The first round of performers for the upcoming 56th annual CMA Awards were announced Tuesday morning (Oct. 25), and include a mix of veteran hitmakers and emerging artists.
This year’s performer lineup includes Jimmy Allen, Kelsey Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Hardy, Marcus King, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson and the Zac Brown Band. This year’s show will be co-hosted by two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner Bryan and NFL star Peyton Manning.
The 56th annual CMA Awards will air from Nashville on Wednesday, November 9 The ABC broadcast will begin with a tribute to the late singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. Brian will perform his new single “Country On,” while current five-time nominee Carly Pearce will perform a song from her latest album. 29: Written in stone.
Lambert, the most-nominated female artist in CMA Awards history with three nominations this year, including entertainer of the year, will perform “Geralden” from her album palominowhich was nominated for Album of the Year.
Entertainer of the Year Underwood, who has three nominations this year, will perform her new single “Hate My Heart.” Confirmed by the former BillboardBallerini will perform Ballerini’s new song “You’re Drunk, Go Home” with Pierce and Clarkson.
Wallen, who received his first CMA Entertainer of the Year nod this year, will perform his latest chart-topper, “You Proof.” This year three-time CMA Award nominee Hardy will join Wilson, this year’s top nominee with six nods, for their duet “Wait in the Truck.”
Meanwhile, CMA Vocal Group of the Year nominees Jack Brown Band will perform the single “Out in the Middle” with CMA New Artist of the Year Allen and blues guitarist King. Additional performers and presenters for the CMAs will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the awards go on sale from 11am today via Ticketmaster. Winners of this year’s awards show will be determined by a final vote by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot is now open to CMA members, with voting for the final ballot taking place Friday (Oct. 28) at 7 p.m. ET.