For the first time since 2008, the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards will have every New Artist nominee perform during the broadcast, they confirmed to The Boot. Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Thompson Square and The Band Perry will each get a performance spot on the November 9th broadcast on ABC.
This is the second time The Band Perry have performed on the CMA Awards; they sang “If I Die Young” live on the program last year. They have five nominations this year, with their single up for both Single and Song Of The Year. It’s the second consecutive year that Luke Bryan and Chris Young have been up for New Artist Of The Year. Last year’s winner was the Zac Brown Band. It’s the first CMA nomination for Eric Church. Thompson Square received a nomination for Vocal Duo Of The Year as well as New Artist Of The Year.
Other previously announced performers for the packed award show include co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for “Remind Me,” Rascal Flatts with Natasha Bedingfield for “Easy,” Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter for “You And Tequila,” Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean. Additional performers and presenters will be announced as it gets closer.