CMA Reveals Awards Date, Voting Schedule

The 46th Annual CMA Awards is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The eligibility period for the 2012 CMA Awards is July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. All voting will be conducted online by eligible CMA members in good standing.

First ballot—will be emailed June 25 and voting will close July 9 at 5:00 PM/CT

Second ballot—will be emailed Aug. 9 and close Aug. 21 at 5:00 PM/CT

Final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in early September.

Third and final ballot—will be emailed Oct. 4 and close Oct. 22 at 5:00 PM/CT

The CMA Awards will air on ABC. Last year’s awards was the No. 1 entertainment show for the week among the key advertising sales demographic Adults 18-49. The special beat its nearest competition by 5.6 million viewers and by 26 percent in Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. Held during November Sweeps (Nov. 9), The 45th Annual CMA Awards on ABC finished No. 1 on Wednesday in Viewers across all key demos. In Total Viewers (16.4 million; 17.49 Live+7) and Adults 18-49 (4.8/13; 5.2/14 Live+7) it was ABC’s strongest Wednesday in two years with an estimated 35 million viewers watching at least some portion of the three-hour, live gala.

Rounding out events during CMA Awards Week will be the taping of CMA Country Christmas Sat., Nov. 3 at the Bridgestone Arena. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director of the CMA Awards and CMA Country Christmas.

Ticket information for both events will be announced later this summer.

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