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CMA announces 2012 awards show

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – The 46th annual CMA Awards will air Thursday, Nov. 1 on ABC live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

"The CMA Awards recognizes the best in the format - that's what makes this 'Country Music's Biggest Night'," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "The CMA Awards is one of the most highly anticipated events for our industry each year. It's a night to honor our finest performers, songwriters, record producers, musicians, and music video directors."

The 2011 CMA Awards show, held Nov. 9, was the number 1 entertainment show for the week among the key advertising adults 18-49 sales demographic. The special beat its nearest competition by 5.6 million viewers and by 26 percent in Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen.

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 11,000 industry professional members of CMA. Winners will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the CMA. CMA

The eligibility period for the 2012 CMA Awards is July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. All voting will be conducted online. The first ballot and instructions will be emailed June 25 to CMA members in good standing who are eligible to vote. Voting for the first ballot closes at 6 p.m. eastern, July 9.

The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members Aug. 9. Voting for the second ballot closes at 6 p.m. eastern on Aug. 21. The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in early September.

The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Oct. 4. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends at 6 p.m. eastern on Oct. 22.

Rounding out events during CMA Awards Week will be the taping of "CMA Country Christmas" Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Bridgestone Arena when. The special airs on ABC during the holiday season.

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