Sennheiser powers country music performances at CMA awards

The 51st CMA Awards drew an audience of 14.3 million viewers, who saw Lady Antebellum and Pink perform with Sennheiser's Digital 6000/Digital 9000 combos
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Sennheiser’s microphones and wireless systems were used at the Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards last night, with 14.3m viewers tuning into the ceremony on television.

Numerous wired Sennheiser and Neumann microphones, including 130 evolution microphones, were used throughout the awards show that attracted ABC's highest Wednesday night ratings for three years, on everything from voiceovers to covering assorted backline duties.

Single Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted the evening, both using a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter and MD 5235 capsule combination — all running through a Sennheiser 3732-II receiver.

Country band Lady Antebellum used a Sennheiser Digital 6000/9000 wireless system, which included EM 6000 receivers and SKM 9000 handheld transmitters paired with MD 9235 microphone capsules. 

Reba McEntire then joined Best New Artist nominee Kelsea Ballerini for a performance of Ballerini’s hit ‘Legends’. McEntire — who also received a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year — performed through a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter and Neumann KK 105 capsule combination,  transmitted through a Sennheiser EM 3732-II receiver.

Pop singer Pink sang with Sennheiser’s Digital 6000/9000 wireless system, running through an EM 6000, for her first ever CMA performance. Like Lady Antebellum, Pink relied on a combination of the Sennheiser SKM 9000 handheld transmitter and MD 9235 capsule.

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