Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 CMA Awards
As the summer winds down, a big country music event is drawing closer: the CMA Awards. For more than 50 years, the Country Music Association's big event has brought together country music's best and brightest to celebrate the genre and its stars.
Details of the 2019 CMA Awards are starting to come together: The date is set, nominees will soon be announced, and ... well, actually, there's quite a bit more we don't know just yet. Read on for all the details about Country Music's Biggest Night.
When and Where Are the the 2019 CMA Awards?
The 2019 CMA Awards will take place on Nov. 13 in Nashville, Tenn. The show will be held at Bridgestone Arena.
Where Can I Watch the 2019 CMA Awards and the 2019 CMA Awards Red Carpet?
The 2019 CMA Awards will begin at 8PM ET and be broadcast live on ABC. Numerous outlets will broadcast live from the red carpet ahead of the show as well; The Boot will keep readers up to date with red carpet photos and coverage of any major pre-show moments.
Who’s Hosting the 2019 CMA Awards and 2019 CMA Awards Red Carpet?
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood co-hosted the CMA Awards every year since 2008, but in 2019, only Underwood will be back in the role. On Aug. 19, the CMA announced that Underwood will host the 2019 CMA Awards with special guest co-hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. The night will find the organization celebrating country music's legendary female figures.
The official CMA Awards pre-telecast event will be hosted by Carly Pearce and Michael Ray.
Who’s Nominated at the 2019 CMA Awards?
The Country Music Association unveiled this year's nominees list on Aug. 28 on ABC's Good Morning America and via a livestream in conjunction with Billboard. The full 2019 CMA Awards nominees list is available here; Maren Morris leads the pack, with eight nominations to her name.
Who's Going to Win at the 2019 CMA Awards?
As always, predicting the winners for the CMAs is a tough job. The Boot's readers and staff took a stab at it, though: Click here to see our picks! Throughout the ceremony, The Boot will keep this winners list updated as categories are announced.
We do know one guaranteed award winner, though: Kris Kristofferson has been named the recipient of the CMA's 2019 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to "an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country music," in recognition of "both national and international prominence through performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales and public representation at the highest level."
“Kris is a living legend whose impact on our genre has been monumental,” says Country Music Association CEO Sarah Trahern in a press release. “He is the definition of an icon and someone our community holds with such high regard. I’m thrilled our board selected Kris this year for one of the CMA’s highest accolades."
Kristofferson will not be in attendance at the 2019 CMA Awards to receive his new honor in person. He had a show in Davenport, Iowa, scheduled for that night.
How Does Voting Work for the 2019 CMA Awards?
Click here for a complete explanation of the CMA Awards voting process.
Who’s Performing at the 2019 CMA Awards?
With nearly two dozen performances scheduled, the 2019 CMA Awards are going to be a night full of incredible music. Both solo artists and exciting pairings, as well as a couple of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, are being planned for Country Music's Biggest Night.
Here's a full list of 2019 CMA Awards performers, as well as the songs they will be performing, if we know them:
- Kelsea Ballerini, "Homecoming Queen"
- Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson, John Osborne and Joe Walsh, "Me and Bobby McGee"
- Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton, "Dive Bar"
- Brooks & Dunn and Brothers Osborne, "Hard Workin' Man"
- Eric Church, "Some of It"
- Luke Combs, "Beer Never Broke My Heart"
- Dan + Shay, "Speechless"
- Lady Antebellum and Halsey, "What If I Never Get Over You" / "Graveyard" mashup
- Miranda Lambert, "It All Comes Out in the Wash"
- Reba McEntire, "Fancy"
- Maren Morris, "Girl"
- Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson, "Rainbow Connection"
- Old Dominion, "One Man Band"
- Dolly Parton, For King & Country and Zach Williams, "God Only Knows," "There Was Jesus" and "Faith" medley
- Thomas Rhett, "Remember You Young"
- Blake Shelton, "God's Country"
- Chris Stapleton and Pink, "Love Me Anyway"
- Carrie Underwood, "Drinking Alone"
- Keith Urban, "We Were"
- Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, the Highwomen, Gretchen Wilson, Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Tanya Tucker, opening medley
- Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Runaway June and Little Big Town, song TBA
Who’s Presenting at the 2019 CMA Awards?
Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride and more will serve as presenters at the 2019 CMA Awards. The Country Music Association announced a full slate of presenters for the upcoming awards show on Nov. 4.
In addition to Yearwood and McBride, fellow country artists Blanco Brown, Deana Carter, Janie Fricke, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Midland, Craig Morgan, Jennifer Nettles, Pam Tillis and Morgan Wallen will also be presenting awards and introducing performances during the 2019 CMA Awards. The presenters list also includes country DJ Bobby Bones, Dancing With the Stars contestant Hannah Brown, actor and singer Kristin Chenoweth, comedian Jim Gaffigan, actor Madelaine Petsch and actor and comedian JB Smoove.
On Nov. 13, the CMA added a few final presenters to the bill: country artists Jimmie Allen and Cody Johnson, Good Morning America contributor Lara Spencer, Eagles member Joe Walsh and actor Reese Witherspoon.
Who Will be Attending the 2019 CMA Awards?
Expect to see all of this year's performers and presenters at the 2019 CMA Awards ceremony, not to mention most of, if not all of, the nominees!
The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2019 CMA Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to TheBoot.com for the latest CMAs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.
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