Additional performers, early winners announced for CMA Awards

Kelsea Ballerini added, hosts Reba McEntire & Darius Rucker debuting collaboration

The Country Music Association has revealed the final performer for Wednesday’s (Nov 11th) CMA Awards. Country superstar Kelsea Ballerini will take the stage to perform her hit single “Hole in the Bottle.” Additionally, hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker will debut an emotional, world premiere performance of their “In the Ghetto” collaboration in tribute to country legend and three-time CMA Awards host Mac Davis. The song, which the pair recorded last month, will be available at all DSPs at midnight ET, following their CMA Awards performance.

Hosted by McEntire and Rucker, Country Music’s Biggest Night airs live from Nashville’s Music City Center from 8-11 pm ET/delayed PT on ABC.

Earlier this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, winners were revealed in two categories. Carly Pearce and Lee Brice’s “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” produced by Busbee, won CMA Musical Event of the Year, while Miranda Lambert’s “Bluebird,” directed by Trey Fanjoy, won CMA Music Video of the Year.

Nominations for The 54th Annual CMA Awards were revealed last month. Winners of The 54th Annual CMA Awards will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. Due to the pandemic, the show will forgo a live studio audience.

The 54th Annual CMA Awards is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Alan Carter is the Director and David Wild is the Head Writer.

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