Entertainment Magazine: Music: Country: CMA: 2011
"CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS" hosted by Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland
Country's biggest stars as well as cross-genre musical innovators come together to celebrate the holidays on "CMA Country Christmas," which taped in front of a live audience November 10th at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
The special, which is hosted for the second time by Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, airs Thursday, Dec. 1 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The Winners of "The 45th Annual CMA Awards"
Entertainer of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
New Artist of the Year
The Band Perry
Vocal Group of the Year
Vocal Duo of the Year
Album of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
My Kinda Party
Produced by Michael Knox
Broken Bow Records
Single of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
"If I Die Young"
The Band Perry
Produced by Paul Worley
Song of the Year
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
"If I Die Young"
Musical Event of the Year
(Award goes to each Artist)
"Don't You Wanna Stay"
Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
Broken Bow Records
Music Video of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Director)
"You and Tequila"
Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
Directed by Shaun Silva
Musician of the Year
Mac McAnally - Guitar
Artists that performed the season with songs and stories include "American Idol" runner up Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Brian Setzer, Sugarland, Keith Urban, and Vince Gill in a special performance with Miss Piggy.
"This special is a holiday gift, wrapped in outstanding performances and tied with a ribbon of favorite family traditions," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "Everything you love most about the holidays can be found in 'CMA Country Christmas.'"
Tickets for "CMA Country Christmas" are $25 for general admission Upper Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster outlets; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville).
In 2010, the first "CMA Country Christmas" drew an average audience of 7.3 million viewers in its first airing on Nov. 30, topping original competition on NBC and FOX by wide margins. It improved its time period for ABC over the same night in 2009 by a million viewers (7.3 million vs. 6.3 million). The special re-aired a second time on Dec. 22, 2010, reaching 4.25 million viewers. With its combined airings, "CMA Country Christmas" was seen by more than 11.5 million viewers in 2010.
"CMA Country Christmas" 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. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.
TAYLOR SWIFT PICKS UP SECOND CMA ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD AT "THE 45th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS"
Jason Aldean & The Band Perry Get Two
Awards Each; Kimberly Perry Picks Up A Solo Award for Song of the Year; Newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Named Male and Female Vocalist of the Year
It was a night of new victors and returning champions at "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" Wednesday night in Nashville.
Taylor Swift won her second CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy. Newlyweds Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton won Female Vocalist and Male Vocalist for the second consecutive year. Jason Aldean won his first two CMA Awards for Musical Event of the Year with Kelly Clarkson, and Album of the Year for My Kinda Party. The Band Perry won their first Awards for Single of the Year for "If I Die Young" and New Artist of the Year. Kimberly Perry claimed an additional trophy for Song of the Year for penning the hit song. Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter won for Music Video of the Year. Lady Antebellum picked up their third trophy for Vocal Group of the Year, and Sugarland won Vocal Duo of the Year for the fifth time.
Swift won the Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) in 2007 and was named Entertainer of the Year for the first time in 2009.
"One of my favorite things about this year is all the camaraderie between all these artists that I could call and say, 'Hey, do you want to come sing with me?'" said Swift. "And there were more artists who showed up just out of the goodness of their heart and came out and performed for the fans at my shows."
She then read out all the names of people who had performed with her, written on her hand, and ended by exclaiming, "You have made my year! Thank you so much!"
"The 45th Annual CMA Awards" was hosted for the fourth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.
First nominated in 2010, The Band Perry won their first-ever CMA Awards for Single of the Year for "If I Die Young," along with producer Paul Worley, and New Artist of the Year.
"Oh, first of all, we wanted to say thank you to the beautiful fans of Country Music," said Kimberly Perry. "It is the joy of our whole lives to sing this song for you guys."
After winning New Artist of the Year, she added: "We promise to keep working hard every day out on the road and here in Nashville to earn this Award."
As a songwriter, Kimberly Perry picked up the trophy for Song of the Year for penning "If I Die Young."
"I truly believe that if 'I Die Young' would have been written with or without me, it was a song that was meant to be," she said. "But I was so excited to have pen and paper in hand when it was ready to come to earth."
Aldean, who received first-time nominations in five categories in 2011, won Album of the Year for My Kinda Party, along with producer Michael Knox, and for Musical Event of the Year for "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Kelly Clarkson. This was Clarkson's first win, too. In 2007 she was nominated for Musical Event of the Year with Reba for "Because of You."
Aldean exclaimed "What a year!" before thanking his family and singling out Knox. "He's like my big brother," Aldean said. "This guy found me in a club in Atlanta, Georgia, brought me to Nashville 15 years ago and has made every record I've ever done."
For the second year, Shelton and wife Lambert firmly established themselves as Country's new and reigning power couple. They join Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as the only other married couple to ever win the his-and-hers CMA Awards in the same year. McGraw and Hill won in 2000 (Lambert and Shelton were not married in 2010 when they won their respective Vocalist Awards).
Shelton had one of the memorable performances of the night, joining '80s star Kenny Loggins in a rocking Country version of "Footloose" to open the show.
"'You're spoiling me!'" Shelton said, with a laugh, after accepting his Award for Male Vocalist. "I really didn't prepare anything to say at all. I didn't think y'all would let me get away with this two times."
One of the many highlights of the night was a stirring tribute to Glen Campbell, a Country Music Hall of Fame member and former CMA Entertainer of the Year. The tribute included an emotional three-song medley with three former CMA Entertainer of the Year recipients honoring the legend: Vince Gill performing "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"; Keith Urban singing "Wichita Lineman"; and co-host Paisley performing "Galveston."
The tribute brought a standing ovation inside the Bridgestone Arena. At the moment's crescendo, composer Jimmy Webb and Campbell embraced on stage, and the cheers got even louder.
Later, after the Awards, Campbell described the tribute medley of his tunes as "Awesome, it really was. The whole thing was wonderful. It's great when they come off nice, isn't it?"
Memorable performances for the night also included co-hosts Paisley and Underwood performing their hit duet "Remind Me." This was their first live performance of the No. 1 hit song on national television. Former CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Faith Hill also gave her first performance in five years at the CMA Awards. Hill debuted "Come Home," a single from her forthcoming new album due out in early 2012. Southern rocker Gregg Allman joined Zac Brown Band on a cover "Georgia On My Mind." Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, and Rascal Flatts joined music icon Lionel Richie for a medley of his hits.
Paisley and Underwood warmed up the crowd to start the night with Hank Williams Jr. making a surprise appearance as the hosts performed a re-vamped version of Williams' well-known anthem "Family Tradition" to cheers and applause. Later in the evening, Little Jimmy Dickens, made a cameo appearance with the pair.
Four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Chesney won his first Award for Music Video of the Year for "You and Tequila" featuring Potter (her first CMA Award) and directed by Shaun Silva. At the backstage media area Chesney said, "Shaun got it right. That's the first thing went through my mind. He got it right."
Referring to his cross-genre performance with Potter as evidence of Country Music's widening appeal, Chesney said, "This just goes to show you the power of music. It reflects the way people listen to music today. I have a very eclectic audience that comes to see us play every summer. The music that I make, and the music that Grace makes reflect that."
Sugarland picked up their fifth Vocal Duo of the Year Award before performing "Run" with Matt Nathanson.
"First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Gregg Allman. That was me on the red carpet that reached out and shook your hand," Jennifer Nettles said with a grin. "I would love to dedicate this to the fans this year. Thank you, guys. Thank you to the good folks in Indiana."
Reigning Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum won Vocal Group of the Year for the third consecutive year. "There is no way we can be singled out among this group (of nominees)," said Dave Haywood. "For all the groups in this category, this is incredible to be in the same list."
Guitarist Mac MacAnally picked up his fourth Musician of the Year Award in the pre-broadcast ceremony.
Presenters for the night included: 2011 "American Idol" runner-up Lauren Alaina; ESPN sportscaster and "Good Morning America" correspondent Erin Andrews; 2005 CMA Horizon Award winner Dierks Bentley; Country star Billy Currington; actor Josh Dallas (star of ABC's "Once Upon a Time"); 2011 World Series MVP and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese; actress Ginnifer Goodwin (star of ABC's "Once Upon a Time"); actor Kellan Lutz (star of the "Twilight" movie series and the upcoming "Immortals"); Muppet icon Miss Piggy; Country stars Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler; six-time CMA Award winner and 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Reba; 1997 CMA Horizon Award winner LeAnn Rimes; Emmy Award-winning actor Eric Stonestreet (star of ABC's "Modern Family"); actress Emily VanCamp (star of ABC's "Revenge"); and Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon.
Performers included Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Lambert, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Shelton, Swift, Sugarland, Thompson Square, Urban, Chris Young; plus Chesney and Potter singing their hit collaboration "You and Tequila"; and Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield singing their current hit duet "Easy."
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,400 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. 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 show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005 before moving to ABC in 2006. The CMA Awards will air on ABC through 2021.
Winners of "The 45th Annual CMA Awards" were 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 45th 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 was shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
The 2011 Country Music Association hosted the 45th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 on ABC-TV live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
"The CMA Awards recognizes the best in the format - that's what makes this 'Country Music's Biggest Night'," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "The CMA Awards is one of the most highly anticipated events for our industry each year. It's a night to honor our finest performers, songwriters, record producers, musicians, and music video directors."
The previous 2010 CMA Awards was the No. 1 entertainment show for the week among the key advertising Adults 18-49 sales demographic. The special beat its nearest competition by 5.7 million viewers and by 74 percent in Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.
Held during November Sweeps (Nov. 10), "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" on ABC, dominated the night winning all six of its half-hours. With a primetime sweep, ABC finished No. 1 on Wednesday in Viewers across all key demos including Adult, Men, and Women (18-34/18-49/25-54), as well as finishing as the top broadcaster with Teens (12-17) and Kids (2-11). In Total Viewers (17.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (4.7/13) it was ABC's strongest Wednesday in 12 months with an estimated 33.8 million viewers watching at least some portion of the three-hour gala.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958.
Winners of "The 45th 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 45th Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer. 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.
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, on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005, and has aired on ABC since 2006.
CMA Music Festival
The 2011 CMA Music Festival will be held on June 9-12, 2011.
In 2011, Nashville’s signature country music event will celebrate 40 years of providing unique artist/fan interactions since starting as Fan Fair in 1972. Plans are underway for surprises and special events to commemorate the occasion.
“We are excited to celebrate 40 years of CMA Music Festival and Fan Fair in 2011, and look forward to the fans joining us for all the fun,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chairman of the Board. “We were fortunate that CMA Music Festival sold out completely in 2010 for the first time. Due to this strong demand, we suggest that fans buy their tickets now rather than waiting until it is too late.”
"The Seventh Annual CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Parade" will begin at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 8, and will feature artists and celebrities riding down Broadway in a variety of Chevrolet vehicles including Corvettes and Silverados. The parade will start at 10th Avenue and end up at Chevrolet Riverfront Park.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster and www.CMAfest.com or by calling 1-800-CMA-FEST.
Recap of the 2010 CMA Awards
The 2010 CMA Festival attracted more than 65,000 fans from all 50 states and from 26 nations. The country music event was filmed for the seventh consecutive year. The concert fest was broadcast as a three-hour special on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 on the ABC Television Network.
Hosted by Tim McGraw, the special featured performances from Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington, Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Justin Moore, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner, Uncle Kracker, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band. Read about the winner of the 2010 CMA Festival in November.
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