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Country Music Association announces first round of performers for 53rd Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 13

NASHVILLE — Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton with for KING & COUNTRY and Zach Williams, P!NK and Chris St...
Eric Church was the first performer at the CMAs, singing ‘Amazing Grace’ to honor the deaths of 58 fans at Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. (Rick Diamond)

NASHVILLE — Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton with for KING & COUNTRY and Zach Williams, P!NK and Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban have been announced as the first group of performers for “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Underwood with special guest hosts McEntire and Parton. Country Music’s Biggest Night™ will air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network.

Nine-time CMA Awards winner Parton will welcome for KING & COUNTRY and Williams to the CMA Awards stage for the first time ever to perform an inspirational gospel medley of “God Only Knows,” “There Was Jesus,” and Parton’s not-yet-released new song “Faith.” In an epic collaboration, Stapleton, a three-time nominee this year, will join P!NK to perform their duet, “Love Me Anyway.”

With three nominations this year, Church will perform his hit “Some Of It” from his CMA Album of the Year nominated album Desperate Man. Combs, the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year and three-time nominee this year, will take the stage performing fan favorite “Beer Never Broke My Heart.” In addition to her guest host appearance, McEntire, a six-time CMA Awards winner, will perform her classic hit, “Fancy.” McEntire last performed the song at the CMA Awards in 2016 as part of a multi-artist medley, opening the 50th anniversary ceremony. Lambert, nominated for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year this year, will bring her rising new single “It All Comes Out In The Wash” to the CMA Awards stage, while Morris will perform her three-time nominated hit, “GIRL.” Morris is the top nominated artist this year with six total nominations. Host and reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Underwood, also a three-time nominee this year, is set to perform “Drinking Alone” from her CMA Album of the Year nominated album Cry Pretty, and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and two-time nominee this year, Urban will perform his hit, “We Were.”

Additional performers and presenters will be revealed in the coming weeks.