CMA Awards : The best of the best in country music will be honored at the 2019 CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, November 13. The 2019 CMA Awards are right around the corner, and the details of Country Music’s Biggest Night are starting to take shape.
The show features award presentations in some of the most important categories, all-star performances, special collaborations and epic moments from your favorite country stars. The CMA Awards are generally considered the most prestigious awards in the genre. This year’s broadcast will feature a Who’s Who of contemporary country music, as well as some living legends.
The 53rd annual ceremony marks the first time in history that women are nominated in every category — except Male Vocalist of the Year, of course. In addition, it will be hosted by three legendary female artists: Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.
“It’s an incredible honor to welcome Carrie, Reba and Dolly to the CMA Awards stage this year,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said in a press release. “In addition to awarding the year’s best and brightest in the genre, the 53rd annual CMA Awards will celebrate the legacy of women within country music, and we couldn’t think of a more dynamic group of women to host the show.”
Ahead of the big night, Us Weekly rounded up everything you need to know about the hosts, nominees, performers, presenters and much more!
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What Time and Channel Is It On?
The CMAs air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
Where Can I Watch the 2019 CMA Awards and the 2019 CMA Awards Red Carpet?
The 2019 CMA Awards will begin at 8PM ET and be broadcast live on ABC. Numerous outlets will broadcast live from the red carpet ahead of the show as well; The Boot will keep readers up to date with red carpet photos and coverage of any major pre-show moments.
Who Is Hosting?
Underwood will be the official host of the evening, while McEntire and Parton are her special guest hosts. The trio have a combined 124 career CMA nominations and 22 wins. Underwood has cohosted the CMAs with Brad Paisley since 2008, making this her first year without him by her side.
Who Is Nominated?
Who Is Nominated?
Maren Morris leads the pack with six nominations, including Female Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year (“Girl”). Brothers Osborne are close behind with four nods, including Vocal Duo of the Year. Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton and Underwood each have three nominations.
Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Church, Stapleton and Underwood are up for Entertainer of the Year. The nominees for Album of the Year are Thomas Rhett (Center Point Road), Underwood (Cry Pretty), Dan + Shay (Dan + Shay), Church (Desperate Man) and Morris (Girl).
Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, the Highwomen, Gretchen Wilson, Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Tanya Tucker, opening medley
Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Runaway June and Little Big Town, song TBA
The Country Music Association announced Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton with For King & Country and Zach Williams, Pink and Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban as the first round of performers for the 53rd annual CMA Awards on Oct. 23. More performers are to be announced.
The presenters in the 2019 CMA Awards are to be announced.
How the Winners Are Chosen:
The Country Music Association has its over 7,000 industry professional members vote in three rounds to determine the nominees and winners in the annual CMA Awards.