Date Set For Final CMA Nominations [Updated]

Final nominees for the CMA Awards will be revealed Wed., Sept. 5 live on ABC’s Good Morning America. Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum will announce the final nominees in five categories live from the GMA studios in Times Square during the 8:30 AM/ET half hour, then head over to the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill to reveal the finalists in the remaining seven categories at 9:15 AM/ET. The last time all of the CMA Awards nominees were announced in New York City was 2005.

Meanwhile in Nashville, members of CMA and the media will be invited to celebrate “Country Music’s Biggest Morning” with an 8 AM/CT breakfast at the CMA offices to watch the nominees announcement via live stream at CMAawards.com.

Lee Brice will be on hand in Nashville to reveal 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 of the Year at 8:15 AM/CT. CMA’s radio partner, Premiere Networks, will carry the Awards and Broadcast Award nominations to Country Radio.

The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Oct. 4. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends at 5:00 PM/CT on Oct. 22.

During the 2011 CMA Awards, Aldean won Album of the Year for My Kinda Party and Lady A continued its three-year winning streak for Vocal Group of the Year.

The 2011 CMA Awards was the No. 1 entertainment show for the week among the key advertising Adults 18-49 sales demographic. Held during November Sweeps (Nov. 9), it dominated the night winning all six of its half-hours in total viewers and Adults 18-49. An estimated 35 million viewers watched at least some portion of the three-hour live gala.

The 46th Annual CMA Awards is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards through 2021.

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