Though the temperatures are beginning to approach freezing, the American love of country music is strong enough to push past the end of warm summer nights. It is the longest-running annual music awards program on network television.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are both well recognized country stars who’ve co-hosted the CMA Awards Show together. The part that is familiar is something that they both look forward returning to. “Each year, we work harder, so that we can help present the best show possible.” Underwood states on the official CMA Awards site, The CMAs are country music’s largest night of the year.
Furthermore, this year is special because it’s the 50th anniversary of the awards show. In honor of the anniversary, country stars collaborated on “Forever Country.” This is a mash up of three popular country classics: John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Dolly Parton‘s “I’ll Always Love You” and Willie Nelson‘s “On the Road Again.” The tune’s music video features a ton of country singers old and new – it’s the pinnacle of the country community. The CMAs will air live from inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (actually, where else would it be?) on ABC at 8/7c.
The CMAs: What to Anticipate
The CMAs are long on performances. The original announced lineup contained Kelsea Ballerini, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, and more. Nonetheless, a recent announcement added Elle King, Jason Aldean, Pentatonix, Thomas Rhett, and Chris Stapleton, to name a few. Hence, the chances your favorite country singer isn’t performing are slim to none.
The CMAs have always been understood to bring intense performances to the stage along with phenomenal surprises. At the 2015 CMAs, fans found Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake were going to perform a collaborative mashup of “Tennesee Whiskey” hours before the show. The performance that lasted a little under ten minutes brought the entire crowd to its feet. Therefore, The audience is expecting another potential surprise this year, and everyone is waiting to see what brings down the (farm)house this year.
The CMAs: What Wasn’t Expected
Many of the nominations this year surprised the country scene. Especially, the singer songwriter Cam; was left out of the Female Vocalist and Best New Artist categories. Maren Morris has appeared to take her position, and many wonder if Cam’s Grammy-winning “Burning House” would then cause her negligence at the CMA level. Morris is a little more shiny and new to the scene than Cam, but both brought an extensive addition to the female country artist place over the past year.
In addition, Kacey Musgraves is another fresher talent who actually caught a surprising nomination. Her critically-aclaimed Pageant Material has struggled to make the mainstream radio surge that her preceding album did with its popular singles. Nevertheless, a Female Vocalist nomination was snagged by Musgraves.
Kenny Chesney is also making exciting CMA headlines. Chesney will receive the Pinnacle Award. It “recognizes an artist who has achieved global prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in country music and has also attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide” according to a Country Music Assocation press release. He is only the third winner of this award alongisde Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.