Additional Performances And Early CMA Awards Winners Revealed

Kelsea Ballerini To Perform At “The 54th Annual CMA Awards”

Reba McEntire And Darius Rucker To Debut World Premiere Performance Of “In The Ghetto” In Tribute To Mac Davis

CMA Musical Event And Music Video Of The Year Winners Revealed

Country Music’s Biggest Night™ airs Live from
Nashville’s Music City Center TONIGHT at 8/7c on ABC  


CMA has revealed the final performer for tonight’s CMA Awards. Country superstar Kelsea Ballerini will take the stage to perform her hit single “hole in the bottle.” Additionally, hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker will debut an emotional, world premiere performance of their “In the Ghetto” collaboration in tribute to Country legend and three-time CMA Awards host Mac Davis. The song, which the pair recorded last month, will be available at all DSPs at midnight ET, tonight, following their CMA Awards performance.

Hosted by McEntire and Rucker, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ airs live TONIGHT from Nashville’s Music City Center (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

Earlier this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” winners were revealed in two categories. Carly Pearce and Lee Brice’s “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” produced by busbee, won CMA Musical Event of the Year, while Miranda Lambert’s “Bluebird,” directed by Trey Fanjoy, won CMA Music Video of the Year.

“The 54th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Alan Carter is the Director and David Wild is the Head Writer.

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About the CMA Awards  
The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC is the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas.”

All balloting is tabulated by the professional services organization, Deloitte.

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte & Touche LLP, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP. Please see for a detailed description of Deloitte’s legal structure. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

Kelsea Ballerini
Photo Credit: Hannah Lux Davis
Reba McEntire
Photo Credit: Robby Klein
Darius Rucker
Photo Credit: David McClister
Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker’s “In The Ghetto”
Photo Credit: Universal Music Group Nashville
“The 54th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, broadcasts live from Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 11 (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) on ABC.
Photo Credit: CMA/ABC