53rd Annual CMA Awards early winners revealed

“Old Town Road (Remix)” Wins CMA Musical Event of the Year, “Rainbow” Wins CMA Music Video of the Year

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards are just hours away, and in anticipation of the big show, winners in two categories have been revealed. “Old Town Road (Remix)” by Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus (Producers: YoungKio, Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross) was announced as winner of CMA Musical Event of the Year, while “Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves (Director: Hannah Lux Davis) takes home the trophy for CMA Music Video of the Year. The winners were revealed by country duo Maddie & Tae this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America broadcast, live from Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Carrie Underwood with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, broadcasts live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville tonight (Wed, Nov 13th) at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC. The hosts open the show with a Women of Country performance that will feature Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, The Highwomen (comprised of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires), Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson, each performing iconic country songs for a monumental decades-spanning medley never before seen.

Additional performers and presenters have been unveiled to the previously announced lineup. Joe Walsh joins Dierks Bentley alongside Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson and John Osborne for a special performance honoring Kris Kristofferson, the 2019 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Additional presenters include country artists Jimmie Allen and Cody Johnson, Good Morning America contributor Lara Spencer, musician Joe Walsh, and actress and producer Reese Witherspoon.

Country artists Carly Pearce and Michael Ray will host the CMA Awards Pre-Telecast, where CMA Musician of the Year will be presented to the winner. In addition, the CMA Music Video of the Year and CMA Musical Event of the Year winners will be recapped, having been announced early Wednesday morning live on GMA. The CMA Broadcast Awards winners will also be recognized during the pre-telecast.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Alex Rudzinski is the Director, and David Wild is the Head Writer.

Fans can listen to music featuring the CMA Awards nominees and performers, on Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Vevo and YouTube. To celebrate The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, the official merchandise line featuring tees, sweatshirts and other gifts is now available online. Merchandise will also be sold on-site at Bridgestone Arena.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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