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The veteran entertainer is also the first country artist in history to win both a CMA Broadcast Awards trophy and CMA awards as a recording artist. Brooks & Dunn won 19 CMAs over the course of their career, including Entertainer of the Year in 1996.
"Country radio is the foundation of our industry," acknowledges Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "It is our honor to shine the spotlight on those who are working tirelessly to share country music with their communities."
The remaining award categories will be announced during the 45th Annual CMA Awards ceremony, airing live from Nashville on November 9, 2011 at 8:00 PM ET on ABC. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the show for the fourth consecutive year.
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