The Country Music Association announced on Tuesday its first batch of performers for the 56th Annual CMA Awards, which will be hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning and air live from Nashville on Nov. 9.

The show at Bridgestone Arena will kick off with an all-star tribute to late country legend Loretta Lynn, who died on Oct. 4 at age 90.

Host Bryan will take the stage to sing his song “Country On,” while Carly Pearce, who is the reigning CMA female vocalist, will perform a track off of her most recent album 29: Written in Stone.

Miranda Lambert, whose nominations this year helped her continue her reign as the most nominated female artist in CMA Awards history, will sing “Geraldene” off her new album Palomino, while Carrie Underwood, who’s up for entertainer of the year, will perform her newest single “Hate My Heart.”

The twice-nominated Morgan Wallen will take the stage to sing his new single “You Proof,” marking his return to the show for the first time since he was banned last year from the non-collaborative categories for using a racial slur.

There will also be a mix of collaborations, including Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson and Pearce, who will team up to sing their new song “You’re Drunk, Go Home,” off Ballerini’s latest album SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

The nominated Zac Brown Band, meanwhile, is set to sing “Out in the Middle” with help from reigning CMA new artist of the year Jimmie Allen and blues guitarist Marcus King.

Miranda Lambert – The New Queen of Country.

I didn’t know Miranda Lambert until she visited my home for an interview this past June, but then again, maybe I did. Because this petite blonde (she’s 5’4″) with dimples to die for from Lindale, Texas, is shaking up Nashville in a way nobody has since Loretta Lynn sang “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (with Lovin’ on Your Mind).” Here’s what the rising country music superstar had to say about Merle Haggard, growing up in East Texas, and life on the road.

Miranda Lambert on Her Hardest, Riskiest, and Most Rewarding Music.

Miranda Lambert had a grin plastered on her face for nearly her whole performance at Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout in August, as she ran through seven albums’ worth of rowdy and touching country hits. But when I call her the day after, her spirits are lower. She’d just cleaned out her tour bus, affectionately named Elvira, for only the second time in her career (the first was two years prior, for the pandemic), to gear up for Velvet Rodeo, her upcoming Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood. It’s a big change for the 38-year-old star, who’s used to touring arenas around the world. “I’ve been on a bus since I was 19 years old, and I’ve never gone to work without getting off the bus,” she says. “So I’m a little sad right now, but I’m also excited because it’s a new chapter. And I’m also a little bit tired of sleeping [while] moving after all these years.”

Miranda Lambert Doesn’t Mean to Offend. She’s ‘a Little Too Honest.’

One night not long ago, Miranda Lambert was drinking wine on her porch in Nashville with a friend who’d planned to drive home. Lambert discouraged her from getting behind the wheel: “You’re way too pretty for prison,” she said.

Over the last 14 years, Lambert, 35, has excelled at exposing her fears, foibles and frolics, and won both commercial success and critical acclaim. She’s released three albums with the Pistol Annies, a singer-songwriter trio she founded with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, and six bold and often hilarious solo albums. Her latest, “Wildcard,” is due Nov.

The country singer and songwriter on her new album, “Wildcard,” scooping the tabloids and her life as a teenage goody-goody.

Not a lot of people will take your hand, nudge you right into the spotlight, and share it with you—especially if they’ve already spent decades as one of country music’s most acclaimed performers and songwriters. But that’s exactly what Miranda Lambert did in 2019, when she asked me to be a part of her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour, during which she brought along a new generation of artists to share her stage. It was Miranda’s idea to bring us all together—she wanted powerful female voices to front the whole thing. That’s her vibe: she’s all about making everybody feel welcome. And there is not one inauthentic hair on her head.

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