Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw are Early Winners of CMA Awards

In advance of the 46th Annual CMA Awards, the winners of the Musical Event of the Year and the Music Video of the Year awards were announced on Good Morning America. Taking home the CMA Award in the Musical Event of the Year category were Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw for their “Feel Like a Rock Star” duet.
 
Toby Keith and director Michael Salomon won in the Music Video of the Year category for the popular “Red Solo Cup” video.
 

 
“What a great way to lead up to ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night(TM)’ by announcing our winners on Good Morning America and sharing the news with the GMA viewers and the fans here in Nashville,” stated Steve Moore, Chief Executive Officer of CMA.
 
Winners in the 10 other CMA Awards categories will be announced during The 46th Annual CMA Awards airing tonight (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena on ABC.
 

Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney wins the 2012 CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year with Tim McGraw for "Feel Like A Rock Star." Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
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Chesney, who is performing on tonight’s gala, is the reigning CMA Award winner for Music Video of the Year for “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter. He was nominated for three CMA Awards in 2012 including Entertainer of the Year; Musical Event of the Year for “Feel Like A Rock Star” with McGraw; and Music Video of the Year for “Come Over,” directed by Shaun Silva. If Chesney wins Entertainer of the Year, he’ll take the record for the most wins in the category. Chesney is currently tied with Garth Brooks winning the trophy four times in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
 
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McGraw is performing with Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, and Blake Shelton as part of the Willie Nelson tribute during tonight’s broadcast. He hasnow received 12 CMA Awards including the 2001 Entertainer of the Year. This marks the second time McGraw has won a CMA Award for a collaboration with Chesney. The two received CMA Vocal Event of the Year Awards for their work on Tracy Lawrence’s “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” (2007).
 
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Keith has received 28 CMA Award nominations in his career, and this marks his third CMA Award win. He was named Male Vocalist of the Year in 2005 and also won Music Video of the Year with Salomon in 2005 for “As Good As I Once Was.” Salomon won Music Video of the Year in 1995 for “Baby Likes To Rock It” with The Tractors.
 
Source: Country Music Association