CMA AWARDS: Here's What You Need to Know

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Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the 52nd annual CMA Awards tonight (Wednesday) live from Nashville at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Performers include: Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Dan and Shay, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, Midland, Kacey Musgraves, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies, Thomas Rhett, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Stapleton with Maren Morris and Mavis Staples, Carrie Undewood, Keith Urban and Brett Young.  

Presenters include: Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Dancing With the Stars pro Sharna Burgess, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Carly Pearce, Lionel Richie, Dennis Quaid and Trisha Yearwood.

The nominees are:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Album of the Year

From A Room: Volume 2 - Chris Stapleton

Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

Graffiti U - Keith Urban

Life Changes -Thomas Rhett

The Mountain - Dierks Bentley

Single of the Year

"Broken Halos" - Chris Stapleton

"Drinkin' Problem" - Midland

"Drowns the Whiskey" - Jason Aldean f/ Miranda Lambert)

"Meant to Be" - Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

"Tequila" - Dan + Shay

Song of the Year (award goes to songwriter(s))

“Body Like a Back Road” - Sam Hunt (Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)

“Broken Halos” - Chris Stapleton (Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton)

“Drowns the Whiskey” - Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert (Songwriters: Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson)

“Drunk Girl” - Chris Janson (Songwriters: Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson)

“Tequila” - Dan and Shay (Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers)

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum


Little Big Town


Old Dominion

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie and Tae


New Artist of the Year

Lauren Alaina

Luke Combs

Chris Janson


Brett Young

Musical Event of the Year

“Burning Man” - Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne

“Dear Hate” - Maren Morris (Feat. Vince Gill)

“Drowns the Whiskey” - Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” - David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney)

“Meant to Be” - Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line

Music Video of the Year

“Babe” -Sugarland (Feat. Taylor Swift)

“Cry Pretty” - Carrie Underwood

“Drunk Girl” - Chris Janson

“Marry Me” - Thomas Rhett

“Tequila” - Dan and Shay

Musician of the Year

Jerry Douglas, Dobro

Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar

Dann Huff, Guitar

Mac McAnally, Guitar

Derek Wells, Guitar

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