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Hosts
Brad Paisley

Now in his fifth consecutive year as co-host of "Country Music's Biggest Night™," Brad Paisley is Country's veritable jack of all trades. Not only is he an amazing vocalist and guitar slinger - he's also an accomplished filmmaker. He's been inspired by many legends, and has himself become one of the greats. His latest album, This Is Country Music, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, selling 152,000 copies the first week.

"I really think that the CMA Awards are a very special thing in our town," said Paisley. "When they say it's 'Country Music's Biggest Night™,' it is. It's the biggest night of ratings that we ever get. The reason that I think it has worked is because we both take it so seriously that we're ready when we walk out there."

Carrie Underwood

Following her victory as the 2005 "American Idol," Carrie Underwood made her first appearance on the CMA Awards premiering the powerful and heartfelt "Jesus, Take the Wheel." Since then, Underwood has gone on to co-host the CMA Awards four times, and she returns to the now-familiar role for the fifth consecutive year in 2012.

"I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we are extremely excited to be back for a fifth year hosting the CMA Awards," said Underwood. "Each year we work harder so that we can help present the best show possible."

Underwood's latest album, Blown Away, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart in May 2012, selling more than 200,000 copies its first week, and the album's lead single "Good Girl" became Underwood's 15th No. 1. Beyond enjoying the heights of music stardom, Underwood has expanded her career into film and television, making her acting debuts in the 2011 inspirational film "Soul Surfer" and playing a love-interest to the lead character on CBS-TV's "How I Met Your Mother."

Nominees
  • Entertainer of the Year
    Jason Aldean
    Kenny Chesney
    Brad Paisley
    Blake Shelton
    Taylor Swift
  • Female Vocalist of the Year
    Kelly Clarkson
    Miranda Lambert
    Martina McBride
    Taylor Swift
    Carrie Underwood
  • Male Vocalist of the Year
    Jason Aldean
    Luke Bryan
    Eric Church
    Blake Shelton
    Keith Urban
  • New Artist of the Year
    Lee Brice
    Brantley Gilbert
    Hunter Hayes
    Love and Theft
    Thompson Square
  • Vocal Group of the Year
    Eli Young Band
    Lady Antebellum
    Little Big Town
    The Band Perry
    Zac Brown Band
  • Vocal Duo of the Year
    Big & Rich
    Love and Theft
    Sugarland
    The Civil Wars
    Thompson Square
  •  
    Single of the Year
    "Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean, Produced by Michael Knox Broken Bow Records
    "God Gave Me You" - Blake Shelton, Produced by Scott Hendricks Warner Bros.Records
    "Home" - Dierks Bentley, Produced by Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten Capitol Records Nashville
    "Pontoon" - Little Big Town, Produced by Jay Joyce Capitol Records Nashville
    "Springsteen" - Eric Church, Produced by Jay Joyce EMI Records Nashville
  •  
    Album of the Year
    Chief - Eric Church, Produced by Jay Joyce EMI Records Nashville
    Four the Record - Miranda Lambert, Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf RCA Nashville
    Home - Dierks Bentley, Produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart Capitol Records Nashville
    Own The Night - Lady Antebellum, Produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum Capitol Records Nashville
    tailgates & tanlines - Like Bryan, Produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright Capitol Records Nashville
  •  
    Song of the Year
    "Even if it Breaks Your Heart" - Will Hoge, Eric Paslay
    "God Gave Me You" - Dave Barnes
    "Home" - Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers, Bentley
    "Over You" - Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton
    "Springteen" - Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell, Jeff Hyde
  • Musical Event of the Year
    "Dixie Highway" - Alan Jackson, Zac Brown, ACR/EMI Records Nashville
    "Feel Live A Rock Star" - Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville
    "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" - Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson & Jamey Johnson, Legacy Recordings
    "Safe & Sound" - Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars, Big Machine Records/Universal Republic Records
    "Stuck On You" - Lionel Richie & Darius Rucker, Mercury Records Nashville
  • Music Video of the Year
    "Come Over" - Kenny Chesney, Directed by Shaun Silva
    "Over You" - Miranda Lambert, Directed by Trey Fanjoy
    "Pontoon" - Little Big Town, Directed by Declan Whitebloom
    "Red Solo Cup" - Toby Keith, Directed by Michael Salomon
    "Springsteen" - Eric Church, Directed by Peter Zavadil
  • Musician of the Year
    Sam Bush - Mandolin
    Paul Franklin - Steel Guitar
    Dann Huff - Guitar
    Brent Mason - Guitar
    Mac McAnally - Guitar
Performers

  • Jason Aldean

  • The Band Perry

  • Dierks Bentley

  • Luke Bryan

  • Kenny Chesney

  • Eric Church

  • Kelly Clarkson

  • Eli Young Band

  • Brantley Gilbert

  • Vince Gill

  • Hunter Hayes

  • Faith Hill

  • Lady Antebellum

  • Miranda Lambert

  • Little Big Town

  • Tim McGraw

  • Brad Paisley

  • Blake Shelton

  • Taylor Swift

  • Carrie Underwood

  • Keith Urban

  • Zac Brown Band