Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
The Country Music Association will hold its 51st annual awards ceremony Wednesday in Nashville.
Here’s what you need to know about the show.
What time: The CMA ceremony will air on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.
What channel: ABC is airing the show.
Who is hosting: For the 10th year in a row, singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host the ceremony.
Who is nominated: For the big prize, Entertainer of the Year, it’s between Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban. For Female Vocalist of the Year, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood and Maren Morris are nominated. Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban are all up for Male Vocalist of the Year. Click here for a full list of nominees.
Who is presenting: According to the CMA website, “New Artist of the Year nominees Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs and Brett Young, radio personality Bobby Bones, NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, model and Kode With Klossy founder Karlie Kloss, country artist Dustin Lynch, actress Lea Michele, actress Michelle Monaghan, actor, director and author Tyler Perry, stars of ABC’s “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” Jason Ritter and JoAnna Garcia Swisher, “Pitch Perfect 3” actresses Ruby Rose and Brittany Snow, and three-time CMA Awards winner and 20-time previous nominee Trisha Yearwood will step in as presenters.”
Who is performing: Some big names are on tap to perform during the show including:
Little Big Town
Kelsea Ballerini and Reba McEntire will perform together, as will Brad Paisley and Kane Brown and husband and wife Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban will take part in "an unprecedented opening collaboration."