First Performers Announced For The 2014 CMA Awards Airing Wednesday, Nov. 5th On ABC

First Performers Announced For The 2014 CMA Awards Airing Wednesday, Nov. 5th On ABC

FIRST PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR “THE 48TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” AIRING WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK

NASHVILLE – Country Music’s Biggest Night™ is bringing together the biggest names in Country Music with today’s announcement of performers for “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” – each one a nominee for CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Three-time nominee Luke Bryan, nine-time nominee Miranda Lambert, three-time nominee Blake Shelton, and four-time nominee Keith Urban are all scheduled to perform during Country Music’s Biggest Night™. Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Bryan, who received his first Entertainer of the Year nomination in 2013, is back in the top category in 2014. He also collected nominations for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Crash My Party, which was produced by Jeff Stevens. “Access Hollywood” broke the news of Bryan’s performance on Friday.

The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Lambert’s nominations include Entertainer (she received her first nomination in this category in 2010); Female Vocalist; Album for Platinum, which was produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf; two nominations for Musical Event for “Somethin’ Bad” with Underwood and “We Were Us” with Urban; and two nominations for Music Video of the Year for “Automatic” and “Somethin’ Bad” with Underwood, which were both directed by Trey Fanjoy. In addition, “Automatic” picked up nominations for Single (produced by Liddell, Ainlay, and Worf) and Song of the Year for songwriters Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, and Lambert.

Shelton, who is the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, was nominated three times including Entertainer, which he won the first time in 2012; Male Vocalist, which he has won four consecutive times (2010-2013); and Single of the Year for “Mine Would Be You,” which was produced by Scott Hendricks.

Urban’s nominations include Entertainer of the Year, which he won in 2005; Male Vocalist, which he has won three times (2004-2006); Album for Fuse, which was produced by Benny Blanco, Nathan Chapman, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Mike Elizondo, Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Stargate, Butch Walker, and Urban (Urban only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer); and Musical Event with Lambert for “We Were Us.”

Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 9. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).

“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 special 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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