Seven former CMA entertainer of the year winners will perform during the 50th annual CMA Awards on Nov. 2 in Nashville. Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Charley Pride, Reba McEntire and George Strait are set to appear on the show at Bridgestone Arena.
All seven acts also participated in “Forever Country,” a tribute to the CMA Awards which featured 30 CMA award-winning acts in a medley of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
Of those performing on the awards shows, three are three-time winners of the CMA’s entertainer of the year award — Alabama (1982-1984), Jackson (1995, 2002, 2003) and Strait (1989, 1990, 2013). Gill has received the top honor twice — in (1993, 1994). Brooks & Dunn won in 1996, Pride in 1971 and McEntire in 1986.
Other performers already announced for the CMA Awards show include Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.
Paisley and Underwood will again host this year’s CMA Awards. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC.