Monday, May 11, 2009 – The Country Music Association will hold the 43rd Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 11 on ABC live from the Sommet Center in Nashville.
"The CMA Awards is 'Country Music's Biggest Night' and is one of the most highly anticipated events for our industry each year," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Tammy Genovese. "It's a night to applaud our best and brightest performers, songwriters, record producers and music video directors. And we are ready to make this the most outstanding Awards broadcast to date."
The 2008 CMA Awards, held in Nashville during November Sweeps (Nov. 12), ranked behind the Academy Awards and Grammy Awards during the 2008-2009 season for awards shows among total viewers. Nearly 35 million viewers watched all or part of the ceremony. The 2008 CMA Awards came in seventh for the week in the 18-49 demo and ninth for the week in total viewers, according to Nielsen.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958.
Winners will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. The eligibility period for the 2009 CMA Awards is July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. All voting will be conducted online. The first ballot and instructions will be e-mailed June 30 to CMA members in good standing who are eligible to vote. Voting for the first ballot closes July 16.
The second ballot will be e-mailed to CMA members Aug. 11. Voting for the second ballot closes Aug. 24. The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in early September.
The third and final ballot will be e-mailed to CMA members Oct. 16. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Nov. 3.