WEDNESDAY NOV 6 2013 8|7c

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Return to Host the 47th Annual CMA Awards



Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will bereturning to host "Country Music's Biggest Night™" for the sixth consecutive time in 2013. "The 47th Annual CMA Awards" airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The popular hosts used "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" to make the announcement when the concert special aired earlier this evening on ABC.

"Carrie and Brad are the consummate hosts," said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors. "They have the respect of our industry, artistic credibility, critical acclaim and a quick-witted, genuine rapport that makes them popular with our audience and the viewers at home. We are delighted to have them back as hosts for the sixth year."

Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards since receiving the Horizon Award (now the New Artist Award) in 2000, including Entertainer of the Year (2010), Male Vocalist (2007, 2008, 2009) and Album (2006 for Time Well Wasted). He won Musical Event of the Year three times, first in 2004 with Alison Krauss for "Whiskey Lullaby," second in 2006 for "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Dolly Parton, and a third time in 2009 for "Start a Band" with Keith Urban. He claimed the Vocal Event of the Year trophy in 2001 for "Too Country" with Bill Anderson, George Jones, and Buck Owens; and won Music Video of the Year three times, first in 2002 for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)," second in 2004 for "Whiskey Lullaby" (with Krauss), third in 2007 for "Online," and fourth in 2008 for "Waitin' on a Woman" (featuring Andy Griffith). He is No. 5 on the list of top CMA Awards winners of all time.

Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer who has earned numerous awards and accolades, as well as being a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry. Since his first No. 1 single in 1999, he has placed 22 singles at the top of the charts, his most recent from his acclaimed new album, Wheelhouse, which features his new single, "I Can't Change the World," as well as the back-to-back No. 1 hits "Southern Comfort Zone" and "Beat This Summer." This is Paisley's first self-produced project, and he wrote or co-wrote all tracks on the album. Paisley's 2012 "Virtual Reality World Tour"played to more than one million fans in the U.S. and Europe. His 2013 tour, "Beat This Summer Tour presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®," has played to more than 423,000 fans to date.

Underwood has received five CMA Awards in her career – only six other female solo artists have received more, including Dolly Parton (nine), Loretta Lynn (eight) and Allison Krauss (eight). Like Tammy Wynette (1968-1970), Underwood has won three consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophies (2006-2008), as well as Single of the Year (2007 for "Before He Cheats") and the Horizon Award (2006). Her 15 career CMA Award nominations include two for Album of the Year for Carnival Ride (2008) and Play On (2010); two nominations for Music Video of the Year for "Jesus Take the Wheel" (2006) and "Before He Cheats" (2007); and Musical Event of the Year for "I Told You So" featuring Randy Travis (2009). She has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year every year since winning in 2006 (2006-2012).

Since releasing her debut album in 2005, Underwood has sold more than 15 million albums and placed 17 No. 1 singles on the charts, eight of which she co-wrote. Her current album, Blown Away, made history by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, making Underwood only the second Country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at No. 1. The Platinum-selling Blown Away also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making her only the second Country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. Underwood's recently wrapped "Blown Away Tour" launched in the spring of 2012 and continued through May 2013, for a total of 112 dates in 110 cities, 6 countries, and 3 continents, playing for more than 1 million fans and selling out every concert this year.

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