Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, & Blake Shelton Confirmed for CMA Awards
All five of the nominees in the CMA Entertainer of the Year category – Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift,and Keith Urban – are confirmed to perform at the 45th Annual CMA Awards on November 9, 2011. The show will be broadcast live from Nashville Tennessee and will once again be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
Tickets for the CMA Awards go on sale on September 24th (10:00 AM/CT) at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
More on the 5 Entertainer of the Year Nominees [Courtesy of the Country Music Association]:
Jason Aldean received first-time nominations in five categories in 2011 including Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for My Kinda Party; and Single and Musical Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson.
CMA’s reigning Entertainer of the Year, Brad Paisley received five nominations in 2011 for Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for This is Country Music; andMusical Event and Music Video of the Year for “Old Alabama,” featuring Alabama. Paisley remains in the No. 3 spot for the most career nominations in CMA Awards history. He has been nominated every year since 2000 and has amassed an incredible 57 career nominations to date. Only George Strait (81) and Alan Jackson (80) have more. Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards to date, including three consecutive Male Vocalist awards (2007-2009) and Album of the Year (in 2006 for Time Well Wasted). He is No. 5 for the most career wins in CMA Awards history, behind only George Strait (22), Brooks & Dunn (19), Vince Gill (18), and Alan Jackson (16).
CMA’s current Male Vocalist of the Year, Blake Shelton also received five nominations this year including Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for All About Tonight; and Single, and Music Video of the Year for “Honey Bee.” These are Shelton’s first nominations in the Entertainer and Album categories. Shelton has won two CMA Awards thus far in his career. In addition to Male Vocalist, he also won Musical Event of the Year in 2010 for his performance of “Hillbilly Bone” with Trace Adkins.
Taylor Swift also received five nominations including Entertainer; Female Vocalist; Album for Speak Now; Music Video for “Mean”; and Song of the Year for writing “Mean.” Swift received five nominations, but can receive an additional trophy as co-producer of her album. Swift won the Horizon Award in 2007 and two years later was named Entertainer of the Year (2009).
Keith Urban received two nominations this year including Entertainer and Male Vocalist. He won Entertainer in 2005 and was named Male Vocalist for three consecutive years (2004-2006). Urban is currently touring North America in support of his album, Get Closer.
Source: Country Music Association