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Your 2021 CMA Awards Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know About The 55th Annual CMA Awards

everything you need to know about the 2021 CMA Awards!

When are they? Wednesday, November 10 at 8/7c

Where do I watch? The CMA Awards will broadcast live on ABC on Wednesday, November 10

Who is the host? Luke Bryan is set to make his CMA Awards hosting debut. He’s a triple threat this year, showing up as a host + nominee + performer!

Performers + song choices:

  • Blake Shelton – “Come Back As A Country Boy”
  • Brothers Osborne – “Younger Me”
  • Carly Pearce + Ashley McBryde – “Never Wanted To Be That Girl”
  • Chris Stapleton – “Cold”
  • Chris Young + Kane Brown – “Famous Friends”
  • Dan + Shay – “I Should Probably Go To Bed”
  • Dierks Bentley + BRELAND + HARDY – “Beers On Me”
  • Eric Church – “Heart on Fire”
  • Gabby Barrett – “The Good Ones”
  • Jason Aldean + Carrie Underwood – “If I Didn’t Love You”
  • Jennifer Hudson – a medley of Aretha Franklin’s country songs
  • Jimmie Allen – “Freedom Was A Highway”
  • Keith Urban – “Wild Hearts”
  • Luke Bryan – “Up”
  • Luke Combsnew song TBA
  • Mickey Guyton + Brittney Spencer + Madeline Edwards – “Love My Hair”
  • Miranda LambertTBA (opening performance)
  • Old Dominion – “I Was On A Boat That Day”
  • Thomas Rhett – “Country Again”
  • Zac Brown Band – “Same Boat”

Presenters:

  • Trace Adkins
  • Ingrid Andress
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Deana Carter
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Russell Dickerson
  • Faith Fennidy
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Freddie Freeman
  • Amy Grant
  • Dulé Hill
  • Alan Jackson
  • Elle King
  • Lady A
  • Zachary Levi
  • Scotty McCreery
  • Hayley Orrantia
  • Katy Perry
  • Lionel Richie
  • Darius Rucker
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Saycon Sengbloh
  • Kurt Warner
  • Lainey Wilson
  • Trisha Yearwood

Who is nominated this year? Read on for the nominees…

Entertainer of the Year

  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Gabby Barrett
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Carly Pearce

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Ingrid Andress
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Mickey Guyton
  • HARDY

Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Producer(s))

  • 29 – Carly Pearce
    Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Jimmy Robbins // Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore
  • Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen
    Producers: Dave Cohen, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome and Joey Moi // Mix Engineer: Joey Moi
  • Heart – Eric Church
    Producer: Jay Joyce // Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
  • Skeletons – Brothers Osborne
    Producer: Jay Joyce // Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
  • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton
    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton // Mix Engineer: Vance Powell

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)

  • “Forever After All”Songwriters: Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Robert Williford
  • “The Good Ones”Songwriters: Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick
  • “Hell of a View”Songwriters: Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Monty Criswell
  • “One Night Standards”Songwriters: Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde
  • “Starting Over”Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown
    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young // Mix Engineer: Sean Moffitt
  • “The Good Ones” – Gabby Barrett
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale // Mix Engineers: Chris Galland, Manny Marroquin
  • “Hell of a View” – Eric Church
    Producer: Jay Joyce // Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
  • “One Night Standards” – Ashley McBryde
    Producer: Jay Joyce // Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
  • “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton
    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton // Mix Engineer: Vance Powell

Musical Event of the Year

  • “Buy Dirt”Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan (Producer: Paul DiGiovanni)
  • “Chasing After You”Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris (Producers: Aaron Eshuis, Teddy Reimer)
  • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”Elle King & Miranda Lambert (Producer: Martin Johnson)
  • “Famous Friends”Chris Young with Kane Brown (Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young)
  • “Half of My Hometown” Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney (Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins)

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Director(s))

  • “Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris (Director: TK McKamy)
  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown (Director: Peter Zavadil)
  • “Gone” – Dierks Bentley (Directors: Wes Edwards, Travis Nicholson, Ed Pryor, Running Bear, Sam Siske)
  • “Half of My Hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney (Director: Patrick Tracy)
  • “Younger Me” – Brothers Osborne (Director: Reid Long)

Musician of the Year

  • Jenee Fleenor — Fiddle
  • Paul Franklin — Steel Guitar
  • Aaron Sterling — Drums
  • Ilya Toshinskiy — Banjo
  • Derek Wells — Guitar

Watch the 55th Annual CMA Awards hosted by Luke Bryan live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, November 10 from 8-11PM ET on ABC.

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