedia.

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