VINCE GILL, HUNTER HAYES, AND KEITH URBAN NOVEMBER 1


VINCE
GILL, HUNTER HAYES, AND KEITH URBAN PERFORM ON “THE 46th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”
NOVEMBER 1 ON ABC

Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Sugarland, and The Band Perry to
Present Awards During “Country Music’s Biggest Night™”

NASHVILLE – The star-packed lineup of performers for
“The 46
th Annual CMA Awards” grew today
with the announcement that Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, and Keith
Urban
will perform during “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” The
first round of artists presenting trophies on the three-hour gala were announced
including Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Sugarland, and The
Band Perry
.
“The 46th Annual CMA
Awards,” hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie
Underwood
, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville,
Thursday,
Nov. 1
(8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously
announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan,
Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert,
Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town,
Tim McGraw
, Paisley, Blake Shelton,
Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Underwood, and Zac Brown Band.     

Gill
is no stranger to the CMA Awards stage. He hosted the CMA Awards a record 12 times.
He has earned 51 career CMA Awards nominations and has won 18 trophies including
two for Entertainer of the Year (1993, 1994) and five consecutive CMA Male Vocalist
of the Year Awards (1991-1995). Gill will be performing with previously announced
CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Clarkson.

Hayes
received his first CMA Awards nomination in the New Artist of the Year category
in 2012 and this will be his first CMA Awards performance. Artists can only be
nominated in this category two times.

Urban, nominated
for Male Vocalist of the Year, has won the trophy three times (2004-2006). Since
winning the CMA Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) in 2001, Urban has
collected 25 CMA Awards nominations. He won Entertainer of the Year in 2005 and
Musical Event of the Year in 2009 for “Start a Band” with Paisley.

Presenting
Awards on the broadcast are McBride, who is nominated for CMA Female Vocalist
of the Year (an Award she has won four times); firebrand Pickler, who received
her first CMA Awards nomination in 2007 for the Horizon Award; Sugarland, nominated
for Vocal Duo of the Year (an Award they have won every year since 2007); and
Vocal Group of the Year nominee The Band Perry, who received their first CMA Awards
in 2011 for New Artist of the Year, as well as Single and Song of the Year for
“If I Die Young,” written by
Kimberly Perry.

Full
2012 CMA Awards details, including nominations and performers are available at
CMAawards.com, which also
includes CMA Awards history, a searchable database of past CMA Awards nominees
and winners, host information, merchandise, and much more. The CMA Awards
Store has T-shirts,
hoodies, hats, mugs, tote bags, and more official merchandise for fans to purchase
online. Fans can connect with CMA online at
Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic (#CMAawards), YouTube.com/CountryMusicAssoc, Pinterest.com/CMAworld, and by downloading the
free CMA
Awards app
available for iPhone and Android. October is Country
Music Month. Learn more at
CountryMusicMonth.com, and join the conversation on Twitter using official
hashtag #CountryMusicMonth.

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. The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it will remain 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.

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

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Vince Gill
will perform with Kelly Clarkson on “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” airing Thursday,
Nov. 1 on the ABC Television Network.

Photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.  


Hunter Hayes
will perform on “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” airing Thursday, Nov. 1 on the
ABC Television Network.

Photo courtesy of Warner Music Group.  


Keith Urban
will perform on “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” airing Thursday, Nov. 1 on the
ABC Television Network.

Photo courtesy of Capitol Records Nashville. 

Martina
McBride is among the presenters on “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” airing Thursday,
Nov. 1 on the ABC Television Network.

Photo courtesy of Big Machine Label Group. 

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