The 56th CMA Awards Go Down Tonight

The 56th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, goes down tonight at 8 pm on ABC, live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The presenters for tonight’s telecast include BRELAND, Tyler Hubbard, Reba McEntire and boyfriend Rex Linn, Little Big Town, Parker McCollum, Jordan Davis, Lady A, Lainey Wilson, Wynonna Judd, and Jeannie Seely along with Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts, “George & Tammy” stars Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon, Sarah Drew, Cole Hauser, “Home Town’s” Ben and Erin Napier.

The lineup of performers include Luke Combs, Cody Johnson, Reba McEntire, Cole Swindell, Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce, Lainey Wilson, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Zac Brown Band, featuring Jimmie Allen and Marcus King, Ashley McBryde, Brandi Clark, Caylee Hammack, Pillbox Patti and John Osborne, Chris Stapleton and Patty Loveless, and Elle King and The Black Keys.

Alan Jackson will receive the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award with Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood and Lainey Wilson paying tribute to him in song.

As a reminder, here are the nominees:

Entertainer of the Year

  • Luke Combs
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Morgan Wallen

Single of the Year

  • “Buy Dirt” — Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan (Producer: Paul DiGiovanni, Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley)
  • “half of my hometown” — Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Kenny Chesney) (Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins, Mix Engineer: Dan Grech-Marguerat)
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore)
  • “‘Til You Can’t” — Cody Johnson (Producer: Trent Willmon, Mix Engineer: Jack Clarke)
  • “You Should Probably Leave” — Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, Mix Engineer: Vance Powell)

Album of the Year

  • “Growin’ Up” — Luke Combs (Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton, Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews)
  • “Humble Quest” — Maren Morris (Producer: Greg Kurstin, Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea)
  • “Palomino” — Miranda Lambert (Producers: Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, Mikey Reaves, Mix Engineer: Jason Lehning)
  • “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin'” — Lainey Wilson (Producer: Jay Joyce, Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen)
  • “Time, Tequila & Therapy” — Old Dominion (Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion, Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank)

Song of the Year

  • “Buy Dirt” – Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce
  • “Sand In My Boots” – Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Josh Osborne
  • “Things A Man Oughta Know” – Songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson
  • “You Should Probably Leave” – Songwriters: Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Carly Pearce
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lainey Wilson

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Cody Johnson
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Morgan Wallen

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year

  • Walker Hayes
  • Cody Johnson
  • Parker McCollum
  • Lainey Wilson

Musical Event of the Year

  • “Beers On Me” — Dierks Bentley with BRELAND & HARDY (Producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman)
  • “If I Didn’t Love You” — Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood (Producer: Michael Knox)
  • “Longneck Way To Go” — Midland (featuring Jon Pardi) (Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
  • “Never Say Never” — Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson) (Producer: Zach Crowell)
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)

Music Video of the Year

  • “I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) — Taylor Swift (featuring Chris Stapleton) (Director: Blake Lively)
  • “Longneck Way To Go” — Midland (featuring Jon Pardi) (Director: Harper Smith)
  • “Never Say Never” — Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson) (Director: Michael Monaco)
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” — Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Director: Alexa Campbell)
  • “‘Til You Can’t” — Cody Johnson (Director: Dustin Haney)


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