NASHVILLE – Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be returning to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” for the seventh consecutive time in 2014. “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 5(8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The popular pair used “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” to make the announcement when the concert special aired last night on ABC. In the segment, Paisley and Underwood answered CMA Awards trivia questions posed by Little Big Town (spoiler alert: Underwood wins). See the segment here.
“Carrie and Brad are unmatched as a hosting team,” saidSarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “They have impeccable comic timing, industry credibility, critical acclaim, and a natural rapport that makes them popular with our live audience and the viewers at home. We are delighted to have them presiding over ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night.’”
“Brad and Carrie are more than hosts, they are an important part of the CMA Awards brand,” said CMA Awards Executive Producer Robert Deaton. “They bring so much to the table beyond what you see on stage during the broadcast. They are gifted creative collaborators, who routinely raise the bar and set the standard for live television hosting.”
"Over time there’s been an evolution of who we are as hosts of the show - what fits, what’s comfortable, what’s real, and we love being a part of the creative team," added Underwood. "We feel the responsibility of what this night means to our music community, to our fellow artists, and to the viewers at home."
“Shoot, we’ve written a bunch of the jokes every year. This’ll just be the first time we have to pay union dues,” quipped Paisley.
Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards since receiving the Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) in 2000, including Entertainer of the Year (2010), Male Vocalist (2007, 2008, 2009), and Album (2006 for Time Well Wasted). He won Musical Event of the Year three times, first in 2004 with Alison Krauss for “Whiskey Lullaby,” second in 2006 for “When I Get Where I’m Going” with Dolly Parton, and a third time in 2009 for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban. He claimed the Vocal Event of the Year trophy in 2001 for “Too Country” with Bill Anderson, George Jones, and Buck Owens; and won Music Video of the Year four times, including “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” (2002), “Whiskey Lullaby” (with Krauss, 2004), “Online” (2007) and “Waitin’ on a Woman” (featuring Andy Griffith, 2008). He is No. 5 on the list of top CMA Awards winners of all time.
Paisley is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist, and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous accolades including three Grammys. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001, Paisley earned the first of his 22 No. 1 singles in 1999, writing or co-writing 19 of them. His latest single, “River Bank,” is from his upcoming album, Moonshine in the Trunk, to be released Aug. 25. Paisley is currently an expert on ABC’s new hit singing competition “Rising Star,” airing Sunday nights (9:00 PM/ET), through Aug. 24. Paisley also made multiple contributions to the new Disney animated film “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” with a voice cameo as a pick-up truck named Bubba, as well as recording two songs for the soundtrack: “Runway Romance” and “All In,” which Paisley wrote and serves as the final song in the movie. Paisley is currently headlining his “Country Nation World Tour presented by KRAFT Cheese” through the fall. Visitbradpaisley.com for more information.
Underwood has received five CMA Awards in her career – three consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophies (2006-2008), as well as Single of the Year (2007 for “Before He Cheats”), and the Horizon Award (2006). Her 18 career CMA Awards nominations include three for Album of the Year for Carnival Ride (2008), Play On (2010), and Blown Away (2013); three nominations for Music Video of the Year for “Jesus Take the Wheel” (2006), “Before He Cheats” (2007), and “Blown Away” (2013); and Musical Event of the Year for “I Told You So” featuring Randy Travis (2009). She has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year every year since first being nominated in 2006 (2006-2013).
Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 “American Idol” win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film, where the six-time Grammy Award winner has amassed more than 95 major honors, sold more than 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 18 No. 1 singles, nine of which she co-wrote. Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s Top Female Country Touring Artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her four albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum – tallied 38 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have now been streamed more than 800 million times worldwide. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008, Underwood last year became the musical voice of primetime television’s No. 1 program, “Sunday Night Football” and starred as Maria von Trapp in the three-hour, holiday blockbuster and Emmy-nominated, “The Sound of Music Live!,” whose airings attracted 44 million viewers.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. Winners of “The 48thAnnual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The eligibility period for the 2014 CMA Awards is July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members onTuesday, Aug. 12. Voting for the second ballot closesFriday, Aug. 22 (5:00 PM/CT).
The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in early September. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members on Thursday, Oct. 9. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).
“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” on ABC (Nov. 6, 2013) dominated the night in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 (16.8 million and 4.7/13), winning each half-hour and out delivering runner-up CBS by 7.4 million viewers and by 114 percent in Adults 18-49. In fact, with the broad-appealing Awards special the Network swept the evening, finishing No. 1 in Viewers, all key Adult demos (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54) and Teens 12-17 – and was the top broadcaster with Kids 2-11.
The 2013 CMA Awards was up by double digits from the previous year’s telecast (Nov. 1, 2012), gaining 23 percent in Total Viewers and 24 percent in Adults 18-49. The CMA Awards drew its biggest audience in four years, representing its second-most-watched broadcast in eight years (since 2009 and 2005, respectively). In addition, the CMA Awards shot up 41 percent year-to-year with Men 18-34 (3.1/11 vs. 2.2/8) to a nine-year high – since 2004 (source: Nielsen Media Research).
Ticket information for the CMA Awards will be announced later this summer with information available atCMAawards.com, or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.
“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network TV. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021.
Information For ReleaseLIGHTS, CAMERA, CARRIE: NBC’S “WAITING ALL DAY FOR SUNDAY NIGHT” STARRING CARRIE UNDERWOOD HITS THE BIG SCREEN IN THEATERS FRIDAY, JULY 25New Cinema Spot to Roll Out on More than 19,000 Movie Screens NationwideLOS ANGELES – July 14, 2014 – NBC Sports Group today announced the Friday, July 25 debut of a new cinema spot starring six-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood performing “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the opening theme for primetime television’s No. 1 program, Sunday Night Football on NBC.The piece, a 2½-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of this year’s Sunday Night Football show open featuring Underwood and NFL stars, will debut Friday, July 25 on more than 19,000 movie screens in National CineMedia’sFirstLook pre-show program in AMC, Cinemark, and Regal Entertainment Group and other top theaters nationwide.The announcement was made during NBC Sports Group’s presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif.“Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” is set to the original Joan Jett song, “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” This marks Underwood’s second season performing the song with NBC Sports.SNF NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM ON TELEVISION FOR 3 YEARS RUNNING:For the third consecutive September-May television season, NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished as the No. 1 show in primetime in household rating, viewership and the coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May). This marks the only three times on record that a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season. For the 2013-2014 primetime television season,Sunday Night Football ranked as the highest-rated (12.8), most-watched show (21.7 million, viewers 2+), and the No. 1 broadcast program across the key demographics of Adults 18-49, 18-34, 25-54 as well as Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 and Women 18-34 and 18-49.###
CARRIE UNDERWOOD BECOMES CMT’s
MOST AWARDED ARTIST
WITH TEN CAREER CMT MUSIC AWARDS
HONORED WITH THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN
IN “VIDEO OF THE YEAR” CATEGORY – ALL FROM SAME ALBUM
CARRIE HOLDS RECORD WITH FIVE CAREER WINS FOR
“VIDEO OF THE YEAR”
Nashville- (June 5, 2014)- Superstar Carrie Underwood owned the evening when she took home last night’s biggest win at the CMT MUSIC AWARDS held in Nashville, Tenn. at Bridgestone Arena. Her “Video of the Year” win for “See You Again,” with director Eric Welch, became Carrie’s third consecutive honor in the category having won in 2013 with “Blown Away” and in 2012 with “Good Girl.” No other artist has won in this category three times back-to-back, let alone from the same album. This win also distinguishes Carrie as the entertainer with the most CMT MUSIC AWARDS with ten.
In addition, Carrie now holds the record with the most “Video of the Year” career wins with five including 2010’s “Cowboy Casanova” and “Before He Cheats” in 2007.
CARRIE’S CMT MUSIC AWARDS:
2014 Video of the Year for “See You Again”
2013 Video of the Year for “Blown Away”
2012 Video of the Year for “Good Girl”
2012 Collaborative Video of the Year for “Remind Me”
2010 Video of the Year for “Cowboy Casanova”
2010 CMT Performance of the Year for “Temporary Home” on Invitation Only:Carrie Underwood
2007 Female Video of the Year for “Before He Cheats”
2007 Video of the Year for “Before He Cheats”
2006 Female Video of the Year for “Jesus, Take the Wheel”
2006 Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Jesus, Take The Wheel”
Carrie Underwood, an 11-time Academy of Country Music Award winner, co-penned a song specifically for the Academy’s military tribute show, ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS. Carrie’s performance of “Keep Us Safe” will debut during the broadcast on Tuesday, May 20, 9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Coinciding with her performance, the song will be available digitally with proceeds benefiting ACM Lifting Lives®, the charitable arm of the Academy.
“When we were approached to be a part of the show, I was so excited to do something to honor our troops and because ACM Lifting Lives does such great work. I wanted to take the time to really think about what song I wanted to perform,” shares Carrie. “I had a writing session scheduled with my co-writers and friends Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally, and I guess the show was weighing on my mind. I think we all left the session knowing the song was special because it basically wrote itself that day!”
In addition to being a three-time ACM Top Female Vocalist, in 2010 she became the first female artist to win ACM Entertainer of the Year twice.
ACM PRESENTS: AN ALL-STAR SALUTE TO THE TROOPS is produced for television by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan and R.A. Clark are executive producers. Barry Adelman is producer. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
About ACM Lifting Lives
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.
Superstars Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood will perform their new duet “Somethin’ Bad” on the 2014 CMT MUSIC AWARDS on Wednesday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET from Bridgestone Arena. With Miranda’s new album Platinum coming in just two weeks, fans can now pre-order the album at http://smarturl.it/mlplatinum and receive “Somethin’ Bad,” and Miranda’s hit single “Automatic,” now.
Miranda and Carrie have both garnered 2014 CMT MUSIC AWARDS nominations, including videos in the Video of the Year category. Miranda leads the nominations this year with a total of six, with five previous wins, and Carrie has received the most career CMT MUSIC AWARDS wins for a female artist with nine. Voting is open now through June 1 online at CMT.com and at CMT Mobile. The Video of The Year finalists will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com, CMT mobile and via text message throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner. For more information as it becomes available, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram, use hashtag #CMTawards and like the CMT MUSIC AWARDS on Facebook.
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert is the reigning four-time CMA and reigning five-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year (the first time anyone has won 5 consecutive years). Her last album, Four The Record, made history when it debuted atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, making Miranda the first country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of her first four albums debut at # 1. All four of those albums have also been certified Platinum, which is the name of her fifth studio album, due out June 3rd.
The first single off of Platinum, “Automatic,” is Miranda’s highest charting first week single to date. Written by Miranda, Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby, the autobiographical song reflects on the days of pay phones, learning to drive a stick shift, driving to Dallas to buy an Easter dress, recording the country countdown on her cassette recorder and more.
In addition to her award winning music, Miranda has designed a shoe line that is available at DSW and other retailers across the country. She also dedicates much of her time to her MuttNation Foundation. The foundation has raised more than $1.5 million to aid organizations and governmental institutions or entities whose purpose is to build animal shelters for better care; increase pet adoption and encourage responsible pet guardianship; rehabilitate sick or unsocialized animals; fund spay/neuter programs; reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals. She also owns two life style boutiques, general stores she named, The Pink Pistol. The stores are located in her hometown of Lindale, TX and Tishomingo, OK.
Six-Time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and placed 18 singles at #1, with nine of those as co-writes, all within four albums since winning American Idol in 2005. She has won a vast array of awards including six GRAMMYs® and three female vocalist awards from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). In 2010 when Carrie garnered her second win as ACM Entertainer of the Year, she became the first female artist to win the award twice. Carrie has won a total of 11 ACM Awards, 5 CMA Awards, 7 American Music Awards, 6 People’s Choice Awards, 9 CMT Music Awards, 12 American Country Awards, 9 BMI Songwriter Awards, and is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry. In the spring of 2013, Carrie wrapped her highly successful headline arena tour, “The Blown Away Tour,” where she performed a total of 112 dates in 110 cities, in 6 countries across 3 continents, playing for more than 1 million fans and selling out every concert in 2013.
This past December, Carrie starred as Maria Von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour live broadcast of The Sound of Music, based on the original musical, delivering a ratings bonanza as the show ranked #1 across all half hours of the broadcast. More than 44 million viewers saw some or all of the groundbreaking December 5 event and Dec 14 re-airing. Carrie is also the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football on NBC, singing the opening theme song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” She was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.