We’re just one day away from the 2017 CMA Awards, and you might be wondering what to expect from this year’s ceremony. We’ve rounded up all the details on who you’ll see take the stage during one of country music’s biggest nights.
This year, Lauren Alaina, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are all scheduled to perform.
Although previous years have leaned more on crossover duets, this year seems more focused on solo artist performances. However, Reba McEntire and Kelsea Ballerini are set to take the stage together. Former One Direction singer Niall Horan will also join Maren Morris for their new track “Seeing Blind.” Pop star Pink is also scheduled to perform. But it’s unclear if she will be joined by another country artist.
This year’s roster of presenters also includes an eclectic mix of artists, actors and celebrities. Bobby Bones, Luke Combs, Jimmie Johnson, Karlie Kloss, LOCASH, Dustin Lynch and Reba McEntire are all scheduled to appear. Actress Lea Michele, Michelle Monaghan, Tyler Perry, Jason Ritter, Brittany Snow, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Trisha Yearwood and Brett Young
This year’s award show comes after a challenging year for country music, and just a little over one month since the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. Co-host Brad Paisley has confirmed that the Country Music Association will honor the shooting victims. However, the details of the tribute are still unclear. Last week, news of the CMA’s ban on media asking attending artists about the shooting made headlines. The restriction has been reversed and CMA issued a formal apology for the decision.
You can see what unfolds when the 2017 CMA Awards are broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena tomorrow, Nov. 8 at 8/7 CT on ABC.