NASHVILLE – Who’s ready for the biggest night in country music?
The 56th annual CMA Awards take center stage Wednesday night, bringing together top country hitmakers for rowdy performances, surprise showcases and career-making moments.
Performers for the primetime show inside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena include Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett with Katy Perry, Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton with Patty Loveless, The Black Keys with Ellie King, Carrie Underwood, Cody Johnson, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs and more names, plus tributes to Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis and Alan Jackson.
Who’s hosting? And when should you tune in? We’ve got you covered.
Carrie Underwood shares the ‘super-selfish’ moment:In her new ‘Denim & Rhinestones’ tour
When are the CMA Awards?
The CMA Awards kicks off live at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, Nov. 9, from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
What channel are the CMA Awards on?
For network viewers, the show returns to ABC. Coverage kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. West Coast viewers can catch the show on tape delay beginning at 8 p.m. PT.
Luke Combs tour:We go backstage with country music’s blue-collar hero
Can I watch the CMA Awards online?
ABC doesn’t offer a standalone live streaming service a la Paramount+ or Peacock – but country fans can still find a way to watch the show online.
The show airs live on ABC via cable streaming packages on YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV, among others. Find more information on streaming options via abcinstantaccess.com.
Who’s hosting the CMA Awards?
“Country Girl” and “Play It Again” star Luke Bryan returns to co-host the CMA Awards for a second consecutive year. This year, he’s joined by Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
This marks the first time hosting for Manning, a retired NFL quarterback with a growing post-career media presence.
‘An absolute honor’:Luke Bryan, Peyton Manning team up to host 2022 CMA Awards
Who’s performing at the CMA Awards?
The evening promises a slew of A-list stars and pairings. Among them:
- Kelsea Ballerini with Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, “You’re Drunk, Go Home”
- Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood, Lainey Wilson pay- tribute to Alan Jackson (Willie Nelson lifetime achievement award recipient).
- Luke Bryan, “Country On”
- Brothers Osborne with The War & Treaty, “It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)”
- Luke Combs, “The Kind of Love We Make”
- Hardy with Lainey Wilson, “Wait In the Truck”
- Cody Johnson, ” ‘Til You Can’t”
- Ellie King with The Black Keys, “Great Balls of Fire” (Jerry Lee Lewis tribute)
- Miranda Lambert, “Geraldene”
- Loretta Lynn tribute (artists to be announced)
- Ashley McBryde with Pillbox Patti, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack and John Osborne, “When Will I Be Loved”
- Reba McEntire (song to be announced)
- Carly Pearce, “Dear Miss Loretta”
- Thomas Rhett with Katy Perry, “Where We Started”
- Chris Stapleton with Patty Loveless, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”
- Cole Swindell, “You Had Me At Heads Carolina”
- Carrie Underwood, “Hate My Heart”
- Morgan Wallen, “You Proof”
- Zac Brown Band with Jimmie Allen and Marcus King, “Out In the Middle”
Who’s nominated at the CMA Awards?
First-time nominee Lainey Wilson is up in six categories, including album of the year, female vocalist of the year and song of the year. Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton and Shane McAnally have five nominations each.
Four nominees who have yet to win the night’s top honor are contending for entertainer of the year: Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Morgan Wallen. They’ll compete with Luke Combs, who won last year.
Contributing: Marcus Dowling
No show? Maren Morris says she doesn’t feel ‘comfortable’ going to CMAs after calling out transphobia
Story Credit: usatoday.com