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Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum & More Added to CMA Awards Performance Lineup
Posted By Wendy Spicher On October 15, 2012 @ 2:18 PM In Country Music News | Comments Disabled
Nominees for The 46th Annual CMA Awards  Eli Young Band , Brantley Gilbert , reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum , and reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton  join the performance lineup for “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” Tickets for the three-hour gala have sold out for the fourth year in a row.
The 46th Annual CMA Awards, hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley  and Carrie Underwood , airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean , Dierks Bentley , Luke Bryan , Kenny Chesney , Eric Church , Kelly Clarkson , Miranda Lambert , Little Big Town , Paisley, The Band Perry , Underwood, and Zac Brown Band .
New to the Vocal Group of the Year category with their first CMA Awards nomination is the Eli Young Band. But it wasn’t the only “first” associated with the group. Songwriters Will Hoge and Eric Paslay, each received their first CMA Awards nomination for Song of the Year for writing “Even if It Breaks Your Heart,” which was recorded by the Eli Young Band. The song was the first No. 1 for Hoge, who is a solo artist in his own right. Paslay also has a blossoming solo career and has penned songs for Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen , and Love and Theft .
Brantley Gilbert received his first CMA Awards nomination in the New Artist of the Year category in 2012 and he will be making his first CMA Awards performance on the three-hour gala. Artists can only be included in this category two times.
Lady Antebellum, the reigning Vocal Group of the Year for the past three consecutive years, is nominated in that category again in 2012. The group is also nominated for Album of the Year for Own The Night, which the group produced with Paul Worley making them eligible to receive a second trophy for producing the nominated record.
Blake Shelton received four CMA Awards nominations including a shared nomination for Song of the Year for “Over You” with wife Miranda Lambert. Only a handful of married couples have penned Song of the Year nominees including “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” by Ed and Patsy Bruce (1978), and two songs by Sanger D. “Whitey” Shafer: “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” with his third wife Darlene Shafer in 1985, and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” with his fourth wife Lydia Shafer in 1987. Tammy Wynette and George Richey wrote “’Til I Can Make It On My Own” with Billy Sherrill, which was nominated for Song of the Year in 1976, but they did not marry until 1978.
In addition to Song of the Year, Shelton picked up nominations for Entertainer of the Year; Male Vocalist of the Year; and Single of the Year for “God Gave Me You,” produced by Scott Hendricks. Popular singer/songwriter Dave Barnes received a Song of the Year nomination for writing “God Gave Me You.”
For a complete list of nominees or to re-live all the glitz and glamour of last year’s show, visit our special CMA Awards section ! Tickets for the awards are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com  or Ticketmaster outlets; by calling (800) 745-3000 ; or at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office.
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