Live - Wednesday, November 4 from Nashvilleon at 8:00 p.m. ET
on the ABC Television Network
The superstar lineup continues to grow with the announcement that Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, and Blake Shelton are each performing during “The 49th Annual CMA Awards,” which airs live WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.
Aldean has 14 career CMA Awards nominations including three each for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year (2011-1013). He has won CMA Awards for Musical Event of the Year with Kelly Clarkson for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and Album of the Year for My Kinda Party, both in 2011. He received his first nomination in 2008 for New Artist of the Year. He is nominated for Album of the Year for Old Boots, New Dirt, produced by Michael Knox.
Bryan, who is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, is nominated in that category again in 2015 (he received his first nomination in the Entertainer category in 2013). He is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year (he has been nominated in this category every year since 2012). He received his first CMA Awards nomination in 2010 for New Artist of the Year.
Chesney is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, a trophy he has collected four times (2004, 2006-2008). His other nominations in 2015 include Single of the Year for “American Kids” and Album of the Year for The Big Revival, both produced by Buddy Cannon and Chesney (Chesney only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer). His last nominations for Single and Album of the Year were in 2008 for “Don’t Blink” and Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates. His fourth nomination is for Musical Event of the Year for “Wild Child” with Grace Potter. The pair was also nominated for Musical Event in 2011 for “You and Tequila.”
Most New Artist of the Year nominees are content with recognition in that sought-after category, but CMA member voters bestowed two additional nods to Hunt. He collected nominations for Single of the Year for “Take Your Time,” which was produced by Zach Crowell and Shane McAnally; and Song of the Year for “Take Your Time,” which Hunt wrote with McAnally and Josh Osborne.
Shelton is nominated for Musical Event of the Year with Ashley Monroe for “Lonely Tonight” and Male Vocalist, a trophy he has won five consecutive times (2010-2014). This marks Shelton’s second Musical Event of the Year nomination with Monroe. Monroe was a member of Pistol Annies in 2013 when they were nominated with Shelton for Musical Event of the Year for “Boys ‘Round Here.”
Winners of “The 49th 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 tabulated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT).
“Countdown to the CMA Awards: Country’s Greatest Crossover Hits with Robin Roberts,” which will count down the top 15 crossover hits with help from country music’s biggest stars, will air on Monday, November 2 (10-11pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network.