55th CMA Awards: Everything You Need to Know, Including Nominees, Performers, Presenters, Channel, Times & More

by Jim Casey

The 55th CMA Awards will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 10. “Country Music’s Biggest Night” usually lives up to its billing, boasting dozens of performers and some of the most coveted hardware in the industry.

Outsider has your one-stop look at everything you need to know about the show, including nominees, performers, channel, times, pre-show, and more.

Times & Channel

  • Date: Nov. 10
  • Location: Nashville’s Bridestone Arena
  • Channel: ABC
  • Eastern Time: 8 p.m. (live)
  • Central Time: 7 p.m. (live)
  • Mountain Time: 7 p.m.
  • Pacific Time: 8 p.m.
  • Host: Luke Bryan

Performers & Presenters

Many of country music’s biggest stars with take the stage, including Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.

The 55th CMA Awards also features a number of collaborative performances, including Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley featuring Breland and Hardy, Mickey Guyton featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, Chris Young and Kane Brown.

Presenters include Trace Adkins, Ingrid Andress, Kelsea Ballerini, Deana Carter, Lauren Daigle, Russell Dickerson, Faith Fennidy, Florida Georgia Line, Freddie Freeman, Amy Grant, Dulé Hill, Alan Jackson, Elle King, Lady A, Zachary Levi, Scotty McCreery, Hayley Orrantia, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Darius Rucker, Susan Sarandon, Saycon Sengbloh, Kurt Warner, Lainey Wilson, and Trisha Yearwood. 

Pre-Show Plans & Predictions

Lara Spencer, George Pennacchio, and Jimmie Allen will co-host On the Red Carpet. The pre-show, which will feature red carpet interviews, streams on ABC News Live from 6:30–8 p.m. ET. Of course, the pre-show will also air in many local TV markets (check your listings).

In addition, Outsider made some 55th CMA Awards predictions that you can check out now.

55th CMA Awards Nominees

CMA Entertainer of the Year

  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood

CMA Male Vocalist of the Year

CMA Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Gabby Barrett
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Carly Pearce

CMA Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
  • Zac Brown Band

CMA Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

CMA New Artist of the Year

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Ingrid Andress
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Mickey Guyton
  • Hardy

CMA Album of the Year

  • 29, Carly Pearce
  • Dangerous: The Double Album, Morgan Wallen
  • Heart, Eric Church
  • Skeletons, Brothers Osborne
  • Starting Over, Chris Stapleton

CMA Single of the Year

  • “Famous Friends,” Chris Young with Kane Brown
  • “The Good Ones,” Gabby Barrett
  • “Hell of a View,” Eric Church
  • “One Night Standards,” Ashley McBryde
  • “Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton

CMA Song of the Year (songwriters)

Musician of the Year

  • Jenee Fleenor
  • Paul Franklin
  • Aaron Sterling
  • Paul Franklin
  • Derek Wells

Early Winners

CMA Musical Event of the Year

CMA Video of the Year