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The star-packed lineup of performers for "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" grew today with the announcement that Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and Keith Urban will perform during "Country Music's Biggest Night™." The first round of artists presenting trophies on the three-hour gala were also announced and include Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Sugarland and The Band Perry.
"The 46th Annual CMA Awards," hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGRaw, Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Underwood and Zac Brown Band.
Gill is no stranger to the CMA Awards stage, having hosted the CMA Awards a record 12 times. He has earned 51 career CMA Awards nominations and has won 18 trophies, including two for Entertainer of the Year (1993, 1994) and five consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Awards (1991-1995). Gill will be performing with previously announced CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Clarkson.
Hayes received his first CMA Awards nomination in the New Artist of the Year category in 2012, and this will be his first CMA Awards performance. Artists can only be nominated in this category two times.
Urban, nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, has won the trophy three times (2004-2006). Since winning the CMA Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) in 2001, he has collected 25 CMA Awards nominations. He won Entertainer of the Year in 2005 and Musical Event of the Year in 2009 for "Start a Band" with Paisley.
Presenting Awards on the broadcast are McBride, who is nominated for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year (an Award she has won four times); firebrand Pickler, who received her first CMA Awards nomination in 2007 for the Horizon Award; Sugarland, nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year (an Award they have won every year since 2007); and Vocal Group of the Year nominee The Band Perry, who received their first CMA Awards in 2011 for New Artist of the Year, as well as Single and Song of the Year for "If I Die Young," written by Kimberly Perry.