2020 CMA Awards: Chris Stapleton Joins Performance Lineup, Charles Kelley Confirmed To Fill In For Lee Brice

With just two days until “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” the Country Music Association has confirmed additional performers and presenters for…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 9, 2020


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With just two days until “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” the Country Music Association has confirmed additional performers and presenters for The 54th Annual CMA Awards.

Joining the performance lineup is Chris Stapleton, who’s confirmed to take the stage to perform his new single, “Starting Over.” Additionally, Lady A’s Charles Kelley is stepping in to perform with “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Carly Pearce after Lee Brice tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

CMA Awards presenters include New York Times best-selling author Lauren Akins, Lauren Alaina, radio and TV personality Bobby Bones, singer-songwriter and actor Charles Esten, Sara Evans, supermodel Taylor Hill, Jake Owen, actor Patrick Schwarzenegger and gospel artist CeCe Winans.

The 54th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, will take place live from Nashville’s Music City Center Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.