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[10/23/07 - 11:54 AM]
The Years Top Artists Perform on "The 41st Annual Cma Awards"
Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Alison Krauss and Horizon Award nominees Jason Aldean and Kellie Picker have been added to the list of performers for the special.

[via press release from ABC]

THE YEARS TOP ARTISTS PERFORM ON "THE 41st ANNUAL CMA AWARDS"

Female Vocalist of the Year Nominee Alison Krauss and Horizon Award Nominees Jason Aldean and Kellie Picker to All Perform During "Country Musics Biggest Night"

Presenters Include Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson

Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Alison Krauss and Horizon Award nominees Jason Aldean and Kellie Picker have been added to the list of performers for "The 41st Annual CMA Awards," airing live WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network from the Sommet Center in Nashville.

Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson have been added to the list of artists presenting CMA Awards.

Krauss received four nominations in 2007, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year for Alison Krauss and Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas, and two for Musical Event of the Year with John Waite (his first CMA Awards nomination) on "Missing You," and with Vince Gill on "The Reason Why." Krauss last won the Female Vocalist of the Year category in 1995. She has been nominated in the category five times, including each year from 2002-2005.

Aldean and Pickler are first-time CMA Awards nominees in 2007. Both were nominated for the coveted Horizon Award. Included in the category are Rodney Atkins, Taylor Swift and Little Big Town. Aldeans self-titled debut album was certified Platinum, and his sophomore release, "Relentless," debuted at No. 1 on the Country sales chart in June. Pickler, an "American Idol" sweetheart, released her debut album, Small Town Girl, in October and, by January, the project was certified Gold.

Performers previously announced for the 2007 CMA Awards include Atkins, Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Eagles, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire in a duet with LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Sugarland, Swift, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Rascal Flatts will open the festivities and also perform with Jamie Foxx later in the broadcast.

Sara Evans and Rimes will host segments of the three-hour broadcast, with other hosts to be announced. Presenters recently announced include Luke Bryan, Jason Michael Carroll, Bucky Covington, Jewel with Ty Murray, Kid Rock, Montgomery Gentry and Dwight Yoakam. Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.

"The 41st Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Walter C. Miller is the executive producer and Robert Deaton is the producer. Paul Miller is the director. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABCs selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound and Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.





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