NASHVILLE – More artists, more music, and more memorable moments
have been added to “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” which includes
more performers than any other broadcast in CMA Awards history.
Joining the lineup of superstars
are 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Charlie Daniels
and Randy Travis; former Entertainer of the Year winners Ricky
Skaggs and Roy Clark; former CMA Awards host Clint
Black; CMA Awards winners Jason Aldean, Jennifer
Nettles, and Martina McBride; 2016 CMA Awards nominees
Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett;
and multi-format sensations Elle King, Pentatonix,
and Dwight Yoakam.
“This is a celebration of Country Music – both contemporary
and the classics – that is certain to resonate with music fans,” said Sarah
Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “’The 50th Annual
CMA Awards’ will certainly reflect our history, but it is equally important
to recognize our current nominees and the hits of today.”
“The 50th Annual CMA Awards”
will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and
broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Aldean has 14 CMA Awards
nominations including three each for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year.
He has won twice, including Album of the Year in 2011 for My Kinda Party.
Black hosted the CMA Awards
in 1993. He has 19 CMA Awards nominations to his credit and four wins, including
Male Vocalist of the Year in 1990.
Clark hosted the annual gala in 1976. He has 23 career CMA Awards
nominations and won seven times including Entertainer of Year in 1973.
Daniels was inducted into
the Country Music Hall of Fame in October. He has 14 CMA Awards nominations and
won three times, including once for Single of the Year for “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” (1979).
A soulful rising rock star,
King received her first CMA Awards nomination this year for Musical Event of the
Year with Dierks Bentley for “Different for Girls.”
McBride has 30 CMA Awards
nominations and has won five times – including four wins for Female Vocalist
of the Year (1999, 2002-2004).
Nettles has four nominations as a solo performer and 17 nominations
as part of Sugarland. She won Song of the Year for “Stay” and claimed the
Vocal Duo of the Year trophy five times.
Pentatonix is no stranger to the CMA Awards stage.
Last year they paid tribute to The Oak Ridge Boys, who were inducted into the
Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015, with their a capella version of “Elvira.”
Thomas Rhett has four CMA
Awards nominations including two in 2016 for Single and Song of the Year for “Die
A Happy Man,” which he co-wrote.
Skaggs has 21 CMA Awards nominations and five wins, including
the Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) in 1982 and Entertainer of the
Year three years later (1985).
One of the top nominees in 2016, Stapleton’s list of nominations
includes Entertainer (his first in the category); Male Vocalist; Single for “Nobody
to Blame”; Music Video for “Fire Away”; and Musical Event of the Year with
life and stage partner Morgane Stapleton (her first nomination)
for “You Are My Sunshine.” Stapleton only receives one nomination for Single
of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.
Travis was inducted into the Country
Music Hall of Fame in October. He hosted the CMA Awards in 1990 and has 24 career
nominations and five wins, including the Horizon Award in 1986 and Male Vocalist of the Year in 1987.
An actor and musical innovator,
Yoakam has eight CMA Awards nominations including his first in 1986 for the Horizon
Award until his most recent in 2001 for Vocal Event of the Year with Buck Owens.
The artists announced today
join previously announced performers Alabama, Kelsea
Ballerini, Bentley, Garth Brooks with Trisha
Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn, Luke
Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line,
Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert,
Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris,
Kacey Musgraves, Paisley, Charley Pride, Reba,
George Strait, Underwood, and Keith Urban.
“The 50th Annual CMA
Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton
is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David
Wild is the Writer.
Fans can get more information on “The 50th Annual CMA Awards”
and sign up for CMA emails and exclusives by visiting CMAawards50.com.