The 51st Annual CMA Awards will bring out all the important people in country music this week, and the big show, dubbed country music’s biggest night, will be packed full of exciting performances with a slew of big names already confirmed to attend.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2017 CMAs, including the full list of performers and presenters and all the details on how to live stream the show.
When and where is it?
The 51st Annual CMA Awards will take place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on November 8.
How can I watch?
The awards will air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
Can I live stream the show?
A live stream will be available in select areas across the U.S. Country music fans in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco who have a participating TV provider will be able to live stream the awards via ABC Go.
Tennessean is reporting that DirecTV customers in Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah, and West Palm Beach will also be given access to the online live stream service.
There will also be a number of live streams live from the red carpet. Taste of Country has announced a pre-show live stream to show all the red carpet arrivals as they happen while the country music blog, The Boot, will also host live footage as the stars arrive at the arena.
Who’s hosting the show?
For their tenth consecutive year, country music superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will once again join forces as co-hosts.
Carrie teased to People this week that she’ll also continue her tradition of wearing several stunning gowns throughout the evening, hinting that she might even change more than 10 times this year.
The CMAs will welcome a whole host of performances this year, including both country and non-country superstars.
Already confirmed to be taking to the stage are Garth Brooks, P!nk, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, John Pardi, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.
But that’s not all, as the 2017 CMAs stage will also host some huge collaborations.
Teaming up to perform together will be Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Maren Morris and Niall Horan, Lauren Alaina and Dan + Shay, Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts, Kelsea Ballerini and Reba McEntire, as well as Brad Paisley and Kane Brown.
Brad also teased during a recent appearance on Good Morning America that Carrie’s performance will be the one to look out for on the night. Though the co-hosts didn’t give too much away, Paisley told anchor Robin Roberts that he believes Underwood’s performance will be the one everyone’s talking about on November 9.
Who’s handing out the awards?
The A-List appearances certainly aren’t just reserved for the performance slots this year, as there are some huge names set to hand out the awards during the broadcast.
Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs and Brett Young, Bobby Bones, Jimmie Johnson, Karlie Kloss, Dustin Lynch, Lea Michele, Michelle Monaghan, Tyler Perry, Jason Ritter, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Ruby Rose and Brittany Snow, plus Trisha Yearwood will all give out the awards on the night.
Who are the nominees?
Miranda Lambert came out on top with her five CMA nominations this year, while Keith Urban and Little Big Town came in a close second with four nominations between them.
Other notable stars up for awards this year include Carrie, Luke Bryan, and even Taylor Swift, who nabbed a nomination for Song of the Year for writing Little Big Town’s “Better Man.” Though CMA is staying pretty quiet, rumors have been swirling that Swift could potentially return to the show for a surprise appearance.
As for who else could go home winners on the night, People has the full list of 2017 CMA Awards nominees ahead of this year’s ceremony.
Anything else to know?
Brad previously confirmed that this year’s show would pay tribute to the 59 people who lost their lives in Las Vegas after a gunman opened fire during the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in October.
Though he noted that he and Carrie won’t “dwell” on the tragedy and will still have fun with the show, the “Water” singer told Rolling Stone last month that they “have to make sure we honor those we’ve lost.”
“The theme of the show this year is very much about unity and coming together as a format,” he added.
The 51st Annual CMA Awards will air on ABC from 8/7 p.m. Central on November 8.
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