In addition to returning as co-host of “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” alongside Carrie Underwood in 2011, CMA’s reigning Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley is up for five Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 9! With his five nominations this year (for Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for This is Country Music; Musical Event and Music Video for “Old Alabama”), Paisley has amassed an incredible 57 career nominations to date. Only two artists have earned more in their careers (George Strait with 81, and Alan Jackson with 80). Paisley joins a pack of artists with five nods apiece in 2011, including Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift.
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Brad Paisley’s laundry list of well-deserved awards illustrate a male vocalist and entertainer who has produced some of the most highly-revered albums, videos, and musical pairings of the past 11 years. A consummate musician, Paisley delivered his first public performance at age 10 and began to write his own songs at age 12. Studying at Nashville’s Belmont University, Paisley’s natural talent, hard work, and ideal placement within the Country Music capital poised him for success. Among Paisley’s list of successes are:
- 12 million: Albums sold worldwide
- 20: No. 1 Country singles to date
- 14: CMA Awards
- 4: Years as CMA Awards host (2008-2011)
- 3: Grammy Awards
- Many additional industry honors
With his ninth studio album, 2011’s This is Country Music, Paisley continued his tradition of excellence, as evidenced by the album’s impressive sales debut (152,000 copies first week) which placed it atop the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. The album marks Paisley’s sixth consecutive album to debut as a national best-seller, and it also racked up rave reviews from some of the industry’s toughest critics who recognized Paisley’s instinctual ability to masterfully communicate the heart and soul of the Country format. Paisley co-wrote 12 of the album’s 15 tracks and collaborated with stars including Alabama, Clint Eastwood, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, and Blake Shelton to capture a variety of musical tones that push the boundaries of Country Music. The album’s first three singles (the title track, “Old Alabama” and “Remind Me”) have already ascended to No. 1.
Paisley toured internationally in 2011, featuring fellow musicians along the way including Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann, and the JaneDear girls. In late August, Paisley wrapped up a two-week, eight-show European tour during which he performed for more than 40,000 fans. Sold out shows and unscheduled surprise guests on tour (e.g. Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones joined Paisley in London and performed “Let The Good Times Roll”) have combined with the favorable response and support for the album to make 2011 a tremendous success for Paisley.