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CMA Awards 2016: Seven Past Entertainer of the Year Winners to Perform

See stunning portraits of newly-announced performers Reba, Vince Gill, Charley Pride, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, George Strait and Alabama

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Reba and Vince Gill are two of seven legendary singers added to the 2016 CMA Awards performance roster.

Robert Trachtenberg for the Country Music Association

The list of 50th Annual CMA Awards performers has expanded to include seven music legends who have a combined 375 CMA nominations and 94 wins between them. Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Charley Pride, Reba and George Strait — all former Entertainer of the Year winners — will take the stage November 2nd as the show celebrates its golden anniversary.

"These superstars have been an important part of our legacy and have contributed so much to our current success,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "We are delighted they are going to be part of this important milestone anniversary."

The superstar seven join previously-announced performers Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert. Underwood and Paisley are returning for the ninth straight year to co-host the show. They follow in the emcee footsteps of four of the newly-announced performers; Brooks & Dunn, Gill, Pride and Reba have all hosted the show in past years.

The 50th Annual CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville, Wednesday, November 2nd at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC. See intimate photos of the seven new performers to the CMA roster below, shot in conjunction with the epic "Forever Country" music video, in which all contributed vocals to the mashup of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again." [Watch it here.]

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Robert Trachtenberg for the Country Music Association

George Strait

George Strait is the most awarded artist in CMA Awards history with 83 nominations and 23 wins including five for Male Vocalist (1985,1986, 1996-1998) and three for Entertainer of the Year (1989, 1990, 2013).

charley pride

Robert Trachtenberg for the Country Music Association

Charley Pride

Charley Pride has 18 CMA nominations and three wins, including Male Vocalist of the Year in 1971 and 1972 and Entertainer of the Year in 1971. He hosted the show in 1975.

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Robert Trachtenberg for the Country Music Association

Reba

Reba hosted the CMA Awards from 1990—1992. With 49 nominations, she is the most nominated female in CMA Awards history. She has won six times including four consecutive Female Vocalist wins (1984-1987).

Robert Trachtenberg for the Country Music Association

Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn hosted the CMA Awards from 2004—2006. They have 50 nominations and 19 wins including one for Entertainer (1996) and 14 for Vocal Duo of the Year (1992-1999, 2001-2006).

Alan Jackson

Robert Trachtenberg for the Country Music Association

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson has 81 CMA Awards nominations and 16 wins including two for Male Vocalist (2002, 2003) and three for Entertainer of the Year (1995, 2002, 2003).

Alabama

Robert Trachtenberg for the Country Music Association

Alabama

Alabama have 41 CMA Awards nominations and nine wins including three for Vocal Group and three for Entertainer of the Year (1982-1984).

Vince Gill

Robert Trachtenberg for the Country Music Association

Vince Gill

Vince Gill hosted the CMA Awards a record 12 times. He has 53 CMA Awards nominations and 18 wins, including five consecutive trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year and two wins for Entertainer of the Year.