Following a historic sweep for Chris Stapleton in 2015 and a huge 50th anniversary bash in 2016, expectations are high for this year’s annual CMA Awards. Fans around the nation tune into ABC each year to catch the celebration and see who will be honored for their contributions to country music.
With the CMA Awards nominees revealed on Good Morning America this week, y’all are clamoring to find out more about the 2017 ceremony. Luckily, Wide Open Country has you covered on everything you need to know about the show.
The When and the Where
The Country Music Association Awards will be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 8, 2017. Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. As mentioned above, the show will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 8/7 central.
If the CMA Awards are known for anything more than stunning wins for some of country’s greatest, it’s known as the place for surprising performances from them. Whether you’re talking wild mashups this side of Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks to Alan Jackson’s resounding tribute to America with “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?”, the CMAs always bring the goods.
Understandably, there’s plenty of excitement buzzing around just who will be performing at the show this year. This year’s list of performers has not been announced yet, but we’ll keep you updated as names are released.
This year’s nominees feature an eclectic mix of artists, including Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban for Male Vocalist of the Year and Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini for Female Vocalist.
If anyone will be going for the Stapleton sweep this year, it’ll be Miranda Lambert, who’s nominated in four separate categories. This includes a nomination for Music Video of the Year for climbing out of the wreckage in “Vice.” Recent Walk of Fame inductees Little Big Town are set for success with four nominations as well. This includes Album of the Year for The Breaker, where they’ll be going up against artists like Lambert and Lady Antebellum.
Fan fave Lauren Alaina is up for Best New Artist while Brothers Osborne have been nominated for Best Vocal Duo this year. As for the big, shiny Entertainer of the Year award? The nominees include Urban, Stapleton, Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Garth Brooks.
As for who might win this whole thing? Fans are looking for that sweep courtesy of Lambert this year following a tremendous two-disc release with The Weight of These Wings. Although, she’s receiving unexpected competition from blue-collar Americana frontman Jason Isbell. With plaintive songwriting reflecting the modern American and his controversial remarks on popular country music in mind, he and the 400 Unit’s nomination is one we’ll be watching eagerly.
Little Big Town is also expected to win big, especially with that Taylor Swift co-write of theirs leading the charge for Song of the Year. Albeit, they have tough competition from Miranda’s “Tin Man” in that category, too. To top it off, Keith may have himself a chance at the same award with “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
While Lauren Alaina perhaps didn’t get the overall recognition she deserves, she stands a good chance to be the New Artist of the Year. Her biggest competition will probably be coming from country blues artist Luke Combs. He did, after all, recently jump to the top of the music streaming heap which prompted his mainstream success.
Speaking of the blues, Stapleton is looking like a good candidate for the male vocalist win. His From A Room: Volume 1 was full of the kind of passionate performances that we’ve come to know him for. Morris is up against some big names like Carrie and Reba for Female Vocalist of the Year. But with the success of her debut album Hero, she might just take the crown.
Do two-time entertainer nominees Chris Stapleton and Eric Church stand a chance against the perennial likes of their contemporaries? Only time will tell, but we’re banking on one of Luke or Keith nabbing the win based on modern notoriety.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are back as hosts for 2017. This time around will mark their tenth consecutive year hosting the awards ceremony.
No matter who wins or who’s hitting that big-time Bridgestone stage to perform, we’re sure of one thing. Just like every year, the CMA Awards show will bring country music fans together from its epicenter in Nashville to all around the world. Stay tuned to Wide Open Country for additional coverage we approach the big day.