The star-packed lineup for "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" launches with today's announcement that Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson and Little Big Town are the first group of performers confirmed for "Country Music's Biggest Night™." "The 46th Annual CMA Awards," hosted for the fifth year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Aldean holds the current title for CMA Album of the Year for "My Kinda Party," and Musical Event of the Year for "Don't You Wanna Stay" witH Clarkson. This year he picked up nominations for Entertainer, Male Vocalist and Single of the Year for "Dirt Road Anthem," produced by Michael Knox.
There was no place like "Home" for Bentley. He received three nominations for Album of the Year for "Home," produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten and Jon Randall Stewart; Single of the Year for "Home," produced by Beavers and Wooten; and Song of the Year for "Home," written by Bentley, Beavers and Dan Wilson,lead singer of Semisonic.
Clarkson, who shares the current CMA trophy for Musical Event of the Year with Aldean, makes her debut in the Female Vocalist of the Year category this year. Clarkson has a previous nomination for Musical Event of the Year with Reba McEntire for "Because of You" in 2007.
Little Big Town made a splash with "Pontoon" in 2012. The popular group was nominated for Vocal Group of the Year in addition to capturing nominations for Music Video and Single of the Year for "Pontoon," directed by Declan Whitebloomand produced by Jay Joyce,respectively. Joyce has produced albums by a diverse roster of artists including Audio Adrenaline, Cage the Elephant, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, The Wallflowers and The Whigs
Winners of "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting Members of The Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, October 4. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, October 22 (5:00 p.m., CT).