Nashville, TN (November 30, 2009)–Sennheiser wireless and wired microphones featured at the recent CMA Awards, with two Sennheiser artists also picking up awards.
Brad Paisley succinctly summed up the appeal of country music during ABC’s telecast of the 43rd annual CMA Awards from Nashville: “It’s the songs.” With such a focus on the lyrics, many of the performers on “country music’s biggest night” relied on Sennheiser microphones to help tell their stories, with Sugarland and Lady Antebellum (shown at right) picking up three awards in the process.
More than a dozen channels of 5000, 2000 and 500 series RF microphones, in addition to 16 channels of G2 plus new 2000 Series RF personal monitors, were in operation at the Sommet Center in downtown Nashville for Miranda Lambert, the Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Sugarland and Reba McEntire. Sennheiser acts additionally made use of both SKM 2000 wireless handhelds fitted with MMD 935 capsules and SKM 5200 RF handhelds with MD 5235 capsules on background vocals.
Relative newcomers Lady Antebellum, recognized just 12 months ago as New Artist of the Year, picked up two awards this year: Vocal Group and Single of the Year. Sugarland pulled off a hat trick, with a third consecutive Vocal Duo of the Year award.
Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Charles Kelly sang their hit ballad, “Need You Now,” with the SKM 5200/MD 5235 combination. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush performed their ballad, “Keep You,” using wired e 935 mics and with string accompaniment.
Production personnel for ABC’s 5.1-channel HDTV broadcast included music mixers John Harris and Jay Viccari in Music Mix Mobile’s two remote trucks. Sound production was provided by ATK/Audiotek with Rick Shimer and Pat Baltzell at front-of-house, monitor engineers Mike Parker and Jason Spence, and RF coordinator Dave Rickmers, with additional wireless and communications supplied by Kevin Sanford and Wireless First, all under the auspices of audio producers Michael Abbott and Tom Davis.