CMA Awards 2015 Performers & Gossip
We’re only days away from the 49th Annual Country Music Association Awards, and some of you may be wondering what to expect from the 3-hour show. For starters, it’s due to air from 8pm until 11pm ET (that’s 1am until 4am GMT) on Wednesday, November 4 on the ABC network (live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville).
Hosted for the eighth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the pair are also scheduled to perform alongside the vast majority of the nominees. Carrie has hinted that there will be plenty of costume changes for her during the show, and that she’s looking at a lot of brightly coloured dresses to guide her through the red carpet and 3 hours of showtime.
We can expect an in memoriam tribute to those who have left us this past year (likely midway through the show), including Little Jimmy Dickens, Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson and Bobby Emmons.
As for the monologue, both Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton have made reference to it including the big divorce story – not only Blake and Miranda’s, but Reba and Narvel Blackstock’s, Jake Owen and ex-wife Lacey’s, and more. There’s also the Ashley Madison hack which is reportedly going to get some attention, and they’re bound to focus on the 2016 election race, particularly the run of Donald Trump for Republican candidate. And although Taylor Swift went pop in 2014, things got even crazier following last year’s award show, so you can expect the global pop superstar to remain on the agenda.
Currently announced performers (+ expected song):
Opening the show – Eric Church/Hank Williams Jr ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ (Waylon Jennings cover)
Miranda Lambert ‘Bathroom Sink’
Maddie & Tae ‘Shut Up And Fish’
Kelsea Ballerini ‘Dibs’
Carrie Underwood ‘Smoke Break’
Brad Paisley ‘Country Nation’
Thomas Rhett/Fall Out Boy
Keith Urban/John Mellencamp ‘John Cougar John Deere John 3:16’
Luke Bryan ‘Strip It Down’ (or yet to be announced new single)
Jason Aldean ‘Gonna Know We Were Here’
Sam Hunt ‘Break Up In A Small Town’
Blake Shelton ‘Gonna’
Kenny Chesney ‘Save It For a Rainy Day’
Dierks Bentley/Lindsey Stirling (electric violin virtuoso) ‘Riser’?
Little Big Town – in memoriam?
Zac Brown Band ‘Beautiful Drug’
Florida Georgia Line ‘Confession’
Brooks & Dunn/Reba McEntire
Chris Stapleton & Justin Timberlake
Performance omissions/may be added last minute:
Lee Ann Womack
The Band Perry
Lee Ann Womack
Edie Brickell and Steve Martin
Betty Cantrell (Miss America 2016)
Erika Christensen (ABC’s Wicked City)
Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN College GameDay)
Hannah Davis (Sports Illustrated cover model)
Heather O’Reilly and Megan Rapinoe (U.S. Women’s Soccer Team)
Pre-televised CMA Awards and honors, presenter: