Jason Aldean will perform at Fenway Park next year, as well as Sanford Stadium in Athens. Photo: Getty Images
Many of the faces are the same — such as five-time hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood — but the 46th CMA Awards will this year also spotlight the breakout years achieved by the Band Perry, Love and Theft, the Civil Wars and a few other country acts.
Of course the established star power in the forms of Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and even Lionel Richie, warmly embraced by the community after this year’s country duets album, “Tuskegee,” will be on sequined display Thursday night from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Eric Church, whose “Springsteen” is a leading contender, fronts the nominees with five, followed by Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert, with four each.
Heading the pack of Georgia nominees is Macon-born Jason Aldean, who is continuing his breakout year into 2013 with a just-announced stadium tour that will play Athens’ Sanford