The ABC Television Network and The Country Music Association have announced that The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air on Wednesday, November 5, 2013. The ceremony will be held in the heart of "Music City" at The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and will be televised live on ABC.
"The CMA Awards is recognized as the 'Country Music's Biggest Night,' and that is what sets us apart from every other award show," said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors. "This is the night we recognize the best in the format -- as chosen by the industry -- and it is undeniably the most highly anticipated event of the year for our constituents. It's a night to honor our finest performers, songwriters, record producers, musicians and music video directors."
The 47th Annual CMA Awards were presented on Nov. 6, 2013, at the Bridgestone Arena and were hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The CMA Awards presentation was televised live on the ABC Television Network.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958.
Winners of The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The eligibility period for the 2013 CMA Awards is July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Voting for the second ballot closes Friday, Aug. 22 (5:00 PM/CT).
The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in early September. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members on Thursday, Oct. 9. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).
Ticket information for the CMA Awards will be announced later this summer with information available at CMAawards.com. Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.