August 12, 2008 07:03:42 GMT
Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and James Otto will take duty as the announcer of this year's contenders live from NYC and Nashville.
Country Music Association Awards is coming the 42nd round this year and the nominees will be read out at an event held on September 10 in New York and Nashville. Taking the honor to announce the final contenders are Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and James Otto. The first two will take over the NY leg while the remaining two are responsible for the announcement in Nashville.
"We're excited to be a part of the live CMA nominee announcements on 'Good Morning America,'" said Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, who is also the member of CMA Board of Directors. "We had our first CMA win in 2002 and know how thrilling it is to hear your name called out as a nominee, so we're glad to be the one's to share that good news."
The announcement won't be a regular press conference for ABC's "Good Morning America" will broadcast the moment live from NYC's Times Square during the 08:30 A.M./ET half-hour of the morning news program. It will also be announced by Antebellum and Otto at Nashville's Sommet Center and aired by CMT's "CMT Insider" on the same day. CMT's Katie Cook and Lance Smith will then provide an analysis of this year's runners.
"These special broadcasts will allow fans across the nation to experience the same excitement our artists and industry feel as the names are announced for the first time by our hosts," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Tammy Genovese. "It also demonstrates the enthusiasm of our network partner ABC, and the continued and valued support of 'Good Morning America' and CMT."
The actual event itself will be held at Sommet Center, Nashville on November 12 at 8:00 P.M. ET and broadcast by ABC live.