The CMA awards show opening will feature hosts Carrie Underwood,Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, along with Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, The Highwomen,Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson performing a medley.
Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Little Big Town, Maddie and Tae, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce and Runaway June will be featured in a performance of a recent CMA Song and Single of the Year.
Kris Kristofferson will receive the CMA's Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson and John Osborne will perform his song "Me and Bobby McGee."
Other scheduled performances:Kelsea Ballerini("Homecoming Queen?") ,Dan + Shay("Speechless"), Old Dominion("One Man Band"), Thomas Rhett("Remember You Young") and Blake Shelton("God's Country").
Blake will also team up with Garth Brooks for "Dive Bar ."Brothers Osborne joins Brooks and Dunn for "Hard Workin' Man." Other collaborations are planned by Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson ,Lady Antebellum with pop singer Halsey, Dolly Parton with For King and Country and Zach Williams and Pink and Chris Stapleton.
Other scheduled performers include Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.
Celebrities who will introduce performances or announce winners:
- Vince Gill
- Kathy Mattea
- Martina McBride
- Craig Morgan
- Jennifer Nettles
- Pam Tillis
- Morgan Wallen
- Trisha Yearwood
- Blanco Brown
- Hannah Brown
- Deana Carter
- Janie Fricke
- radio and TV personality Bobby Bones
- actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth
- actor-comedian Jim Gaffigan
- Riverdale’s Madelaine Petsch
- actor-comedian J.B. Smoove
BREAKING NEWS this morning from Nashville
Congratulations go out to Kacey Musgraves, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X. These three artists have been named early winners at this year's CMA Awards.
Kacey's music video for "Rainbow" takes the trophy for Video of the Year. Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, the video was the visual companion to the fifth single from Kacey's critically-acclaimed album, Golden Hour.
Billy Ray and Lil Nas X were named the winners in the Musical Event category for their collaboration of the mega-hit "Old Town Road (Remix)."
It's like picking lottery numbers. They all look like winners before they're announced. Here are the winners for the 53rd CMA awards in my humble opinion.
The results are in. I only correctly picked 5 out of 11. How did you do?
My winners are in BOLD
Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks - WINNER
Carrie Underwood My pick
Male Vocalist of the Year
Luke Combs MY PICK AND WINNER
Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert My pick
Kacey Musgraves WINNER
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Old Dominion MY PICK AND WINNER
Zac Brown Band
Vocal Duo of the Year
Brooks and Dunn
Dan + Shay MY PICK AND WINNER
Maddie and Tae
New Artist of the Year
Ashley McBryde WINNER
Carly Pearce My pick
Album of the Year
Center Point Road -Thomas Rhett
Cry Pretty - Carrie Underwood
Dan + Shay - Dan + Shay
Desperate Man - Eric Church MY PICK
Girl - Maren Morris WINNER
Single of the Year
Burning Man - Dierks Bentley
Girl - Maren Morris
God's Country - Blake Shelton MY PICK AND WINNER
Millionaire - Chris Stapleton
Speechless - Dan + Shay
Song of the Year
Beautiful Crazy - Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Robert Williford WINNER
Girl - Maren Morris, Sarah Aarons, Greg Kurstin
God's Country - Devin Dawson, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy MY PICK
Rainbow -Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
Tequila - Dan Smyers, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds
Musical Event of the Year
All My Favorite People - Maren Morris feat Brothers Osborne
Brand New Man - Brooks and Dunn with Luke Combs
Dive Bar - Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton
Old Town Road (Remix) - Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus was my pick AND WINNER
What Happens In A Small Town - Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell
Music Video of the Year
Burning Man - Dierks Bentley feat Brothers Osborne
Girl - Maren Morris was My pick....
God's Country - Blake Shelton
Rainbow - Kacey Musgraves WINNER
Some Of It - Eric Church