Everything You Need To Know About The 2021 CMA Awards

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“Country music’s biggest night” is almost here! Of course, we’re talking about the CMA Awards.

With mere hours until the CMA Awards begin, we wanted to fill y’all in on everything you need to know about this year’s ceremony. This is your one-stop shop for all of the important details about this monumental event!

When Are They?

The 2021 CMA Awards are tonight (Wednesday, November 10).

What Time Do They Start? How Long Will They Last?

The CMA Awards will start airing at 8 PM EST. The ceremony is three hours long and will conclude at 11 PM EST.

What Channel Are They On?

The CMA Awards will air on ABC. They are also available for streaming on the ABC app or on services such as fuboTV and Hulu + Live TV.

Where Are They Being Held?

The CMA Awards are being held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. This marks the Awards‘ return to the venue after last year’s (2020) ceremony was held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Who Is Hosting?

Luke Bryan is serving as the host of the 2021 CMA Awards. This is his first time hosting the ceremony. He has prior hosting experience as the co-host of the ACM Awards for five years.

Bryan is the first person to host the awards solo since 2003.


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Who Is Nominated?

Look here if you’d like to see the complete list of nominees for the 2021 CMA Awards.

Eric Church and Chris Stapleton tied for the most nominations, with five each. Gabby Barrett follows right behind them with four nominations.

Who Won?

Even though the ceremony hasn’t aired yet, we already know the winners in two categories! The winners of Music Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year were announced early on GMA this morning.

Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney‘s duet “Half of My Hometown” won in both categories. This was Ballerini’s first time ever winning a CMA Award, and she was excited to say the least!


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Who Is Performing?

The 2021 CMA Awards will feature performances from many of country music’s brightest stars. Miranda Lambert will open the ceremony, and has promised some “surprises” for viewers.

Fans can also expect to see performances from artists such as reigning Entertainer of the Year Eric Church, Luke Combs, Blake Shelton, and host Luke Bryan.

There will be a number of collaborations as well, including the live TV debut of Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean‘s #1 duet “If I Didn’t Love You.”

That’s everything you need to know in the lead-up to this year’s CMA Awards! We can’t wait to tune in to the ceremony to watch all of the performances and see who wins the awards.