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Miranda Lambert, nine time ACM award-winner, and Pistol Annies confirmed to perform

Getting ready to make its mark on the Prairies, the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced its initial talent line up for the upcoming 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards™ show earlier today in association with broadcast partner, CBC. Broadcast live from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the first time, the 2012 CCMA Awards will air from Credit Union Centre on Sunday, September 9 at 8 p.m. on CBC Television, with encore airings on CMT in Canada.

Delivering Canadian fans the best in country music for 30 years, the 2012 CCMA Awards will include performances by some of the most celebrated artists in the industry. Two of the most nominated artists at the 2011 CCMA Awards, Dean Brody and Deric Ruttan, are scheduled to perform while newly added Country Music superstars Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies are sure to have country fans of all ages dancing in their seats to an epic performance, featuring the expressiveness in Lambert's unmistakable voice and the sass of Pistol Annies.

The 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards will honour Canada's finest country artists and fans should tune in for what are sure to be some of the most memorable performances of the year.

To learn more about the 2012 CCMA Awards and the CCMA, please visit www.ccma.org. The 2012 CCMA Awards nominees will be announced on Wednesday, July 18. Be sure to follow the excitement on twitter at @CCMAAwards (#countrynightincanada) and on Facebook at Canadian Country Music Association.

Tickets for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or charge by phone at 306.938.7800.  Tickets are priced at $45, $75 and $90 (including all taxes and service charges) and are going fast so get yours today!

About Dean Brody

Dean Brody has become one of Canada's brightest country stars to watch. In 2011, his sophomore album, Trail In Life, garnered three 2011 CCMA awards including Album of the Year along with a JUNO Award nomination. Brody has just released his highly anticipated third album, Dirt, on April 24 that debuted at #1 on the iTunes Canadian Country Album Chart. His first hit single off the album, "Canadian Girls," gained Brody top praises, becoming the first Canadian country single to reach #1 since 2008 on the Nielsen BDS Canadian Country Singles Chart. 

About Deric Ruttan

Deric Ruttan, has enjoyed great success as a singer and songwriter, in Canada and internationally, receiving multiple nominations for the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards including Male Artist, Songwriter and Single of the Year.  Ruttan's song 'Up All Night', from the Juno-nominated (Country Album of the Year) album, Sunshine, was the most-played Canadian country single of 2010.  In 2011, he released a live album, Up All Night - Deric Ruttan Live.

About Miranda Lambert

International Country Superstar Miranda Lambert made history when Four The Record debuted at Number 1 making her the first artist in the 47-year history of the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart to have all four of their first four albums debut at that spot. Lambert is country's reigning female vocalist of the year, as bestowed by both the Country Music Association (for the second straight year) and the Academy of Country Music. She's won the album of the year award from both organizations, as well - from the ACMs for her second record, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and from the CMAs and ACMs for her third, Revolution. Miranda also won the "ACM Album of the Year" Award this year for Four The Record. She received the top country female vocal performance honor at the most recent Grammy Awards for "The House That Built Me." Miranda has been named one of People magazine's Most Beautiful People and one of Maxim's Hottest Women of Country.


About Pistol Annies

As most country fans know by now, the Annies are the all-gal trio that Lambert formed with friends Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. Having made their official debut in April 2011 on national television via the Academy of Country Music's Girls Night Out special on CBS, Pistol Annies have since been accompanying Lambert on her solo dates. "Hell on Heels" is both the title track and first single from Pistol Annies' recently released album which debuted at No.1 on the country sales chart and in the pop top 10 in the U.S. and has been certified U.S. Gold for sales in excess of 500,000.

About the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®)

Established in 1976, the CCMA® is committed to ensuring the growth of Canadian country music through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition. Core to the organization's efforts is Country Music Week - an annual event that heightens awareness and increases exposure for Canada's country artists. A culmination of Country Music Week, the Canadian Country Music Awards™ were inaugurated in 1982 and continue to celebrate the music and artists that represent Canada's unique culture.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.


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