All three will compete for the fans’ choice award, single of the year, songwriter of the year and male artist of the year on Sunday night in Saskatoon. The celebrity-studded gala will broadcast live on CBC-TV.
Swift, 22, has scarcely put a foot wrong since, earning herself the title “America’s sweetheart” and writing hit songs with cross-over appeal such as Mean and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. She is about to release her fourth studio album, Red, on Oct. 22.
High profile U.S. artists Eric Church and Jason Aldean are set to drop by with a song or two. Miranda Lambert will also appear with her group Pistol Annies as as part of the CCMA ceremony. CCMA awards race
Reid and Brody will also be performing. In the awards count, Reid is defending champion of the best male artist category and comes into this year’s awards riding the success of his album Fire It Up. Brody picked up three CCMA trophies in 2011 and has multiple nominations this year, including best male artist and best single for Canadian Girls.
Expect performances from Alberta artists Bamford, Terri Clark and Paul Brandt and Ontario’s Jason Blaine, all artists who have multiple CCMA nominations.
Presenters announced by the CCMA organizers include Allan Hawco of Republic of Doyle, singer Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, CMT’s Paul McGuire, NHL great Theo Fleury, and country artists Michelle Wright, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Tenille and Corb Lund.
The awards ceremony caps a four-day festival of country music in Saskatoon. Coverage of the gala begins with arrival of the celebrities to meet fans on the “green carpet” at 3 p.m. Saskatoon time – that will be carried on CBC Live. The gala will be broadcast on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. (8.30 p.m. NT)