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 – Reigning
CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town
will join CMA Award winner Darius Rucker
Wednesday, Sept. 3 in New York
City for the announcement of the final nominees for “The 48th Annual
CMA Awards,” which airs Wednesday,
Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“We are thrilled to be
a part of the CMA Awards announcements on GMA next week,” exclaimed Kimberly
Schlapman of Little Big Town. “The CMA and GMA have always been huge
supporters of this band so anything we can do to be involved is always fun for
us. We are looking forward to unveiling all of the nominees with our buddy Darius.”
Country Music will take
over New York City on Wednesday, Sept.
3. The day begins with Rucker performing “Homegrown Honey,” the debut
single from his upcoming new album to be released in early 2015. Following his
performance, he will be joined by Little Big Town for the announcement of 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 “Good Morning
America,” Little Big Town and 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. There will be an additional presentation by the CMA Foundation’s
Keep the Music Playing music education campaign. This event will be streamed live
via CMAawards.com beginning at 10:00 AM/ET.
Nightfall brings the 10th
anniversary celebration of the CMA Songwriters Series at the Best Buy Theater
with Rucker and hit tunesmiths 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. Luke Laird,
who received three CMA Awards nominations in 2013, including Song of the Year
for “Pontoon,” has been added to the show, which will be streamed live via
Tickets for the Sept.
3 (8:00 PM/ET) CMA Songwriters Series at the Best Buy Theater are $55 plus
tax and applicable fees. Tickets are General Admission. Attendees must be 21 and
over unless accompanied by an adult. Tickets are on sale now 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.
Collectively, Little Big
Town has earned more than 25 award nominations, including 15 CMA Awards nods and
they have taken home trophies for CMA Single of the Year (2012, “Pontoon”)
and CMA Vocal Group of the Year (2012, 2013). They have also won a Grammy Award
for Best Country Group/Duo Performance (“Pontoon”) and an Emmy (Outstanding
Original Song, “Good Afternoon”).
Critically-acclaimed, the group consists of members
Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Schlapman, and Jimi
Westbrook. They first entered the music scene more than 15 years ago
with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone,”
and the Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.” The quartet’s fifth
studio album Tornado was released in September 2012 and debuted
at the top of the Billboard Country Chart where it stayed in the No.
1 position for five consecutive weeks. The album has been certified Platinum
with sales of more than 1 million copies and features the No. 1 hits “Pontoon” and “Tornado.”
Little Big Town recently
completed their sixth studio album working again with producer Jay Joyce. The
first single off of the new album entitled “Day Drinking” is quickly climbing
the Country radio charts. The album, entitled Pain Killer, is set
for release on Oct. 21. For more information on Little Big Town please visit littlebigtown.com.
The CMA Awards nominees
and winners are determined by more than 7,400 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.