CMA ANNOUNCES FOUR COLLABORATIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES FOR “THE 51st ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” AIRING WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK tviegut October 24, 2017 Collaborations Include Kelsea Ballerini & Reba McEntire; Dierks Bentley & Rascal Flatts; Maren Morris & Niall Horan and Brad Paisley & Kane Brown NASHVILLE – Known for one-of-a-kind musical collaborations, the CMA announces four pairings for “The 51st Annual CMA Awards”, all of which will grace the stage live from Bridgestone Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood co-host for the 10th consecutive year. Performances include Kelsea Ballerini & Reba McEntire; Dierks Bentley & Rascal Flatts; Maren Morris & Niall Horan; and Brad Paisley & Kane Brown. Ballerini, a five-time CMA Awards nominee, and Reba, a six-time winner and astounding 50-time nominee and most-nominated female in CMA Awards history, will both vie for Female Vocalist of the Year. Reba has previously won the category four years in a row (1984-87). Three-time CMA Awards winner Bentley joins seven-time winners Rascal Flatts, who are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year. Bentley is amongst the Male Vocalist of the Year nominees. Reigning New Artist of the Year Morris joins pop star Horan for a cross-genre celebration. Morris is an eight-time CMA Awards nominee. Paisley will pause from his co-hosting duties to share his latest effort “Heaven South” with newcomer Brown. Paisley is a 14-time CMA Awards winner. Winners of “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” are determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot closes Wednesday, Oct. 25 (6:00 PM/CT). Ballots are tabulated by the professional services organization Deloitte & Touche LLP. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of their legal structure. “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton serves as the Executive Producer for the 11th year, and Gary Halvorson as the Director for the first time. More information on “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” can be seen on CMAawards.com. Listen to nominee playlists and purchase official CMA Awards apparel and accessories online here. About the CMA Awards: The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC is the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021. The CMA Awards air in 43 countries. **Suggested Tweet**: @MarenMorris with @NiallOfficial, AND MORE just announced for the #CMAawards Wed, Nov 8 on @ABCNetwork!