“Country Music’s Biggest Night” just got a little bigger, ABC has confirmed three new acts for the “48th Annual CMA Awards.” Not only will seven-time nominees Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood each perform, so will Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and The Band Perry.
Previously announced performers include Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban. Paisley is among the top CMA Award winners of all time, with 14 trophies and a career 58 CMA Awards nominations. He is a former CMA Entertainer of the Year (2010) and three-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year (2007-2009), with multiple wins in the Music Video and Musical Event of the Year categories. Paisley’s first CMA Award came in 2000 when he won the Horizon Award, now known as New Artist of the Year.
A three-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year (2006-2008), Underwood is again nominated in that category in 2014, as well as Music Video and Musical Event of the Year with Lambert for “Somethin’ Bad.” Underwood is a five-time CMA Award winner with 21-career CMA Awards nominations. She has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year every year since her first nomination in 2006 (2006-2014).
Lady Antebellum has 16-career CMA Awards nominations and six wins including three for Vocal Group of the Year (2009-2011), two for Single of the Year (“I Run to You” in 2009 and “Need You Now” in 2010), and a win for New Artist of the Year in 2008. In 2014, they are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Bartender.”
Little Big Town has 16-career CMA Awards nominations and has been nominated for CMA Vocal Group of the Year every year since 2006 – and 2014 is no exception. The group has won three CMA Awards including Vocal Group of the Year (2012, 2013), and Single of the Year in 2012 for “Pontoon.”
The Band Perry has eight-career CMA Awards nominations and two wins including New Artist of the Year (2011) and Single of the Year for “If I Die Young” (2011). The sibling trio is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year in 2014 (they have been nominated in this category each year since 2010).
Winners of “The 48th 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 officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 9. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).