The Country Music Association Awards are set to begin with a tribute to country music legend Loretta Lynn, who died Oct. 4 at age 90.
Lynn entered the music business at a young age and in 1971 released the song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” that would become the best known song of her career. She won CMA Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1967, 1972 and 1973. His other hits include “Once On The Way,” Somebody Somewhere” and “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’.”
The award show will feature several performances. Kelsey Ballerini is set to take the stage to sing “You’re Drunk, Go Home” with Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, as well as a duet between Hardy and Laney Wilson on “Wait in the Truck.” The Zac Brown Band will team up with Jimmy Allen and Marcus King for “Out in the Middle.”
Other performers who will take the stage that night include Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood and Morgan Wallen, who will sing her hit “You Proof.”
Peyton Manning & Luke Bryan ‘Sync In’ For CMA Awards: ‘It’s Not Cool’
When it comes to hosting the show, Bryant and Peyton Manning are excited to have fun together on stage and not the least bit nervous about show night.
Bryan, who hosted the show in 2021, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a little fun with his co-host this year, pointing to Manning’s increased involvement in commercials and various other TV appearances.
“I’m definitely not nervous about Peyton and her noise because she’s got this TV stuff down,” Bryan explained. “Just look at the Super Bowl, he’s 83% of all Super Bowl commercials. The fun part of the night is always the beauty of being the host. It’s going to be fun for Peyton and me right now.”
One element of the night Brian can’t get enough of is the energy he feels when hosting on stage. The energy he feels while hosting is the same as professional athletes walking onto a basketball court or football field, in the sense that an audience is cheering for him.
“You get anxious. Not to make silly analogies, but for me, it’s like going to a big football game, and the energy is coming out and starting the show, delivering some funny jokes, roasting some of the entertainers there,” Brian explained. “Being at home is a magical thing, and it’s up to us to be normal and have fun, and people at home can really see that we don’t really take ourselves too seriously, but we do take the night. Very seriously.” “
Manning and Bryant, who have been friends for quite some time, have no problem cracking jokes at each other’s expense.
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“Luke and I played golf together in Indianapolis a few years ago, before he was playing a charity fundraiser for this children’s hospital that I’m very involved with,” Manning said. “A lot of golf courses, sometimes you’ll show up in shorts, and they’ll say, ‘Hey, you have to wear long pants,’ but this was different, because you can wear shorts at this club, but Luke showed up in pants, but they were very tight pants. We cut them off and they became very tight shorts.”
Brian added, “A great memory is when I actually, I played Mile High Stadium and Peyton came out and Brandon Stokely and him, who had played together for years, got a football backstage in the locker room and Peyton put Stokely in the head. Whenever he’s not looking, and it’s fun watching these two torture each other.”
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The CMAs will air on Wednesday, November 9