Monday, July 11, 2011
– Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood announced today via Facebook that they would be returning to host The 45th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 9 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC.
"We couldn't ask for better hosts than Carrie and Brad," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "They have the unique qualities of humor, talent, credibility, and natural rapport that makes them a hit with the fans and the industry audience. The CMA Awards are in great hands with Brad and Carrie at the podium."
"Hosting the CMA Awards the past three years has been an incredible experience. I love it," said Underwood. "I'm so honored to be asked back with my friend, Brad. The creative process of getting ready for the show is a blast, and I look forward to sharing Country Music's Biggest Night with all the fans."
"It's hard to believe this will be our fourth year to host the CMA Awards - it's such an honor to be invited back," Paisley said.. "I love working with Carrie, she's a class act and a complete balance to my non-class act. I'll try my best to not mess it up."
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 Country Music Association.
The eligibility period for the 2011 CMA Awards is July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. All voting will be conducted online. The first ballot and instructions will be e-mailed June 27 to CMA members in good standing who are eligible to vote. Voting for the first ballot closes at 5 p.m. central time on July 13.
The second ballot will be e-mailed to CMA members Aug. 9. Voting for the second ballot closes at 5 p.m. central time 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. 14. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends at 5 p.m. central on Nov. 1.