With just one week to go before the 50th annual CMA Awards telecast, several past winners and country music legends have been added to the lineup, including new Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Randy Travis and Charlie Daniels.
During last week’s Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, Travis – who is still recovering from a devastating stroke in 2013 – stunned attendees when he sang “Amazing Grace.” Days later, show co-host Brad Paisley hinted that a tribute to the “Forever and Ever, Amen” singer would be included in the show.
Also slated to perform at the CMA Awards are former Entertainer of the Year winners Ricky Skaggs and Roy Clark, joining previously announced Entertainers of the Year Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Charley Pride, Reba McEntire and George Strait. Additionally, 1989 CMA Horizon Award (Best New Artist) winner Clint Black and multiple award-winners Jason Aldean, Jennifer Nettles and Martina McBride have been added as performers.
The growing performance lineup also includes two of this year’s nominees, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton, along with Elle King, Pentatonix and Dwight Yoakam. They join previously announced performers Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Keith Urban. Nine-time co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, whose comic, show-opening routine is always one of the night’s most anticipated segments, will each take their own turn in the performance spotlight.
The 50th CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Wednesday, November 2nd at 8 p.m. on ABC.