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DARIUS RUCKER TO ANNOUNCE FINAL NOMINEES FOR CMA AWARDS

DARIUS RUCKER TO ANNOUNCE FINAL NOMINEES
FOR “THE 48th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”
ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3 ON “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” LIVE FROM NEW YORK CITY

Rucker Featured in 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series
Show 
Sept. 3 at the Best Buy Theater in NYC; Show to be
Streamed Live at CMASongwritersSeries.com
Hosted
for the Seventh Time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, 
“The
48th Annual CMA Awards” Airs
Live Wednesday, Nov. 5 on the ABC Television Network

NASHVILLE – Sun up to
sun down, the announcement of the final nominees for “The 48th Annual
CMA Awards” will take over New York City on Wednesday,
Sept. 3
with host and CMA Award winner Darius Rucker.

“I know what it feels
like to be nominated for a CMA Award, and I was happy to accept the invitation
to announce the final nominees and have this opportunity to deliver good news
to my friends in the industry,” said Rucker. “Set the alarm guys, this is worth waking up for.”

At daybreak, Rucker will
perform “Homegrown Honey,” the debut single from his upcoming new album to
be released in early 2015. Rucker will also announce the final nominees in five
CMA Awards categories live from the “Good Morning America” studios in the
heart of Times Square on the ABC Television Network. The announcement will air
in the 8:30 AM/ET half-hour segment
of the top-rated, morning news program.

Following the announcement, at 10:00 AM/ET, Rucker will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times
Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories along with
the announcement of the CMA Broadcast Awards for Personality and Radio Station
of the Year in four categories (small, medium, large, and major market), as well
as the finalists for the CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year. There
will be an additional presentation by the CMA Foundation’s Keep the Music Playing music education campaign.

Nightfall brings the 10th
anniversary celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series at the Best Buy Theater
with Rucker and hit tunesmiths Frank Rogers, Rivers Rutherford,
and series host Bob DiPiero for an in-the-round presentation
of the songs that have touched the lives of millions of music fans. The show will
be streamed live via CMASongwritersSeries.com.

The CMA Board of Directors created and launched the
CMA Songwriters Series in 2005 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, which has grown
to include shows in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Washington
D.C. at the Library of Congress, and at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2012, the
series expanded to the U.K. and Ireland and last year was included as part of
the International Marketing Summit in Paris. The CMA Songwriters Series returned
to the U.K. in 2014 as part of the C2C (Country to Country) festival, which is
presented at The O2 in Dublin and London in partnership with CMA.

Tickets for the Sept. 3 CMA Songwriters Series at the Best Buy Theater are
$55 plus tax and are General Admission. Attendees must be 21 and over unless accompanied
by an adult. Tickets are on sale next week at the Best Buy Box Office, AXS.com, or by calling (888) 9-AXS-TIX or (888)
929-7849, for more information please visit CMASongwritersSeries.com.

Rucker won the CMA Award
for New Artist of the Year in 2009 and has collected three other CMA Awards nominations
including Male Vocalist of the Year (2009), Musical Event of the Year with Lionel
Richie for “Stuck on You” (2012), and Single of the Year for “Wagon Wheel” (2013).

The Capitol Nashville recording
artist released his third Country album, True Believers on May 21, 2013.
The album is his third consecutive album to top the Billboard Country
albums chart and features the Platinum-certified, Grammy Award-winning, two-week
No. 1 single “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker’s first two Country albums, Learn
To Live
and Charleston, SC 1966 produced five No. 1 singles including
“Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For
Long,” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Rucker achieved a personal
goal and childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Oct.
16, 2012. Rucker is currently headlining his “True Believers Tour.” To learn
more, visit dariusrucker.com

In Nashville, members of
CMA will be invited to a breakfast at the Association’s corporate office to
learn the nominees with the rest of the country via live stream at CMAawards.com.

“We are thrilled that Darius has agreed to bring
these important and highly-anticipated announcements to the media capital of the
world and still share the news live with our constituents in Nashville and around
the globe via our CMAawards.com stream,” said Sarah Trahern,
CMA Chief Executive Officer.     

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined
by more than 7,000 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization
formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. Winners of “The 48th
Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible
members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting
firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The eligibility period for the 2014 CMA Awards
is July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

The second ballot was emailed
to CMA members on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Voting for the second ballot closes Friday,
Aug. 22
(5:00 PM/CT). The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA
members on Thursday, Oct. 9.
Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday,
Oct. 27
(5:00 PM/CT).

“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” on ABC (Nov. 6, 2013) dominated
the night in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 (16.8 million and 4.7/13), winning
each half-hour and out delivering runner-up CBS by 7.4 million viewers and by
114 percent in Adults 18-49. In fact, with the broad-appealing Awards special
the Network swept the evening, finishing No. 1 in Viewers, all key Adult demos
(AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54) and Teens 12-17, and was the top broadcaster with Kids 2-11. 

The 2013 CMA Awards was
up by double digits from the previous year’s telecast (Nov. 1, 2012), gaining
23 percent in Total Viewers and 24 percent in Adults 18-49. The CMA Awards
drew its biggest audience in four years, representing its second-most-watched
broadcast in eight years (since 2009 and 2005, respectively). In addition, the
CMA Awards shot up 41 percent year-to-year with Men 18-34 (3.1/11 vs. 2.2/8) to
a nine-year high since 2004 (source: The Nielsen Company).

Tickets for “The 48th
Annual CMA Awards” go on sale to the public Saturday,
Sept. 6
(10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com;
by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located
at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). CMA Awards information
is available at CMAawards.com.
Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.

“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” is a production
of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive
Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will
be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected
HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

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