The 52nd CMA Awards are tonight. Who's performing? Who's going to win? Find out here.

The 52nd Annual CMA Awards are live from Nashville tonight on ABC, 8pm EST.


Brad Paisley and a very pregnant Carrie Underwood are set to host.


Fun fact:  There is NO backup plan if Carrie Underwood goes into labour tonight during the ceremony.

As always, look for some epic performances to dominate the evening.  Tonight’s performers include:

Lauren Alaina

Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert, “Drowns the Whiskey”

Kelsea Ballerini

Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne, “Burning Man”

Garth Brooks, unnamed and not-yet-released song for wife Trisha Yearwood

Luke Bryan and Special Guests, “What Makes You Country”

Kenny Chesney with David Lee Murphy, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be”


Kacey Musgraves

Old Dominion, “Hotel Key”

Brad Paisley, “Bucked Off”

Pistol Annies

Thomas Rhett

Ricky Skaggs

Chris Stapleton with Maren Morris and Mavis Staples

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

Brett Young


Based on that lineup, it’s going to be a hell of a night.

Let’s not forget that some actual awards will be handed out, too.  We already know some winners…


… and here are the winners I’m predicting in the major categories to be awarded tonight.

Entertainer of the Year:

Nominee’s:  Jason Aldean / Luke Bryan / Kenny Chesney / Chris Stapleton / Keith Urban


COULD ALSO WIN:  Kenny Chesney.


Single of the Year: 

Nominee’s:  “Broken Halos” — Chris Stapleton / “Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland / “Drowns the Whiskey” — Jason Aldean Featuring Miranda Lambert / “Meant to Be” — Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line / “Tequila” — Dan + Shay


COULD ALSO WIN:  Meant To Be – Florida Georgia Line w/ Bebe Rexha


Male Vocalist of the Year:

Nominee’s:  Dierks Bentley / Luke Combs / Thomas Rhett / Chris Stapleton / Keith Urban


COULD ALSO WIN:  Chris Stapleton.


Female Vocalist of the Year:

Nominee’s:  Kelsea Ballerini / Miranda Lambert / Maren Morris / Kacey Musgraves / Carrie Underwood


COULD ALSO WIN:  Maren Morris.


Vocal Duo of the Year:

Nominee’s:  Brothers Osborne / Dan + Shay / Florida Georgia Line / Maddie & Tae / Sugarland


COULD ALSO WIN:  Dan + Shay.


New Artist of the Year:

NOMINEE’S:  Lauren Alaina / Luke Combs / Chris Janson / Midland / Brett Young




Album of the Year:

Nominee’s:  “From A Room: Volume 2” — Chris Stapleton / “Golden Hour” — Kacey Musgraves / “Graffiti U” — Keith Urban / “Life Changes” — Thomas Rhett / “The Mountain” — Dierks Bentley


COULD ALSO WIN:  From A Room, Vol. 2 – Chris Stapleton.


Song of the Year:

Nominee’s:  “Body Like A Back Road” / “Broken Halos” / “Drowns the Whiskey” / “Drunk Girl” / “Tequila” /


COULD ALSO WIN:  Drowns The Whiskey – Jason Aldean & Miranda Lambert


Vocal Group of the Year:

Nominee’s:  Lady Antebellum / LANCO / Little Big Town / Midland / Old Dominion




Don’t miss the 52nd Annual CMA Awards TONIGHT, live from Nashville, Tennessee.

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