Lee Brice Announces the Finalists for the CMA Broadcast
Awards During a CMA Membership Breakfast and Viewing Party in Nashville

All Announcements Available Live
Via CMA’s Website, CMAawards.com

Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 46th
Annual CMA Awards” Airs Live
Nov. 1
on the ABC Television Network

– “Country Music’s Biggest Morning” will be held on the world’s biggest
stage, when
Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum announce the final
nominees for “The 46
th Annual CMA Awards” on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from “Good Morning
America” and the Hard Rock Cafe located in Times Square in New York City.

and Lady Antebellum will announce the final nominees in five CMA Awards categories
live from the “Good Morning America” studios on ABC. The announcement will
air in the
8:30 AM/ET half-hour segment of the morning news program. Following
the announcement, at
9:15 AM/ET, Aldean and Lady Antebellum will head
over to the Hard Rock Cafe to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories.
The last time all of the CMA Awards nominees were announced in New York City was 2005.

“The CMA
Awards are ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night™,’ and it’s something that all
of us look forward to all year. From the day the nominations are announced up
until the show, there’s a lot of build-up and anticipation for the Awards and
also for the performances,” explained Aldean. “I feel honored to be able to
help make the nominations announcement on ‘Good Morning America,’ and hopefully
I’ll get to read some of my friends’ names that morning.”

“I’ll never
forget our first CMA nomination and what that felt like,” added Lady Antebellum’s
Charles Kelley. “The CMAs have been really good to us the last few
years, and it’s still unbelievable to me when I see our name on a list of nominees.
That night is always such a blast because it’s your chance to catch up with everyone
and celebrate Country Music and all the hard work put in throughout the year.”

In Nashville,
members of CMA and the media will be invited to a breakfast (8
:00 AM/CT) at CMA to learn
the nominees with the rest of the country via live stream at CMAawards.com.

will be on hand in Nashville to announce the finalists for
the 2012 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 of the Year at
8:15 AM/CT. CMA’s radio
partner, Premiere Networks, will carry the Awards and Broadcast Award nominations
to Country Radio. 

“This is the Year of Country Radio and we are very
excited to include our membership in the announcement of the nominees as we recognize
the outstanding achievements of these radio professionals and stations,” said
Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

The current CMA
Album of the Year, Aldean’s double-Platinum fourth record
My Kinda Party was the top-selling
Country album of 2011 and the No. five top-seller in all of music, spawning five
consecutive No. 1 hits. With more than six million records sold and nine career
No. 1 singles, Aldean is set to release his highly anticipated fifth studio album
Night Train on Oct. 16, with the first single “Take A Little
Ride” already posting record sales and radio airplay numbers. The Georgia
native’s 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR, presented by State Farm®, has sold out every
show so far this year, many in a matter of minutes, with his first stadium show
in August selling out more than two months in advance.

The six-time, CMA
Award-winning and reigning Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum’s Platinum
third disc
Own The Night debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top 200 and has
spawned two No. 1 hits, “We Owned The Night” and “Just A Kiss,” tallying
six career chart-topping hits. The album also serves as inspiration for their
current headlining OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR, which recently marked an attendance
milestone of more than one million fans after completing legs in the U.S., Canada,
and Europe. The trio will wrap their World Tour in October with already sold out shows in Australia.

received his first of seven CMA Award nominations in 2007 for the Horizon Award
(now known as New Artist of the Year). In 2011, he was nominated for five CMA
Awards, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist, and Single of the Year (“Don’t
You Wanna Stay”). He picked up two trophies for Musical Event of the Year for
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson and Album of the Year for
My Kinda Party.

Lady Antebellum
has won six CMA Awards starting with New Artist of the Year in 2008; Single of
the Year (“I Run to You”) in 2009 and again for “Need You Now” in 2010;
and Vocal Group of the Year in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

“We are pleased
to have these dynamic artists bring these important and highly anticipated announcements
to the media capital of the world, and still be able to share the excitement live
with our constituents in Nashville,” Moore said.

Brice recently
topped the charts with his first Platinum-selling No. 1 hit
, “A Woman Like
from his new Curb Records’ album, Hard 2 Love. Brice also scored
back-to-back Billboard Awards in 2010 and 2011 for the most played Country Song
of the Year.    

“It’s been a great year for me at
Country radio,” commented Brice. “I’m proud to be able to honor those stations
that have done so much for me this year by announcing the finalists for the CMA
Broadcast Awards live from Nashville.”

The audio announcement of the CMA Awards
nominees will be available via satellite and FTP from CMA’s radio partner Premiere
Networks. CMA Broadcast Awards finalist announcements will also be available via
FTP. Premiere has provided outstanding radio coverage of the CMA Awards nominations
since 1997. Any Country radio station interested in receiving the radio package,
including the nominations feed, may contact Premiere Affiliate Relations at (818) 377-5300.

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 show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television
Network from 1972 through 2005 before moving to ABC in 2006. ABC will be the network
home of the CMA Awards through 2021.

The third and final ballot will be emailed
to CMA members
Oct. 4. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends at 5:00 PM/CT, Oct.

The 2011
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 5.6
million viewers and by 26 percent in Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.

Held during
November Sweeps (Nov. 9), “The 45
th Annual CMA Awards” on
ABC dominated the night winning all six of its half-hours in total viewers and
Adults 18-49. 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).

In Total Viewers
(16.4 million; 17.49 Live+7) and Adults 18-49 (4.8/13; 5.2/14 Live+7) it was ABC’s
strongest Wednesday in two years with an estimated 35 million viewers watching
at least some portion of the three-hour live gala.  

th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association.
Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director,
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.

“Good Morning America” is a two-hour, live program
anchored by
Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Josh Elliott is the news anchor,
Lara Spencer is lifestyle anchor, and Sam Champion is the weather
anchor. The morning news program airs Monday-Friday (7:00-9:00 AM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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

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