Five new live performances raise star power for 2011 awards show schedule
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Sugarland and the Zac Brown Band have been added to the lineup of performances scheduled for the Nov. 9 broadcast of the 45th Annual CMA Awards, providing more depth to the array of nominees playing live.
The latest quintet of artists joins previously announced performers, including nominees Jason Aldean, the Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, as well as Faith Hill, slated to debut a song from her forthcoming album, which is scheduled to be released next year. Onstage pairings include performances by Rascal Flatts, with guest Natasha Bedingfield, and Kenny Chesney, joined by duet partner Grace Potter. Co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be featured performing their No. 1 country hit "Remind Me" during ABC's live broadcast from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Evans, a previous CMA winner for Best Video, is nominated this year for Best Female Vocalist and Single of the Year. McBride is also among the nominees for Best Female Vocalist. With five previous wins, she's tied with Reba McEntire for four trophies in the category.
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McCreery, this year's "American Idol" winner, will make his CMA Awards debut in the wake of his first album's historic debut at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart. Having turned 18 the week of that release, McCreery is the youngest artist to achieve that feat.
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Sugarland, winners of the CMA's Vocal Duo award for the previous four years, are again nominated in that category, with singer Jennifer Nettles again tapped to host the separate "CMA Country Christmas" taping the day following the awards. That prime-time holiday show will air later this year on ABC.
The Zac Brown Band are nominated in four categories: Vocal Group, Album (for "You Get What You Give"), Musical Event (for "As She's Walking Away," with Alan Jackson) and Single of the Year (for "Colder Weather"). Band mates Zac Brown and Coy Bowles were also nominated for Song of the Year (for co-writing "Colder Weather"). Lead singer Brown could potentially pick up two additional trophies for co-producing the Album and Single of the Year. The Zac Brown Band won the CMA New Artist of the Year Award in 2010.
txking99: You are blaming spell check for you not knowing how to spell "the" 3 times?
You claim to love the old country and cannot even spell "Jones" or "Wynette".....
Maybe you should skip the awards and go take a class in English. I would bet that Taylor Swift can spell these names. Maybe it is Texas. Dumb state.