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Entertainment Miranda! Maren! Thomas Rhett! 2020 CMA Awards First Round of Performers Revealed

22:26  29 october  2020
22:26  29 october  2020 Source:   people.com

Darius Rucker and Reba McIntyre to Co-Host the CMA Awards

  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 first round of performers for the upcoming 2020 CMA Awards has been revealed!

Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris posing for the camera: Matt Baron/Shutterstock; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic John Shearer/Getty From L to R: Miranda Lambert; Thomas Rhett; Maren Morris © Provided by People Matt Baron/Shutterstock; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic John Shearer/Getty From L to R: Miranda Lambert; Thomas Rhett; Maren Morris

The list was unveiled Thursday on Good Morning America, and included the announcement that hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker would be taking the stage together "for an emotional, groundbreaking tribute performance," according to a press release.

Other star-studded performances will come from artists like Lady A, Gabby Barrett featuring Charlie Puth, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Rascal Flatts and Eric Church. Rounding out the list are Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde, Florida Georgia Line and a team-up of Thomas Rhett featuring McEntire, 65, Hillary Scott and Chris Tomlin.

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Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris posing for the camera: From L to R: Miranda Lambert; Thomas Rhett; Maren Morris © Matt Baron/Shutterstock; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic John Shearer/Getty From L to R: Miranda Lambert; Thomas Rhett; Maren Morris

Puth, 28, will make his CMA Awards debut alongside Barrett, 20, where the duo will perform Barrett's single "I Hope," which is nominated for single of the year. Thomas Rhett, 30, and his fellow country stars will perform "Be a Light," up for musical event of the year.

Morris, 30, will sing her single- and song-of-the-year nominated hit "The Bones," while Florida Georgia Line will take the stage with "Long Live" and Lambert, 36, is set to belt "Settling Down" during her performance.

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Rascal Flatts will take the stage with their hit "Bless the Broken Road," McBryde will sing "One Night Standards" and Combs, 30, is scheduled to perform "Cold as You." Other performances include Church's "Hell of a View," and Lady A and Rucker, 54, teaming up for a rendition of his new single "Beers & Sunshine."

According to the press release, "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."

Thomas Rhett Says CMA Awards with Wife Lauren Akins Is a ‘Date Night for Sure’

  Thomas Rhett Says CMA Awards with Wife Lauren Akins Is a ‘Date Night for Sure’ "Every time I'm nominated, it's a complete shock and surprise just because there's so much talent in country music," Thomas Rhett tells PEOPLE (the TV Show!) about his two nominationsAside from being nominated for two awards, Wednesday's awards show will also serve as a moment away from home for the country star, 30, and his wife Lauren Akins during the coronavirus pandemic.

"In celebratory fashion, this year's show will honor the very best in the genre and deliver an unparalleled evening of entertainment and surprises," the release continues.

"We are thrilled to have this incredible group of artists taking the stage at the CMA Awards this year! It is a privilege to bring these live performances to our viewing audience with the energy and excitement that the CMA Awards are known for," CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern says in the release. "And 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."

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Leading the pack of nominations at the upcoming ceremony is Lambert with seven total, including in the coveted entertainer of the year category. Right behind her is fellow entertainer of the year nominee Combs, with six nominations.

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Following Combs is Morris with five nominations and duo Dan + Shay and Pearce with four. Justin Bieber notably earned his first CMA Awards nominations in the single of the year, musical event of the year and music video of the year categories for his Dan + Shay collaboration, "10,000 Hours."

For the first time in a decade, two women — Lambert and Carrie Underwood — have been nominated in the entertainer of the year category, which has long been dominated by male artists. The last time two women were nominated for CMA's highest honor in the same year was 2010, when Lambert and Lady A were both among the nominees.

In addition to Lambert, Underwood and Combs, Keith Urban and Church, 43, are also up for entertainer of the year. Earlier this summer, reigning winner Garth Brooks announced he wanted his name to be taken permanently out of contention for the award after winning it a record seven times.

The 54th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, on Nov. 11 from 8 to 11 p.m. ET on ABC.

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