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Underwood, Paisley named to host CMAs (again)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host The 48th Annual CMA Awards for the seventh time on Nov.5 from Nashville.

The pair used "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" to make the announcement when the concert special aired last night on ABC. In the segment, Paisley and Underwood answered CMA Awards trivia questions posed by Little Big Town.

"Carrie and Brad are unmatched as a hosting team," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "They have impeccable comic timing, industry credibility, critical acclaim and a natural rapport that makes them popular with our live audience and the viewers at home. We are delighted to have them presiding over 'Country Music's Biggest Night.'"

"Over time, there's been an evolution of who we are as hosts of the show - what fits, what's comfortable, what's real and we love being a part of the creative team," said Underwood. "We feel the responsibility of what this night means to our music community, to our fellow artists, and to the viewers at home."

"Shoot, we've written a bunch of the jokes every year. This'll just be the first time we have to pay union dues," joked Paisley.

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 professional members of CMA, the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958.

Winners will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible members of CMA. The eligibility period for the 2014 CMA Awards is July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Voting for the second ballot closes Friday, Aug. 22.

The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in early September. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members on Thursday, Oct. 9. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27.

Ticket information for the CMA Awards will be announced later this summer.

The awards show airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville from 8-11 p.m. on ABC.

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