CMA Award Show Sold Out Fourth Year in a Row


ELI
YOUNG BAND, BRANTLEY GILBERT, LADY ANTEBELLUM, AND BLAKE SHELTON PERFORM ON “THE
46th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” NOV. 1 ON ABC.

Tickets for “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” Sold Out Fourth Year in a Row

NASHVILLE
– Nominees for “The 46
th Annual CMA Awards” Eli Young Band, Brantley
Gilbert
, reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum,
and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton join
the performance lineup for “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” Tickets for
the three-hour gala have sold out for the fourth year in a row.
“The
46
th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted for the fifth time by Brad
Paisley
and Carrie 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, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert,
Little Big Town
, Paisley, The Band Perry, Underwood,
and Zac Brown Band.     

New to
the Vocal Group of the Year category with their first CMA Awards nomination is
the Eli Young Band. But it wasn’t the only “first” associated with the group.
Songwriters
Will Hoge and Eric Paslay, each received
their first CMA Awards nomination for Song of the Year for writing “Even if
It Breaks Your Heart,” which was recorded by the Eli Young Band. The song was
the first No. 1 for Hoge, who is a solo artist in his own right. Paslay also has
a blossoming solo career and has penned songs for Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, and Love and Theft.

Gilbert
received his first CMA Awards nomination in the New Artist of the Year category
in 2012 and he will be making his first CMA Awards performance on the three-hour
gala. Artists can only be included in this category two times.

Lady Antebellum,
the reigning Vocal Group of the Year for the past three consecutive years, is
nominated in that category again in 2012. The group is also nominated for Album
of the Year for
Own The Night, which the group produced with Paul Worley making them eligible
to receive a second trophy for producing the nominated record.

Shelton
received four CMA Awards nominations including a shared nomination for Song of
the Year for “Over You” with wife Lambert. Only a handful of married couples
have penned Song of the Year nominees including “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies
Grow Up To Be Cowboys” by Ed and Patsy Bruce (1978), and two songs by Sanger
D. “Whitey” Shafer: “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” with his third
wife Darlene Shafer in 1985, and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” with his fourth
wife Lydia Shafer in 1987. Tammy Wynette and George Richey wrote “’Til I Can
Make It On My Own” with Billy Sherrill, which was nominated for Song of the
Year in 1976, but they did not marry until 1978.

In addition to Song of
the Year, Shelton picked up nominations for Entertainer of the Year; Male Vocalist
of the Year; and Single of the Year for “God Gave Me You,” produced by
Scott Hendricks. Popular singer/songwriter
Dave Barnes received a Song of the Year nomination for writing “God Gave Me You.”

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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Eli
Young Band 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.

Brantley
Gilbert 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.

Lady Antebellum
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.

Blake Shelton
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. 

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