Country Music’s Biggest Night is living up to its nickname.
The first round of performers for the Country Music Association Awards — otherwise known as the CMAs — were announced Wednesday morning (Oct. 18), and the list is nothing short of star-studded. Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne and Jon Pardi.
Also on the initial performers bill is 16-time CMA Awards winner (and 81-time nominee) Alan Jackson, who will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 22. When not performing, Underwood will be teaming up with Brad Paisley to host the awards once again, marking their 10th year together serving as emcees.
Brooks is the CMAs’ reigning entertainer of the year, and is up for the award again this year. Bryan, Church and Stapleton are up against Brooks for the night’s highest honor, along with Keith Urban. Lambert is the most nominated of the performers, nabbing five nods for single and song of the year (“Tin Man”), album of the year (The Weight of These Wings), female vocalist of the year and video of the year (“Vice”).
The 2017 CMAs will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 8 starting at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. For more information, visit CMAawards.com.