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Grande, Trainor join CMAs

Monday, October 20, 2014 – Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor will bring the bass and more to The 48th Annual CMA Awards.

Grande will perform with Little Big Town, while Trainor sings with Miranda Lambert. "Pretty Little Liars" actress and DMG Nashville recording artist Lucy Hale will be a presenter live at the show on Nov. 5 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC.

Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the CMAs will also feature superstar performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Underwood and Keith Urban.

Within less than a year, Grande captured number one on the Billboard Top 200 twice with her debut "Yours Truly" and this year's follow-up, "My Everything."

Trainor will team up with Lambert for Trainor's hit "All About That Bass." Singer/songwriter Trainor has written songs for Rascal Flatts before skyrocketing to success with her international hit "All About That Bass," which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the past 6 weeks.

While Hale made her mark early on as an actress, best known for her role on the hit ABC Family drama "Pretty Little Liars," the Memphis born and bred singer's debut album, "Road Between," was released on June 3 and features her brand new single, "Lie A Little Better." Hale will also be performing on "CMA Country Christmas," a two-hour special airing Monday, Dec. 1 on ABC.

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