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Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw Win CMA Musical Event of the Year for “Feel Like A Rock Star”; Toby Keith and Director Michael Salomon Win CMA Music Video of the Year for “Red Solo Cup”


Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw Win CMA Musical Event of the Year for
“Feel Like A Rock Star”; Toby Keith and Director Michael Salomon Win CMA Music Video of the Year for
“Red Solo Cup”

NASHVILLE
– Winners in two of the 12 CMA Awards categories were announced live on “Good
Morning America” from New York’s Times Square this morning. The news was welcomed
with cheers from the audience gathered on Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Plaza
waiting to watch
Reba perform.

“What a great way
to lead up to ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night™’ by announcing our winners
on ‘Good Morning America’ and sharing the news with the GMA viewers and the
fans here in Nashville,” said
Steve Moore, Chief Executive Officer of CMA.

Hosted for
the fifth time by
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 46th Annual CMA Awards”
airs
tonight (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena on the ABC Television Network.

Winning CMA
Musical Event of the Year was
Kenny Chesney’s duet with Tim McGraw, “Feel Like A Rock Star.”

Winning CMA
Music Video of the Year was
Toby Keith and director Michael Salomon for “Red Solo Cup.”

Chesney,
who is performing on tonight’s gala, is the reigning CMA Award winner for Music
Video of the Year for “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter. He was nominated
for three CMA Awards in 2012 including Entertainer of the Year; Musical Event
of the Year for “Feel Like A Rock Star” with 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.

McGraw is performing with Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, and Blake Shelton as part of the Willie Nelson tribute during tonight’s
broadcast. He has now received 12 CMA Awards including the 2001 Entertainer of
the Year. This marks the second time McGraw has won a CMA Award for a collaboration
with Chesney. The two received CMA Vocal Event of the Year Awards for their work
on Tracy Lawrence’s “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” (2007).

Keith has
received 28 CMA Award nominations in his career, and this marks his third CMA
Award win. He was named Male Vocalist of the Year in 2005 and also won Music Video
of the Year with Salomon in 2005 for “As Good As I Once Was.” Salomon won
Music Video of the Year in 1995 for “Baby Likes To Rock It” with The Tractors.

The winners
were announced during the “Good Morning America” broadcast live from Nashville.
The program featured musical performances by Reba and an appearance by Paisley
announcing the donation of a Chevrolet Traverse to Metro Nashville Public Schools
for the new instrument repair facility funded by CMA’s Keep the Music Playing
music education campaign.

The two categories announced on “Good Morning America”
are normally presented during pre-televised activities and acknowledged during
the CMA Awards broadcast, which will happen again this year. Two-time CMA Awards
nominee
Love and Theft will host pre-tel ceremonies tonight and will present
the trophies to the winners as well as Musician of the Year and the CMA Broadcast
Awards winners for Radio Station and Personality of the Year. The recipients will
be acknowledged during the broadcast and invited to participate in backstage media interviews.

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 before moving to ABC in 2006. ABC will be the network
home of the CMA Awards 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. This program carries
a TV-PG,D,L parental guideline.

“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.

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Kenny
Chesney wins the 2012 CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year with Tim McGraw
for “Feel Like A Rock Star.” 

Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville. 


Tim McGraw
wins the 2012 CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year with Kenny Chesney for “Feel
Like A Rock Star.” 

Photo courtesy of The Green Room PR.

Toby Keith
wins the 2012 CMA Award for Music Video of the Year for “Red Solo Cup.” 

Photo
courtesy of Show Dog – Universal Music. 


Michael Salomon
wins the 2012 CMA Award for directing the Music Video of the Year “Red Solo Cup.” 


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