With “Country Music’s Biggest Night” – the CMA Awards – just a couple of weeks away, the Country Music Association has unveiled the first round of performers for the star-studded event.
Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, HARDY, Marcus King, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson, and Zac Brown Band are among the artists set to take the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
The 56th Annual CMA Awards will be co-hosted by country superstar and American Idol judge Luke Bryan and former NFL star, Peyton Manning. The event will air live on Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC and will be available the next day on Hulu.
In addition, the broadcast will open with a star-studded tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame legend Loretta Lynn, who was laid to rest on her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee on Friday (Oct. 7).
CMA Awards co-host and nominee this year, Bryan will deliver a moving performance of his latest single “Country On.” CMA’s most nominated female artist of all time, Lambert, will perform her song “Geraldene” from her CMA Album of the Year-nominated album, Palomino. Reigning CMA Female Vocalist and five-time nominee this year Pearce will perform a special song from her most recent album, 29: Written In Stone. With three nominations this year including CMA Entertainer of the Year, Underwood will perform her newest single “Hate My Heart.” Receiving his first CMA Entertainer of the Year nod, two-time nominee this year Wallen will perform his latest single and 7th No. 1 hit, “You Proof.”
Plus, several collaborations will take place from CMA Single of the Year nominee this year Ballerini, performing her new song “YOU’RE DRUNK, GO HOME” featuring friends and fellow country stars, Clarkson and Pearce. Three-time CMA Awards nominee this year HARDY will be joined by Wilson, the top nominee this year with six nods, for their powerful duet “wait in the truck.” Vying for CMA Vocal Group this year, Zac Brown Band will perform their latest single “Out In The Middle,” featuring reigning CMA New Artist of the Year Allen and blues guitar phenom King.
Additional performers are set to be announced in the coming weeks. See a full list of current nominees HERE.
Tickets for the CMA Awards are available for purchase HERE.