Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker are set to co-host this year’s CMA Awards, but they will also take the stage for an emotional tribute performance, the Country Music Association announced Thursday (Oct. 29).
Two-time CMA Awards nominee this year Gabby Barrett will be joined by Charlie Puth, making his CMA Awards debut to perform Barrett’s CMA Single of the Year nominated “I Hope.” Two-time nominee this year Thomas Rhett performs his CMA Musical Event of the Year nominated “Be A Light” alongside McEntire, Hillary Scott and Chris Tomlin. McEntire will also be joined by Rucker for a collaboration, while Rucker enlists nominees Lady A to perform his new single “Beers & Sunshine.”
With two nominations this year, Eric Church will perform “Hell of a View,” while six-time nominated Luke Combs will perform “Cold As You.” Nominees Florida Georgia Line will perform “Long Live,” while Miranda Lambert, this year’s top nominee with seven nominations, will perform “Settling Down” from her CMA Album of the Year nominated album Wildcard. Reigning CMA New Artist of the Year and three-time nominee this year Ashley McBryde will perform “One Night Standards” from her CMA Album of the Year nominated album Never Will. Maren Morris, a five-time nominee this year, will perform her CMA Single and Song of the Year nominated “The Bones.” And nominees Rascal Flatts will take the stage to perform “Bless the Broken Road.”
Notably, the 54th Annual CMA Awards will mark the first time the biggest names in country music will come together safely, all in one room. The show will broadcast live from Nashville’s Music City Center Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.
“We are thrilled to have this incredible group of artists taking the stage at the CMA Awards this year! It is a privilege to bring these live performances to our viewing audience with the energy and excitement that the CMA Awards are known for,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “And although the show will feel a bit more intimate this year, we look forward to hosting our nominated artists and their guests as we celebrate the best of country music in a fully safe and physically distant environment. It will be an honor to bring the biggest country stars in the world together – in one room – for the first time this year. You won’t want to miss it!”
The 54th Annual CMA Awards is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Alan Carter is the Director and David Wild is the Head Writer.
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