The 46th Annual Country Music Awards will air live from Nashville this Thursday Nov. 1 on ABC. Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Eli Young Band, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, and Jason Aldean are among the many artists who will be gracing the CMA stage with performances this year. Nashville's Bridgestone Arena is expected to fill up as the tickets for the longest-running annual music awards show have sold out for the fourth year in a row.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will be hosting this year’s ceremony for the fifth time. Eric Church holds the most nominations across the board, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year, as well as Single, Song, and Music Video of the Year for “Springsteen.” Miranda Lambert’s “Four the Record” album is also in the running for Album of the Year, as well as is her single “Over You” for Song and Music Video of the year. Miranda is going against Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Martina McBride for Female Vocalist of the Year. Nominees for Entertainer of the Year include Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift.
Presenters will include Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, Jana Kramer, Martina McBride, Sugarland, Reba, actor Tim Allen, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, and “Nashville” star Hayden Panettiere.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, who will also be performing at the show, will join Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton in a special musical tribute to Willie Nelson. McGraw is expected to perform new music from his upcoming album during his performance.
Even though nominees and winners are determined by the 11,000 industry professional members of the Country Music Association, fans can vote for who they think should win at CMT.com until the show’s broadcast. Don’t miss the CMAs this Thursday night at 7 p.m. central time.