CMA Awards Add Seven Performers

George Strait, Alan Jackson Will Pay Tribute to George Jones

Seven more performers, including entertainer of the year nominee George Strait, have been revealed for the CMA Awards on Nov. 6.

Strait will join Alan Jackson to pay tribute to the late George Jones. Strait leads the all-time list of CMA nominations with 82. Jackson trails just behind Strait, with 81. Jones, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee in 1992, died in April.

In addition, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves and co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will also perform during the show.

Previously-announced performers include entertainer of the year nominees Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift, as well as fellow CMA nominees Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.

Church is nominated for male vocalist this year, as well as for musical event for his collaboration with Aldean and Bryan on “The Only Way I Know.” Florida Georgia Line received nominations for new artist, vocal duo, single of the year for “Cruise” and vocal event for the updated version of “Cruise” with Nelly.

Musgraves will make her CMA Awards debut this year with six nominations — female vocalist, new artist, album (Same Trailer Different Park), single and song (“Merry Go ‘Round” ), as well as another nod in the song category for co-writing Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

In addition to co-hosting, Underwood will compete in the categories of female vocalist, album (Blown Away) and music video (“Blown Away” ).

The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC. Tickets to the show are sold out.

Craig Shelburne has been writing for CMT.com since 2002. He is also a producer for CMT Edge, Concrete Country and Live @ CMT.