Taylor Swift To Sing Opener At CMA Awards
November 10, 2009 at 9:37 AM (PT)
BIG MACHINE RECORDS star TAYLOR SWIFT will perform the opening song at the 43rd annual CMA AWARDS. The awards, which are hosted by BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD, will air live on ABC-TV from the SOMMET CENTER in NASHVILLE, on WEDNESDAY (11/11) at 8p (ET).
TAMMY GENOVESE, CMA Chief Executive Officer said: "TAYLOR is the perfect choice as the opening act for the 2009 CMA AWARDS. Her charisma, charm, popularity, and talent will set the stage for an evening you won't soon forget. We know her fans will want to stay tuned to see what she does next."
SWIFT will be joined by 325 students from her former school, HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, for the performance of her single, "Fifteen." The students were picked from the school's cheerleading squad, band, soccer, chorus and dance teams. The dance team, the HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL GOLDEN GIRLS, performed with SWIFT previously on the CMT MUSIC AWARDS in JUNE.
SWIFT, who won the "Horizon Award" in 2007, received four nominations this year including "Entertainer of the Year," "Female Vocalist of the Year," "Album of the Year," and "Music Video of the Year." At age 19, SWIFT is the youngest artist ever to be nominated for "Entertainer".
For more on the CMA AWARDS, see www.cmaawards.com.
Swift's SNL Sketches
If you missed SWIFT on NBC's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, you can check out all the sketches at www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live.
SWIFT was the host and musical guest on SATURDAY (11/7). Her appearance on the show pulled in a 5.0 rating for the network, the highest rating for SNL this season.