Country and bluegrass music legend Ricky Skaggs has been announced as a featured performer at "The 52nd Annual CMA Awards." Country Music's Biggest NightTM, hosted for the 11th consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, will air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8:00 PM/ET (7:00 PM/CT) on the ABC Television Network.
Skaggs is an eight-time CMA Awards winner and 25-time nominee. He received his first CMA Awards nominations in 1982, when he was nominated in five categories, winning the Horizon Award, which recognized new artists, and Male Vocalist of the Year, a historic win being the first time both awards were won in a single year. Skaggs won the coveted Entertainer of the Year award in 1985 and went on to win five more CMA Awards in other years.
This year is shaping up to be one of the biggest in Skaggs' storied career. Last month, the 15-time GRAMMY® winner was formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Just weeks earlier, he received his official induction into the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
About Ricky Skaggs
Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame, IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, National Fiddler Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music.
Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs.
And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler." The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed "Cooder-White-Skaggs" tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, "Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder."
Most recently, Skaggs has added Country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits. For more information, visit rickyskaggs.com. About CMA Awards The first "CMA Awards Banquet and Show" was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time - making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC is the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA's other two television properties, "CMA Fest" and "CMA Country Christmas."
For more information on "The 52nd Annual CMA Awards," visit CMAawards.com and follow CMA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.