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CMA Awards 2013 Preview

What to watch for on Wednesday night's broadcast

Tonight on the ABC network, the popular hosting team of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are back for their sixth round, hosting the 47th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves lead the nominations at tonight’s awards show with six nominations each—and Swift is guaranteed at least one win. She is slated to receive the CMA Pinnacle Award tonight for her national and international success with concert tickets and record sales in the country genre. She will be only the second artist to receive this award (Garth Brooks was the first). Swift is also up against four guys for Entertainer of the Year, standing along fellow nominees Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, George Strait and Jason Aldean. (She’s won that one twice already.)

As always, expect this year’s CMAs to be filled with music—and this year, country music continues its trend to blend genres with some interesting collaborations, including Zac Brown Band with Foo Fighters’ David Grohl, and Hunter Hayes with Jason Mraz. A special tribute is planned for the late George Jones, who passed away back in April, headed up by current country legends Alan Jackson and George Strait. Also watch for performances by Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and many others.

The 2013 CMA Awards telecast will begin at 8:00 PM EST (7:00 CST) on ABC.

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About the Author


Music blogger Rob Burkhardt has been a fan of country music since he was a child, cutting his teeth on the sounds of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McIntyre and George Jones. In the words of the now-legendary Barbara Mandrell song, he was "country when country wasn't cool." Nowadays, Rob is both intrigued and excited about the mainstream crossover appeal of modern country, as seen in the success of artists like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Even so, Rob's personal tastes in country music remain "old school," tied to the great legends of country. When he's not blogging about country music, Rob Burkhardt holds a day job as a middle school teacher, and is an avid sports fan. He lives with his wife and two teenage girls in southern Ohio.

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