Country Legend Willie Nelson Returns to CMA Awards Stage for First Time Since 2012
The 53rd Annual CMA Awards has announced a series of performances and collaborations for the show, which airs live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 13 (8 p.m. EST), on ABC. Carrie Underwood will host “Country Music’s Biggest Night” with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton,
Included are: Kelsea Ballerini, Brooks & Dunn with Brothers Osborne, Garth Brooks with Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay, Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson, Lady Antebellum and Halsey, Old Dominion, Shelton, and Thomas Rhett.
Plus: Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, McEntire, Maren Morris, Parton with for KING & COUNTRY and Zach Williams, P!nk and Chris Stapleton, Underwood, and Keith Urban.
Brooks & Dunn, an 18-time CMA Awards winner and two-time nominee this year, will perform their hit song “Hard Workin’ Man” with Brothers Osborne, the reigning Vocal Duo of the Year and four-time nominee this year. Brooks & Dunn are also recent inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Brooks, an Entertainer of the Year nominee this year, and Shelton, a three-time nominee this year, will perform their CMA Musical Event of the Year nominated hit, “Dive Bar.”
A three-time nominee this year, Musgraves welcomes long-time friend and 10-time CMA Awards-winner Nelson to the CMA stage to perform what a press release called “a heartwarming collaboration that fans will soon see has been decades in the making.”
Nelson last performed on the CMA Awards stage in 2012 in honor of receiving the inaugural CMA Lifetime Achievement Award.
In a never-before-seen collaboration, Halsey makes her first-ever CMA Awards appearance, joining six-time CMA Awards winner Lady Antebellum to perform a genre-defying mashup.
Female Vocalist of the Year nominee this year Ballerini is set to perform her latest hit single “homecoming queen?,” while Dan + Shay, a three-time nominee this year, will perform “Speechless” from their CMA Album of the Year-nominated album “Dan + Shay.”
Old Dominion, reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year and nominee again this year in the category, will bring their hit “One Man Band” to the CMA Awards stage, while Rhett, a two-time nominee this year, will perform “Remember You Young” from his CMA Album of the Year-nominated album “Center Point Road.” In addition to his performance with Brooks, Shelton will also hit the stage to perform his three-time-nominated single “God’s Country.”
Nine-time CMA Awards winner Parton will welcome for KING & COUNTRY and Williams to the CMA Awards stage for the first time ever to perform an inspirational gospel medley of “God Only Knows,” “There Was Jesus,” and Parton’s not-yet-released new song, “Faith.”
In an epic collaboration, Stapleton, a three-time nominee this year, will join P!nk to perform their duet, “Love Me Anyway.”
With three nominations this year, Church will perform his hit “Some Of It” from his CMA Album of the Year-nominated album “Desperate Man.” Combs, the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year and three-time nominee this year, will take the stage performing fan favorite “Beer Never Broke My Heart.”
In addition to her guest host appearance, McEntire, a six-time CMA Awards winner, will perform her classic hit, “Fancy." McEntire last performed the song during the CMA Awards opening number in 2016 during “The 50th Annual CMA Awards.” Lambert, nominated for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year this year, will bring her rising new single “It All Comes Out In The Wash” to the CMA Awards stage, while Morris will perform her three-time nominated hit, “GIRL.”
Morris is the top nominated artist this year with six total nominations.
Host and reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Underwood, also a three-time nominee this year, is set to perform “Drinking Alone” from her CMA Album of the Year-nominated “Cry Pretty,” and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and two-time nominee this year Urban will perform his hit, “We Were.”