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ABC SPECIAL
Air Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: "THE 52ND ANNUAL CMA AWARDS"
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BRAD PAISLEY AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD RETURN TO HOST 'THE 52ND ANNUAL CMA AWARDS' - NOMINATIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED BY LUKE BRYAN, DAN + SHAY AND SUGARLAND

Country Music's Biggest Night(TM) Airs Live, Nov. 14 at 8:00 p.m., on ABC

'Good Morning America' Reveals Nominations, Live From Nashville, Tuesday, Aug. 28

Country Music superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host "The 52nd Annual CMA Awards," Country Music's Biggest Night, live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. The beloved hosts return for the 11th time.

Two-time CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, four-time CMA Awards-nominated duo Dan + Shay and five-time CMA Awards Vocal Duo winner Sugarland will unveil the final nominees on "Good Morning America," Tuesday, Aug. 28, live from Luke's 32 Bridge Food + Drink, Bryan's brand-new restaurant and bar on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville.

Nominees in select categories will be revealed on the top-rated morning news program. The highly anticipated announcement will also be available via livestream on ABCnews.com/live.

Immediately following the show, the remaining categories, as well as the CMA Broadcast Awards nominees, will be revealed live on GoodMorningAmerica.com as well as "Good Morning America"'s Facebook page through Facebook Live and simulcast on "Good Morning America"'s YouTube channel.

CMA will then release and post the full slate of all CMA Awards nominees to CMAawards.com and service a CMA Awards Nominees Video Highlights Package (VHP), which includes footage of the nominee announcements on "Good Morning America," interviews and music video clips.

"The 52nd Annual CMA Awards" nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,400 professional members of CMA, which is the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958 and celebrates its 60th anniversary in September.

The first "CMA Awards Banquet and Show" was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time - making it the longest-running, annual music awards program on network television. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC is the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA's other two television properties, "CMA Fest" and "CMA Country Christmas," through 2021.

"The 52nd Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer.

About the Country Music Association

Founded in 1958 and celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2018, the Country Music Association is the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music's highest honor. More than 7,400 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization's objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA's core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Fest, which benefits the CMA Foundation and music education and is taped for a three-hour network television special, "CMA Fest"; and "CMA Country Christmas," featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics for broadcast during the holiday season. All of CMA's television properties air on the ABC Television network through 2021.

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