Strait performance sets CMA record
Monday, October 27, 2014
– George Strait will make his 24th career performance at the 48th annual Country Music Association awards - more than any other artist - it was announced Monday.
Strait is an Entertainer of the Year nominee again in 2014 and retains his status as the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 83.
Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the CMAs will also feature superstar performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Underwood, and Keith Urban. The CMA Awards has a long history of presenting cross-genre duets with Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor performing with Little Big Town and Lambert respectively this year.
Presenting trophies during the three-hour show are "Nashville" star Connie Britton; Garth Brooks; "Good Morning America" correspondent Tim Tebow; Aerosmith's Steven Tyler; Trisha Yearwood. Lucy Hale, "Pretty Little Liars" actress and DMG Nashville recording artist, was previously announced as a presenter.
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At this stage of his nearly four-decades-long career, George Strait sure knows his sweet spot. Take a look at the cover of his 30th studio album, and it's understood that it's the honky tonks that are part and parcel of the tall Texan. Not to mention the title.
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recording front. This surprise release shows an artist now in his early 60s completely capable of being the leading voice for his brand of country music, which is increasingly rare these days.
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