Nashville, TN (November 8, 2016)—The annual CMA Awards always bring together the biggest names in country music, and this year’s event featured performances by a plethora of acts using Shure audio gear.
The night began with country music royalty performing a medley of classic hits to lead off the show. Shure UR2 wireless transmitters were prevalent across the stage. After Vince Gill started the show on a KSM9 transmitter, it was SM58 microphones powering performances by Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Charlie Daniels, Roy Clark, Charley Pride, Clint Black, Ricky Skaggs, and all three members of Alabama.
The UR2/SM58 combination was also used by Shure endorsers Luke Bryan, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, and Maren Morris, as well as for a duet with Dierks Bentley and Elle King. Other performers opting for the SM58 included Male Vocalist Award winner Chris Stapleton on the classic hardwired mic, plus Tim McGraw and Keith Urban on UHF-R wireless. Meanwhile, Entertainer of the Year winner Garth Brooks used a UR2/SM58 combo for a duet with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, who had a Shure Axient wireless system.
Audio Producer Tom Davis was assisted by Audio Coordinator Kevin Sanford. The final broadcast production mix for ABC was performed by J. Mark King. The broadcast music mixes were done in full surround by Music Mix Mobile trucks, with engineers Jay Vicari and John Harris at the consoles.
At front of house, Rick Shimer created the music mix, while Pat Baltzell handled the production mix for the packed house of attendees. Monitor mixing was another Shure affair, with PSM1000 in-ear wireless systems delivering mixes from engineers Jason Spence and Tom Pesa. ATK Audiotek was the primary backline supplier, including all Shure UHF-R and PSM 1000 systems.
2016 CMA Awards