The 2022 CMA Awards Are Tonight! Everything To Know About Country Music's Biggest Night

Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning are teaming up to host the star-studded awards show.

Country music's biggest night is returning this fall. The 56th annual CMA Awards will once again air live from Music City a.k.a. NashvilleSarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer, has said that the show "will without a doubt live up to its expectation this year.” 

Luke Bryan is set to host for a second consecutive year—but this time around, he will have a co-host: Peyton Manning. “During an evening when we celebrate the best of the best in Country Music, we are thrilled to have two award-winning hosts at the helm!" Trahern said in a press release.

Rob Mills, executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, noted that Bryan and Manning's "dynamic chemistry and magnetic friendship are the perfect anchors for this year’s star-studded show.”

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From how to watch the awards show to the nominees, plus the show date, here is everything you need to know about the CMA Awards 2022...

Where are the CMA Awards 2022?

The 2022 CMA Awards are being held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

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What date are the CMA Awards?

Country fans, mark your calendars because the CMA awards show is scheduled for Nov. 9, 2022. The CMAs will air live at 8 p.m. ET on ABC as well as on the ABC app.

How can I watch the 2022 CMA Awards?

Tune into the ceremony on ABC. You can check your local listings to see which station or affiliate near you will air the show.

Where to stream the 2022 CMA Awards

ABC can be streamed live on Hulu+ Live TV, YouTube TV, DirecTV Stream and FuboTV. You may be able to live-stream the show from your local ABC station online. You can watch the CMAs online without cable.

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What time are the CMA Awards 2022?

The 2022 CMA Awards show kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.

Who is hosting the CMA Awards 2022?

Two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is returning to host the 2022 show. The country singer will share hosting duties this year with NFL star and first-time CMA Awards host Peyton Manning.

"Being a part of such a historical night that honors my peers and Country Music is such a privilege,” Bryan said in a statement. “When I was asked if Peyton Manning is someone I would consider co-hosting with, I didn’t hesitate. We have become great friends through the years, and what he brings to the table is gonna make it even more of a blast. I know he’s been to the CMA Awards before, but he’s never been with me. Hey Peyton, I hope you’re ready for the night of your life!”

Manning is admittedly looking forward to sharing the stage with the "Knockin’ Boots" singer. “I cannot wait to head to Nashville and take the CMA Awards stage alongside my friend Luke Bryan,” Manning said. “I am such a huge fan of Country Music, so to have the chance to stand among so many incredibly talented artists is an absolute honor.”

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Who’s Presenting at the CMA Awards?

Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts

Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain

Yellowstone star Cole Hauser

HGTV stars Ben and Erin Napier


Tyler Hubbard

Wynonna Judd

Jordan Davis

Little Big Town

Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely

Will Blake Shelton be at the 2022 CMA Awards?

While Blake Shelton performed "Come Back As A Country Boy" at the 2021 CMA Awards, viewers will have to wait and see if this country boy will come back for the 2022 ceremony. 

Will Taylor Swift Be at the CMA Awards?

We'll have to wait and see if Taylor Swift attends the CMA Awards. She's nominated for Musical Event of the Year for “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version)” with Chris Stapleton so there's a good chance she'll walk the red carpet.

Who are the CMA Awards 2022 performers—artists and songs

  • Kelsea Ballerini with Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce - "You're Drunk, Go Home"

  • Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood, Lainey Wilson - tribute to Alan Jackson (Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient).

  • Luke Bryan - "Country On"

  • Brothers Osborne with The War & Treaty - "It's Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)"

  • Luke Combs - "The Kind of Love We Make"

  • Hardy with Lainey Wilson - "Wait In the Truck"

  • Cody Johnson - "'Til You Can't"

  • Ellie King with The Black Keys - "Great Balls of Fire" (Jerry Lee Lewis tribute)

  • Miranda Lambert - "Geraldene"

  • Loretta Lynn tribute (artists to be announced)

  • Ashley McBryde with Pillbox Patti, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack and John Osborne - "When Will I Be Loved"

  • Reba McEntire - performance to-be-announced

  • Carly Pearce - "Dear Miss Loretta"

  • Thomas Rhett with Katy Perry - "Where We Started"

  • Chris Stapleton with Patty Loveless - "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive"

  • Cole Swindell - "You Had Me At Heads Carolina"

  • Carrie Underwood - "Hate My Heart"

  • Morgan Wallen - "You Proof"

  • Zac Brown Band with Jimmie Allen and Marcus King - "Out In The Middle"

Who are the 2022 CMA Awards nominees?

The nominees for the 2022 CMA Awards are an eclectic bunch!

Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and the controversial Morgan Wallen are all up for Entertainer of the Year—and each of them are also up for Vocalist of the Year in their respective gender categories.

Lainey Wilson amassed quite a few nominations for a newcomer, including New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, plus Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year for her duet "Never Say Never" with Cole Swindell.

Taylor Swift is up for Music Video of the Year for "I Bet You Think About Me," which features Stapleton—and so is the video's director, Blake Lively!

See the full list of the 2022 CMA Awards nominees below.

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Entertainer of the Year

  • Luke Combs

  • Miranda Lambert

  • Chris Stapleton

  • Carrie Underwood

  • Morgan Wallen

Single of the Year

  • "Buy Dirt," Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan (Producer: Paul DiGiovanni, Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley)

  • "half of my hometown," Kelsea Ballerini (feat. Kenny Chesney) (Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins, Mix Engineer: Dan Grech-Marguerat)

  • "Never Wanted To Be That Girl," Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore)

  • "'Til You Can't," Cody Johnson (Producer: Trent Willmon, Mix Engineer: Jack Clarke)

  • "You Should Probably Leave," Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, Mix Engineer: Vance Powell)

Album of the Year

  • Luke Combs, Luke Combs (Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton, Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews)

  • Humble Quest, Maren Morris (Producer: Greg Kurstin, Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea)

  • Palomino, Miranda Lambert (Producers: Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, Mikey Reaves, Mix Engineer: Jason Lehning)

  • Sayin' What I'm Thinkin,' Lainey Wilson (Producer: Jay Joyce, Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen)

  • Time, Tequila & Therapy, Old Dominion (Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion, Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank)

Song of the Year

  • "Buy Dirt," Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins

  • "Never Wanted To Be That Girl," Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce

  • "Sand In My Boots," Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Josh Osborne

  • "Things A Man Oughta Know," Songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson

  • "You Should Probably Leave," Songwriters: Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Miranda Lambert

  • Ashley McBryde

  • Carly Pearce

  • Carrie Underwood

  • Lainey Wilson

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Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Eric Church

  • Luke Combs

  • Cody Johnson

  • Chris Stapleton

  • Morgan Wallen

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady A

  • Little Big Town

  • Midland

  • Old Dominion

  • Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brooks & Dunn

  • Brothers Osborne

  • Dan + Shay


  • Maddie & Tae

Musical Event of the Year

  • "Beers On Me," Dierks Bentley with BRELAND & HARDY (Producers: Dierks Bentley, Ross Copperman)

  • "If I Didn't Love You," Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood (Producer: Michael Knox)

  • "Longneck Way To Go," Midland (featuring Jon Pardi) (Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)

  • "Never Say Never," Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson) (Producer: Zach Crowell)

  • "Never Wanted To Be That Girl," Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)

Musician of the Year

  • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle

  • Paul Franklin, Steel guitar

  • Brent Mason, Guitar

  • Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo

  • Derek Wells, Guitar

Music Video of the Year

  • "I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)," Taylor Swift (featuring Chris Stapleton) (Director: Blake Lively)

  • "Longneck Way To Go," Midland (featuring Jon Pardi) (Director: Harper Smith)

  • "Never Say Never," Cole Swindell (with Lainey Wilson) (Director: Michael Monaco)

  • "Never Wanted To Be That Girl," Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (Director: Alexa Campbell)

  • "'Til You Can't," Cody Johnson (Director: Dustin Haney)

New Artist of the Year


  • Walker Hayes

  • Cody Johnson

  • Parker McCollum

  • Lainey Wilson

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Can the public go to the CMA Awards?

Yes! Last year a "very limited number of tickets" went on sale to the general public.

How do you get tickets to the CMA Awards?

According to the CMA Awards' website, Ticketmaster is the "only official and authorized ticketing partner of the CMA Awards." 

How much does it cost to attend the CMA Awards?

Check back for updates on ticket prices for the 2022 CMA Awards!

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