An inside Look at the CMA Awards 2019
The 53rd edition of the Country Music Association Awards, one of the most popular events in the US, is almost here, and we will give you everything you need to know about it.
The biggest night of the year in the country music industry will be held on November 13 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Musicians as popular as Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are expected to be present.
If you are as excited as we are about the 2019 CMA Awards, here’s all you need to know!
The most significant change: the hosts
One of the biggest surprises about this year’s ceremony was announced in mid-August: Brad Paisley, who had been hosting the CMA Awards next to Carrie Underwood for the last 11 years, will no longer take that gig.
Even though he will be missed, the association chose two country music legends to replace him: Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.
In a statement, CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern revealed that having Carrie, Reba, and Dolly on stage was “an incredible honor.” She added that the reason they made such a change was to “celebrate the legacy of women within country music.”
Instead of feeling disappointed, Brad took to Twitter to make clear that he has no hard feelings on the CMA or any of the hosts. He tweeted: “As a fan of all 3 of these amazing women, I can’t wait to watch.”
As a fan of all 3 of these amazing women, I can’t wait to watch. https://t.co/IHuX1GnhQi— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) August 19, 2019
About hosting next to Dolly and Reba, Carrie Underwood said:
"It does not get bigger than that or better than that. I feel like the three of us love what we do so much, and we love country music, and it means something, I feel like, to have us up there on that stage kind of driving the bus for the evening and setting the tone.”
Tickets to attend the celebration
For those who live in the area, or for the ones willing to travel to Nashville, the tickets to the event will be released to the general public on October 16 at 10 am CT on Ticketmaster’s website.
If you are planning to watch the CMA Awards in the comfort of your own home, the event will air live on ABC on November 13 at 8:00 pm ET.
CMA Award nominees
As per the nominees, the artist with more opportunities to take an award home is Maren Morris, with six nominations, being Album of the Year the most relevant.
Apart from her, Brothers Osborne got four nominations, including Vocal Duo and Single of the year; Dierks Bentley received three nominations, including Male Vocalist of the year; and Eric Church is also competing for three awards, being Album of the year the most important.
The nominees for the most important categories are:
Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban for Entertainer of the year.
Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, and Carrie Underwood for Female Vocalist of the year.
Dierks Bentley, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban for Male Vocalist of the year.
Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Midland, Old Dominion, and Zac Brown Band for Vocal Group of the year.
So far, the list of performers has not been announced. However, given the fact that none other than Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire will be hosting, people expect them to perform together.
Apart from that, Maren Morris, who is having one of the most successful years in her career, is also expected to perform. We’ll have to wait for the confirmed list from the CMA Awards, though.
Artists with the most awards
If receiving a nomination for a ceremony as important as the CMA Awards is something that not everybody can experience, some artists have taken things to the next level.
Miranda Lambert, for example, is the female artist with more awards with a whopping total of 13. George Strait, on the other hand, is the artist with the most wins in history, with a total of 23.