The list of Country luminaries performing on "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" reads like a who's who of the format's finest and freshest faces with the announcement today that multiple nominee Alison Krauss
and Horizon Award nominees Jason Aldean
and Kellie Pickler
have each been added to the list of performers for this year's gala.
"The 41st Annual CMA Awards" will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and will air live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.Sheryl Crow
, Blake Shelton
and Gretchen Wilson
have been added to the list of artists presenting CMA Awards.
Krauss received four nominations in 2007 including Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year for Alison Krauss and Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas
, and two for Musical Event of the Year with John Waite
(his first CMA Awards nomination) on "Missing You" and with Vince Gill
on "The Reason Why." Krauss last won the Female Vocalist of the Year category in 1995. She has been nominated in the category five times including each year from 2002-2005.
Aldean and Pickler are first-time CMA Awards nominees in 2007. Both were nominated for the coveted Horizon Award. Included in the category are Rodney Atkins
, Taylor Swift
and Little Big Town
. Aldean's self-titled debut album was certified Platinum, and his sophomore release Relentless
debuted at No. 1 on the Country sales chart in June. Pickler, an "American Idol
" sweetheart, released her debut album, Small Town Girl
, in October and by January, the project was certified Gold.
Performers previously announced for the 2007 CMA Awards include Rodney Atkins
, Big & Rich
, Brooks & Dunn
, Kenny Chesney
, Miranda Lambert
, Martina McBride
, Reba McEntire
in a duet with LeAnn Rimes
, Brad Paisley
, George Strait
, Taylor Swift
, Josh Turner
, Carrie Underwood
, and Keith Urban
. Rascal Flatts
will open the festivities and also perform with Jamie Foxx
later in the broadcast.
Sara Evans and Rimes will host segments of the three-hour broadcast. Presenters recently announced include Luke Bryan
, Jason Michael Carroll
, Bucky Covington, Jewel
with Ty Murray, Kid Rock
, Montgomery Gentry
, and Dwight Yoakam
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