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Dan + Shay’s Justin Bieber Collab & Little Big Town’s Tribute to Kenny Rogers Set for CMA Awards

In another backward glance, Old Dominion will perform Johnny Lee’s 1980 smash “Looking for Love” as part of a 40th-anniversary salute to the Urban Cowboy soundtrack.

But the show’s primary focus will be on current hits, such as “10,000 Hours,” which is nominated for single, musical event and music video of the year.

Jimmie Allen will perform his hit “Best Shot” in addition to presenting the 2020 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award to Charley Pride.

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice will perform “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” The song is nominated for song, musical event and music video of the year.

Ingrid Andress is set to perform “More Hearts Than Mine,” which is nominated for song of the year.

Morgan Wallen will perform “More Than My Hometown.”

Previously announced performers include Gabby Barrett featuring Charlie Puth, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Rascal Flatts, Rucker featuring Lady A, a collab by Thomas Rhett, McEntire, Hillary Scott and Chris Tomlin and the aforementioned McBryde and show hosts McEntire and Rucker.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring all of these incredible performances to life next Wednesday night and give our artists the chance to come together, in a big way, on television for the first time in months,” says Robert Deaton, the show’s executive producer.

“As safety is our top priority, we have worked tirelessly over the past several months to fully transform Music City Center into a breathtaking setup that resembles the very first ‘CMA awards banquet and show’ from 1967, and ensures our nominees, performers and their guests a fully safe and physically distant environment. We are honored, in this very challenging time, to help provide an escape and deliver a live awards show experience unlike any other this year.”

The first CMA Awards was held at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville in the fall of 1967. Bobbie Gentry and Sonny James hosted the show, which was not televised. (The 1968 show was the first to be televised.)

Working with Deaton on the show are director Alan Carter and head writer David Wild. The 54th annual CMA Awards is a production of the Country Music Association.

The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006.


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