Rascal Flatts Performs At The CMA Awards

NASHVILLE - Martina McBride, Nickel Creek, Rascal Flatts and Travis Tritt join an impressive list of artists performing on ""The 36th Annual CMA Awards"" live Wednesday, Nov.

6 (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) on the CBS Television Network from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Other previously announced performers include Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, host Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Shania Twain, with her first television performance since 1999.

Martina McBride brings her breathtaking soprano to the Awards in 2002. The Platinum-selling artist is nominated for two Awards including Single of the Year for ""Blessed,"" which she co-produced with Paul Worley on her RCA Records Greatest Hits collection; and Female Vocalist of the Year, which she won in 1999.

Travis Tritt will perform new music from his latest Columbia Records album Strong Enough. Tritt has received 14 career CMA nominations and adds another in 2002 for Music Video of the Year for ""Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,"" which co-starred Hollywood heavyweight Billy Bob Thornton and was directed by Michael Merriman.

Lyric Street Records trio Rascal Flatts (Jay DeMarcus, Gary Levox and Joe Don Rooney) received their first CMA Award nominations in 2002 for both Horizon Award and Vocal Group of the Year. Their self-titled, platinum debut album produced four Top 10 singles. The follow up album, Melt, is set for release Oct. 29.

Roots fusion innovators Nickel Creek is nominated for two Awards this year, Horizon Award and Vocal Group of the Year. Bandmates Chris Thile and Sara and Sean Watkins have a full tour scheduled in support of their new Sugar Hill Records album, This Side, including dates in the UK, Ireland and France before making their way to Nashville to perform on the Awards.

The CMA Awards are produced by Walter C. Miller, directed by Paul Miller and scripted by David Wild. MJI Programming, a division of Premiere Radio Networks, is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards, including a stereo-radio simulcast of the gala event.