Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie & Tae and More Join 2015 CMA Awards Performance Lineup
Country Music's Biggest Night is upon us, and the lineup of performances is growing appropriately jam-packed with the genre's biggest stars. The 2015 CMA Awards have announced the addition of Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie & Tae, Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert to the bill for the night — a group of talented ladies sure to impress.
These performers join previously-revealed acts Eric Church and Hank Williams Jr., who are slated to open the show together, and a unique collaboration between Thomas Rhett and pop-rockers Fall Out Boy.
Buddies Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will be hosting the event for the eighth year running, but it will be hard to top last year, when Underwood let Paisley "slip" and share the sex of her baby with thousands of country music fans. They will both be performing this year.
The ladies of country are owning the airwaves lately, a testament to the importance and raw talent of female country artists after the #Saladgate debacle.
“From Miranda Lambert’s explosive debut CMA performance in New York in 2005 to Reba [McEntire]’s performance in that famous red dress that now resides in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the females in our format deliver some of the most dynamic and talked about awards moments,” says CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern, “and this year should be no different.”
Ballerini, still relatively new to the scene, has shot to the top of the charts this year, earning herself nominations for not only New Artist of the Year, but Female Vocalist of the Year, as well. Maddie & Tae are also nominated for New Artist of the Year, along with Vocal Duo of the Year and Music Video of the Year.
Lambert is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year as well as Entertainer of the Year, and Musgraves is up for Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year.
The 2015 CMA Awards air live Nov. 4 on ABC at 8PM ET.
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