Luke Bryan To Rock CMA Awards As Co-Host And Performer

Bryan’s performance will feature a medley of some of his biggest hits.


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October 30, 2023


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Luke Bryan will take on double duty at the upcoming 2023 CMA Awards as co-host and performer. 

What Will Luke Bryan Perform At The CMA Awards?

The Country Music Association revealed the first round of performers with fans and confirmed that Bryan will take the stage to perform a 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)” during the highly anticipated 57th Annual CMA Awards. 

In addition to his performance, Bryan will grace the stage as a co-host alongside Pro Football Hall Of Famer Peyton Manning. The cohorts are teaming up for the second consecutive year to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night” and could not be more excited to do so. This was made evident in a recent promotional video for the CMA Awards where the co-hosts are riding horses together and reflecting on their first time hosting the show in 2022. 


“You know, Peyton, hosting the CMA Awards with you was truly something special,” Bryan says as “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson plays in the background. 

Manning gets a phone call that interrupts their conversation. 

“Wait a minute. You want us to host the CMA Awards again?” he says. “I got to be honest, we’re in the middle of riding off into the sunset.”

“They want us to host again?” Bryan asks. “If I turn my back on the CMA Awards, what kind of hosting icon would I be?”

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“Hosting icons, plural. They called my phone,” Manning points out. 

Duty calls so they decide to give co-hosting the CMA Awards another go. 

How Can I Watch The CMA Awards 2023?

The pair will return to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night” on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 8 pm EST on ABC. The show will be available the following day on Hulu.

Additional performers include Jelly Roll, K. Michelle, Little Big Town, Megan Moroney, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton, Tanya Tucker and Lainey Wilson.  

Luke Bryan; Photo by Alan Poizner
Luke Bryan; Photo by Alan Poizner

How Many Number One Hits Does Luke Bryan Have?

Bryan’s performance comes on the heels of his star-studded 30 No.1s celebration, which took place in Nashville in September. During the event, the Georgia native reflected on his musical journey and admitted that moments like this allow him to take a step back and soak in what’s happened over the course of his career.    

“I think when you’re so focused in the trenches of all this…it’s days like this where…your career flashes in front of your eyes,” he told Country Now and other media outlets.     

The 47-year-old even admitted that earning 30 chart-topping singles was an accomplishment he could have never imagined. 

“I mean to have dreams of hopefully writing number ones and performing number ones and being an artist, to present day… you look at that and it’s kind of hard to wrap your head around,” he confessed. “It’s a lot of sacrifices. I never would’ve imagined I’d have hit a number like 30.” 

Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy Instagram
Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy Instagram

The “But I Got A Beer In My Hand” singer just wrapped his Country On Tour over the weekend when he took the stage for the final show at the Credit One Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina on October 28. According to a press release, Bryan has now performed for over 14 million fans throughout his career.

His tourmates, Hailey Whitters and Ashley Cooke, pulled off quite the surprise when they pranked him in the middle of his performance. Re-live that moment HERE

Now that his tour is behind him, it’s likely that Luke Bryan’s main focus will shift to preparing for the CMA Awards.   

Was Luke Bryan Nominated For A CMA?

Bryan is an 18-time CMA Awards nominee and a two-time CMA Awards winner, according to the official CMA Awards database. He earned the title of Entertainer of the Year in 2014 and 2015. While he is not nominated this year, Bryan will certainly shine in the spotlight as a co-host and performer.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.