The Country Music Association has announced that The 55th Annual CMA Awards will return to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, November 10.
Billboard also reported that Reba McEntire, who hosted last year’s ceremony with Darius Rucker and the 2019 edition with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, will not return as host for this year’s ceremony.
A limited number of tickets for Country Music’s Biggest Night will go on sale via Ticketmaster to the general public on Monday, November 1 at 10:00 AM/CT. Ticketed audience members will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will wear appropriate face coverings.
“We are so excited to return to Bridgestone Arena for this year’s CMA Awards ceremony,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We have a truly fantastic show in the works that we will share more about in the coming weeks. As we plan our return, it goes without saying that the health and safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. Due to TV production protocols and venue and local rules, we will require all ticketed audience members to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks unless actively eating or drinking. Both the house and backstage will comply with all applicable local health and safety regulations, as well as requirements from the television unions. We look forward to bringing our fans a night to remember!”
Host, performers and presenters for “The 55th Annual CMA Awards” will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Winners of “The 55th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot is open now for CMA members, with voting for the CMA Awards final ballot closing Wednesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT).
Nominations for the event were announced last month. Eric Church and Chris Stapleton top the list of nominations for the 55th CMA Awards, which have just been announced. The two stars have five each, while Gabby Barrett, mix engineer Jason Hall, and producer Jay Joyce have four apiece.