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CMA Awards give boost to local economy

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

For the third year in a row, a sellout crowd will watch the Country Music Association Awards at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Officials with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau said last year the CMA Awards brought in $3 million to the city.  This year that number is projected to be around $5 million.

The revenue numbers are higher this year because more people are expected to visit and stay longer in Music City, according to city officials. 

The price of renting a hotel room has increased at some hotels too, causing the increased revenue figure.

Nashville in national spotlight

The annual awards show is considered country music's biggest night.

Tonight's awards show will be hosted by singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, who have hosted the show the past three years.

Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift are this year's top nominees with five nominations each.

The four artists are all nominated for Entertainer of the Year along with Keith Urban.

Several top-selling artists will perform during the show, including Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and Faith Hill.

Several roads in downtown Nashville will be closed for the awards show.

Click here for more information on the road closures.

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