Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley Host CMA Awards

It’s time for the music award season to begin. On Monday the eligibility time period for the Grammy Awards of 2010 ends. Today it was announced that Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be returning to host the Country Music Association Awards for 2009. On November 11 the CMA show will be airing live on ABC in the East Coast time zone.

Underwood is the current “Entertainer of the Year” at Academy of Country Music Awards, the rival of CMA. She broke the lock Kenny Chesney had held on that category. Underwood has also been recognized as Female Vocalist of the Year all three years running at the CMA. The male title has been owned by Paisley for the past two years. In total Underwood has five CMA trophies and Paisley has eleven.

The public is welcome at the CMAs. On September 19 tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster. The ticket prices start at $110 and max out at $382.50, not including any surcharges. Once again the CMAs will be held in Nashville at Sommet Center. By mid September the 2009 award nominations will be announced. According to a spokesman details still need to finalized before any nomination date is announced.

Although country music does have two major awards that are specifically dedicated to that genre, a bigger Nashville presence is expected to be felt during the full 2009-10 season of music awards. Taylor Swift, the young country star, could end up having the top selling album of 2009 with “Fearless.” She has also become one of MTV’s major players in their newest branding campaign they have launched for their upcoming show, the Video Music Awards.

These days country music stars are making their presence felt on the musical charts. This week the No. 1 album spot is held by Reba McEntire for “Keep On Loving You”; while last week it was “Twang,” by George Strait that held the top spot. This week it’s the No. 2 album. Another factor is that this year the Recording Academy seems to be doing a lot more outreach than they had in past years with their Grammy Award. In Nashville on September 8 the group will be staging “Grammy Salute to Country Music,” their first ever, to honor Vince Gill.