Alan Jackson and George Strait will perform together in a tribute to the late, great George Jones, who passed away last April. Jackson and Strait have been nominated for more CMA honors than any other country stars, so it’s fitting that they should honor the Country Music Hall of Fame member at the 47th Annual show. Jones soulful voice is still one of the most recognizable voices in the history of country, western country/western or whatever other genre you care to mention. Strait was inducted into the Hall in 1992.
Going with the same formula for success that has worked like a charm for the last five years, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will once again host the extravaganza. Both co-hosts will be performing live. They’ll probably even sing a song together and tell a few bad jokes, as in years gone by. The show is being broadcast from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 6 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Paisley and Underwood are no strangers to winning awards. Underwood is looking to add to her three previous awards as CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. She’s also up for Album of the Year for “Blown Away,” and Music Video of the Year for her “Blown Away” video. She’s taken home five CMA awards from the 18 times she’s been nominated. Paisley is a perennial favorite for CMA Entertainer of the Year. He’s only won 14 awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year, CMA Male Vocalist of the Year three times and several other awards for Music Videos and the Musical Event of the Year. He was first honored at the CMAs when he won the Horizon Award (now the New Artist award) in 2000.
Other recently announced performers at the show are Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves. Church won last year’s CMA Album of the Year. He is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Church was first nominated back in 2011 for New Artist of the Year. Florida Georgia Line received four nominations, including Vocal Duo of the Year, New Artist, Single of the Year for “Cruise” and Musical Event of the Year for the “Cruise” remix with Nelly. First-time nominee Musgraves has a league-leading six nominations for Female Vocalist, New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for “Same Trailer Different Park,” Single and Song of the Year for “Merry Go ‘Round,” and Song of the Year for Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”
Alan Jackson has 81 nominations, the second most in the history of the CMAs. He’s won 16 times. He has been CMA Entertainer of the Year three times and Male Vocalist of the Year twice. George Strait is the number one CMA nominee ever and the top winner with 82 nominations and 22 trophies. This year, Strait is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, which he has won twice previously. He has also won Male Vocalist and Album of the Year five times.
Other stars set to shine at the CMAs are Blake Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert. The singers are the reigning CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year and the Female Vocalist of the Year, respectively. They’re practically royalty! Triple nominees Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town, former CMA Entertainer of the Year Tim McGraw, two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift, and former CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban will all be doing it live at the CMAs.
Tickets have already sold out, for the fifth year running. That’s the earliest sell-out yet for the show. If you haven’t bought your tickets, take heart. Here at VIP Concierge, we have VIP tickets to the award show and the after-parties. You can be there for all the star-glittering action. If you’re a country music fanatic, you owe it to yourself to check it out. There’s nothing like seeing it live.