Women In Country Music Unite For Groundbreaking Performances at “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” November 13 on ABC

Women in Country Music will unite for a historic, not-to-be-missed opening performance at “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards.” The groundbreaking number led by Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton will also feature Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, The Highwomen (comprised of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires), Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson, each performing iconic Country songs for a monumental decades-spanning medley never before seen.

In addition to the incredible opening, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ will be hosted by Carrie Underwood with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, celebrates legendary women in Country Music throughout the broadcast, airing live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, November 13 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network.

Don't miss "The 53rd Annual CMA Awards," this historic opening or awesome performances from Dolly Parton with for KING & COUNTRY and Zach Williams, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson and John Osborne, Brooks & Dunn with Brothers Osborne, Garth Brooks with Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Lady Antebellum and Halsey, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson, Old Dominion, P!NK and Chris Stapleton, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.

For more information on “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards,” please visit CMAawards.com.

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Watch Dolly Parton and Robin Roberts having fun on Tuesday, November 12 at 10 PM ET on ABC.

On the eve of the CMA Awards, catch Dolly in a special interview with Robin Roberts of "Good Morning America."

Dolly is co-hosting the “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” with Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire. And fans are in for a real treat as Dolly is planning never-before-seen collaborations with King & Country and Zach Williams!

Carrie Underwood is set to host the CMA Awards with special guest hosts Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.

"The 53rd Annual CMA Awards" will celebrate the legendary women of Country Music. Host Carrie Underwood will be joined by two of the genre's legendary artists and Country Music Hall of Fame members, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. Combined, these three ladies hold 124 CMA Awards nominations and 22 total wins. Of the total wins, 11 are for Female Vocalist of the Year - Carrie Underwood (2006, 2007, 2008, 2016, 2018), Dolly Parton (1975, 1976) and Reba McEntire (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987). In addition, the three superstars hold a combined 14 nominations in the Entertainer of the Year category, with Dolly receiving the award in 1978 and Reba winning in 1986.

“It’s an incredible honor to welcome Carrie, Reba and Dolly to the CMA Awards stage this year,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to awarding the year’s best and brightest in the genre, ‘The 53rd Annual CMA Awards’ will celebrate the legacy of women within Country Music, and we couldn’t think of a more dynamic group of women to host the show.” Dolly expressed her excitement on Twitter saying,

"Let’s go girls! I’m so excited to be joining [Carrie Underwood] and [Reba McEntire] to celebrate the legendary women of country music as a guest host of this year’s #CMAawards on November 13"

Final nominees for "The 53rd Annual CMA Awards" will be announced Wednesday, Aug. 28 live during ABC’s “Good Morning America” from their Times Square studio in New York and via livestream following the broadcast.

Watch Dolly, Carrie and Reba shine on Country Music's Biggest Night set for November 13 at 8|7c on ABC. "The 53rd Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Alex Rudzinski is the Director, and David Wild is the Head Writer.

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About The CMA Awards

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the more than 6,300 industry professional members of CMA, which when established in 1958 became the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music. The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest-running, annual music awards program on network television. The show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005 before moving in 2006 to ABC, where it is set to air through 2021.

About CMA

CMA is dedicated to bringing the poetry and emotion of Country Music to the world. We will continue the tradition of leadership and professionalism, promoting the music, and recognizing excellence in all its forms. While fostering a spirit of community and sharing, we will respect and encourage creativity and the unique contributions of all. CMA will be a place to have fun and celebrate success. We will take risks, embrace change, and always exceed the expectations of those we serve.

Dolly Parton received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual CMA Awards Show.

All photos courtesy of Curtis Hilbun

With only two months remaining in 2016, Dolly Parton adds another monumental milestone to her already impressive year. She received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th Annual CMA Awards show on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. Dolly's "9 to 5" co-star, Lilly Tomlin, presented the award calling her "one of the greatest artists in the history of country music.

The CMA tribute began with Jennifer Nettles and Pentatonix performing Dolly's "Jolene." Reba followed with her version of "9 to 5" and Kacey Musgraves stepped in with "Here You Come Again." Newly crowned Female Vocalist of the Year Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride joined the others to sing Dolly's signature hit "I Will Always Love You." In her acceptance speech, Dolly thanked a host of special people in her life and jokingly said,

"For me to be receiving the Willie Nelson award, this is a real 'high.'"


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The 50th Annual CMA Awards Show celebrated the year's most accomplished artists and reflected on five decades of country music. Dolly's song "I Will Always Love You" is one of three country hits featured in the mash-up single and epic music video "Forever Country" which celebrates the awards' golden anniversary. "I Will Always Love You" is blended with Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" and the late John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads."

The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is, according to the Academy, bestowed on "an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country Music… an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level."

The 50th Annual CMA Awards Show was hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.

The stars have aligned, and the result is pure magic in "Forever Country" featuring Dolly Parton and 29 of Country Music's legendary and current acts.

Grammy-winning director, Joseph Kahn has created a masterpiece in the new "Forever Country" music video. It's Country music's history, legacy, tradition, evolution and future on a spectacular moving canvas.

While her self-described simple lyrics from "I Will Always Love You" are woven throughout "Forever Country," Dolly Parton's presence in the video is nothing short of enchanting.

Dolly, Willie Nelson and 28 artists appear in what can only be described as the most incredible celebration of the genre since its inception. From breathtaking scenes within the Blue Ridge Mountains to a street view of the historic Ryman Auditorium the images tug on the heartstrings of generations of country fans. Watch closely for a glimpse of legends like Randy Travis, Charley Pride and Alabama. Current stars are also in the mix including Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

CMA 50th "Forever Country" is a mashup of "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by the late John Denver, "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson and Dolly's "I Will Always Love You."

Viewers of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" received a sneak peek of the "Forever Country" video during the Tuesday night episode on Sept. 20. The world premiere was held online at ForeverCountry50.com.

"Forever Country" was introduced to radio listeners on Friday, Sept. 16. Proceeds from the sale of this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration benefit the CMA Foundation, which donates millions to support music education in schools.

The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville, TN on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.



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