CMA Awards 2020: Chris Stapleton and More Added as Performers

by Jacklyn Krol

The 2020 CMA Awards announced even more performers and presenters.

The New CMA Awards Performers and Presenters

The Country Music Association announced on November 9 that Chris Stapleton will perform his new single, “Starting Over.” Stapleton is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Second One to Know.” Furthermore, Stapleton has ten CMA awards under his belt.

Additionally, Lady A’s Charles Kelley will be performing “I Hope You’re Happy Now” alongside Carly Pearce. Lee Brice is Pearce’s duet partner, however, he had to pull out of the performance after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Thomas Rhett’s wife and New York Times best-selling author, Lauren Akins will be presenting. Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones, Charles Esten, Sara Evans, and Jake Owen will also present. Supermodel Taylor Hill, actor Patrick Schwarzenegger, and gospel artist CeCe Winans will also present.

All About the 2020 CMAs

Darius Rucker and Reba McEntire will host this year’s CMAs. It will air live from Nashville’s Music City Center on Wednesday (November 11) at 7 PM CT on ABC.

McEntire has hosted the show four times previously. Last year, Carrie Underwood, McEntire, and Dolly Parton co-hosted. Up until 2018, Brad Paisley and Underwood co-hosted the awards show for eleven years straight.

The 2020 CMAs will kick off with a star-studded performance from Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Jenee Fleenor, and Ashley McBryde.

Gabby Barrett will perform with pop phenomenon Charlie Puth for their pop version of “I Hope.” Darius Rucker will collaborate with both his co-host and Lady A. Other performers include Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, among others.

So what can fans expect? McEntire told Fox News that they will try to keep it lighthearted. “We’re trying to keep it upbeat and light. We as a country, we as a nation, we as a world, we need entertainment,” McEntire said. “I think people sitting at home in front of their TV screens or their computers, I think they want to see what we can deliver.”