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Paisley, Underwood return to host CMAs

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 – Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host the 49th annual CMA Awards for the eighth consecutive year in 2015, it was announced today.

The awards air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 8-11 p.m. eastern on ABC.

The return of the popular pair was announced by reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town during "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," which aired tonight on ABC.

"We are so fortunate to have Carrie and Brad hosting the CMA Awards for the eighth time," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "They have real chemistry on stage and bring credibility, comic timing, and critical acclaim to 'Country Music's Biggest Night.'"

"Brad and Carrie are great hosts because they are very active collaborators in the process," said Robert Deaton, Executive Producer of the CMA Awards. "They are heavily invested in the continued success of the CMA Awards while being mindful of the prestige and history. They are not simply setting the bar for hosting an awards show, they are surpassing it every time they step out on our stage."

Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards since receiving the Horizon Award (now the New Artist Award) in 2000, including Entertainer of the Year (2010), Male Vocalist (2007, 2008, 2009), and Album (2006 for "Time Well Wasted").

Underwood has received five CMA Awards in her career - three consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophies (2006-2008), as well as Single of the Year (2007 for "Before He Cheats"), and the Horizon Award (2006).

The 2015 CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,400 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. The eligibility period for the 2015 CMA Awards is July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members Aug. 11. Voting for the second ballot closes Aug. 20. The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced on Sept. 9.

Winners of "The 49th Annual CMA Awards" will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Oct. 8. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Oct. 27.

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