George Strait has been added to the performance lineup for the 48th annual CMA Awards on Nov. 5 in Nashville. He is nominated in the entertainer of the year category. In addition, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have been added as presenters, along with Nashville star Connie Britton, Good Morning America correspondent Tim Tebow and rock ’n’ roll legend Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
The entertainer category also includes Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban. Strait won the top award in 2013. This year will mark his 24th performance on the CMA Awards. The ceremony will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC.
Strait retains his status as the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 83. In the entertainer of the year category alone, Strait has a total of 19 nominations and three trophies (1989, 1990, 2013). He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, an honor that is determined by CMA’s Panel of Electors. Earlier this year, Strait retired from touring although he has often stated he will continue to make special appearances.
As reported previously, pop star Ariana Grande will sing a duet with Little Big Town on the CMA Awards, while Meghan Trainor will join Lambert for a performance of “All About That Bass.” Other previously announced performers are Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Shelton, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood and Urban. Paisley and Underwood will host the event for the seventh year.