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Chesney McGraw, Keith take early CMA honors

Thursday, November 1, 2012 – Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith were early winners from the Country Music Association Awards on Thursday.

Winning CMA Musical Event of the Year was Chesney's duet with McGraw, Feel Like A Rock Star. This marked second time McGraw has won a CMA Award for a collaboration with Chesney. The two received CMA Vocal Event of the Year Awards for their work on Tracy Lawrence's Find Out Who Your Friends Are (2007).

Taking the CMA Music Video of the Year was Keith and director Michael Salomon for Red Solo Cup. This is Keith's third win from a total of 28 nominations.

The winners were announced live on "Good Morning America" from New York's Times Square this morning.

"What a great way to lead up to 'Country Music's Biggest Night' by announcing our winners on Good Morning America and sharing the news with the GMA viewers and the fans here in Nashville," said Steve Moore, Chief Executive Officer of CMA.

The two categories announced on "Good Morning America" are normally presented during pre-televised activities and acknowledged during the CMA Awards broadcast, which will happen again this year. Two-time CMA Awards nominee Love and Theft will host pre-television ceremonies tonight and will present the trophies to the winners as well as Musician of the Year and the CMA Broadcast Awards winners for Radio Station and Personality of the Year. The recipients will be acknowledged during the broadcast.

The remaining 10 awards will be handed out tonight in Nashville. Hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, The 46th Annual CMA Awards is at 8 p.m. from the Bridgestone Arena on ABC.

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