Winter 2010 The CMA Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement in the Country Music industry and is the one night of the year most anticipated by the artists and fans alike. ABC’s broadcast of “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” – Country Music’s Biggest Night – emerged as the #1 entertainment show for the week! 33.8 million viewers experienced the joy as Brad Paisley celebrated his first Entertainer of the Year win. Fans and industry cheered as Miranda Lambert took home three trophies including her first as Female Vocalist of the Year at the same time fiancé Blake Shelton was awarded the Male Vocalist of the Year title. The night got even hotter with performances by Taylor Swift, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and many more! The show, which boasted a sold-out crowd inside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, towered over the network competition, beating the nearest competitors by 5.7 million viewers. Miranda Lambert and Blake SheltonGwyneth Paltrow and Vince Gill Loretta Lynn and Sissy Spacek
CMA Awards Black Carpet presented by Jack Daniel’s Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Rodney Atkins and Billy Ray Cyrus Black ties and beautiful gowns sparkled even brighter as artists andcelebrities strolled down the CMA Awards Black Carpet presented byJack Daniel’s. For the first time, CMAAwards.com offered live streamingfootage from the CMA Awards Black Carpet. After kicking off “The44th Annual CMA Awards,” Jack Daniel’s finished off the night byco-presenting the CMA Awards Post Party. PEOPLE Country fan bleachers Country Music and television star Billy Ray Cyrus hosted the “DRIVE4COPD Pavilion” on theBlack Carpet where visiting artists and celebrities were invited to lend support for Chronic ObstructivePulmonary Disease by autographing colorful DRIVE4COPD pinwheels. Lucky Country Music fans were given a front row seat to the excitement with the PEOPLE Country fanbleachers where they were able to witness their favorite artists and celebrities walk the CMA AwardsBlack Carpet. Again this year, as part of their 2010 CMA partnership, Chevrolet teamed up with NASCAR andCountry Music for the “Chevrolet Salutes America’s Heroes” promotion. Upon arriving at the CMA Awards,Country artists and celebrities stopped to sign the hood of a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS. The autographedhood will be put up for auction in early 2011 with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that honors and empowers wounded soldiers. As a result of creative partner promotions and fan communication, the CMA online and mobile audience saw tremendous growth in the two weeks leading up to the CMA Awards…• Approximately 66,000 entries in the CMA Awards text-to-win contest• Mobile text subscribers up 72% to more than 140,000• Social network fans, friends and followers up 126% to more than 315,000• CMA email database up 12% to more than 120,000• The cumulative CMA online and mobile audience is almost 600,000 fans strong, ranked #2 amongst all awards shows for biggest social network audience, topping the Grammys and the Oscars!
Leading up to the CMA Awards, VIPs from Corporate America’s most sought after brands were treated to the CMA Marketing Summit, a two-day immersion into the Country format. Guests from ABC, Applebee’s, BioSector 2, Boehringer Ingelheim, The Coca-Cola Company, ConAgra, General Mills,Jack Daniel’s, Macy’s, MARS Petcare, Purina, State of Kentucky Tourism, Unilever, Weber Shandwick andZenith Optimedia learned how their brands can target the loyal Country Music fan base. Attendees said: “Pillsbury BiscuitFEST” case study panelists Danny Gokey and General Mills’ Lisa KesselSummit attendees with Alan Jackson Many of Country Music’s biggest stars returned toNashville’s Bridgestone Arena the day following theCMA Awards to kick-off the holidays at “CMA CountryChristmas.” Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosted thespecial and was joined by Rascal Flatts, MartinaMcBride, Reba McEntire, Leann Rimes, Darius Ruckerand more to share treasured family memories andperform favorite holiday classics on the first-ever “CMA Country Christmas.” 7.34 million viewers tunedin November 29 for the show’s initial airing on the ABC Television Network. Viewers will have a secondopportunity to experience the music, memories and stories of the season when the holiday specialre-broadcasts December 22nd.“CMA Country Christmas” Performers