CMA Awards Performance Lineup Adds 13 Acts

2016 Nominees Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton Among New Performers

The 50th annual CMA Awards performance lineup has added new Country Music Hall of Famers, former entertainers of the year, previous winners, 2016 nominees plus artists from other genres.

Appearing onstage will be Jason Aldean, Clint Black, Roy Clark, Charlie Daniels, Elle King, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Pentatonix, Thomas Rhett, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Stapleton, Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam.

Aldean’s fourth studio album My Kinda Party won 2011’s album of the year. Black is a four-time CMA winner and hosted the show in 1993. Clark has won seven CMAs including 1973’s entertainer of the year and hosted the annual event in 1976.

Daniels and Travis were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 16 with Fred Foster. King shares a musical event nomination with Dierks Bentley for their No. 1 collaboration “Different for Girls.” McBride’s career CMA wins include four female vocalist of the year trophies.

With Sugarland, Nettles has won vocal duo of the year five times and song of the year for “Stay.” Rhett heads to the 50th annual telecast with four CMA nominations including single and song of the year for “Die a Happy Man.” Skaggs has accumulated 21 CMA nominations over the course of his career and won entertainer of the year in 1985.

Stapleton is among the lead 2016 nominees with Maren Morris and Eric Church, who each head to the show with five nominations. A respected actor and musical innovator, Yoakam is an eight-time CMA nominee. His most recent nomination was 2001’s vocal event of the year with Buck Owens for “Alright, I’m Wrong.”

All join previously announced performers Alabama, Kelsea Ballerini, Bentley, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Reba, George Strait, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.

Underwood and Paisley co-host the 50th annual CMA Awards live from Nashville on Nov. 2 on ABC.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.