Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and More Added to 2016 CMA Awards Lineup
Another round of performers for the 2016 CMA Awards has been revealed. The Country Music Association announced on Monday (Oct. 17) that Kelsea Ballerini, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw and Kacey Musgraves will all take the stage at the upcoming awards show.
The nine new performers join Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley in the performance lineup for the 2016 CMA Awards. On Thursday (Oct. 13), Brooks spilled the news about his and Yearwood's performance during a press conference; according to the singer, the pair will be performing a medley of classic country duets.
“The CMA Awards will include moments that pay homage to our past 50 years, but it is also a celebration of the past 12 months and the artists and music that have resonated with the industry and our fans,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer. “The lineup of performers is outstanding and represents the legacy of county music as well as our future.”
With the exception of Yearwood, all of the newly announced performers are nominated at the 2016 CMA Awards: Ballerini is up for Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year, while Brooks received an Entertainer of the Year nod. Bryan is nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Musical Event of the Year, along with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild; additionally, LBT are up for Vocal Group of the Year.
Florida Georgia Line, meanwhile, are nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2016 CMA Awards, and Lambert earned a Female Vocalist of the Year nod. McGraw is in the running for Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year (as both artist and producer) and Music Video of the Year, while his song "Humble and Kind" is up for Song of the Year, and Musgraves received a Female Vocalist of the Year nod.
Paisley and Underwood will return as co-hosts for this year’s CMA Awards, and additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. The 2016 CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC on Nov. 2 at 8PM ET.
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