Sennheiser powers performances at 2017 CMA Awards

Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems were present throughout the broadcast of the 51st Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, which once again brought together the biggest names in country music for an evening of memorable performances.

The three-hour telecast found 14.3 million viewers, and turned out to be ABC’s most highly viewed Wednesday night program in three years.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted the evening, both speaking and singing through a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter and MD 5235 capsule combination — all running through a Sennheiser 3732-II receiver. Underwood also received a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.

After an acappella rendition of Amazing Grace by Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and a host of other performers joined Darius Rucker for a rendition of former Hootie and the Blowfish hit ‘Hold My Hand’. Lady Antebellum put a Sennheiser Digital 6000/9000 wireless system to work, which included EM 6000 receivers and SKM 9000 handheld transmitters paired with MD 9235 microphone capsules. During the evening, the band also received an Album of the Year nomination for their latest record, Heart Break.

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.

Crossover superstar P!NK delivered a rendition of her nostalgic ballad ‘Barbies’ on her first ever CMA performance, encircled by her band which featured backing vocalists, an acoustic guitarist, and a string section. Her voice was also captured with Sennheiser’s Digital 6000/9000 wireless system, running through an EM 6000 receiver. Like Lady Antebellum, P!NK relied on a combination of the SKM 9000 handheld transmitter and MD 9235 capsule, which delivered a ‘pleasing, natural’ sound. She then performed a duet with Kenny Chesney on ‘Setting the World on Fire,’ which also received a nomination for Musical Event of the Year.

Additionally, numerous wired Sennheiser and Neumann microphones, including 130 evolution microphones, were used throughout the awards show on everything from voiceovers to covering assorted backline duties.