2017 CMA Awards: Viewing Guide & Details

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What can you expect from the upcoming 2017 CMA Awards? Get the full rundown and details right here before the show begins!

The 2017 CMA Awards are almost upon us! Going into the evening, country music star Miranda Lambert leads the pack of nominees with five total nominations, including nods for in the Single and Song of the Year categories for “Tin Man,” as well as Music Video of the Year for “Vice.” She also earned her fourth nod for Album of the Year with The Weight of These Wings, as well as eleventh nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. Little Big Town and Keith Urban each earned four nominations, tying for second place this time around in terms of nominations garnered.

Before the show kicks off, get all the vital details below and don’t forget to tune in!

When/ Where: The 51st Annual CMA Awards are being held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in on Wednesday, November 8th. The show is set to broadcast live a 8/7c via ABC.

Hosts: Country music stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood take the helm for the tenth consecutive year.

Presenters: Luke Combs, Jimmie Johnson, Karlie Kloss, Lea Michele, Tyler Perry, Brett Young, Brittany Snow, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Trisha Yearwood, Jason Ritter, Michelle Monaghan, Dustin Lynch, Ruby Rose, and Bobby Bones. Additionally, first-time nominees LOCASH will vie for Vocal Duo of the Year and host the pre-telecast portion of the night.

Performers: Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Niall Horan, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Jon Pardi, P!NK, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.

Collaborations: Dierks Bentley & Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley & Kane Brown, Maren Morris & Niall Horan (formerly of One Direction), Kelsea Ballerini & Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, & Darius Rucker

Categories & Nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

New Artist of the Year
Luke Combs
Old Dominion
Jon Pardi
Brett Young
Lauren Alaina

Music Video of the Year
Little Big Town, “Better Man”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris, “Craving You”
Miranda Lambert, “Vice”
Brothers Osborne, “It Ain’t My Fault” (Winner, announced prior to show)

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
LOCASH
Maddie & Tae
Brothers Osborne

Single of the Year
“Better Man,” Little Big Town
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban
“Body Like A Back Road,” Sam Hunt
“Dirt On My Boots,” Jon Pardi
“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year
The Breaker, Little Big Town
From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton
Heart Break, Lady Antebellum
The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The Weight of These Wings, Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year [Awarded to Songwriter(s)] 
“Tin Man” Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall
“Dirt On My Boots” Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley
“Body Like A Back Road” Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen
“Better Man”Taylor Swift

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Musical Event of the Year
“Craving You,” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
“Funny How Time Slips Away,” Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson  (Winner, announced prior to show)
“Kill A Word,” Eric Church feat. Rhiannon Giddens
“Setting the World on Fire,” Kenny Chesney feat. Pink
“Speak to a Girl,” Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)

Background: The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the more than 6,300 industry professional members of CMA, which when established in 1958 became the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music. The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. Albums and songs released between July 1 of the previous calendar year and June 30 of the award show’s year are eligible for consideration.

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