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Former 4-H Fair performers receive CMA Award nominations

Five former Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair performers received nominations for the 46th annual Country Music Association Awards in an announcement made Wednesday morning.

Three of the five acts nominated for Vocal Group of the Year previously performed at the 4-H Fair in Westminster. The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum and the Eli Young Band, all former 4-H Fair acts, received Group of the Year nominations along with the Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town.

Lady Antebellum, which performed at the 2008 4-H Fair, was also nominated for Album of the Year for "Own the Night."

Brantley Gilbert, who performed at last year's 4-H Fair, is nominated for Top New Artist.

Jamey Johnson, who performed at the 4-H Fair in 2006, is nominated in Musical Event of the Year for "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die," a collaboration with Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Kris Kristofferson.

The Country Music Association Awards will air at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 on ABC. The Baltimore ABC affiliate is WMAR-TV 2. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will co-host for the fifth time.

Kimberly Perry, lead singer for The Band Perry, will co-host "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock," which airs at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 on ABC.

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