The 57th Annual Country Music Association Awards was held on Wednesday, November 8 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The ceremony was hosted once again by Luke Bryan with Peyton Manning (third time for Luke, second for Peyton). The ceremony aired live at 8 pm ET on ABC and will be streaming on Hulu. This year, Jelly Roll opened up the ceremony with a performance of his hit, “Need A Favor.” One of the highlights was a tribute to Jimmy Buffett, performed by Kenny Chesney, Mac McAnally, Alan Jackson, and Zac Brown Band.
A handful of nominated artists performed: Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, HARDY, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Megan Moroney, Carly Pearce, Old Dominion, Chris Stapleton, Morgan Wallen, The War and Treaty, Lainey Wilson, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Mac McAnally, K. Michelle, Post Malone and Tanya Tucker. There was just as much star power among the lineup of presenters. Country stars Martina McBride, Bill Anderson, Keith Urban, Sara Evans, Brian Kelley, Craig Morgan, Darius Rucker, Chris Young, Lady A, Jordan Davis, and Parker McCollum were present. Outside of the genre, other presenters included Paula Abdul, Cynthia Erivo, Nate Bargatze, Kevin Cahoon, Corey Seager, and Gerry Turner.
Each year, the CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 6,000 industry professional members of the Country Music Association, but tonight, we determine the winners and losers of the red carpet. Take a look below at all the hits and misses of the night. And yeah, we dunked on a lot of the folks walking the red carpet, but we loved just as many outfits as we didn’t. It’s all part of the fun of fashion.