The CMA Awards are really doubling down on the “Forever Country” theme. An amazing seven (yes, seven!) former Entertainer of the Year Award winners will take the stage on Nov. 2 to celebrate the 50th annual award show.
So just who are these magnificent seven? Well, King George, for one. George Strait notched the most CMA awards of any artist ever. That’s an astonishing 23 wins on 83 nominations, including three Entertainer of the Year awards.
The other six include Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire and — get this — Charley Pride. That’s right, Charley Pride is back on the CMA stage performing for the first time in decades. The country legend once hosted the awards in 1975, a full 41 years ago.
The seven superstars have a staggering 375 nominations between themselves and 94 wins. The most recent Entertainer of the Year winner among the bunch is Strait, who brought home the title in 2013.
In a shift towards a more substantial show, the rest of the performers and presenters carry their own country weight as well. In fact, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line comprise the only notable bro country enthusiasts of the bunch. Others include Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Maren Morris and Dierks Bentley.
We’d call that a step in the right direction for the award show. And though the CMA Awards have always held themselves as a cut above the rest when it comes to awarding country music, this year’s “Forever Country” theme really honors the genres origins.
Catch all the action on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. central on ABC.