Steven Tyler and Kelsea Ballerini to Help Reveal 2015 CMA Awards Nominees




Country rocker Steven Tyler and talented newcomer Kelsea Ballerini will help announce the nominees for the 49th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday (Sept. 9).

The news will be delivered across several ABC properties. At sunrise, Ballerini and Tyler will be in Times Square to announce the nominees in five categories on Good Morning America; the announcements will air in the 7:30AM half-hour segment. Tyler and Ballerini will announce the rest of the nominees at around 8:10AM on

“ABC has been the network home of the CMA Awards for the past 10 years, and they are a wonderful partner and champion for the format,” says Sarah Trahern, chief executive officer of the CMA. “We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our milestone network anniversary and the finalists for Country Music’s Biggest Night™ than to include several of ABC’s premiere news and entertainment outlets in the announcement this year.”

Though Tyler is the well-known frontman of Aerosmith, his venture into country music is new, and he was moved by the opportunity to announce the finalists.

“When I was asked to announce the nominees for the ever-so-prestigious CMA Awards this year, I actually whispered, ‘They really want me?’” he says. “I’m just humbled by the open arms of the country community and am honored to take part in this BIG moment.”

Ballerini, whose debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” made a splash earlier this year, is equally excited — and she’s also looking forward to her presenting partner.

“I’ve grown up watching the CMA Awards and am such a fan of everything CMA does and represents,” says the 21-year-old. “To be able to announce the nominations for the Awards this year with THE Steven Tyler makes me beyond excited.”

In addition to announcing the finalists, Tyler will perform his debut country single, “Love is Your Name.” Tyler will then visit Live With Kelly and Michael to discuss his upcoming country album and the newly announced nominees.

The 2015 CMA Awards are scheduled to air live from Nashville on Nov. 4 at 8PM ET on ABC. For the eighth year, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have been named as the hosts.



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