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Follow the road to the CMAs

Thursday, October 27, 2011 – Fans can gear up for the Country Music Association awards with "CMA Close Up Presents Road to the CMA Awards," a half-hour special with artist interviews and highlights from past CMA Awards.

The special will air on local ABC affiliates between Friday, Oct. 28 and Wednesday, Nov. 9. Check local listings for shows.

Featuring interviews with Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Kristin Chenoweth, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Shania Twain and Chris Young, the show offers fans a chance to hear and see these artists' favorite memories from past CMA Awards, as well as to find out what it's like to be nominated and perform for the first time.

"This special was an incredible success last year," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. "This is a great opportunity to ramp up the excitement for the upcoming CMA Awards and increase awareness in each of these markets."

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