CMA Awards To Air
On Wed. At 8 P.M.;
In Five Categories
BY LISA WARREN
The Band Perry has been nominated for yet another award, and this time the group is competing against artists from outside the country music realm.
The sibling trio -- Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, who consider Greeneville their hometown -- have been nominated for the American Music Awards' 2011 "New Artist of the Year."
They will be competing against pop/rock's Hot Chelle Rae, R&B artist Miguel and hip-hop's Wiz Khalifa.
This is a fan-voted award, and voting continues through this Saturday at 2:59 a.m.
Voting is unlimited, so persons may vote as often as they like. To vote, simply text "2" to 22288.
The American Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. on ABC Television.
COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
Meanwhile, the Perrys will learn this Wednesday night -- along with the rest of America -- how they are going to fare at the 2011 Country Music Association awards.
The show will air live from Nashville on ABC at 8 p.m.
The Band Perry is nominated for a prestigious five CMAs in the categories of: "New Artist of the Year," "Vocal Group of the Year," "Music Video of the Year," "Single of the Year" and "Song of the Year."
This past year has been a stellar one for The Band Perry, which saw the launch of their self-titled debut album.
The band celebrated the release of the CD with a special free concert on Oct. 10, 2010, on Academy Street in downtown Greeneville before an enthusiastic crowd of some 4,000 hometown fans.
Since that time, their album has produced three country Billboard hits, including "If I Die Young," No. 1 on that chart, and "You Lie," which reached No. 2 this summer.
Recently, the Perrys have released a video on Billboard.com of the group performing a cover of "Fat Bottomed Girls" by the 1970s rock band Queen.
During the performance, Neil Perry gets a chance to show off his vocal prowess.
To check it out, go online to http://tasteofcountry.com/the-band-perry-queen-fat-bottomed-girls/.
DUET WITH BIEBER
Earlier this month, the band's duet with pop icon Justin Bieber, entitled "Home for Christmas," was made public on Bieber's holiday album released Nov. 1.
The Band Perry is still on the road through the end of this month with Reba McEntire.
A photo of Kimberly Perry and a brief article on the band appeared in this past Saturday's USA Weekend publication, which is included as a weekly insert in The Greeneville Sun and many other U.S. newspapers.
The Perrys were also featured in the popular Walter Scott's Personality Parade section of Sunday's Parade publication, which is inserted into Sunday's edition of The Knoxville News-Sentinel, among many other U.S. newspapers.
The siblings began performing together when big sister Kimberly was 15 and brothers Reid and Neil were 10 and 8, respectively.
Still performing together 13 years later, the siblings say in the USA Weekend article that since they are all now in their 20s, their "disagreements" are now termed "discussions."
In the article, Kimbery Perry says comically, "Our mother [who tours with them] plays referee, and we have boxing gloves stored in the bays of our bus, so we get along just fine. Sometimes after a few punches."