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CMAs coming in November

Thursday, June 3, 2010 – The Country Music Association announced Thursday the 44th Annual CMA Awards will air Wednesday, Nov. 10 on ABC live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

"The CMA Awards is 'Country Music's Biggest Night' and is one of the most highly anticipated events for our industry each year," said Steve Moore, Chairman of the CMA Board of Directors. "It's a night to recognize and honor our finest performers, songwriters, record producers, musicians, and music video directors."

The 2009 CMA Awards came in third for the week in the 18-49 demo and fifth for the week in total viewers, according to Nielsen. An estimated 36 million viewers watched all or some portion of the live, three-hour broadcast.

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was 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 voting members of the CMA. "The CMA Awards recognizes the best of our format. Our artists and music resonate with people from all walks of life and that's what makes this 'Country Music's Biggest Night'," said Moore.

The eligibility period for the 2010 CMA Awards is July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. All voting will be conducted online. The first ballot and instructions will be e-mailed June 29 to CMA members in good standing who are eligible to vote. Voting for the first ballot closes at 5 p.m. Central on July 15.

The second ballot will be e-mailed to CMA members Aug. 10. Voting for the second ballot closes at 5:00 p.m. central on Aug. 23. The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in early September.

The third and final ballot will be e-mailed to CMA members Oct. 15. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends at 5 p.m. Central on Nov. 2.

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