Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line perform onstage during the 47th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville. Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage
Nashville, TN (November 13, 2013)—The 2013 CMA Awards, held in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, used a number of Shure UR Series Wireless Microphone Systems, provided by ATK Audiotek, throughout the live event. The event was hosted by country music stars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, and was broadcast live by ABC.
Shure’s condenser microphone, the KSM9, was also used in performances by Vocal Group award winner Little Big Town, The Band Perry, and Keith Urban. Brad Paisley, opening act Luke Bryan, New Artist winner Kacey Musgraves, double winner Florida Georgia Line (Best Duo, Single of the Year), Hunter Hayes and the Rascal Flatts all opted for the Shure SM58 for their live performances.
Throughout the show, most artists wore their own custom earphones for monitoring, with the PSM 1000 wireless system handling all in-ear wireless duties. One moment that relied heavily on wireless was the collaboration by Hunter Hayes (U2/SM58) and Jason Mraz (U2/SM86), which started in the dressing rooms backstage and moved all the way through the audience and up to the main stage.
Again acting as RF coordinator for the event was James Stoffo, Chief Technology Officer of Radio Active Designs. “With 20 channels of UHF-R and 20 channels of PSM 1000 in use on this show, I continue to be pleased with the RF stability of Shure products. The ability to infrared sync artists’ custom transmitters on the spot was easy. Throughout several performances on satellite stages, plus Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz walking the hallways, our Shure systems remained solid.”
Head audio producer for the show was Tom Davis, with Paul Sandweiss of Hollywood-based Sound Design Corporation taking the role of audio coordinator. The broadcast production mixes were handled by Mark King.