Pop star Ariana Grande will sing a duet with Little Big Town on the CMA Awards, while Meghan Trainor will join Miranda Lambert. In addition, Lucy Hale will present an award during the ceremony which will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 5 on ABC.
Within less than a year, Grande captured No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice — first with her Republic Records debut Yours Truly and with its 2014 follow-up, My Everything. Her multiplatinum singles include “Problem” and “The Way.” She has also earned gold singles with “Put Your Hearts Up” and “Right There.”
Lambert and Trainor will perform the latter’s pop smash, “All About That Bass,” which has spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Trainor wrote songs for such artists as Rascal Flatts before finding success with her own international hit. A Massachusetts native, Trainor moved to Nashville at 18 to pursue songwriting. Her new single is “Lips Are Moving.”
In addition to presenting an award, Hale will also perform on CMA Country Christmas, which will be taped two days after the CMA Awards. Hale’s debut album, Road Between, features the country single “Lie a Little Better.” She is also one of CMT’s Next Women of Country . CMA Country Christmas will air Dec. 1.
Previously announced performers for the CMA Awards are Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Paisley and Underwood will host the event for the seventh year.