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{November 4, 2008}   Miley and Billy Ray to Present an Award on ‘The 42nd Annual CMA Awards’

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ — “Country Music’s Biggest Night(TM)” grows even bigger as more celebrities and artists join the lineup of performers and presenters for “The 42nd Annual CMA Awards.” Recording artist Miley Cyrus, star of Disney’s “Hannah Montana” and the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated film “Bolt,” returns to the CMA Awards to present a trophy alongside her father, television co-star, and duet partner Billy Ray Cyrus. They previously appeared together on the CMA Awards as presenters in 2006. “The 42nd Annual CMA Awards” airs live from the Sommet Center in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 12 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Performers announced today are Jason Aldean and James Otto (each nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year) and Martina McBride (nominated for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year). Additional presenters will include Heidi Newfield, Darius Rucker (in his CMA Awards debut), Josh Turner, and Lee Ann Womack. Previously announced performer Taylor Swift will also present.

In addition to presenting an on-air Award, Newfield will also co-present the pre-telecast Awards, including the CMA Broadcast Awards, with Premiere Radio Networks radio personality Blair Garner, host of “After Mid-Nite with Blair Garner.”

Previously announced performers include co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, along with Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and The Wailers, the Eagles, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, George Strait, Sugarland, Swift, and Keith Urban. Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon is the previously announced presenter.

“The CMA Awards showcases the depth of our format to the entire nation,” said Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “These performers and presenters are all unique artists who come together under the banner of Country Music.”

Tickets for the 2008 CMA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased by logging on to http://www.ticketmaster.com ; calling (615) 255-9600; or in person at the Sommet Center box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, in Nashville). Ticket prices begin at $110 for Bronze-level seating (upper level); $327.75 for Silver-level seating (club level); and $382.50 for Gold-level seating (lower level). All prices include sales tax but exclude applicable service/handling fees.

“The 42nd Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer. Paul Miller is the Director. David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards, including a stereo-radio simulcast of the gala event. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2008 CMA Awards. Chevy: The Official Ride of Country Music. Mary Kay® is the Official Beauty Sponsor of the 2008 CMA Awards. Additional promotional partners include Borders®, Carl Black Chevrolet, Durango Boot®, Tetley® Iced Tea, and VAULT(TM) Citrus Soda.

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