With just over three weeks until the historic 50th Annual CMA Awards telecast, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are busy prepping as hosts of the live gala. As expected, both will step into the solo spotlight to perform during the show. Fellow nominees Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris and Keith Urban are also set to perform.
Bentley, who recently appeared on the Grand Ole Opry with duet partner Elle King, a first-time CMA nominee for their “Different for Girls” collaboration, will be vying for Album (Black), Music Video (“Somewhere on a Beach”) and Male Vocalist of the Year. His previous wins include New Artist in 2005 (then called the Horizon Award) and Music Video of the Year for “Drunk on a Plane” in 2014.
Church’s nominations for Male Vocalist, Album (Mr. Misunderstood) and Single, Song and Music Video of the Year for “Record Year,” give him five nods for the second year in a row. Since 2011, when he received his first mention, for New Artist, Church has scored an impressive 22 nominations.
If there’s a breakout star for the year, it’s arguably “My Church” singer and songwriter Morris, whose first-ever CMA nominations this year total five including Single and Song of the Year for the above-mentioned hit. She’s also up for Female Vocalist, Album (Hero) and New Artist of the Year. With wins for Album and Single of the Year, she could also receive additional trophies for her role as producer.
Urban has been a nominee every year since 2004, and with the success of his nominated LP Ripcord and its accompanying world tour, the 2005 Entertainer of the Year is up for the top honor again, as well as Male Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year for “The Fighter,” featuring Underwood, who is herself a first-time nominee for Entertainer of the Year. Additionally, the three-time Female Vocalist winner is up for that honor again as well as Album (Storyteller) and Musical Event.
To date, Paisley has earned 14 CMA Awards since 2000, including Entertainer (2010), Male Vocalist (2007, 2008, 2009) and Album of the Year (2006), placing him third on the list of top CMA award nominees of all-time.
More performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. The 50th Annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Wednesday, November 2nd at 8:00 p.m. ET, on ABC.