For the first time, the highly-anticipated announcement of the final nominees for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” will be carried across several ABC properties on Wednesday, Sept. 9th. Delivering the news from New York City will be Kelsea Ballerini and Steven Tyler.
ABC has been the network home of the CMA Awards for the past 10 years and they are a wonderful partner and champion for the format,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our milestone network anniversary and the finalists for Country Music’s Biggest Night™ than to include several of ABC’s premiere news and entertainment outlets in the announcement this year.”
At sunrise, Ballerini and Tyler will be at “Good Morning America” for the announcement of the final nominees in five categories live from the heart of Times Square on the ABC Television Network. The announcements will air in the 8:30 AM|ET half-hour segment of the top-rated morning news program on Wednesday, Sept. 9th.
When I was asked to announce the nominees for the ever-so-prestigious CMA Awards this year, I actually whispered, ‘They really want me?’ I’m just humbled by the open arms of the Country community and am honored to take part in this BIG moment,” said Tyler.
In addition to announcing the finalists, Tyler will perform “Love is Your Name,” his debut single from his upcoming new album to be released early next year.
Following “Good Morning America” Tyler will visit the set of nationally-syndicated “Live with Kelly and Michael” to talk about his Country project and the newly-announced nominees.
I’ve grown up watching the CMA Awards and am such a fan of everything CMA does and represents,” said Ballerini. “To be able to announce the nominations for the Awards this year with THE Steven Tyler makes me beyond excited.”
While Tyler visits “Live with Kelly and Michael,” Ballerini will be behind the microphone for a special ABC News Radio satellite tour to talk about the Awards nominees and her breakthrough year.
Later in the month, Ballerini will make her late night TV debut on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” when she appears on the program Sept. 30.
After the announcements and radio calls, Ballerini is slated to appear in the Third Annual Bryant Park Concert Series, “Nashville’s New Music in New York,” which is presented by the Grand Ole Opry, Southwest Airlines, and NASH-FM 94.7. She will perform a free acoustic concert at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park with the Opry’s signature microphone stand a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House.
Following the announcements LIVE on “Good Morning America,” Ballerini and Tyler will announce the remaining finalists at approximately 9:10 AM|ET in several other categories on GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo. The Yahoo-ABC News Network is the #1 Source for General News online.
CMA will service a CMA Awards Nominees Video Highlights Package (VHP) on Wednesday, September 9th (3:00-3:30 PM|ET) via the following coordinates:
SATELLITE: GALAXY 17 (KU) Digital
TRANSPONDER: 16 – Upper
BANDWIDTH: 18 MHz (HD)
DOWNLINK FREQUENCY: 12029 (V)
SYMBOL RATE: 13.235
DATA RATE: 18.2958
ENCODER: MPEG-2 DVB-S QPSK
In addition, the video highlights package, which includes footage of the nominee announcements on “Good Morning America,” interviews, and music video clips, will be available via FTP download at http://vistalive.net/cma-awards/
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to hear who’s nominated for the CMA Awards this year!