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Rucker, Womack to announce CMA nominations

Thursday, August 27, 2009 – Final nominees for the 2009 CMA Awards will be carried live on Wednesday, Sept. 9, by Good Morning America on ABC with Darius Rucker and Lee Ann Womack hosting.

The 43rd Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from the Sommet Center in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8-11 p.m. ET/delayed PT) on ABC and will be hosted for the second year by reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Brad Paisley and reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Carrie Underwood.

The live nomination announcements will take place during the 8:30 a.m. Eastern half-hour of the morning news program.

"I was so honored to perform at the 2008 CMA Awards Show, and I feel privileged to be a part of this year's nominee announcement," said Rucker.

"The excitement that comes with the announcements of the CMA Award nominations brings me such delight every year," Womack said. "I can remember watching the awards as a young Texas girl and dreaming of one day being a part of something that brings such honor to what I've always been so passionate about. It's a time to celebrate the artists, songwriters, musicians, producers and the industry in general."

Chuck Wicks will announce the finalists for the 2009 CMA Broadcast Personality and Radio Station of the Year in four categories (small, medium, large, and major markets) as well as the finalists for the CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year live on Premiere Radio Networks from their New York studios. "I am thrilled once again to be able to announce the Broadcast Nominees," said Wicks. "Country radio has been so supportive of me this year, and I'm happy to be able to be back again and be a part of these special announcements."

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