Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean will unite on stage at the 2021 CMA Awards next month for the world premiere TV performance of their hit collaboration “If I Didn’t Love You.”
Underwood and Aldean are among the latest names to be added to the bill of performers at the 55th annual CMA ceremony, to take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 10. The show will be aired live in the US on ABC from 8pm-11pm ET that night, hosted by Luke Bryan.
Also new on the list of performers are Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Chris Stapleton, and, in another duet, Chris Young and Kane Brown, performing their own hit collaboration “Famous Friends.” Both of the latter artists have three nominations at the 2021 ceremony.
Three-time consecutive CMA Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion, who are nominated again in that category this year, will sing “I Was on a Boat That Day,” while Stapleton, already a ten-time CMA Awards winner who has five nominations for this year including CMA Entertainer of the Year, will deliver “Cold” from his CMA Album of the Year-nominated Starting Over.
Also performing yet-to-be-confirmed songs will be Combs, who has three nominations this year including CMA Entertainer of the Year, and Lambert, who has the most-ever CMA nominations for a female artist including three this year, with the highly-prized Entertainer of the Year among them.
The new names join the previously announced performers at the awards, Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, and Blake Shelton.
The CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time in 1967, the year after its first event. This makes it the longest running annual music awards program on network television. The show has aired on ABC since 2006.