Eric Church, Mickey Guyton Among Gaggle of Stars to Perform at 2021 CMA Awards
UPDATE (11/4): The final group of CMA Awards performers has been announced, with the show’s host Luke Bryan among the latest additions. Other performers will include Gabby Barrett singing “The Good Ones,” Dierks Bentley singing “Beers on Me” with Breland and Hardy, Thomas Rhett singing “Country Again,” Keith Urban singing “Wild Hearts,” and Zac Brown Band singing “Same Boat.” Additionally, Academy Award winning actor and singer Jennifer Hudson will make her CMA Awards performing debut.
UPDATE (10/27): With the CMA Awards now two weeks away, additional performers have been added to the lineup. Former CMA Awards host Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean will give the television debut of their duet “If I Didn’t Love You,” while Chris Young and Kane Brown will join together for their hit “Famous Friends.” Additional artists taking the stage will include Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton (singing “Cold”), and Old Dominion, who will perform “I Was on a Boat That Day.”
Eric Church and Mickey Guyton are among the first round of artists announced as performers at the 2021 CMA Awards, which are set to take place on November 10th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Church will perform the song “Heart on Fire” from his Album of the Year contender Heart, while Guyton will be joined by singer-songwriters Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards to perform a song from her debut album Remember Her Name. Additional performers on the telecast will include Brothers Osborne, Jimmie Allen, Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton, and Carly Pearce, who will be joined by Ashley McBryde for their duet “Never Wanted to Be That Girl.” Additional performances will be announced ahead of the show.
Nominees for the 55th annual CMA Awards were announced in September, with Church and Chris Stapleton tying for the most nods at five each. Among the first round of performers, Brothers Osborne and Carly Pearce both have Album of the Year nominations, while Allen and Guyton are both up for New Artist of the Year. Ashley McBryde has three nominations of her own, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, and Song of the Year.
Taking over as the CMA Awards’ new host this year will be a solo Luke Bryan, following 2020’s team of Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker. McEntire had also co-hosted in 2019 as part of a trio with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton. The 2021 CMA Awards will also return to the Bridgestone Arena with limited tickets available to the public after going private at the Nashville Convention Center in 2020. Due to venue and union rules, ticketed attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination, while backstage performers and crew members will only have to meet Covid testing requirements.
The 2021 CMA Awards will air live November 10th at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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