The Year's Top Artists Perform on 'The 41st Annual CMA Awards'
Female Vocalist of the Year Nominee Alison Krauss and Horizon Award Nominees Jason Aldean and Kellie Pickler All Perform During 'Country Music's Biggest Night'
Presenters Include Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson
The list of Country luminaries performing on "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" reads like a who's who of the format's finest and freshest faces with the announcement today that multiple nominee Alison Krauss and Horizon Award nominees Jason Aldean and Kellie Pickler have each been added to the list of performers for this year's gala.
"The 41st Annual CMA Awards" will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and will air live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.
Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson have been added to the list of artists presenting CMA Awards.
Aldean and Pickler are first-time CMA Awards nominees in 2007. Both were nominated for the coveted Horizon Award. Included in the category are Rodney Atkins, Taylor Swift and Little Big Town. Aldean's self-titled debut album was certified Platinum, and his sophomore release Relentless debuted at No. 1 on the Country sales chart in June. Pickler, an "American Idol" sweetheart, released her debut album, Small Town Girl, in October and by January, the project was certified Gold.
Performers previously announced for the 2007 CMA Awards include Atkins, Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Eagles, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire in a duet with LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Sugarland, Swift, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Rascal Flatts will open the festivities and also perform with Jamie Foxx later in the broadcast.
Sara Evans and Rimes will host segments of the three-hour broadcast. Other segment hosts will be announced soon.
Presenters recently announced include Luke Bryan, Jason Michael Carroll, Bucky Covington, Jewel with Ty Murray, Kid Rock, Montgomery Gentry, and Dwight Yoakam.
Tickets for the 2007 CMA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com; calling (615) 255-9600; or in person at the Sommet Center box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, in Nashville). Ticket prices begin at $164 (excluding applicable service/handling fees), with prices increasing depending on seating level.
"The 41st Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Walter C. Miller is the Executive Producer, and Robert Deaton is the Producer. Paul Miller is the Director. 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.
Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards, including a stereo-radio simulcast of the gala event. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2007 CMA Awards. Chevy: The Official Ride of Country Music. Mary Kay(R) is the Official Beauty Sponsor. Additional promotional partners include AOL, LLC., Borders(R) Books & Music, Carl Black Chevrolet, Coca-Cola(R), Dr Pepper(R), Gibson Guitar(R), Greased Lightning(R) Cleaning Products, Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, Mr. Coffee(R) and The Yankee Candle Company.
For CMA Awards information, history and high-resolution images visit CMApress.com. This site is password protected for media use only. The public should be directed to CMAawards.com.
Source: Country Music Association