Luke Bryan, Gabby Barrett, Thomas Rhett & More Added To 2021 CMA Awards Performance Lineup
As the anticipation for “Country Music’s Biggest” night continues to build, the Country Music Association just unveiled a new round…
Luke Bryan, Gabby Barrett, Thomas Rhett
As the anticipation for “Country Music’s Biggest” night continues to build, the Country Music Association just unveiled a new round of performers for the star-studded broadcast.
The newly-added artists join previously announced performers Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Chris Stapleton, and Chris Young and Kane Brown, Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, and Blake Shelton.
Four-time CMA Awards nominee this year Barrett performs her chart-topping hit “The Good Ones.” Three-time CMA Awards winner and two-time nominee this year, Bentley welcomes collaborators; tour mate and Platinum artist/songwriter BRELAND and CMA New Artist of the Year nominee this year HARDY for their laidback single “Beers On Me.” Two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner and nominee this year in the CMA Musical Event of the Year category, Bryan performs his new single “Up.”
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Singer, actress and star of the acclaimed Aretha Franklin biographical musical drama Respect, Hudson will perform on the CMA Awards stage for the first time. Two-time CMA Awards winner and a nominee this year in the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year category, Thomas Rhett performs his chart-topping single “Country Again.” Twelve-time CMA Awards winner Urban performs his new single “Wild Hearts,” and CMA Award-winning group Zac Brown Band, nominated this year in the CMA Vocal Group of the Year category, takes the CMA Awards stage to perform their unifying song “Same Boat.”
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Lauren Jo Black
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.