EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* is now giving Country Music fans a front row seat to the red carpet arrivals for "The 49th Annual CMA Awards." AUDIENCE® Network presents an exclusive look at the "AT&T CMA Awards Red Carpet" show, which will be hosted by Country Music stars Craig Morgan, Michael Ray and Cam. The show will also feature special performances from CMA award-winning artist and 5-time GRAMMY® nominee Hunter Hayes and award-winning Country Music star Jana Kramer.
The "AT&T CMA Awards Red Carpet" will air live Nov. 4 on AUDIENCE® Network (DIRECTV Ch. 239 or U-verse TV Ch. 1114) beginning at 7 p.m. ET to all DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse® TV customers, with live streaming beginning 6 p.m. ET at http://www.att.com/cmaredcarpet/.
The show gives Country Music fans an up close and personal look at their favorite musicians and celebrities as they walk the red carpet and behind-the-scenes interviews with artists as they prepare for this year's CMA Awards. Performances featuring new music by Hunter Hayes and Jana Kramer will open and close the show.
"We are excited to team up with the CMAs for Country Music's biggest night in the heart of Music City USA," said Bart Peters, vice president, Development and Production, AT&T. "We have a packed show to bring fans exclusive performances, stunning fashion and behind-the-scenes footage for a unique and entertaining red carpet experience."
"This is an exciting opportunity to have our CMA Awards red carpet seen across the combined AT&T and DIRECTV platforms for the first time ever," said Damon Whiteside, senior vice president, Marketing & Partnerships, CMA. "This unique relationship showcases the CMA Awards as the premiere Country Music awards program and will provide their customers a front row seat to all of the action."
AT&T will also launch an online gaming experience on http://www.att.com/cmaredcarpet/ that provides fans with an opportunity to pick their winners via an online ballot. Fans completing an online ballot will be entered for a chance to win a Country Music themed prize pack. Fan entries with the greatest number of correct winner predictions will also be entered for a chance to win the grand prize, a guitar with autographs from various CMA Awards artists.
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Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music's highest honor. More than 7,400 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization's objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA's core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; the CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour TV special; and "CMA Country Christmas," featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics. All of CMA's television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021. Visit www.CMAworld.com.
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