Date Set for CMA Awards Final Nominees Announcements

Date Set for CMA Awards Final Nominees Announcements

SHERYL CROW AND FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE ANNOUNCE FINAL NOMINEES FOR “THE 47TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” ON “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” LIVE FROM NEW YORK CITY ON TUESDAY, SEPT. 10

NASHVILLE – If the CMA Awards are “Country Music’s Biggest Night™,” then the announcement of the final nominees is certainly Country Music’s Biggest Morning with Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line announcing the finalists for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” from the world’s biggest stage – New York City – on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

“I have been honored to have three CMA Award nominations in my career and I can tell you firsthand, the day the nominations come out is something every Country artist looks forward to,” said Crow. “I cannot wait to read the CMA Awards nominations on ‘Good Morning America’ on Sept. 10, the same day my very first Country record is released!”

“We are super excited and honored to announce the nominees for this year’s CMA Awards on ‘Good Morning America’,” said Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line. “Last year we attended the Awards for the first time and now to be able to make this announcement with Sheryl Crow is beyond anything we could have ever imagined!”

Crow and Florida Georgia Line will announce 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 morning news program.

Following the announcement, at 9:45 AM/ET, Crow and Florida Georgia Line will be at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories.

A three-time CMA Awards nominee, Crow is no stranger to Country Music’s Biggest Night. She has earned nominations for Musical Event of the Year with Kid Rock for “Picture” (2003), “Building Bridges” with Brooks & Dunn and Vince Gill (2006), and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with Loretta Lynn and Miranda Lambert (2011).

A nine-time Grammy winner with more than 35 million records sold to date, Crow has added her first Top 20 Country single, “Easy,” which is off her highly anticipated and critically acclaimed Country debut album, Feels Like Home, available everywhere Sept. 10 on Warner Bros. Records. Crow has a combined 40 Top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40, Triple A (with the most No. 1 singles among women in the chart’s 17-year history), and Hot Country charts.

The sizzling duo Florida Georgia Line has skyrocketed since releasing back-to-back, multi-week No. 1 hits in the U.S. and Canada with the Platinum-certified “Get Your Shine On” and five times Platinum “Cruise,” which, combined with a remix featuring Nelly, has sold more than 5.5 million downloads. Comprised of Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida), the duo has broken the record for longest No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with “Cruise,” the third-best-selling Country digital song ever, according to SoundScan. FGL is also the first duo in 21 years to top the Billboard Country airplay charts with their first two singles. Featured on their Platinum, chart-topping Republic Nashville debut, Here’s to the Good Times, is their current Top 10-and-climbing single “Round Here.”

Florida Georgia Line has scored opening slots for Taylor Swift’s “The Red Tour” and Luke Bryan’s “Dirt Road Diaries Tour.” This fall the breakout duo will celebrate with their fans nationwide on their first headline run, “Here’s to the Good Times Tour 2013.” Dates and additional information are available at floridageorgialine.com.

“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 back in Nashville,” said CMA President of the Board of Directors Ed Hardy.

In Nashville, members of CMA and the media will be invited to a breakfast at CMA to learn the nominees with the rest of the country via live stream at CMAawards.com.

Four-time CMA Award winner Steve Wariner will be on hand in Nashville to announce the finalists for the 2013 CMA Broadcast Awards for 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 7:30 AM/CT. CMA’s radio partner, Premiere Networks, will make audio of the announcements available for Country Radio.

“I am excited to announce the final nominees for this year’s CMA Broadcast Awards,” said Wariner. “These are the men and women who are on the front lines presenting our music to the fans, and it’s very fitting that they be honored. As a CMA Award winner, I know how exciting it is to be nominated and I wish everyone good luck.”

Wariner will release It Ain’t All Bad, his first non-instrumental album in more than eight years, on Sept. 10. The acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitar virtuoso has received four CMA Awards and four Grammy awards, among other honors, and has been a member of the Grand OIe Opry since 1996. He has achieved 14 No. 1 hits including “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” “The Weekend,” “I Got Dreams,” “Lynda,” “Tips of My Fingers,” “Life’s Highway,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “The Domino Theory,” and more. He is also well known for songs such as “I’m Already Taken,” “Two Teardrops,” “Leave Him Out of This,” “Kansas City Lights,” and more. In addition to writing many of his own songs, Wariner has written hits for other artists including “Longneck Bottle” (Garth Brooks), “Where the Blacktop Ends” (Keith Urban), and “Nothin’ But the Taillights” (Clint Black). For more information, visit SteveWariner.com.

CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958.

Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The eligibility period for the 2013 CMA Awards is July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members Tuesday, Aug. 20. Voting for the second ballot closes Friday, Aug. 30 (5:00 PM/CT).

Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible CMA members. The third and final ballot will be emailed on Thursday, Oct. 10. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 28 (5:00 PM/CT).

Ticket information for the CMA Awards will be announced Sept. 10 with information available atCMAawards.com. Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.

“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deatonis the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards 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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