Reigning Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley and former CMA Entertainers of the Year Vince Gill and Keith Urban will pay tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame member and former CMA Entertainer of the Year Glen Campbell during the 45th Annual CMA Awards. The three guitar virtuosos’ performance saluting the legendary singer/musician is sure to be a highlight of the awards show.
The 45th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Paisley and Checotah natigve Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 on the ABC Television Network.
Previously announced performers with Oklahoma ties include Miranda Lambert and Thompson Square, along with Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band.
Among the special performances will be Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter singing their hit collaboration “You and Tequila;” Rascal Flatts (which includes Joe Don Rooney of Picher) and Natasha Bedingfield singing their current hit duet “Easy;” Lionel Richie performing a medley of hits with Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker; and co-hosts Paisley and Underwood in their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song “Remind Me.”
Campbell was named both CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year in 1968, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The legendary performer has sold more than 45 million albums and recorded such classic hits as “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” – all penned by Elk City-born and bred songwriting star Jimmy Webb – plus “Gentle On My Mind,” “Southern Nights” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” As a musician, Campbell was part of the much-heralded Wrecking Crew that performed on a variety of artists’ albums. His guitar prowess is featured on the Beach Boys’ seminal album “Pet Sounds” and on Frank Sinatra’s megahit “Strangers in the Night,” among others. He acted alongside John Wayne in the movie “True Grit” and hosted “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” on television from 1968-72. Earlier this year, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He is in the midst of his successful “Goodbye Tour” after releasing his final album, the critically-acclaimed “Ghost on the Canvas.”
Gill, who was born in Norman and raised in Oklahoma City, is No. 3 on the list for the most career wins in CMA Award history, having won 18 CMA Awards thus far, including two Entertainer Awards (1993, 1994), five consecutive Male Vocalist Awards (1991-95, tying him with George Strait for the most wins in that category), two Album Awards (1993 for “I Still Believe in You” and 1994 for “Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles”), and a record-holding four Song of the Year Awards (1991 for “When I Call Your Name,” 1992 for “Look at Us,” 1993 for “I Still Believe In You,” and 1996 for “Go Rest High On That Mountain”). Gill served as host of the CMA Awards for 12 consecutive years (1992-2003), a record for hosts of any nationally televised awards show. He released his new album, “Guitar Slinger,” last week.
The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, Paisley received five nominations in 2011 for Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for “This is Country Music”; and Musical Event and Music Video of the Year for “Old Alabama,” featuring Alabama. Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards to date, including three consecutive Male Vocalist Awards (2007-2009) and Album of the Year (in 2006 for “Time Well Wasted”). This is his fourth consecutive year to co-host the CMA Awards with Underwood.
Urban received two nominations this year: Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year. He has won four CMA Awards to date: Entertainer in 2005 and three consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year Awards (2004-2006). Urban’s current album is “Get Closer.”
I’m planning to live blog the CMA Awards again this year, so make plans now to follow my coverage of the yearly event right here at BAM’s Blog!