Jelly Roll, Lainey, Stapleton, and More Slated For CMA Performances
Luke Bryan, Jelly Roll, K. Michelle, Little Big Town, Megan Moroney, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton, Tanya Tucker, and Lainey Wilson have been announced as the initial performers for the 57th Annual CMA Awards.
Hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, “Country Music’s Biggest Night” broadcasts live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, November 8 at 8 OM ET and will air live on ABC.
Performances so far include:
- Five-time nominee and first-time performer Jelly Roll opening the show with “Need a Favor.”
- CMA Awards co-host Bryan will perform a medley of his hits, including “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day,” “One Margarita,” “That’s My Kind Of Night,” “Play It Again” and “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).”
- Stapleton will take the stage to perform his new single “White Horse”
- The night’s most-nominated artist, Wilson, who will also take the stage to perform her critically acclaimed song “Wildflowers and Wild Horses.”
- Jelly Roll will again take the stage with first-time CMA Awards performer K. Michelle for a moving rendition of “Love Can Build a Bridge.”
- One of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Tucker, will be joined by Vocal Group of the Year nominee Little Big Town for a special performance of Tucker’s iconic “Delta Dawn.”
- Vocal Group and Music Video of the Year nominee this year, Old Dominion and New Artist and Song of the Year nominee, as well as first-time CMA Awards performer Moroney, will perform their new song “Can’t Break Up Now.”
- Pearce, nominated for Female Vocalist and Musical Event, will take the stage to perform her new single “We Don’t Fight Anymore” with Stapleton, in addition to his solo performance.
When Wilson won the Female Vocalist award for the first time at last year’s CMA Awards in Nashville, she came backstage and told us that right after the win, two women in the category came up to her to congratulate her. Those two women were fellow nominees Miranda Lambert and Ashley McBryde.
Miranda has often talked about her fellow nominees when she stood on the stage to accept the honor. Ashley McBryde has never won CMA Female Vocalist, but she did help her friend Carly Pearce accept the award in 2021 when Carly was too emotional to speak.
We talked with Ashley recently and asked about the five women in the 2023 category for Female Vocalist of the Year at this year’s CMA awards. She told us what she, Pearce, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and Kelsea Ballerini share, “I think it’s massive respect all the way across the board. And we all make really different music, and we’ve all had really different journeys to get there, and none of us see those differences as less than or more than.”
McBryde added, “Every woman in that category has scratched for every half inch of stage she’s ever stood on, and we understand that about each other. That deserves to be celebrated no matter who walks home with the hardware.”