Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s CMA Awards
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to host the 2017 CMA Awards tonight live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. It's the 51st annual event and the tenth consecutive year Paisley and Underwood have hosted together, and expect that the longtime friends will provide plenty of laughter.
Known as "Country’s Biggest Night," the CMAs are one of the most anticipated dates on the calendar for all country fans. Like past shows, 2017 is bound to include stellar performances and impressive collaborations by some of country music’s biggest stars. The nominees have already been announced (find that list here), along with the performers and presenters, with more still likely to be announced.
When and Where:
The 2017 CMA Awards will take place inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville tonight (11/8) at 7 PM CT. The show will broadcast live on ABC and 98.1 Minnesota's New Country.
Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Urban will open the show with what a press release calls an "unprecedented collaboration." Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks and Luke Bryan are among the other artists slated to perform, as well as Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett. A special performance from Alan Jackson could be a highlight, as well as collaborations between Niall Horan and Maren Morris, Brad Paisley and Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini with Reba McEntire and Dierks Bentley with Rascal Flatts.
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Lauren Alaina and Taste of Country RISERS artist Brett Young are both scheduled to help present at the 2017 CMA Awards. Luke Combs, Trisha Yearwood and Dustin Lynch will also be on hand as presentes, along with Bobby Bones, Jimmie Johnson, Karlie Kloss, Lea Michele, Michelle Monaghan, Tyler Perry, Jason Ritter, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Ruby Rose and Brittany Snow.
CMA Awards History:
George Strait is the leader in wins and nominations, while the most wins ever in one night goes to Alan Jackson (2002) and Johnny Cash (1969). The CMA trophy originally was made of wood and designed to resemble a chart bullet. Currently, it’s made in Italy and assembled in Nashville.
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