Entertainment The CMA Awards Promise to Bring Top Country Stars Together ‘Safely, All in One Room’
Darius Rucker and Reba McIntyre to Co-Host the CMA Awards
The Country Music Association announced Monday that Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker will co-host this year's 54th annual CMA Awards. The event will be broadcast from the Music City Center in downtown Nashville on Nov. 11, to be broadcast on ABC. This will be the fifth time for McIntyre — a six-time CMA Award winner — to emcee the event, and the first time for Rucker, a CMA winner who first rose to fame as frontman of Hootie and the Blowfish before moving into country a decade ago.
The CMA Awards announced the first batch of performers for their Nov. 11 telecast, includingteaming with pop star for their hit remix of “I Hope;” co-host teaming with to perform his new single, “Beers & Sunshine;” and performing their 2005 classic, “Bless the Broken Road.”
But the most interesting announcement is that the Country Music Association remains committed to its plan to hold the show in a venue, Nashville’s Music City Center. In that, the show will be unlike the recent ACM Awards and CMT Music Awards, which were virtual productions. The CMA is using that as a selling point, saying, in a statement, “The 54th annual CMA Awards will mark the first time the biggest names in country music will come together—safely, all in one room—this year.”
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Jennifer Nettles will receive the first-ever CMT Equal Play Award. During tonight’s CMT Music Awards, the Sugarland singer will be recognized for her ongoing fight for equality on country radio. “Jennifer Nettles is that rare artist who speaks her truth, calling out injustice wherever she sees it,” says CMT senior vice president Leslie Fram. “Her commitment to equal female representation across the board in the music industry embodies the spirit of our Equal Play Initiative and makes her the perfect recipient of the inaugural CMT Equal Play Award.
Music City Center is notably smaller than Bridgestone Arena, the CMA Awards’ home from 2006-19. Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer, alluded to that fact in her statement. “Although the show will feel a bit more intimate this year, we look forward to hosting our nominated artists and their guests as we celebrate the best of country music in a fully safe and physically distant environment. It will be an honor to bring the biggest country stars in the world together – in one room – for the first time this year. You won’t want to miss it!”
Lady A, which has been entangled in awith Anita White, a Black, Seattle-based singer who uses that same stage name, will perform with Rucker, co-host of this year’s CMA Awards (and the biggest Black country star of his generation). The teaming is seen as lending support to the trio which has been on the defensive this year on questions of racial sensitivity.
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The 54th Annual CMA Awards will air live from the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, on Nov. 11 from 8 to 11 p.m. ET on ABC .
The CMA teased that co-hostsand Rucker “will take the stage together for an emotional, groundbreaking tribute performance,” though they didn’t make it clear who it’s a tribute to. (You’ll just have to tune in and find out.)
The CMA was more specific about other performances, noting what songs the performers will sing:
, “The Bones” (single and song of the year nominee)
Gabby Barrett featuring Charlie Puth, “I Hope” (single of the year nominee)
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, “Settling Down” (from Wildcard, album of the year nominee)
, “One Night Standards” (from Never Will, album of the year nominee)
, “Cold As You” (from the expanded edition of Combs’ What You See Is What You Get, album of the year nominee)
featuring McEntire, Hillary Scott & , “Be a Light” (musical event of the year nominee)
Darius Rucker Talks About An Uncomfortable Racial Moment In Country Music Ahead Of CMA Awards
Although he’s the cohost of the Country Music Association Awards, Darius Rucker still doesn’t feel comfortable in the genre. The Hootie & The Blowfish singer has had a country career since 2008, but recalled a certain awkward moment for the Color Me Country radio show. “So I wasn’t really thinking about the Black country singer thing … I wanted people to play my music for my music. If you like the song, please play it. If not, don’t. Don’t play it because I’m Black, and please don’t not play it because I’m Black. The first time I walked into [a country radio station] — nobody said they wouldn’t play it.
Darius Rucker featuring Lady A, “Beers & Sunshine” (Rucker’s current single)
, “Hell Of a View” (his current single)
, “Long Live” (their current single)
Rascal Flatts, “Bless the Broken Road” (2005 single and song of the year nominee)
Morris will perform “The Bones” solo, not with, who joined her for a remix (which is nominated for musical event of the year). But Barrett with perform “I Hope” with Puth, who joined her for a remix. In both cases, the solo versions are the ones competing for single of the year.
The CMA Awards were first broadcast on Nov. 20, 1968, which makes it making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Grammys debuted in 1971. The Academy of Country Music Awards first aired in 1972. The American Music Awards bowed in 1974.
The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006.
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. Wild is also the long-time writer of the Grammy Awards telecast.
Barack Obama Debuts Playlist Of ‘Memorable’ Songs From His Administration, Featuring Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder And More .
Barack Obama is looking back at his eight years in office with music. The former President of the United States debuted his latest playlist on Monday, celebrating his time at the White House and his memoir’s, A Promised Land, release. The playlist has a huge range of tunes, including Beyoncé’s “At Last” and “Halo, Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and “Sir Sure", Phillip Phillips’ “Home”, Brooks & Dunn’s “Only In America”, The Beatles’ “Michelle”, Gloria Estefan’s “Always Tomorrow” and more.