In Case You Missed It…

Did you miss out on “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” this summer? Don’t worry! With the help of Great American Country, we’ve got you covered. Tune in to GAC TV this November to relive the excitement of the summer’s biggest party!

Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8|7c pm
Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2|1c pm

Watching a re-air of CMA Fest is the perfect way to gear up for “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Join us LIVE for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards,” Wednesday, Nov. 6th at 8|7c on ABC!

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Brad and Carrie with Special Guests

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have had some some memorable hosting moments over the past five years. They’ve even had some pretty famous guests who’ve not only surprised the audience, but have caught the hosts off guard as well! Check out some of these unforgettable moments below.

Hank Williams Jr. surprises Brad and Carrie to help them with a funny remix of “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.”


Miss Piggy joins the duo onstage for a hilarious skit.

Uh oh! Brad is a victim of Identity Theft. Superstar stock car racing driver Jeff Gordon could almost pass for a Country Music star!


Little Jimmy Dickens comes prepared, just in case another flood were to hit Nashville!


Brad and Carrie bring out some miniature guests – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill barbies!


Who will will see join Brad and Carrie on stage this year? Tune in to “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8|7c on ABC to find out!

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October is Country Music Month

Country Music Month is a celebration that takes place not only in Music City, but all over the country.  It is a time for Country Music fans to come together and share their favorite genre with the world.  This month highlights where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we are headed.

Most importantly, October is about having FUN in the name of Country Music!

Country Music Month leads up to Country Music’s Biggest Night, which is just three weeks away.  On Wednesday, Nov. 6th, “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will broadcast LIVE on ABC at 8|7c from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.  Check out the growing list of performers and you’ll believe us when we say, you won’t want to miss it!


How can you make the most of Country Music Month? Get creative! Here are just a few of our suggestions:

Country Music October Birthdays:

  • Oct. 9  Scotty McCreery
  • Oct. 10  Tanya Tucker
  • Oct. 13  Rhett Atkins
  • Oct. 15  Kimberly Roads Schlapman of Little Big Town
  • Oct. 17  Alan Jackson
  • Oct. 20  Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town
  • Oct. 25  Sarah Colley (Minnie Pearl)
  • Oct. 26  Keith Urban
  • Oct. 28  Brad Paisley
  • Oct. 28  Charlie Daniels

How are YOU celebrating #CountryMusicMonth?  Tweet your plans and photos to us at @CountryMusic

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What’s In a CMA Award?

CMM2012_KeyArtOctober is Country Music Month! All month long, we will celebrate our favorite genre in anticipation of “Country Music’s Biggest Night,™” which is just a few short weeks away.

Every fall during the CMA Awards, music fans far and wide tune in to see their favorite artists recognized for their talent and hard work. While the big ‘to-do’ of “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” doesn’t necessarily match the genre’s typical “kick back and take it easy” attitude, there’s definitely a reason why the men shine their boots and the ladies get dolled up for the hottest Country Music celebration of the year. We all love it, but what makes it so amazing? And how do they win those CMA Awards, anyway?  Get the scoop here so that you’ll be in the loop on Wednesday, Nov. 6 for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards,” airing LIVE at 8|7c on ABC.

The Country Music Association membership is made up of artists, musicians, songwriters, and other professionals working to support Country Music. When established in 1958, it was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music. The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was held in 1967 at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The next year, a taping of the CMA Awards was broadcast on national television. By its third year, the Awards show aired live across the country. The rest is history, making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. Over the years, the CMA Awards has taken place on famous stages such as the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, and even a year in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.


View of “The 42nd Annual CMA Awards” stage at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn. 2008

The CMA Awards program currently airs on ABC Network and has drawn as many as 16.5 million viewers, sold out arenas full of screaming fans, and featured appearances by the most influential people in music. The ceremony highlights the success of the genre as a whole, recognizing emerging artists and legendary figures alike. In addition to the red carpet, Awards presentations and acceptance speeches, the evening is packed full of unforgettable performances and moments that bring the Country Music community together.


Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton pose with their CMA Awards in 2012

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined after three rounds of voting by over 6,500 CMA members across 40 countries. We are currently in the third round of voting for the 2013 CMA Awards. The results of this round will be presented live during the broadcast on ABC. Artists with music released within this year’s eligibility period (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) are considered for the following 12 categories:

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Single of the Year
  • Album of the Year
  • Song of the Year
  • Female Vocalist of the Year
  • Male Vocalist of the Year
  • Vocal Group of the Year
  • Vocal Duo of the Year
  • Musical Event of the Year
  • Musician of the Year
  • Music Video of the Year
  • New Artist of the Year

Click here to see a list of nominees for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards.”

For more information about the CMA Awards, including the criteria for each category, visit our About “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” page.

Now that you know what’s going on behind the scenes, join us on Wednesday, Nov. 6th at 8|7c for “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” and see who will walk away a winner!

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The Country Music Association Presents: CMA Songwriters Series
Witness the Genius of Songwriting

The CMA Songwriters Series gives Country Music fans the chance to see how some of their favorite songs began in their rawest forms. The show is all about successful songwriters performing their hit songs as they were originally written and sharing the stories behind them along the way. The one-of-a-kind experience is a celebration of Country Music that never disappoints.

The series has already played in a handful of cities across the United States, but just landed at Antone’s Night Club in Austin, TX for the first time. Songwriter Bob DiPiero hosted Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, and 2013 CMA Awards nominee, Lee Brice for the sold-out show last Wednesday night, Sept. 11.

CMA Songwriters Series - Austin 2013

Fans, industry members, and fellow artists came together for a fun time in the name of Country Music. For a peek at what they saw, check out our photo gallery here.

Bummed that you missed out? Don’t worry yet! There are a few shows remaining in this year’s tour. Lineup announcements and ticket information will be available soon at

Plus, check out a clip of Kenny Chesney from one of our past shows!

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Entertainers’ Road to the Top: There’s a FIRST for everything!

With Round Two of voting complete and the nominees announced, Country Music fanatics have been buzzing all week in anticipation of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards,” airing LIVE on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8|7c on ABC.

Considering this year’s pool of impressive artists, receiving a CMA Awards nomination is an unquestionable honor. Awarded to the artist “displaying the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field,” Entertainer of the Year serves as the most prestigious title of them all.

We’ve heard your opinions. Everyone has their favorites, and these entertainers definitely gave us an incredible year. As Country Music enthusiasts, we are celebrating the diversity and unique talent among the 2013 nominees.

So where were these artists before they landed on the list of candidates for this “top honor” CMA Award? Well, there’s a first for everything, and we did a little digging to find out!

Check out some memorable “firsts” for your 2013 CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year Nominees:

Blake Shelton

  • awards10_prfrm_shelton_5121_17356First came to Nashville: 1993, 17 years old
  • First #1 Hit: “Austin” off his 2001 album, Blake Shelton
  • First Music Video: “Austin” (2001)
  • First CMA Awards Nomination: Horizon (Now New Artist of the Year), 2003
  • First CMA Awards Win: Male Vocalist of the Year & Musical Event for “Hillbilly Bone,” both in 2010

George Strait

  • awards10_prfrm_strait_1762_17363First came to Nashville: 1981, 28 years old
  • First #1 Hit: “Fool Hearted Memory” off his 1982 album, Strait from the Heart
  • First Music Video: “You Look So Good in Love” (1983)
  • First CMA Awards Nomination: Horizon (Now New Artist of the Year), 1983
  • First CMA Awards Win: Male Vocalist of the Year & Album of the Year for Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind, 1985

Jason Aldean

  • JasonAldean_awards11_win_aldean_5699First came to Nashville: 1998, 21 years old
  • First #1 Hit: “Why” off his 2005 album, Jason Aldean
  • First Music Video: “Hicktown” (2005)
  • First CMA Awards Nomination: Horizon (Now New Artist of the Year), 2007
  • First CMA Awards Win: Album of the Year for My Kinda Party & Musical Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” in 2011

Luke Bryan

  • _2JR6631First came to Nashville:  2001, 25 years old
  • First #1 Hit: “Rain is a Good Thing” off his 2009 album, Doin’ My Thing
  • First Music Video: “All My Friends Say” (2007)
  • First CMA Awards Nomination: New Artist of the Year, 2010

Taylor Swift

  • awards11_win_swift_6672First came to Nashville: 2003, 14 years old
  • First #1 Hit: “Our Song” off her 2006 album, Taylor Swift
  • First Music Video: “Tim McGraw” (2006)
  • First CMA Awards Nomination: Horizon (Now New Artist of the Year), 2007
  • First CMA Awards Win: Horizon (Now New Artist of the Year), 2007

Though the nominees bring a variety of styles and experience to the table, we can’t help but notice how they are also each uniquely connected!

Six Degrees of Entertainer

Reigning Entertainer of the Year, Blake Shelton, has been the winning coach on reality TV-hit “The Voice” for three seasons in a row. There is only one month’s age difference between Blake and co-nominee, Luke Bryan.  Luke was a Sigma Chi at Georgia Southern University, which he attended to be close to his family in Leesburg, Ga. Leesburg is only about an hour and a half away from Macon, Ga., where fellow nominee, Jason Aldean grew up. Jason learned guitar at a young age, chord by chord, during summer days with his father. Taylor Swift, picked up the same skill from a computer repairman who taught her the three chords that led to her first song, “Lucky You.” She did this just 12 years after she was born in 1989, the same year that “King of Country” George Strait picked up his first Entertainer of the Year title. This year, George became the most-nominated Country Music artist in CMA history, with a grand total of 82 nominations.

Who will walk away from “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” as Entertainer of the Year for 2013? Watch the results LIVE from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8|7c on ABC!

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Carrie’s Unforgettable Dresses

With “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” quickly approaching, we are on the edge of our seats wondering: Who will be nominated? Who will perform? And… What will our favorite Country Music artists wear?

Throughout her five years of experience gracing the CMA Awards stage with Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood has earned a reputation for being a southern swinging, occasionally sassy, and always classy fashionista.

Whether walking the red carpet, performing on stage, or charming the audience between Award presentations, Carrie has showcased some incredible dresses at this event. Sometimes known to make up to 12 wardrobe changes throughout the three-hour show, Carrie keeps viewers guessing which outfit she will don next!

Her outfits provide a unique display of color, style, and eye-catching sparkle. Looking back on Carrie’s fashion reminds us that many of the CMA Awards’ unforgettable moments happened in equally unforgettable dresses.

Check out some of our favorites over the years!

Carrie debuted in 2008 with beaded detail dresses.


She made a statement with sheer gold in 2009.


2010 was all about the ruffles for Carrie!


She kept it short and sassy in 2011.


In 2012, Carrie stood out in glamorous skirts and sequins.



On Wednesday Nov. 6, Carrie will co-host “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” with Brad Paisley for the 6th time. What will she wear this year? Tune in to Country Music’s Biggest Night™ to find out!

Until then, you can see more of Carrie’s memorable dresses here:

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