First performers announced for 51st annual CMA Awards

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 29, 2017 at 6:00 PM

NASHVILLE – Excitement continues to build as the first round of performers were announced for the 51st annual CMA Awards, with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood serving as hosts for the 10th year.

The awards show will air live Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Fans will enjoy performances by CMA Awards nominees Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett and Underwood. Recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and 16-time CMA award winner Alan Jackson will also take centerstage during the show.

Reigning Entertainer of the Year Brooks returns this year with his 12th career nomination for CMA entertainer of the year, a title he has won five times in 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998 and 2016. He is the most awarded artist in the category. 

Current CMA vocal duo Brothers Osborne received their first music video nod for “It Ain’t My Fault” and will once again vie for vocal duo, their third nomination in the category.

Bryan is a two-time consecutive entertainer of the year in 2014 and 2015, returning to compete for his fifth nomination in the category. He has garnered 15 CMA award nominations since 2010.

Up for three nominations this year, Church is a three-time CMA award winner with 25 total career nods. He returns this year with recognition in the entertainer of the year category, in addition to musical event and his sixth consecutive nomination for male vocalist.

With five nominations under her belt this year, Lambert topped the list of finalists with nods in the single and song of the year categories for “Tin Man,” album with The Weight of These Wings, music video of the year for “Vice,” and her 11th nomination for female vocalist, a category she’s won six times consecutively from 2010-2015. She has a career total of 44 CMA award nominations and is the most-awarded female in CMA Awards history, nabbing 12 trophies since 2010. 

Little Big Town claimed four nominations this year, including vocal group, album for The Breaker, and single and music video for “Better Man.” They are seven-time CMA award winners with a career total of 26 CMA award nominations. 

Stapleton is a five-time CMA award winner nominated for entertainer of the year, male vocalist and album for From A Room: Volume 1. He received one nomination for album, but can receive an additional trophy as producer. This is his third consecutive nomination for male, which he’s won the past two years. He was also nominated for entertainer last year and won album for Traveller in 2015. He is an 11-time CMA award nominee. 

With 81 career nominations, Jackson is the second-most nominated artist in CMA Awards history. This year marks Jackson’s 24th CMA Awards performance since debuting in 1990 with “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” He will receive country music’s highest honor, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, on Sunday during the official Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater.

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