Winners in two of the 12 CMA Awards categories were announced live on Good Morning America this morning from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, which is the site of the 47th Annual CMA Awards. Winning CMA Musical Event of the Year was Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban for “Highway Don’t Care.” “Highway Don’t Care,” which was directed by Shane Drake, also won CMA Music Video of the Year for McGraw, Swift and Urban.
The news was delivered by GMA anchor Robin Roberts and welcomed with cheers from thousands of fans gathered on the plaza at the Bridgestone Arena waiting to watch three-time CMA Awards nominee Luke Bryan perform.
“We got a jump start on ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night™’ by announcing our winners on ‘Good Morning America’ and sharing the news with the GMA viewers and the enthusiastic fans here in Nashville,” said Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors.
Hosted for the sixth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the 47th Annual CMA Awards airs tonight (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC. Before the show, see all the red carpet action exclusively on Great American Country at 7/6c.
One of the top CMA Awards winners of all time, McGraw has now won 14 trophies throughout his career, including two for Male Vocalist of the Year and one for Entertainer of the Year. He is nominated for one more Award tonight for Single of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care.” McGraw will perform during the broadcast.
Swift is now a nine-time CMA Awards winner and is a top nominee this year with six nominations including Entertainer and Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for RED, and Single of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with McGraw and Urban. Swift will perform on the 47th Annual CMA Awards with Alison Krauss and Vince Gill. Swift is also scheduled to receive the CMA Pinnacle Award during the broadcast.
Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Urban is also nominated for Single of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care.” Urban has been named Male Vocalist of the Year three times (2004-2006) and is now an eight-time CMA Awards winner with 29 career CMA Awards nominations. He will perform on the CMA Awards with five-time nominee this year Miranda Lambert.