RELIVE THE GLITZ AND GLAMOUR WHEN CMT RETELECASTS THE“42ND ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29

11/18/08



NASHVILLE – November 18, 2008 – Fans get a chance to relive Country Music’s Biggest Night™ when CMT hosts the cable premiere of the “42nd Annual CMA Awards” on Saturday, November 29 at 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight, ET/PT, which aired live from Nashville on ABC last week. It was a night of celebration for country music’s biggest stars as the industry awarded the top achievers in the genre.
First-time hosts and reigning Male and Female Vocalists Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood expertly guided the evening with poise and humor. The show included performances by Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, The Eagles, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Paisley, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Underwood and Keith Urban. Rapper Lil Wayne showed up not to rap, but rather to rock out with Kid Rock on “All Summer Long” in perhaps the most unexpected appearance of the night.

Upon winning his fourth trophy for Entertainer of the Year, Kenny Chesney warmly accepted his award from superstar Shania Twain in yet another surprise appearance. Special Hollywood guests included Miley Cyrus, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, along with other presenters Billy Ray Cyrus, Vince Gill, Julianne Hough, Heidi Newfield, Jake Owen, John Rich, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner, Jimmy Wayne and Lee Ann Womack.

For a full recap of the evening, fans can log on to CMT.com for the complete list of this year’s winners, highlights and photo galleries from the red carpet and show. Fans can stream the best moments from the CMA Red Carpet, or check out the Live Blog for unedited and off-the-cuff commentary about the night’s events. Over 40 years of CMA Awards history is available on CMT.com, along with more than 30 photo galleries featuring the most memorable fashion moments over the years with such artists as Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Dolly Parton and more.

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