The CMA Awards announced the first batch of artists to be telecasted on November 11, with Gabby Barrett joining the team for their hit remix of “I Hope” with pop star Charlie Puth. Co-host Darius Rucker released his new single “Beers and Sunshine” with Lady A; And Rascal Flatts in their 2005 classic performance, “Bless the Broken Road.”
But the most interesting announcement is that the Country Music Association is committed to its plan to hold a show at an event at the Music City Center in Nashville. In that, the show would be in contrast to the recent ACM Awards and CMT Music Awards, which were virtual productions. As a selling point, the CMA is saying in a statement that, “The 54th annual CMA Award will showcase the biggest names in country music together for the first time, safely, all in one room – this year . ”
The Music City Center is much smaller than the Bridgestone Arena, home of the CMA Awards from 2006–19. Sara Trahorn, CMA Chief Executive Officer, stated that fact in her statement. “While the show will be a bit more intimate this year, we look forward to hosting our nominees and their guests as we celebrate the best of country music in a completely safe and physically distant environment. It will be an honor to bring the stars of the world’s biggest country together – in one room – for the first time this year. You won’t want to miss it! ”
Lady A, who has been embroiled in a public feud with Anita White, a black, Seattle-based singer who uses the same stage name, co-host of this year’s CMA Awards (and biggest black country star), Rooker Will perform with Of his generation). Teaming is seen as a lending support to the trio which has been defensive this year on questions of racial sensitivity.
CMA co-hosted Reba McEntire and Rooker “who will take the stage together for an emotional, solemn tribute performance,” although they did not clarify who it is a tribute to. (You just have to find out and find out.)
CMA was more specific about the other performances, seeing what songs the artist would sing:
Maran Morris, “The Bones” (solo and solo song of the year)
Gabby Barrett featuring Charlie Puth, “I Hope” (Single Nominee of the Year)
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Miranda Lambert, “Settling Down” (sec) WildcardNominee of the year album)
Ashley McBride, “One Night Standards” (sec) neverNominee of the year album)
Luke Coombs, “Cold as You” (from an extended version of Coombs) what you see is what you getAlbum of the year nominee)
McEntire, Hilary Scott and Chris Tomlin, “Be A Light” (Concert of the Year)
Dari Rucker features Lady A, “Bear and Sunshine” (Rucker’s current single)
Eric Church, “Hell of a View” (his current single)
Florida Georgia Line, “Long Live” (their current single)
Rascal Flatts, “Blessing the Broken Road” (2005 single and song of the year nominee)
Morris will perform “The Bones” Solo, not with Hozier, who joined her for the remix (nominated for the concert of the year). But Barrett performed “I Hope” with Puth, appearing in a remix. In both cases, single editions are competing for singles of the year.
The CMA Awards were first broadcast on November 20, 1968, making it the longest-running, annual music awards show on network television. The Grammys began in 1971. The Academy of Country Music Awards aired for the first time in 1972. American Music Awards in 1974.
The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006.
The 54th annual CMA Awards is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Dieton is the executive producer, Alan Carter is the director and David Wilde is the lead writer. Wild is also a longtime writer of the Grammy Awards telecast.