NASHVILLE – Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley and New Artist of the Year Zac Brown Band join Easton Corbin, Sara Evans, the JaneDear girls, Little Big Town, Ashton Shepherd, Josh Turner, and Chris Young as the next group of performers announced for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during 2011 CMA Music Festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The legendary four-day event will be held Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12, 2011 in Downtown Nashville, and will once again be filmed for an ABC Television special that will air later this summer. Previously announced performers include Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Sheryl Crow, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban, with more to be revealed later. The artists announced thus far for CMA Music Festival have won a total of 52 CMA Awards and earned 240 CMA Award nominations. Paisley is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year; Lambert is the reigning Female Vocalist, Album, and Music Video of the Year winner, as well as the performer of the Song of the Year (“The House That Built Me”); Shelton is both the reigning Male Vocalist and, with Adkins, the reigning Musical Event of the Year winner; Lady Antebellum is the reigning Vocal Group and performers of the Single of the Year (“Need You Now”); Zac Brown Band is the reigning New Artist of the Year; and Reba was recently announced as a 2011 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. “After 40 years, we are still making history,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “This is the first time that our Nightly Concerts lineup at LP Field includes the current Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Vocal Group, and New Artist of the Year, as well as a new inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. We are excited to present the fans with the opportunity to enjoy this outstanding group of performers.” CMA Music Festival, which started as Fan Fair® in 1972, is Nashville’s signature music event. USA Today calls the annual Country conclave “the crown jewel of Country Music festivals.” The Festival annually attracts thousands of fans from all 50 states and around the globe while raising millions of dollars for music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Fans can stay in the loop by visiting the all-new CMAfest.com, the official website of CMA Music Festival, which makes its debut today. On CMAfest.com fans can buy tickets, sign up for the CMA Exclusive e-news, watch helpful videos to make their CMA Music Festival experience better than ever, follow the CMA Facebook and Twitter feeds for more insider info and of course see the entire lineup of Country Music’s biggest stars as they are announced for the event.
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