NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Chris Stapleton and Eric Church are the top nominees, Luke Combs may be invited to a grand night out and all three will take the stage to perform Wednesday at the CMA Awards.
Stapleton and Church all night at the ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, they will go head to head with nominations in the same five categories, including Artist of the Year, Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year.
Combs may be named Vocalist of the Year for the third time in a row, may be the Forever After All Song of the Year, and may be an Artist of the Year for the first time.
55th Annual CMA Awards, ABC telecast hosted by Luke Brian., would indicate the return of the show to normal. He has returned to the public at his regular home, Nashville-Bridgestone Arena, after a ceremony last year was held at a city’s music center free of the crowds due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, the most nominated artists in CMA history, are also running for Artist of the Year. Or she will become the first woman to receive the award since Taylor Swift in 2011.
In a year dominated by male nominees in the main categories, Gabby Barrett is the female nominee for the evening with four nods, including Artist of the Year, New Artist, Single and Song of the Year for her hit “The Good Ones.”
Underwood and Jason Aldin will be headlines a series of all-star collaborations performing their current hit “If I Didn’t Love You”. Kane Brown and Chris Young will sing their Famous Friends duet, which has been nominated in three nominations.
Other performers include the Osborne brothers., Carly Pearce and Ashley McBride, and Mickey Guyton with Britney Spencer and Madeline Edwards.
Morgan Wallen, who was caught screaming racially motivated insults earlier this year, has been disqualified from many of the major awards and will not attend, but could still win one of the top prizes of the evening after being nominated for Album of the Year. for “Dangerous: The Double Album”, which became one of the best-selling albums of the year.
The CMA’s board of directors said that Wallen, who became the new Artist of the Year in 2020, will not be eligible for the honored awards, but only those that are honored.
Dalton reported from Los Angeles.