Brad & Carrie To Host 45th Annual CMA Awards!
Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood went directly to the fans via Facebook to announce that they would be returning to host "Country Music's Biggest Night" for a fourth time in 2011. The 45th Annual CMA Awards airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.
"We couldn't ask for better hosts that Carrie and Brad," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "They have the unique qualities of humor, talent, credibility, and a natural rapport that makes them a hit with the fans and the industry audience. The CMA Awards are in great hands with Brad and Carrie at the podium.
"Hosting the CMA Awards the past three years has been an incredible experience - I love it," said Underwood. "I'm so honored to be asked back with my friend, Brad. The creative process of getting ready for the show is a blast, and I look forward to sharing Country Music's Biggest Night with all the fans!"
"It's hard to believe this will be our fouroth year to host the CMA Awards - it's such an honor to be invited back, " Brad added. "I love working with Carrie, she's a class act and a complete balance to my non-class act. I'll try my best not to mess it up."
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.
The eligibility period for the 2011 CMA Awards is July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. After two rounds of voting, the final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in early September. The third and final ballott will be emailed to CMA members October 14. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends at 5 PM/CT on November 1.
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