CMA Awards 2013 to Take Place November 6

ABC and the Country Music Association announce the date for the 47th annual CMA Awards. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 6 at the Bridgestone arena in Nashville. Lookout for country favorites such as Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Kree Harrison, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Casey James, Danielle Bradbery and Cassadee Pope to be nominated and/or appear.

Maybe Carrie and Brad Paisley will be back to co-host.

Check out the press release below.

The ABC Television Network and The Country Music Association have announced that “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will air on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.The ceremony will be held in the heart of “Music City” at The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and will be televised live on ABC.

“The CMA Awards is recognized as the ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night,’ and that is what sets us apart from every other award show,” said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors. “This is the night we recognize the best in the format – as chosen by the industry – and it is undeniably the most highly anticipated event of the year for our constituents. It’s a night to honor our finest performers, songwriters, record producers, musicians and music video directors.”

“The 46th Annual CMA Awards” were presented on Nov. 1, 2012, at the Bridgestone Arena and were hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The CMA Awards presentation was televised live on the ABC Television Network.

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958.

Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of CMA. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.

The eligibility period for the 2013 CMA Awards is July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. All voting for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be conducted online.

The second ballot will be emailed to CMA members Tuesday, Aug. 20. Voting for the second ballot closes at Friday, Aug. 30 (5:00 p.m., CT). The final nominees in each of the 12 categories will be announced in September.

Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible CMA members. The third and final ballot will be emailed on Thursday, Oct. 10. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 28 (5:00 p.m., CT).

Ticket information for the CMA Awards will be announced later this summer with information available at Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.

“The 47th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer and Paul Miller is the director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021.

  • windmills

    I’m glad the show is moving back to Wednesday. Last year’s move to Thursday (which was a temporary thing because it was a presidential election year and they wanted the show during November sweeps) hurt the ratings, though Superstorm Sandy had a bigger negative impact. Not even I was able to watch live!

    Carrie and Brad haven’t been announced as returning cohosts yet, but it’s clear they have that job as long as they want it.

    I expect Carrie to be nominated for Female Vocalist. She obviously deserves an Entertainer nom (and by now, a win) but politics has gotten in the way in the past and there’s no sign that the Narvel/Blake/Miranda block has loosened its grip. Blown Away should also be a Single/Song contender but labels/PR teams/management are going to fight hard for spots in those categories.

    Kelly will be nominated in the Vocal Event category for Don’t Rush with Vince Gill, but will either lose out to the craptastic Boys Round Here (for which Blake and the Pistol Annies will be nominated) or the Tim/Taylor/Keith collab Highway Don’t Care. Kelly’s also once again a contender for the 5th filler spot in Female Vocalist. It’ll be between Jana Kramer, Kelly, and Sheryl Crow. Sheryl Crow will have had the most successful single but Kelly has more key industry support.

  • ptebwwong

    Question: Is industry support usually more important to the CMA voters or the most deserving musical act is likely to get nominations or wins? Is this different than other award shows such as the ACM’s?

    If those are the 3 female country artists trying to get the last spot for Female Vocalist, IMO it would go to Kelly. I can’t see Jana or Sheryl getting enough support for the nomination. Also, Kelly has the industry support & I wouldn’t be surprised if by the time the CMA’s are on in November that Kelly’s “Tie It Up” is in the top 30 on the charts.

  • Darko_5

    Who is number 4 spot still Martina or Kacey.

  • ptebwwong

    Most likely Kacey. I’m assuming the Female Vocalist nominations will be Taylor, Carrie, Miranda, Kacey, & the 5th will be Kelly.

  • windmills

    ptebwwong: Question: Is industry support usually more important to the CMA voters or the most deserving musical act is likely to get nominations or wins? Is this different than other award shows such as the ACM’s?

    The CMAs are just as political as the ACMs and any other peer-voted industry show. Here’s a member of Zac Brown Band talking about the politics of country awards show after the Grammys to The Boot:

    “This is the pinnacle of our genre and honestly I don’t think any of use thought we stood a chance against [Miranda Lambert],” he admitted. “Normally, in all of the country awards shows that we go to, we end up going zero. We were up for 60 awards and I think we won like four or something, because we’re not really a part of the politics or the cliques in Nashville. There’s a lot of vote trading and all sorts of stuff going on. That’s what makes me think higher of the Recording Academy because I feel like people are voting with their real conscience.”

    For the record, I think the Grammys have their favorites just like any industry group so I don’t think they’re necessarily purer.

    It’s not just about politics, it’s about who invests in campaigns. Taylor Swift is well known for her expensive (million dollar, according to a Blake Shelton supporter at his label) campaigns, and Blake has been pretty aggressive campaigning in the last couple years too. For the ACMs this year, Eric Church sent out a pair of boxing gloves to ACM voters (last year, it was a small bottle of Jack Daniels), Taylor sent a vinyl copy of her album (of course, that campaign didn’t work), and Blake sent out a 20 page booklet about his career (source).

    As far as whether the nominees and winners deserve it, I think it depends. I’ve said before it’s very telling that when you took the voting out of the hands of the usual country blocs (into the Grammys, Nashville Songwriters Association International, or Music Row magazine Awards), Miranda’s Over You didn’t even get nominated for best song awards, never mind win. Meanwhile the Grammy winner for Best Country Song (and Best Country Solo Performance), Carrie’s Blown Away (written by Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins) didn’t even get nominated for Song/Single at the ACMs (it did get nominated by Music Row mag; the NSAI list will come out later this year). I think most people acknowledge Carrie deserved Female Vocalist at the ACMs this year (Miranda did in her speech and post-ACM interviews), but Carrie didn’t actively campaign and the politics don’t favor her at the ACMs/CMAs.

    But even without the politics, people have different definitions of deserving. For instance, it’s very likely this year’s CMA New Artist Of The Year nominees will include Florida-Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves. FGL has obviously had big sales/airplay success, way bigger than anybody else who’s going to be nominated. But their music is crap. Well, it’s not critically acclaimed. Then you have Kacey, who’s going to be included in a lot of best of year end lists, who’s a fresh songwriting voice making music that isn’t disposable, and who’s seling well for new country act without a TV fanbase. But she hasn’t sold anywhere near as well as FGL or gotten as much airplay. Who’s more deserving of New Artist Of The Year is going to depend on who you ask.

  • windmills

    Yep, Kacey’ll get the 4th spot. I agree Kelly’s got the edge for the 5th spot because of her industry support and visibility. But just keep in mind the voting that determines the nominees will take place at the end of August. Sheryl Crow will be ramping up her album release promo, and if Easy hasn’t peaked by then, she could have a t15 single at that point. Tie It Up won’t have caught up by then. That’s why I’m not ruling Sheryl out totally.

  • ptebwwong

    Thanks for the info. I know about the politics & the “incentives” given out by campaigns. I just didn’t know if it really influences musical acts getting nominated over others who didn’t campaign as much, but had a great year in terms of their music/charts.

  • ptebwwong

    Sheryl’s definitely in consideration. IMO Jana’s out of the running in the category. I just don’t know how much industry support Sheryl has. She’s had a hit with Kid Rock on country radio. But I’m assuming Kelly has more industry support than Sheryl so even if Sheryl has a top 15 hit it won’t matter. Also, I can see Kelly’s people campaigning much more for the 5th spot than Sheryl.

  • Wfish88

    MJ- You got me exited, when i read it i thought it said Kree was going to appear ! Hope 19 Entertainment doesn’t kick Kree to the curb. She has some major nashville connections (including the hottest new female artist-Kacey).

  • windmills

    Oh, I definitely think the politics & campaigning definitely influence nominations. Look at Kip Moore. He’s had considerable success as a singer/songwriter who’s had 2 #1s (soon to be 3), sold a solid number of albums and been a strong download seller, and got good reviews for his music. He checked all the boxes, but I guess he didn’t have that much hype going and was a little under the radar media-wise. So he got no New Artist noms at the CMAs or ACMs. I wonder if the campaign will ramp up for him a little this year since he’s going to be gearing up for his next album after his current single hits #1, but maybe it won’t start until next year.

    Zac Brown Band is a good example of a band that’s been majorly successful with little country music awards show support, and that quote explains why.

    Or look at The Band Perry. They’ve had major success with new artist awards and with If I Die Young, but are now in the position where they can’t get nominated for those. So now it’s about continuing to contend for single awards and taking that next step to win Group Of The Year awards. They’ve been trying to increase their visibility this year- I noticed they were randomly nominated for a Billboard Milestone Award plus, kind of randomly added to the “Best Breakup Song” category at the Teen Choice Awards. They’ve been tweeting to get their fans to vote for them, too. So I think they’re trying to get some momentum going. I feel like Little Big Town still has the advantage for now, but I think The Band Perry is gearing up to take Vocal Group awards next year. They’re not undeserving, either.

  • heartly

    I was going to chime in and say that Sheryl will be in prime promo mode and her visibility will be higher during the voting period, but you already got to that.

    I think whoever ends up with the 5th spot won’t be as wtf-ish as last year and whoever it is will deserve to be there, but it is really sad that there’s still such a small pool to pick from, yet again. #washrinserepeat

  • heartly

    Still nothing about Brad and Carrie being back? Feels like they’ve made the announcement about this prior to now in years past. Could Carrie’s Sound of Music gig maybe be interfering with it this year?

    I expect to see a lot of familiar faces at this one this year in some capacity. As windmills mentioned, Kelly should be nominated for Vocal Event again this year and I expect her to attend. I’m always iffy on saying that regarding her and award shows, but this one and the ACMs seem like ones she always enjoys and it’s not so tooth-pulling to get her there. She’ll be a few weeks removed from the wedding and that Christmas album should be released right around this time too. They should be able to get some mileage out of the Ronnie and Reba/Trisha songs here.

    And now that I said that, she’ll be MIA after October. ;)

  • girlygirl

    what’s the deadline for a song, etc to have been released in order to be eligible for this year’s awards?

  • windmills

    The eligibility year for singles this year is July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

  • windmills

    The timing for announcing the hosts has jumped around some. In 2009, their return was announced on 8/15 (link). The 2010 announcement came on 8/26 (link). The 2011 announcement came in mid-July (link). Last year’s announcement officially came on 8/2 (link) though there was unofficial word out in June based on something filmed for airing on the ABC CMA Fest special.

    So they’re not really running late on the announcement, which will likely come sometime in August. I actually feel like it’s more likely we would’ve heard by now if they (or specifically Carrie because of TSOM) weren’t cohosting this year, and if that’s the case, it’ll just be a 1 year stopgap before they pick things back up next year.

    And haha, I highly doubt Kelly’ll be MIA after October! She’s got to promote the Christmas album! With as much effort as they’re putting into making it – the original tunes that Kelly’s cowriting, the collabs with legends, I think they’ll go all out.

  • heartly

    Ah, I guess I was way off about the Carrie/Brad announcement. They have to be back, they’re staples of the show now.

    This is totally OT to this blog, not necessarily this post though, when are Brantley and Jana (still can’t wrap my head around these two) supposed to be getting married?

  • Joob

    As far as Carrie goes, I honestly see her days of winning behind her. Although, it was nice to see her win this year at the Grammys. I think that speaks volumes.

    And after Miranda basically called out the voters about her win at the ACMs this year (and the CMAs last year), I wonder if we’ll see a shift in the votes. It should be interesting. The only thing that is certain is that Carrie will get a token Female Vocalist nod, sadly. She had her biggest year of her career, but I don’t plan on her getting much.

  • windmills

    Yeah, I’ve had a hard time wrapping my head around the Jana/Brantley coupledom myself. But they’re for real, so good for them. I don’t think they’ve revealed their exact wedding date but I believe they will also be getting married in October. That’s what The Country Vibe was speculating last month, anyway.

  • babylockthemdoors

    I’m being optimistic that Carrie will finally get an Entertainer of the Year nomination this year after so many snubs in the past few years. I hope that with the release of the Blown Away Tour DVD, CMA voters will be reminded of how foolish they are for ignoring Carrie for the longest time. Plus, the Sunday Night Football gig and the upcoming Sound of Music, while not included in the eligibility period for CMA Awards 2013, will be important reminders for voters on how great an ambassador Carrie Underwood is for country music

    If she doesn’t get nominated (and win) this year, she never will in the future. I hope her management team and her label rallies behind her this time to get that EOTY nomination and win. I think the CMA EOTY is the only big accolade that Carrie is yet to receive in her already storied career (of course, Country Music Hall of Fame will come later).

  • Happyhexer

    Oh, thank God I’m not the only one who thinks the Florida-Georgia line sound like crap!

  • vdawg

    I am sure Carrie will get a token female vocalist nomination but I hope she will co-host with Brad. I also hope Sheryl gets a nomination. Carrie will only get the one token nomination, even though she deserves one for EOTY. I have come to hate these shows since they are so unfair.