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CONVERGE | Entertainment

Everything You Need to Know About the Country Music Awards

November 12, 2019

Country music's biggest night is back!

Country Music’s biggest night is fast approaching and already making a splash. This year, the Country Music Association decided to shake things up a bit and put female artists on center stage (about time). According to a press release, the 53rd annual Country Music Awards will be “celebrating legendary women in country music throughout the ceremony.” But what does that mean? We'll break it down for you.

The Hosts

For 12 years, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have iconically co-hosted the event. This year, Underwood will return with legendary country stars Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton by her side. According to a CMA press release, the dynamic trio have a total of 124 CMA award nominations and 22 wins between them. All three have hosted in the past and are back to make this year’s award show one for the books.  

The Performances

The CMA’s opening number is scheduled to be a historical moment, with several women in country music uniting on stage. Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton will be joined by Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, The Highwomen, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson. Each will sing an iconic country song in a collaborative medley representative of the last several decades. Another can’t-miss performance will feature Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow singing, “Me and Bobby McGee,” in honor of Kris Kristofferson being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. And that’s not all. Special guests and country’s best-known artists are scheduled to perform throughout the night. You won’t want to miss it.   

The Nominees

This year’s CMA nominees include a mix of newcomers and well-established country stars. New Artist of the Year nominees include Midland and Carly Pearce. Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood are up for Album of the Year, while Maren Morris picks up the most nominations in six categories, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Brothers Osborne follows closely behind Maren with four nominations. However, there is one award all country stars hope to win one day, and that is Entertainer of the Year. 

The Predictions

There is a lot of buzz surrounding who will be crowned Entertainer of the Year at this year’s show. While the winner is ultimately chosen by CMA members, many country fans are rooting for a woman to take the prize. The last woman to win the award was Taylor Swift in 2011 and no women have been nominated since 2016, which is a big miss. This year, Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church are all up for the award. Who will win? 

Tune in to the CMA Awards on November 13 at 8 p.m. CST on ABC to see the winners revealed live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. 

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