The Band Perry and Jake Owen to Announce the Finalists in Five Categories Live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” From the GMA Studio in the Heart of New York City’s Times Square
Jerrod Niemann and Thompson Square Announce the Finalists in Seven Categories At the Historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
The JaneDear Girls to Announce CMA Broadcast Awards Finalists in Nashville
“CMT Insider Special Edition: 2011 CMA Awards Nominations” Airs Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 11:30 AM/ET
Premiere Radio Networks to Carry Announcements Live to Country Radio
Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” Airs Live Wednesday, Nov. 9 on the ABC Television Network
  NASHVILLE – “Country Music’s Biggest Morning” will be Tuesday, Sept. 6, when the final nominees for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” are announced from two cities.
  The Band Perry and Jake Owen will announce the final nominees in five CMA Awards categories live from the “Good Morning America” studios in the heart of New York City’s Times Square on the ABC Television Network. The announcement will air in the 8:30 AM/ET half-hour segment of the morning news program. During the broadcast, Owen will also perform his current Top Five single “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”  

  Later that morning, Jerrod Niemann and Thompson Square will announce the finalists in seven CMA Awards categories from Nashville at a press conference at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
 Also in Nashville, the JaneDear girls will announce the finalists for the 2011 CMA Broadcast Award Personality and Radio Station of the Year in four categories (small, medium, large, and major markets), as well as the finalists for the CMA National Broadcast Personality.

 “CMT Insider Special Edition: 2011 CMA Awards Nominations,” featuring in-depth coverage of all the nominations, artist interviews, and more, will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 7 (11:30 AM/ET). The 30-minute special will re-air on Saturday, Sept. 10 (1:30 PM/ET) and again on Sunday, Sept. 11 (11:00 AM/ET) on CMT. 
  CMA’s official radio partner, Premiere Radio Network, will carry the Awards and Broadcast Award nominations live to Country Radio.
  “Having Country Music’s most eagerly-anticipated announcements revealed on both ‘Good Morning America’ and on the Ryman stage, where the CMA Awards were first held, is a great way to start the morning,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We appreciate the support of our partners including ABC, Gaylord Entertainment, CMT, and Premiere Radio Network in presenting the CMA nominations to the public, and we look forward to ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night’ on Nov. 9.”

 The Band Perry’s self-titled debut album was certified Gold by the RIAA just four months after it was released. The album contains the double-Platinum, Grammy-nominated, No 1 hit single, “If I Die Young”; the Gold-certified cheatin’ anthem, “You Lie,” which reached the No. 2 spot on Country charts; and the band’s latest ballad, “All Your Life.” The sibling trio toured with Tim McGraw throughout the summer and recently announced their own headlining tour, which includes support dates for Keith Urban and Reba.
 Owen recently celebrated the success of “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” which is the fastest rising single of his career and was just certified as a Digital Gold single by the RIAA. The song is rapidly approaching Platinum with more than 800,000 downloads to date, and will be featured on his upcoming third album that will be released Aug. 29. Owen has toured across the country this summer with Keith Urban, continuing through mid-October.  
 Niemann is enjoying the success of his current hit, “One More Drinkin’ Song,” which follows his two RIAA-certified Gold Digital Singles, the Top 5 “What Do You Want” and No. 1 “Lover, Lover.” Niemann co-produced and was a writer on 10 of the 12 songs on his acclaimed album, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Album chart and made the Top 10 Albums of 2010 list in the New York Times. He is currently on tour with Brad Paisley, and will tour later this fall with Dierks Bentley.
 Husband and wife duo, Thompson Square, burst on to the Country Music scene with the release of their self-titled debut album earning the No. 3 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and selling more than 30,000 copies the first week, making them the biggest album sales debut act in 2011. The Oklahoma-born Keifer Thompson and Alabama native Shawna Thompson combine classic Country and rock influences to forge a sound that is contemporary, but built on the bedrock of tradition. The duo’s infectious hit single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” reached No. 1 and sold more than a million digital single sales. The duo is on the road this year with Jason Aldean.
 The JaneDear girls released their self-titled Top 10 debut album earlier this year.  The New York Times said of the duo, “Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett make up this highly stylized duo, which is as adept on mandolin and fiddle as on electric guitar.” Their Top 15 single, “Wildflower,” is the perfect introduction to the duo’s high energy, soaring harmonies and world-class instrumental skills. The pair play a total of eight instruments and between them penned every song on their self-titled debut. The JaneDear girls’ current single is “Merry Go Round.”
  The audio announcement of the CMA Awards nominees and CMA Broadcast Awards finalists will be available via satellite and FTP from CMA’s official radio partner Premiere Radio Networks. Premiere has provided outstanding radio coverage of the CMA Awards nominations since 1997.
  As part of their comprehensive 2011 CMA Awards radio package, Premiere Radio Networks will offer the 2011 CMA Awards Nominations Special hosted by Senior Producer of Country Programming Rosemary Young, a preview special hosted by the CMA’s reigning Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum, Red Carpet features, a live feed of the Awards gala, backstage wrap-up show, and a “CMA Awards, Look Back” weekend special. Any Country radio station interested in receiving the radio package, including the nominations feed, may contact Premiere Affiliate Relations at (818) 377-5300.
 The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,400 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards were broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005 before moving to ABC in 2006. 
  “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer. Paul Miller is the Director. 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.
  The 2010 CMA Awards was the No. 1 entertainment show for the week among the key advertising Adults 18-49 sales demographic. The special beat its nearest competition by 5.7 million viewers and by 74 percent in Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.
  Held during November Sweeps (Nov. 10), “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” on ABC, dominated the night winning all six of its half-hours. With a primetime sweep, ABC finished No. 1 on Wednesday in Viewers across all key demos including Adult, Men, and Women (18-34/18-49/25-54), as well as finishing as the top broadcaster with Teens (12-17) and Kids (2-11). In Total Viewers (17.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (4.7/13) it was ABC’s strongest Wednesday in 12 months with an estimated 33.8 million viewers watching at least some portion of the three-hour gala.  
  ABC News’ “Good Morning America” is anchored by George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Josh Elliot, and Lara Spencer. The morning news program airs live from 7:00-9:00 AM/EDT, Monday through Friday, on the ABC Television Network. Jim Murphy is the senior executive producer and Tom Cibrowski is the executive producer of ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”
  “CMT Insider” is a weekly magazine show that explores all things in the world of entertainment that interest the Country Music audience – star interviews and news, chart action, new CD releases, new videos, what’s new in movies, fashion and fun, and behind-the-scenes reports. Hosted by Katie Cook, “CMT Insider” premieres weekly on Saturdays at 1:30 PM/ET/PT on CMT. Lewis Bogach and John Hamlin serve as Executive Producers. Ray Sells serves as Supervising Producer. Jennifer Meyer serves as Senior Producer.

Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards. Chevrolet is the Official Ride of Country Music.

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