Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 CMA Awards
After 2016's 50th anniversary extravaganza, the bar is set high for the 51st annual Country Music Association Awards in 2017. Read on for everything you need to know about the 2017 CMA Awards, Country Music's Biggest Night.
When and Where Are the the 2017 CMA Awards?
The 2017 CMA Awards are scheduled for Nov. 8, the Country Music Association announced in early June. The show will take place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena; the show will begin at 8PM ET.
Where Can I Watch the 2017 CMA Awards and the 2017 CMA Awards Red Carpet?
The 2017 CMA Awards will be broadcast live on ABC.
The Boot will be hosting a live stream of the 2017 CMA Awards red carpet festivities, hosted by Taste of Country Nights host Sam Alex and country singer Cam. The feed will be available beginning at 6PM ET on Nov. 8; check back then to watch.
Who’s Hosting the 2017 CMA Awards?
In early June, the Country Music Association announced that Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the 2017 CMA Awards for the 10th year in a row. Expect plenty of antics from this duo as they return to mark a full decade of co-hosting -- and, if the co-hosts themselves are to be believed, one incredible moment from Underwood.
LoCash, meanwhile, will host a pre-telecast portion of the evening.
Who’s Nominated at the 2017 CMA Awards?
Nominations for 2017 CMA Awards were announced on Sept. 4. That morning, Brothers Osborne, Lauren Alaina and Dustin Lynch appeared on Good Morning America to announce select categories' nominees; following the show, the remaining categories' nominees were revealed via GoodMorningAmerica.com.
Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris and many more are among this year's nominated artists; a dozen artists earned multiple nominations this year. Readers can see a complete list of 2017 CMA Awards nominees here, and well as some surprises and snubs.
Who's Going to Win at the 2017 CMA Awards?
Members of the Country Music Association have voted to determine 2017's CMA Awards winners. Before winners are revealed on Nov. 8, you can see who The Boot's readers and staff predict will win.
The night of the 2017 CMA Awards, The Boot will update this post with winners as they are revealed.
How Does Voting Work for the 2017 CMA Awards?
Check out The Boot's primer on CMA Awards voting to learn everything you need to know about the process.
Who’s Performing at the 2017 CMA Awards?
On Oct. 18, the Country Music Association revealed the first acts scheduled to perform during the 2017 CMA Awards: Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi and Chris Stapleton.
On Oct. 24, the CMA announced that four superstar pairings will take the stage during the 2017 CMA Awards: Kelsea Ballerini and Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts, Maren Morris and Niall Horan and Brad Paisley and Kane Brown. Paisley and Brown will be performing Paisley's newest single, "Heaven South," and Ballerini and McEntire will sing Ballerini's "Legends," but the exact details of the other three collaborations have not yet been announced. It seems likely, however, that Morris and Horan's performance will include at least part of their new duet, "Seeing Blind."
Three days later, on Oct. 27, the CMA shared that pop star Pink, as well Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Keith Urban, will all be performing at the 2017 CMA Awards. All four artists are nominated at this year's awards show, including Pink, who is nominated with Kenny Chesney for Musical Event of the Year; however, Chesney won't be attending the 2017 CMA Awards, so it's unclear with whom Pink will be performing.
Also on Oct. 27, the CMA announced an "unprecedented opening collaboration" featuring Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban and more. During 2017 CMA Awards radio remotes on Nov. 6, Taste of Country learned that Kelsea Ballerini will also be part of the opening number.
Throughout the night of the 2017 CMA Awards, The Boot will update this story as performances take place.
Who’s Presenting at the 2017 CMA Awards?
Lauren Alaina, Brett Young and more will help hand out trophies and introduce performances on Country Music's Biggest Night. In addition to Alaina and Young -- both New Artist of the Year nominees at the 2017 CMA Awards -- Luke Combs, Trisha Yearwood and Dustin Lynch will help present trophies during the awards ceremony. Also scheduled to present at the show are Bobby Bones, Jimmie Johnson, Karlie Kloss, Lea Michele, Michelle Monaghan, Tyler Perry, Jason Ritter, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Ruby Rose and Brittany Snow.
Who Will be Attending the 2017 CMA Awards?
In addition to the performers, presenters, honorees and other country stars, fans can also attend the 2017 CMA Awards … so you never know who you’ll see in the audience during the broadcast! We do know, however, that Album of the Year nominee Jason Isbell will not be there.
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