"Country Music's Biggest Morning" will be held on the world's biggest stage when Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum announce the final nominees for "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" on Wednesday, September 5 from "Good Morning America" and the Hard Rock Café, located in Times Square in New York City.
Aldean and Lady Antebellum will announce the final nominees in five CMA Awards categories live from the "Good Morning America" studios in the heart of Times Square on ABC. The announcement will air in the 8:30 a.m., ET half-hour segment of the morning news program. Following the announcement, at 9:15 a.m., ET, Aldean and Lady Antebellum will head over to the Hard Rock Café to announce the remaining finalists in the seven categories. The announcements mark the first time all of the nominees have been announced in New York City since 2005.
"The CMA Awards are Country Music's Biggest Night, and it's something that all of us look forward to all year. From the day the nominations are announced up until the show, there's a lot of build up and anticipation for the Awards and also for the performances," explained Aldean. "I feel honored to be able to help make the nominations announcement on 'Good Morning America,' and hopefully I'll get to read some of my friends' names that morning."
"I'll never forget our first CMA nomination and what that felt like," added Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley. "The CMAs have been really good to us the last few years, and it's still unbelievable to me when I see our name on a list of nominees. That night is always such a blast because it's your chance to catch up with everyone and celebrate Country Music and all the hard work put in throughout the year."
In Nashville, members of CMA and the media will be invited to a breakfast (8:00 a.m., CT) at CMA to learn the nominees with the rest of the country via live stream at CMAawards.com.
Lee Brice will be on hand in Nashville to announce the finalists for the 2012 CMA Broadcast Award Personality and Radio Station of the Year in four categories (small, medium, large and major markets), as well as the finalists for the CMA National Broadcast Personality at 8:15 a.m., CT. CMA's radio partner, Premiere Radio Networks, will carry the Awards and Broadcast Award nominations to Country Radio.
"This is the Year of Country Radio and we are very excited to include our membership in the announcement of the nominees as we recognize the outstanding achievements of these radio professionals and stations," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
The current CMA Album of the Year, Aldean's double Platinum fourth record, "My Kinda Party," was the top-selling Country album of 2011 and the No. 5 top-seller in all of music, spawning five consecutive No. 1 hits. With more than six million records sold and nine career No. 1 singles, Aldean is set to release his highly anticipated fifth studio album, "Night Train," on October 16, with the first single, "Take a Little Ride," already posting record sales and radio airplay numbers. The Georgia native's 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR, presented by State Farm(R), has sold out every show so far this year, many in a matter of minutes, with his first stadium show in August selling out more than two months in advance.
Six-time CMA Award-winning and reigning Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum's Platinum third disc, "Own the Night," debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top 200 and has spawned two No. 1 hits, "We Owned the Night" and "Just a Kiss," tallying six career chart-topping hits. The album also serves as inspiration for their current headlining OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR, which recently marked an attendance milestone of more than one million fans after completing legs in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The trio will wrap their World Tour in October with already sold out shows in Australia.
Aldean received his first of seven CMA Award nominations in 2007 for the Horizon Award (now known as New Artist of the Year). In 2011 he was nominated five times, including Entertainer, Male Vocalist and Single of the Year ("Don't You Wanna Stay"). He picked up two trophies for Musical Event of the Year for "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Kelly Clarkson and Album of the Year for "My Kinda Party."