This 12 months’s CMA Awards stand to be among the many most emotional within the present’s historical past. The 51st annual gala will mark the primary time that your complete country-music neighborhood has gathered collectively because the October 1st Route 91 Harvest competition tragedy in Las Vegas, and the night might properly function a cathartic second for artists and followers alike.
But the present will not be all about damaged hearts. After all, it is a celebration of the preeminent songs, albums and artists of the previous 12 months, with huge time performances from Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Pink and others all on faucet.
Here’s all the pieces it is advisable to know earlier than the CMA Awards kick off Wednesday night time at eight:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
How to look at: Coverage of this 12 months’s occasion begins on the CMA Awards purple carpet 30 minutes earlier than showtime, with ABC carrying arrivals and interviews at 7:30 p.m. ET. The opening quantity will start at eight:00 p.m. sharp, and whereas particulars are scarce, it could possibly be the night time’s first viral second.
Who’s internet hosting: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host for a 10th consecutive time. Normally identified for lighthearted comedy (with just a few edgy zingers thrown in), the duo’s monologue is very anticipated this 12 months. Paisley has stated it will be all about steadiness. “This is a challenging year in some ways, but at the same time I’m really honored we have the keys,” he not too long ago informed Rolling Stone.
Who’s up for awards? Miranda Lambert leads the sector with 5 nominations – she’s up for Female Vocalist, Single, Song, Video and Album of the Year, for her double LP The Weight of These Wings. Urban and Little Big Town are tied with 4 nods every, whereas the Entertainer of the Year clbad options Urban, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and final 12 months’s winner Garth Brooks.
Who will take the stage? The efficiency lineup options veterans like Brooks and Alan Jackson and up to date stars comparable to Eric Church and Thomas Rhett. Pop diva Pink is about to carry out, as will former One Direction singer Niall Horan, who joins Maren Morris. Reba McEntire and Kelsea Ballerini are additionally scheduled to duet.
Who are the brand new artists to know? First-time nominees embody California crooner Brett Young, neo-traditionalist Jon Pardi and Nineties revivalist Luke Combs, who all land on this 12 months’s New Artist of the Year clbad (together with Old Dominion and Lauren Alaina). Veteran tag crew LoCash earn their first nod for Vocal Duo of the Year, and Americana stalwart Jason Isbell earns his first-ever CMA nomination: Album of the Year for his LP The Nashville Sound.
Will Taylor Swift be there? It’s actually potential. Although she appeared ultimately 12 months’s milestone 50th CMAs, to current Entertainer of the Year, she’s truly nominated this time: her first nod since 2014, because the songwriter of Little Big Town’s “Better Man,” up for Song of the Year. To boot, the earlier two CMAs have featured pop superstars in key performances – Justin Timberlake joined Chris Stapleton in 2015, and Beyoncé ignited controversy in 2016 with the Dixie Chicks. With a brand new album due Friday, Swift might stage one other Nashville homecoming.