On Wednesday Nov. 14 country music fans will tune in for “Country Music’s Biggest Night” as the 2018 CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville, TN. Hosted for the 11th consecutive year by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, the show will feature performances from some of country music’s biggest stars.
As we prepare for the festivities, Sounds Like Nashville has compiled a list of what to expect from the CMA Awards and how you can watch them from the comforts of your home. Keep up with us as we update you through the night of the latest happenings.
How to Watch: The best place to catch all of the action from the 52nd Annual CMA Awards is by tuning in to the ABC Network. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. EST and runs for three music-packed hours. The Country Music Association will also give fans a look at the red carpet with a livestream on ABC’s YouTube page (you can watch below!) Hosted by Pickler & Ben’s Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron, the live feed will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
Hosts: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are ready to resume their roles as hosts for the 2018 CMA Awards Show. The dynamic duo is teaming up yet again for the annual powerhouse country event. The 52nd CMA Awards is Underwood and Paisley’s 11th year as hosts, that’s over a decade of opening monologues, hilarious skits and occasionally awkward rehearsals. Who knows what they have in store? We have no doubt the pair has an extraordinary night planned with recaps, insider secrets and plenty of charming banter to keep us overwhelmingly entertained all night long.
Performers: The Country Music Association has stunned with incredible performances year after year and this celebration will be no different. Fans can expect amazing moments from Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, Kacey Musgraves, Pistol Annies, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Luke Combs, Midland, Brett Young, Lauren Alaina, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, and Chris Stapleton with Maren Morris and Mavis Staples, as well as special appearances by Lindsay Ell, Vince Gill, Sierra Hull, Chris Janson, Ashley McBryde, David Lee Murphy, Jon Pardi, Carson Peters, Marty Stuart, and Cole Swindell. Bryan will kick off the night with a rousing performance of “What Makes You Country” featuring some very special guests.
Presenters: Country artist Jimmie Allen, nationally syndicated personality Bobby Bones, country artist Kane Brown, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars’ Sharna Burgess, model and actress Olivia Culpo, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ Mackenzie Foy, country artists Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride and Carly Pearce, singer/actor Dennis Quaid, ABC’s American Idol judge Lionel Richie, actor Noah Schnapp, singer/songwriter, actress and producer Rita Wilson and country artist Trisha Yearwood have all been enlisted to help hand out the hardware to the night’s winners.
Winners: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! No one makes music to win awards, but it never hurts to be recognized for hard work and success. This year’s competition has been fierce, and artists and musicians alike have pushed themselves to create music to last a lifetime.
The 52nd Annual CMA Awards 2018 will take place live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.