The Country Music Association has announced the initial lineup of performers for the 56th annual CMA Awards, happening live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. on ABC (available next day on Hulu)
Offering a mix of first-time nominees, along with reigning CMA Awards winners, artists taking the stage for performances this year include Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, HARDY, Marcus King, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson, and Zac Brown Band. Hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, the broadcast will open with a star-studded tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame legend Loretta Lynn.
Additional performers include Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, Luke Combs, Caylee Hammack, Cody Johnson, Elle King, Patty Loveless, Ashley McBryde, Reba McEntire, John Osborne, Katy Perry, Pillbox Patti, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, The Black Keys, The War and Treaty and Thomas Rhett.
CMA Awards co-host and nominee this year, Bryan will deliver a moving performance of his latest single “Country On.” The most nominated female artist of all time with three nominations this year including CMA Entertainer of the Year, Lambert will perform her song “Geraldene” from her CMA Album of the Year-nominated Palomino. Reigning CMA Female Vocalist and five-time nominee this year, Pearce will perform a special song from her most recent album.
With three nominations this year including CMA Entertainer of the Year, Underwood will perform her newest single “Hate My Heart.” Receiving his first CMA Entertainer of the Year nod, two-time nominee this year, Wallen will perform his latest single “You Proof.” Vying for CMA Vocal Group this year, Zac Brown Band will perform their latest single “Out In The Middle,” featuring reigning CMA New Artist of the Year Allen and blues guitar phenom King.
Stay tuned at CMAawards.com for more details. Tickets are on-sale through Ticketmaster.