CMA Awards Add McBride, Tritt & More
Martina McBride and Travis Tritt are among the latest artists to be added to the performance lineup for the 36th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The Nov. 6 event at Nashville's Grand OlMartina McBride and Travis Tritt are among the latest artists to be added to the performance lineup for the 36th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The Nov. 6 event at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House will also feature newly added groups Rascal Flatts and Nickel Creek.
They join previously announced performers Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, George Strait, and Shania Twain. For the 11th consecutive year, Vince Gill will host the event, which will air live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET (and tape delayed until 8 p.m. PT).
McBride is nominated for two awards -- single of the year for her track "Blessed" (RCA) and female artist of the year. Nickel Creek and Rascal Flatts are each nominated for the CMA's Horizon Award and vocal group of the year honors, while Tritt's clip for "Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde" (Columbia) is up for best video.
As previously reported, Jackson leads the field with a record 10 nominations. Keith is nominated for six CMA honors, while Chesney has three nominations to his credit.
In other news, McBride recently established the Love's the Only House Fund to aid in the expansion and renovation of Nashville's Safe Haven shelter. The artist has also designated the organization as her project for USA Weekend's Make a Difference Day, for which she is a national spokesperson.
"I love the fact that they are able to keep the families together while helping them get back on their feet," McBride said of Safe Haven in a statement. "It's a wonderful place and Nashville is lucky to have them."
Although the date of the event is Oct. 26, McBride has asked her family, RCA and other music businesses -- including Country Weekly and Country Music Magazines, the CMA, and cable music channel CMT -- and the Nashville community to support the shelter with donations of clothing, school and household supplies, and other needed items throughout the month.
For information about getting involved with Make a Difference Day, visit the USA Weekend Web site.