“Country Music’s Biggest Night” returns to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10, and there’s no shortage of star power set to take the stage.
With first-time host Luke Bryan running the show, the 2021 CMA Awards (7 p.m. CT, ABC) will feature performances from familiar faces — Carrie Underwood, Eric Church and Blake Shelton, among others — and rising stars like Mickey Guyton, Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards. Fresh off the release of the Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect,” Jennifer Hudson will also be making her CMA Awards debut.
Coronavirus precautions remain in place for attendees, but the return to a larger production will be a welcome change from the 2020 award ceremony, which was closed to the public and held across the street from Bridgestone at the Music City Center.
Whether you’re watching from the stands or from your couch, there’ll be no shortage of good music to groove along with. Here’s a rundown of who’s going to perform.
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CMA Awards 2021 performers
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood will sing their hit duet “If I Didn’t Love You.”
New Artist of the Year nominee Jimmie Allen will sing “Freedom Was a Highway.”
Gabby Barrett will perform “The Good Ones.”
Dierks Bentley will perform “Beers On Me” featuring BRELAND and HARDY.
Brothers Osborne will give “a deeply personal performance,” per the CMA, from their Album of the Year nominee “Skeletons.”
Host Luke Bryan will perform “Up.”
Eric Church will perform “Heart on Fire,” from his Album of the Year contender, “Heart.”
Luke Combs, TBD
Dan + Shay are set to perform their 2020 single “I Should Probably Go to Bed.”
Mickey Guyton will perform an unspecified song from her debut album, “Remember Her Name,” alongside Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards.
Jennifer Hudson, TBD
Miranda Lambert, TBD
Old Dominion will play “I Was On a Boat That Day.”
Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde will sing their duet “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” which is featured on Pearce’s “29: Written In Stone,” an expanded version of Album of the Year nominee “29.”
Thomas Rhett will perform “Country Again.”
Blake Shelton will sing his latest single, “Come Back as a Country Boy.”
Chris Stapleton is set to perform “Cold.”
Keith Urban will perform “Wild Hearts.”
Chris Young and Kane Brown will team up to deliver their nominated collaboration “Famous Friends.”
Zac Brown Band will perform “Same Boat.”
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Eric Church and Chris Stapleton lead all artists with five CMA Award nominations each. Both are also nominated for the night’s top prize, Entertainer of the Year, alongside Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.