50th Annual CMA Awards: Live from Nashville Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night marks the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards, and fans are in for a huge, star-packed cast. The show has more performers slated for the evening than any of the past CMA Awards.


Classic Country stars will once again mix with modern singers, with entertainers such as Bill Anderson, Brenda Lee, Lee Greenwood, The Oak Ridge Boys and Olivia Newton-John. Announced performers include other favorites, such as Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Additional performances include Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Jennifer Nettles, Pentatonix, Charlie Pride, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis, and Brooks & Dunn.

The awards show will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, a long-running, harmonious duo.


Here is a list of categories and nominees:

  • Entertainer of the Year
    Garth Brooks
    Luke Bryan
    Chris Stapleton
    Carrie Underwood
    Keith Urban


  • Female Vocalist of the Year
    Kelsea Ballerini
    Miranda Lambert
    Maren Morris
    Kacey Musgraves
    Carrie Underwood


  • Male Vocalist of the Year
    Eric Church
    Tim McGraw
    Chris Stapleton
    Dierks Bentley
    Keith Urban


  • Album of the Year
    Hero, Maren Morris
    Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church
    Storyteller, Carrie Underwood
    Black, Dierks Bentley
    Ripcord, Keith Urban


  • New Artist of the Year
    Kelsea Balerini
    Brothers Osborne
    Maren Morris
    Old Dominion
    Cole Swindell


  • Single of the Year
    “Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
    “Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
    “My Church,” Maren Morris
    “Record Year,” Eric Church
    “Nobody to Blame,” Chris Stapleton
  • Vocal Group of the Year
    Lady Antebellum
    Little Big Town
    Old Dominion
    Rascal Flatts
    Zac Brown Band


  • Vocal Duo of the Year
    Brothers Osborne
    Dan + Shay
    Florida Georgia Line
    Joey + Rory
    Maddie & Tae
  • Musical Event of the Year
    Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King, “Different For Girls”
    Luke Bryan feat. Karen Fairchild, “Home Alone Tonight”
    Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter”
    Chris Young with Cassadee Pope, “Think Of You”
    Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton, “You Are My Sunshine”


  • Music Video of the Year
    “Fire Away,” Chris Stapleton
    “Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
    “Record Year,” Eric Church
    “Somewhere on a Beach,” Dierks Bentley
    “Burning House,” Cam


  • Musician of the Year
    Jerry Douglas
    Paul Franklin
    Dann Huff
    Brent Mason
    Derek Wells

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