CMA Awards Performances to Include All New Artist Nominees
It's one of country music's biggest honors, along with one of the most historically unpredictable: CMA New Artist of the Year. This year, nominees include the Band Perry, Chris Young, Thompson Square, Eric Church and Luke Bryan, with the Country Music Association confirming exclusively with The Boot today that all five will be performing on the November 9 broadcast. This will be the first time since 2008 that all New Artist nominees have scored performance slots on the show dubbed "Country Music's Biggest Night."
This will be the Band Perry's second CMA Awards performance, following their 2010 live rendition of their triple platinum-selling hit, 'If I Die Young,' which is this year nominated for Single and Song of the Year. The sibling trio have five total nods going into this year's broadcast.
This is the second year in a row that both Luke Bryan and Chris Young have been nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year. Both have had phenomenal success since last November's trophy went to Zac Brown Band, including chart-topping songs and new albums that have debuted higher than any in their respective careers.
Eric Church, a first-time CMA nominee, watched his latest album, 'Chief,' not only top the country charts but also the all-genre Billboard 200. Fellow CMA first-timers Thompson Square are also up for Vocal Duo of of the Year and are celebrating the recent announcement that their breakthrough hit, 'Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,' has sold more than 1.5 million digital downloads.
All five New Artist of the Year nominees join a CMA performance list that is sure to make for a spectacular night, not to mention a ratings grabber. Other confirmed performers are Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter and Rascal Flatts with Natasha Bedingfield. Hosted by 'Remind Me' duet partners Brad and Carrie, the 45th Annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville, Nov. 9 at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.
Chris, I thought this award was industry voted? Or is it both? Either way, I have to agree with you. I think a lot of the others in this category have fans more likely to vote.
I just don't see EC winning this award :( I think he deserves it more than the other nominees but ECs fan base are mostly guys and I don't know a lot of guys saying to themselves "oooh, I gotta vote for EC today". Think about Chris Youngs fan base, all young girls that are rabid about voting.
I just don't have good feelings about this :*( :*( :*(
Yay! can't wait!
I wish I could see this in person! I guess I'll have to settle for watching it on tv
I was so excited when I saw this! I can't wait!
Thanks Andy!! Makes a lot more sense now :)
Doing my happy dance...so proud of EC!!! Whoot whoot!
New Artist - This Award is to the artist, whether individual or a group, who is known primarily as a country artist, who has for the first time demonstrated the most significant creative growth and development in overall chart or sales activity (of a debut or sophomore album), live performance, professionalism and/or national media recognition related to the launch of their career - I guess we could qualify for that - Any artist who has previously won a CMA Award or any artist has twice been a final nominee for the Horizon Award or New Artist of the Year Award is ineligible for nomination.
eric has three cds out, how can he or any1 with 3 cds be in the NEW ARTIST spot ?
Fantastic news! Thanks for letting us know!
I completely agree.. And I also do love both Chris Young & Luke Bryan (Heck I'm in Chris Young's fan club!) But you shouldn't be nominated two years in a row!
Awesome, thanks for posting Laurie! I'm so excited for EC & the guys to get another nomination. Confused though how Luke & Chris can be nominated for *new* artist two years in a row though (if I'm reading the article correctly). I love both of their music but I would have thought that you could only be in the running for new artist once, hence "new." Someone please enlighten me...