2017 CMA Awards performers: Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Alan Jackson & more will take the stage

The Country Music Association has announced its first round of performers who will take the stage when the 51st Annual CMA Awards are handed out on Wednesday, November 8. Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, and Carrie Underwood will be featured at the event.

This early performers list includes four of the five nominees for Entertainer of the Year: the legendary Brooks who has won five times and is the defending champion, Bryan who has won twice (2014-2015), and Church and Stapleton who are looking for their first victory in the top category. No word yet on the fifth nominee in the race, Keith Urban, who previously won in 2005 and has four total nominations this year, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year (“Blue Ain’t Your Color”).

We already knew six-time CMA winner Underwood would be on-stage at the ceremony: she’ll be co-hosting with Brad Paisley for the 10th year in a row. This year Underwood is also up for Female Vocalist of the Year, an award she has won four times, including last year. Rhett was also a winner at the 2016 awards, taking home Single of the Year for his hit love song “Die a Happy Man.” In 2017 he contends twice for “Craving You,” his duet with Maren Morris (Musical Event and Music Video of the Year), and he’s also in the running for Male Vocalist.

Alan Jackson is one of the biggest stars in CMA history — and country music history in general. He’s the second most nominated artist ever with 81 CMA bids, and he’ll be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this coming Sunday, October 22, at the CMA Theater. He previously performed at the CMAs 23 times, going back to his debut at the awards in 1990.

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