The 2017 CMA Awards (Country Music Association Awards) air tonight on the ABC network at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT live from Nashville, Tennessee at the Bridgestone Arena. And, for the tenth year in a row, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have teamed up to take on the hosting duties. In an interview with USA Today, CMA chief executive Sarah Trahern said that, though the night will be filled with joy and music, it will also have some “poignant and memorable moments for us to reflect on the past year.” Trahern also said, “Even though a month has passed, the shock of the tragedy in Vegas is still top of mind in our community. What many of our colleagues and fans experienced will long be remembered together as we try to understand and heal.” Carrie Underwood added, “We love being the faces of the CMAs, but it’s also a great responsibility. We’re just so proud of country music, and want the world to see what we’ve got.”
If you would like to check out any of the red carpet arrivals or celebrity interviews going on before the big event, there are a few pre-shows and red carpet live streams to watch. The Tennessean is featuring a live stream of the event. And, another live stream going on, is the official CMAs red carpet pre-show, which is being featured live on twitter. Click here to check it out. Cam, and Sam Alex from “Taste of Country Nights” will also be hosting a CMA Awards red carpet show via YouTube Live and Facebook Live, as reported by Taste of Country. Their live stream will begin at 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET. If you would live to watch either the red carpet and/or the official CMA Awards online via live stream and cannot get to a television, you can click here to check out your free options for watching each of them.
For those eager to see who the winners are tonight, two of them were already revealed on Good Morning America earlier today. The Music Video of the Year winner for 2017 is “It Ain’t My Fault” by Brothers Osborne and the winner of Musical Event of the Year is “Funny (How Times Looks Away)” by Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson. As far as some of the other nominations go, here are some of the big ones … Up for Entertainer of the Year are Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban. For Male Vocalist of the Year, the nominees include Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban. And, for Female Vocalist of the Year, the contenders are Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood. The New Artist of the Year nominees are Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi and Brett Young. Album of the Year competitors are Little Big Town – The Breaker, Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1, Lady Antebellum – Heart Break, Jason Isbell – The Nashville Sound and Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings. Miranda Lambert leads this year’s nominations with a total of five.