The Country Music Association Awards air live on Wednesday Nov. 2 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC. This 50th anniversary show will be hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley for the ninth year running. They are also set to perform as are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Brooks & Dunn, Roy Clark, Charlie Daniels, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Charley Pride, Ricky Skaggs, George Strait and Randy Travis.
The CMA Awards will be able to cable and satellite subscribers on both ABC.com and through the ABC app. And the CMA Awards All Access Show, which is set to take viewers both backstage and onto the red carpet starts at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on ABC/s Facebook page.
The top nominees for this golden anniversary edition of the CMA Awards are Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and newcomer Maren Morris with five apiece. With four nominations each are Keith Urban and Underwood, both of whom contend for Entertainer of the Year.
It’s Urban’s ninth time in the top race, with one previous victory (2005). Meanwhile, Underwood is nominated for the first time, which is surprising after more than a decade of chart-topping crossover success. Rounding out the Entertainer of the Year category are country legend Garth Brooks, who has won four times (1991-1992, 1997-1998) and is nominated for the 11th time, and Luke Bryan, who is on his fourth nominations and won the last two years in a row. But this is the only nomination for Brooks, and Bryan has just one other bid: Musical Event for “Home Alone Tonight” with Karen Fairchild. Does that put them at a disadvantage?
Bryan is out front to win that top race according to our official racetrack odds, which are determined by the predictions of Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s CMA winners, the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ CMA results, and hundreds of total Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.
Weigh in now with your CMA predictions. You can keep changing your predictions right up until just before winners are announced on November 2 at 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET. Be sure to read our contest rules. And join in the fierce debate over this fall’s music awards taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our forums.