2020 CMA Awards: Everything You Need To Know

Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker; Photo Courtesy ABC
Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker; Photo Courtesy ABC
Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker; Photo Courtesy ABC

“Country Music’s Biggest Night” is upon us! The 54th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Music City Center on Wednesday (November 11) at 8/7 c on ABC.

In past years, the annual awards show aired live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show has been moved to Music City Center.

As we count down the hours until the biggest night in country music, here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about the show.

How To Watch:

The 54th Annual CMA Awards will air live on ABC on Wednesday, November 11 at 8 p.m. EST.

Who Is Hosting:

Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker will be co-hosting the show. This year mark’s McEntire’s fifth time hosting and Rucker’s first.

“I’m thrilled to be back hosting the CMA Awards and even more thrilled that I get to share the stage with Darius Rucker,” McEntire previously shared in a statement. “We’re looking forward to a night of celebrating great country music and hope you’ll tune in and watch!”

Rucker added, “I look forward to the CMA Awards every year because of the incredible performances and the opportunity to celebrate the year in country music. To be invited to host this year’s awards alongside Reba — are you kidding me?! — it is an absolute honor. Even though this year will look a little different than normal, I know that we’re all eager for a night of musical celebration, and this year’s show definitely won’t disappoint!”

Who Is Nominated:

Miranda Lambert leads the pack of nominees with an impressive seven nominations, making CMA Awards history as the female artist to accumulate a record-breaking 55 total career nods. The record was previously held by Reba McEntire, who earned her 51st career nomination this year. Luke Combs follows with six nods, including his first-ever CMA Entertainer of the Year nomination.

Charley Pride is set to receive the 2020 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award for his impact on country music. Previous recipients include Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.

Other top nominees include Maren Morris, Dan + Shay, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde and Keith Urban. A complete list of nominees can be viewed HERE.

Who Is Performing:

Chris Stapleton – “Starting Over”
Morgan Wallen – “More Than My Hometown”
Miranda Lambert – “Settling Down”
Maren Morris – “The Bones”
Luke Combs – “Cold As You”
Eric Church – “Hell Of A View”
Jon Pardi – Joe Diffie Tribute
Keith Urban – “God Whispered Your Name”
Jimmie Allen – “Best Shot”
Ingrid Andress – “More Hearts Than Mine”
Florida Georgia Line – “Long Live”
Little Big Town – Kenny Rogers Tribute
Rascal Flatts – “Bless the Broken Road”
Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”
Old Dominion – TBA

Collaborations:
Reba McEntire feat. Darius Rucker – TBA
Darius Rucker feat. Lady A – “Beers & Sunshine”
Thomas Rhett feat. Reba McEntire, Chris Tomlin and Hillary Scott – “Be A Light”
Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osbourne, Jenee Fleenor and Ashley McBryde – Charlie Daniels Tribute
Gabby Barrett feat. Charlie Puth – “I Hope”
Charles Kelley feat. Carly Pearce – “I Hope You’re Happy Now”
Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber – “10,000 Hours”

Who Is Presenting:

Bobby Bones, Lauren Alaina, Lauren Akins, Jake Owen, Charles Esten, Taylor Hill, Sara Evans, Cece Winans and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

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