2022 CMA Awards: How To Watch, Who’s Performing, & More

The 2022 CMA Awards – “Country Music’s Biggest Night” – is upon us!  On Wednesday, November 9, country music’s hottest…


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November 9, 2022


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Luke Bryan, Peyton Manning; Photo Courtesy ABC, CMA

The 2022 CMA Awards – “Country Music’s Biggest Night” – is upon us! 

On Wednesday, November 9, country music’s hottest stars and more buzzed-about newcomers will arrive at Bridgestone Arena for the 56th Annual CMA Awards. The night will celebrate country music throughout the past year with one-of-a-kind collaborations, performances, and memorable moments.  

Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about the 2022 CMA Awards, including how to watch, who’s hosting, which artists are performing, what songs they’ll sing, and more.

Those looking to attend the show in Nashville can purchase tickets HERE.

When & How To Watch?

The 56th Annual CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) on ABC and will be available the next day on Hulu. 

Who’s Hosting?

Two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan and NFL superstar Peyton Manning will host the 2022 CMA Awards.

“Being a part of such a historical night that honors my peers and Country Music is such a privilege,” Bryan said. “When I was asked if Peyton Manning was someone I would consider co-hosting with, I didn’t hesitate. We have become great friends through the years and what he brings to the table is gonna make it even more of a blast. I know he’s been to the CMA Awards before, but he’s never been with me. Hey Peyton, I hope you’re ready for the night of your life!”

“I cannot wait to head to Nashville and take the CMA Awards stage alongside my friend Luke Bryan,” Manning added. “I am such a huge fan of Country Music, so to have the chance to stand among so many incredibly talented artists is an absolute honor.”

Luke Bryan returns for a second consecutive year to host the CMA Awards, while Manning is a first-time host. 

Who’s Presenting?

Two-time World Series champ, MVP and Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts, 

CMA Musical Event of the Year nominee this year, BRELAND

Academy Award winner, Jessica Chastain

Two-time CMA nominee this year, Jordan Davis

Apple TV’s “Amber Brown” and Lifetime’s “Reindeer Games Homecoming,” Sarah Drew

Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” star Cole Hauser

Multi-platinum and award-winning songwriter/artist Tyler Hubbard

Country Music Hall of Fame Member, and one-half of  The Judds, Wynonna Judd

CMA Vocal Group of the Year nominee this year, Lady A 

CBS’s “Young Sheldon” and ABC’s “Big Sky” actor Rex Linn

Vocal Group of the Year nominee this year, Little Big Town 

CMA New Artist of the Year nominee this year, Parker McCollum 

Six-time CMA Awards winner and Country Music Hall of Fame member, Reba McEntire

Stars of the hit HGTV shows “HomeTown” and “HomeTown Takeover,” Ben and Erin Napier

55-year Grand Ole Opry member, Jeannie Seely 

Academy Award nominee, Michael Shannon 

Six-time CMA nominee this year, Lainey Wilson

Who’s Performing?

Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, Luke Combs, Caylee Hammack, Cody Johnson, Elle King, Patty Loveless, Ashley McBryde, Reba McEntire, John Osborne, Katy Perry, Pillbox Patti, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, The Black Keys, The War and Treaty, Thomas Rhett, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, HARDY, Marcus King, Miranda Lambert, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson, and Zac Brown Band will take the stage to perform during the star-studded broadcast. 

The broadcast will open with an all-star tribute to the late Country Music Hall of Fame legend Loretta Lynn from Underwood, McEntire, and Lambert.

What Songs Are Being Performed? 

Morgan Wallen – “You Proof”

Miranda Lambert – “Geraldene” 

HARDY & Lainey Wilson – “Wait In The Truck”

Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Pearce – “You’re Drunk, Go Home”

Carrie Underwood – “Hate My Heart”

Luke Bryan – “Country On”

Cole Swindell – “She Had Me At Heads Carolina”

Luke Combs – “The Kind Of Love We Make”

Cody Johnson – “‘Til You Can’t”

Elle King & The Black Keys – Jerry Lee Lewis Tribute “Great Balls Of Fire”

Brothers Osborne, The War And Treaty – “It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)” (Rolling Stones Cover)

Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack, Pillbox Patti and John Osborne – “When Will I Be Loved” (Linda Ronstadt Cover)

Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert – TBA Loretta Lynn Tribute

Thomas Rhett & Katy Perry – “Where We Started”

Chris Stapleton & Patty Loveless –  “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”

Carly Pearce – “Dear Miss Loretta”

Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Jon Pardi, Lainey Wilson – Alan Jackson Tribute

Zac Brown Band, Jimmie Allen and Marcus King – “Out In The Middle”

Who’s Nominated?

Lainey Wilson, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce and Chris Stapleton are among the most-nominated.

Wilson, a first-time nominee, leads the pack with a whopping six nominations, including Album of the Year (Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’), Female Vocalist of the Year, Music Video of the Year (“Never Say Never”), Musical Event of the Year (“Never Say Never”), New Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Things A Man Oughta Know”).

McBryde, Pearce, Stapleton and songwriter/producer Shane McAnally follow behind with five nods each with Cody Johnson and producer/songwriter Josh Osborne after with four nominations.

Luke Combs, HARDY, Miranda Lambert, Midland, and Carrie Underwood secure three nominations a piece.

Wilson, BRELAND, Walker Hayes, Parker McCollum, and more are first-time CMA Awards nominees.

Stapleton, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Luke Combs are vying for the night’s highest honor, Entertainer Of The Year, an award Combs won in 2021.

Alan Jackson will also be honored during the show with the 2022 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

“The 56th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Alan Carter is the Director, and Jon Macks is the Head Writer. 

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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.