CMA Awards 2009
Brad Paisley leads the pack for tonight's CMA Award nominations. The country superstar, who is also co-hosting the awards show with Carrie Underwood, has seven nods: Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album, Single, Song, Video and Musical Event of the Year. On Brad's heels are Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, George Strait, Jamey Johnson and the Zac Brown Band, with four nominations apiece.
Joining Brad in the coveted Entertainer of the Year category are Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift, who is the youngest-ever Entertainer nominee and the first solo female artist nominated for this award since Faith Hill back in 2000. Kenny has taken the award home four times. If he wins again this year, he'll surpass Garth Brooks' record for the most Entertainer wins in CMA history. Check out the full list of nominees here.
This year's show is chock full of performances from some of today's biggest country stars. Taylor Swift will open the show and is said to have a second song prepared for later in the night.
CMA co-host Brad takes the telecast into the future -- 'Welcome to the Future,' that is. His co-host Carrie Underwood is scheduled to perform her current No. 1 hit, 'Cowboy Casanova.'
Top Female Vocalist nominee Reba McEntire will perform her current single, 'Consider Me Gone,' while Top Male Vocalist and Best New Artist nominee Darius Rucker will sing his recent chart topper, 'Alright.'
Keith Urban slows it down with the melancholy 'Til Summer Comes Around' -- his brand-new single from 'Defying Gravity,' and Tim McGraw will pick it up with the title track of his latest album, 'Southern Voice.'
CMA Awards presenters include The Judds, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Kris Kristofferson, Julianne Hough, Jake Owen, Lee Ann Womack, Randy Houser, Kid Rock, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., actors Neil Flynn and Patricia Heaton, and 'Good Morning America's' Robin Roberts.
Love And Theft will host the Pre-Telecast Awards.
The 43rd annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville's Sommet Center tonight (Nov. 11) at 8 p.m. (ET).