2023 CMA Awards: How To Watch, Who’s Performing & More

Here’s everything you need to know about the 57th Annual CMA Awards.


Lauren Jo Black

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November 6, 2023


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“Country Music’s Biggest Night” is upon us – the 2023 CMA Awards will air on Wednesday, November 8 on ABC. Live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, the much-anticipated show will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning for the second consecutive year. 

With a star-studded performance lineup, can’t-miss collaborations, and even more surprises in store, country music fans won’t want to miss this show. 

How To Watch The CMA Awards?

The 57th Annual CMA Awards will air on ABC on Wednesday, November 8 from 8:00-11:00 PM/ET. 

CMA Awards 2023
CMA Awards 2023

How Can I Watch The CMA Awards If I Missed Them? 

The CMA Awards will be available to watch the next day (November 9) on Hulu.

Who Is Hosting The 2023 CMA Awards?

The coveted awards show will be co-hosted by country superstar Luke Bryan and National Football League Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. The pair hosted the CMA Awards together for the first time in 2022. 

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Andrew Wendowski , Jelly Roll; Photo by CMA, Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, HARDY; Photo by Tanner Gallagher
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Andrew Wendowski , Jelly Roll; Photo by CMA, Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, HARDY; Photo by Tanner Gallagher

Who Is Nominated For The 2023 CMA Awards?

Lainey Wilson, Jelly Roll, Luke Combs, HARDY are among the most nominated. Wilson leads the pack with a whopping nine nominations, including the coveted Entertainer Of The Year, Single Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” with HARDY & “Heart Like A Truck”), Album Of The Year (‘Bell Bottom Country’), Song Of The Year (“Heart Like A Truck”), Female Vocalist Of The Year, Musical Event Of The Year (“Save Me” with Jelly Roll and “Wait In The Truck” with HARDY) and Music Video Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” with HARDY).

First-time nominee Jelly Roll follows behind Wilson with five nominations. Jelly Roll is up for Single Of The Year (“NEED A FAVOR”), Male Vocalist Of The Year, Musical Event Of The Year (“Save Me” with Lainey Wilson) and Music Video Of The Year (“NEED A FAVOR”).

Luke Combs and HARDY each collected four nods. View a complete list of CMA Awards nominees HERE.

Who Is Performing At The 2023 CMA Awards? 

The show will feature performances by Post Malone, HARDY, Morgan Wallen, Luke Bryan, Jelly Roll, K. Michelle, Little Big Town, Megan Moroney, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton, Tanya Tucker, Lainey Wilson, Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, Alan Jackson, Cody Johnson, Mac McAnally, Ashley McBryde, The War And Treaty, Zac Brown Band and more.

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What Songs Are Being Performed?

First-time CMA nominee Jelly Roll will kick off the show with a must-see performance of his chart-topping hit, “NEED A FAVOR.” He will also return to the stage for a moving performance alongside K. Michelle for their rendition of The Judds’ “Love Can Build A Bridge.”

In honor of earning a milestone of 30 No. 1 hits, Luke Bryan will take a break from his co-hosting duties to deliver a show-stopping medley of his biggest hits, including “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” “One Margarita,” “That’s My Kind Of Night,” “Play It Again” and “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).”

Ballerini, a current CMA Female Vocalist and Album of the Year nominee, will grace the stage with her heartfelt rendition of “Leave Me Again” from her critically acclaimed EP, Rolling Up The Welcome Mat.

Combs, the reigning two-time Entertainer of the Year and four-time nominee this year, will captivate the audience with his latest single, “Where The Wild Things Are.” Current CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominee Dan + Shay will showcase their impressive harmonies as they perform their hit single, “Save Me The Trouble.”

Jordan Davis, a three-time CMA nominee this year, will serenade the crowd with his latest No. 1 hit, “Next Thing You Know.” While Cody Johnson, a CMA Male Vocalist of the Year nominee, will pay tribute to his wife, Brandi, with a performance of his touching new love song, “The Painter.” Ashley McBryde, a three-time CMA nominee this year, will deliver her warm and intimate single, “Light On In The Kitchen.”

Chris Stapleton is set to offer a performance of his single, “White Horse,” as well as join Carly Pearce for the world premiere of “We Don’t Fight Anymore.”

Lainey Wilson, who is the most-nominated artist of the evening with a historic six nominations as a first-time nominee, will show fans a different side of her with “Wildflowers And Wild Horses.”

Tanya Tucker, one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, will be joined by Vocal Group of the Year nominee Little Big Town for a special rendition of Tucker’s iconic hit, “Delta Dawn.”

Old Dominion, current CMA Vocal Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year nominees, will share the stage with CMA Song of the Year nominee Megan Moroney as they perform their collaboration, “Can’t Break Up Now.”

Morgan Wallen and HARDY are set to join forces with Post Malone for a not-to-be-missed performance consisting of a medley of beloved Country classics.

Who Is Honoring The Late Jimmy Buffett?

The evening will also feature a touching tribute to the late “Margaritaville” singer/songwriter and CMA Award winner Jimmy Buffett from Buffett’s longtime friends, including 11-time CMA Award winner Chesney and 10-time CMA Award winner and longtime Coral Reefer Band member Mac McAnally. They will be joined by 16-time CMA Award winner Alan Jackson and 2023 Vocal Group of the Year nominee Zac Brown Band.

Who Is Presenting At The 2023 CMA Awards?

This year’s CMA Awards presenters include singer/songwriter, dancer, renowned choreographer and TV personality, Paula Abdul, Country Music Hall of Fame member and entertainment titan, Bill Anderson, Grammy-nominated comedian, podcaster, director and producer, Nate Bargatze, Tony award-nominated actor currently starring in the hit Broadway musical “Shucked,” Kevin Cahoon, reigning CMA Song of the Year winner and three-time nominee this year, Jordan Davis, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning and Oscar-nominated actress, singer, author and producer, Cynthia Erivo, multi-Platinum CMA Awards winner and Grand Ole Opry member Sara Evans, Diamond-selling artist and four-time CMA Awards winner, Brian Kelley, three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year winner, Lady A, four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year winner and 30-time CMA Awards nominee, Martina McBride, two-time CMA Awards nominee, Parker McCollum, Country Music hitmaker, author and Army Reserve soldier, Craig Morgan, Diamond-certified superstar and this year’s CMA Foundation Humanitarian of the Year recipient, Darius Rucker, 2023 World Series MVP, Corey Seager, “The Golden Bachelor,” Gerry Turner, two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and 12-time winner, Keith Urban, first-time CMA Awards nominee, Hailey Whitters, and multi-Platinum entertainer and Grand Ole Opry member, Chris Young.   

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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.