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Carrie Underwood, host of the 54th annual CMA Awards with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton (Mark Seliger/ABC)

Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, P!NK, Dolly Parton Among The First Performers Announced For The 53rd Annual CMAs

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NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess) — The Country Music Association announced the opening round of performers for the upcoming 53rd annual CMA Awards, which will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13th.

The list of performers for ‘country music’s biggest night’ include Eric Church, who is up for three nominations, including Album of the Year for his hit “Desperate Man”, as well as Luke Combs, the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year and three-time nominee this year, who will perform “Beer Never Broke My Heart.”

KING & COUNTRY and Zach Williams are both lined up for their first-ever performance at the awards show and will team up with Dolly Parton to perform a gospel medley of “God Only Knows,” “There Was Jesus,” as well as Parton’s not-yet-released new song “Faith.”

P!NK will team up with Chris Stapleton, who has three nominations of his own, to perform their duet, “Love Me Anyway.”

Reba McEntire, a six-time CMA Awards winner, will perform her classic hit, “Fancy” as well as appearing at the awards gala as a guest host this year.

Host and reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Underwood, also a three-time nominee this year, is set to perform “Drinking Alone” from her latest album Cry Pretty, which was nominated for Album of the Year.

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and a two-time nominee this year, Keith Urban is lined up to perform his hit, “We Were.”

Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. The 53rd annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live via ABC.

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