Chris Stapleton And Charles Kelley Join Star Studded CMA Awards Line-up

The additional performers will join Justin Bieber, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, and more for country music’s biggest night.

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The 54th Annual CMA Awards” has announced additions to its star-studded line-up. Two-time nominee this year Chris Stapleton will take the stage to perform his new single “Starting Over,” while Lady A’s Charles Kelley will join Carly Pearce for her previously announced performance of her nominated song “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”

Kelly is taking over for singer Lee Brice, who is also nominated for his duet, “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” The singer has tested positive for the coronavirus ahead and will not be attending Wednesday’s awards.

The 2020 awards will be held at Nashville’s Music City Center and broadcasted live on November 11 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and can also be streamed live via the ABC app.

Stapleton, Kelley, and Pearce join an impressive line-up featuring Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Morgan Wallen, Jon Pardi, Old Dominion, Ashley McBryde, Little Big Town, Luke Combs, Jimmie Allen, and Ingrid Andress.

Kelly and Pearce’s collaboration is one of many to come. Grammy Award-winning duo Dan + Shay will be taking the stage with Justin Bieber to perform “10,000 Hours,” while Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth will be performing the CMA Single of the Year-nominated “I Hope.” Hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker are also listed as performers for country music’s biggest night.

The night’s performances will be spanning some of the biggest hits in country music, including Maren Morris’ “The Bones,” Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road,” and Miranda Lambert’s “Settling Down” from the Album of the Year-nominated Wildcard.

“We are thrilled to have this incredible group of artists taking the stage at the CMA Awards this year! It is a privilege to bring these live performances to our viewing audience with the energy and excitement that the CMA Awards are known for,” says CMA chief executive officer Sarah Trahern.

“And although the show will feel a bit more intimate this year, we look forward to hosting our nominated artists and their guests as we celebrate the best of country music in a fully safe and physically distant environment. It will be an honor to bring the biggest country stars in the world together – in one room – for the first time this year. You won’t want to miss it!”

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