Kacey Musgraves, often billed as one of country's most daring females, is set to perform at this year's 48th Annual CMA Awards. Coming off the success of her Mercury Records debut disc, the Grammy-winning Same Trailer, Different Park, the tongue-in-cheek signer-songwriter has crafted her own rise to superstardom. While she has joined such tours as Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss, she also ventured to expand her audience by hitting Katy Perry's summer extravaganza in August on the Prismatic World Tour (only opening for a handful of dates), but regardless: she follows no one's arrow but her own. In addition to her performance slot, she is up for several honors, including Song Of The Year for "Follow Your Arrow" (an athemic piece co-written with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally).
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Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line have also been added to the lineup for this year's live show, to be co-hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley for the seventh year-running. Set for Nov. 5 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, the CMA Awards celebrate the biggest and brightest stars in the format, ranging from the best-selling chart-topping hits to the most acclaimed albums. Leading the pack this year is Miranda Lambert, who lands an impressive nine nominations (her second time to do so), including Entertainer Of The Year and Female Vocalist. She also has such nominations as Album Of The Year (for her mainstream-leaning Platinum) and Music Video and Musical Event for her collaborative rocker "Somethin' Bad" with Underwood.
Underwood, for her part, has three total nominations, but the talking point, though, is her recent pregnancy. CMA Awards writer David Wild has already teased that that could be this year's highlight joke, if Underwood allows it, that is. "Carrie (Underwood) once again provided a huge spark for us by getting knocked up," Wild shared with The Tennessean recently. "She gave us the greatest baby gift of all, so I think (the content) will be a balance of how much we want to go there versus what she'll put up with."
Other performers for the 2014 CMA Awards include Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Underwood, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Lambert, Little Big Town, Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban.