Sunday, 1 November, 2009 11:13 AM
First Presenters Announced for
the 43rd Annual CMA Awards (CMA)
Love And Theft to
Host Pre-Tel Awards
Photo courtesy of Lyric
And Theft will host the Pre-Telecast Awards, which are given
out during the half-hour before the televised event, at "The
43rd Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 11, 2009, broadcast live
on ABC Television from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn.
-- The excitement is building as the first group of presenters
are announced for "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards," hosted
by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, and airing live from the Sommet
Center in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the
ABC Television Network.
The first celebrities
announced as Awards presenters during "Country Music's Biggest
Night" are NASCAR superstar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.; stars
of ABC's "The Middle" Neil Flynn and Patricia Heaton;
Julianne Hough; nominee Randy Houser (for both New Artist and Music
Video of the Year for "Boots On"); nominee Jake Owen (New
Artist of the Year); Kellie Pickler; CMA Award winner LeAnn Rimes;
and ABC News's Robin Roberts, co-anchor of "Good Morning America"
and host of the upcoming "Robin Roberts: Bright Lights. Big
Stars. All Access Nashville" ABC television special (airing
In addition, hot emerging
trio Love And Theft will host the Pre-Telecast Awards, which are
given out during the half-hour before the televised event begins.
Among the Awards presented during this time are the CMA Broadcast
Awards, which recognize the Broadcast Personality and Station of
the Year in four categories (small, medium, large, and major market)
as well as the National Broadcast Personality of the Year.
Performers already announced
include Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and Dave
Mathews, Billy Currington, Vince Gill and Daughtry, Lady Antebellum,
Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius
Rucker, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood,
Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band, with more to be named soon.
Tickets for the 2009
CMA Awards can be purchased by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com;
calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Sommet Center box office,
located 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, in Nashville).
Ticket prices begin at $110 for Upper Level. Great Lower Level seats
are also available. All ticket prices include sales tax, but exclude
applicable service/handling fees.
"The 43rd 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 will be shot in high definition
and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format,
with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Premiere Radio Networks
is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards. American Airlines
is the official airline of the 2009 CMA Awards. Chevy: The Official
Ride of Country Music.
Source: Country Music
Photo credit: Bob D'Amico
Flynn and Patricia Heaton, stars of ABC's "The Middle,"
will present at "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards" on Nov. 11,
2009, broadcast live on ABC Television from the Sommet Center in
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