A wide array of additional performers, many of them nominees, has been announced by the Country Music Association for the 54th Annual CMA Awards, taking place on November 11. They include Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi and Little Big Town, while Keith Urban will perform from Australia.
The show will be broadcast live in the US from Music City Center in Nashville from 8pm-11pm ET on ABC, hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker. The CMA has confirmed that it will also air in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Latin America, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
The performers’ list now includes Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, Jenee Fleenor, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice, Keith Urban, and Morgan Wallen. Dan + Shay will be joined by Justin Bieber for the world television premiere of “10,000 Hours,” and Urban will invite viewers to Australia for an intimate performance of “God Whispered Your Name.”
Among other collaborations, Ashley McBryde will team with Aldean and Bentley for the first time on a show-opening tribute medley to Charlie Daniels, the country hero who died in July. Jimmie Allen will not only perform “Best Shot” but present Charley Pride with the 2020 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Little Big Town salute Kenny Rogers
Little Big Town will pay tribute to another fallen favorite, Kenny Rogers who passed away in March; Pardi will honor Joe Diffie, who died the same month, and Old Dominion will mark the 40th anniversary of the film Urban Cowboy by singing Johnny Lee’s hit from it, “Looking for Love.”
Andress will perform her CMA Song of the Year-nominated “More Hearts Than Mine,” while Pearce and Brice will combine on their CMA Song, Musical Event and Music Video of the Year-nominated “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” Wallen will deliver “More Than My Hometown.”
“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, CMA Awards 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 54th Annual CMA Awards: international broadcast dates
Canada: LIVE on CTV2 at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT on November 11
Australia: LIVE on 9Gem at 12:00 PM AEDT on November 12 and airing on Nine at 2:00 PM AEDT on November 28
UK: Radio broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 7:00 PM GMT on November 15
UK: Airing on BBC 4 at 10:00 PM GMT on November 19
Sweden: Airing on SVT2 at 7:00 PM CET on November 21
New Zealand: Airing on TV3 at 10:30 PM NZDT on November 28
Mexico: Airing on Canal 6 at 5:00 PM CST on November 29
Germany, Switzerland, Austria: Airing on RTL plus on December 23
Norway: Airing on NRK
Brazil and Latin America: More information coming soon at CMAawards.com
*Canada’s broadcast on CTV2 and Australia’s broadcast on 9Gem will be a simulcast. All other broadcasts in international territories will be an international edit.