Winners in two of the 12 CMA Awards categories were announced live on Good Morning America from New York’s Times Square this morning. Winning CMA Musical Event of the Year was Kenny Chesney’s duet with Tim McGraw, “Feel Like A Rock Star.” Winning CMA Music Video of the Year was Toby Keith and director Michael Salomon for “Red Solo Cup.”
“What a great way to lead up to ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night™’ by announcing our winners on Good Morning America and sharing the news with the GMA viewers and the fans here in Nashville,” said Steve Moore, Chief Executive Officer of CMA.
Kenny, who is performing on tonight’s show, is the reigning CMA Award winner for Music Video of the Year for “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter. He was nominated for three CMA Awards in 2012 including Entertainer of the Year; Musical Event of the Year for “Feel Like A Rock Star” with Tim; and Music Video of the Year for “Come Over,” directed by Shaun Silva. If Kenny wins Entertainer of the Year, he’ll take the record for the most wins in the category. Kenny is currently tied with Garth Brooks winning the trophy four times in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Tim is performing with wife Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton as part of the Willie Nelson tribute during tonight’s broadcast. He has now received 12 CMA Awards including the 2001 Entertainer of the Year. This marks the second time Tim has won a CMA Award for a collaboration with Kenny. The two received CMA Vocal Event of the Year Awards for their work on Tracy Lawrence’s “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” (2007).
Toby has received 28 CMA Award nominations in his career, and this marks his third CMA Award win. He was named Male Vocalist of the Year in 2005 and also won Music Video of the Year with Salomon in 2005 for “As Good As I Once Was.” Salomon won Music Video of the Year in 1995 for “Baby Likes To Rock It” with The Tractors.
The winners were announced during the Good Morning America broadcast live from Nashville. The program featured musical performances by Reba and an appearance by Brad Paisley, announcing the donation of a Chevrolet Traverse to Metro Nashville Public Schools for the new instrument repair facility funded by CMA’s Keep the Music Playing music education campaign.
The two categories announced on “Good Morning America” are normally presented during pre-televised activities and acknowledged during the CMA Awards broadcast, which will happen again this year. Two-time CMA Awards nominee Love and Theft will host pre-tel ceremonies tonight and will present the trophies to the winners as well as Musician of the Year and the CMA Broadcast Awards winners for Radio Station and Personality of the Year. The recipients will be acknowledged during the broadcast and invited to participate in backstage media interviews.