The Country Music Association Awards is the biggest event for the country music community every year. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are hosting the awards for the 10th consecutive year. The two have been a dynamite team since they first teamed up.
“I feel like one of the great things we can do as hosts is put things to rest and we’ve done it a few times on the show with different moments or different things people were going through,” says Underwood referring to country fueds, Zac Brown and Luke Bryan’s to be exact. “We know these people and they support each other,” she continues.
One of the most anticipated categories is always the award for New Artist Of The Year. This year, the nominees are Brett Young, Lauren Alaina, Old Dominion, Luke Combs and Jon Pardi. These are all deserving nominees. They have put their heart and soul into country music and have combined it with natural talent and hard work. All five acts
Locash has been nominated for Duo Of The Year for the first time. According to Chris Lucas, one half of Locash, they were exactly expecting it. “My wife starts screaming and I think something’s wrong because we had just had our daughter, and she goes, ‘You just got nominated for a CMA!’ I totally didn’t even put it all together,” he recalls. “It was just a real moment, man. I had tears in my eyes,” Lucas told Billboard Magazine.
Entertainer Of The Year is the most coveted award. This year’s nominees are Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Eric Church and Garth Brooks. Again, these are five extremely deserving artists. However, it’s impossible not to notice the lack of females in this category over the years.
Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, and Brothers Osborne are just a few of the scheduled performers. Kelsea Ballerini and Reba are also teaming up for a performance and Maren Morris and Naill Horan are scheduled to perform their new song, ‘Seeing Blind’.
The CMA award show is always a great night for the stars and fans. Whether you’re in the stadium or watching it on TV, you can feel the positive energy throughout the arena. The CMA’s are taking place this Wednesday, November 8th at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and will be televised live at 8 pm on ABC.