|NASHVILLE's Charles Esten and Connie Britton. Photo Credit: ABC|
Reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Thompson Square (husband-wife duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson) will host the Pre-Telecast CMA Awards ceremonies, which will stream live on CMAawards.com Wednesday, Nov. 6 (7:30 p.m. ET; 6:30 p.m. CT). Winners for Musical Event and Music Video of the Year, as well as Musician of the Year and the 2013 CMA Broadcast Awards Radio Station and Personality of the Year will be recognized.
Hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, "The 47th Annual CMA Awards" will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Previously announced CMA Awards presenter Robin Roberts will be on hand the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 6 when GOOD MORNING AMERICA broadcasts live from the Bridgestone Arena Plaza. CMA Awards nominee Luke Bryan will perform during the show and winners will be revealed in the Musical Event and Music Video of the Year categories.
Added to the list of performers are Lennon & Maisy Stella. The sisters are best known for their roles on ABC's primetime soap opera NASHVILLE.
Other artists scheduled to perform during the ceremony include Jason Aldean; Bryan; Eric Church; Florida Georgia Line; Hunter Hayes with Jason Mraz; Lady Antebellum; Little Big Town; Tim McGraw; Kacey Musgraves; Paisley; Blake Shelton; Taylor Swift with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss; The Band Perry; Underwood; and Zac Brown Band with Dave Grohl. Alan Jackson and George Strait will perform together in a tribute to the legendary George Jones; and Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker will pay homage to recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Rogers.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre of music. The first "CMA Awards Banquet and Show" was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time - making it the longest-running, annual music awards program on network television. The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it will remain through 2021.