CMA Awards announces presenters, pre-show telecast

Luke Combs, Jimmie Johnson, Karlie Kloss, Lea Michele, Tyler Perry, Brett Young Among Presenters Announced; LOCASH to Host Pre-telecast

CMA has announced the first round of presenters for The 51st Annual CMA Awards, including some of country music’s hottest new stars and a few of the biggest names from the entertainment and sports worlds. The 51st Annual CMA Awards broadcast live Wednesday, November 8th from 8-11 pm ET from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

New Artist of the Year nominees Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs and Brett Young, radio personality Bobby Bones, NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, model and Kode With Klossy founder Karlie Kloss, star of Freeform’s “Movie Night with Karli Kloss,” country artist Dustin Lynch, actress Lea Michele of ABC’s The Mayor, The Path actress Michelle Monaghan, actor, director and author Tyler Perry, stars of ABC’s Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, Jason Ritter and JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Pitch Perfect 3 actresses Ruby Rose and Brittany Snow and three-time CMA Awards winner and 20-time previous nominee Trisha Yearwood will step in as presenters and help co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood during “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Additionally, first-time nominees LOCASH will vie for Vocal Duo of the Year and host the pre-telecast portion of the night.

Performers previously announced for the November 8th Awards include collaborations by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Kelsea Ballerini & Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley & Rascal Flatts, Maren Morris & Niall Horan, Brad Paisley & Kane Brown as well as performers Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, P!NK, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Urban will be joined by Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker for an unprecedented opening collaboration as well.

Miranda Lambert tops the list of nominees for The 51st Annual CMA Awards with five nominations. Little Big Town and Keith Urban each garner four nominations, tying for the second most nominations this year.

Winners of The 51st Annual CMA Awards are determined by eligible voting CMA members. Ballots are tabulated by the professional services organization Deloitte & Touche LLP.

The 51st Annual CMA Awards is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton serves as the Executive Producer for the 11th year, Gary Halvorson as the Director for the first time and writer David Wild for his 16th year.

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