CMA Awards to open with a tribute to country music legend Loretta Lynn

The Country Music Association Awards are set to begin with a tribute to country music legend Loretta Lynn, who died on October 4 at the age of 90.

Lynn entered the music business at a young age and in 1971 released “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, the song she would become most known for in her career. She went on to win the CMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1967, 1972 and 1973. Her other hits include “One’s On the Way”, Somebody Somewhere” and “Don’t Come Home a-Drinkin”.

The awards ceremony will feature a handful of performances. Kelsea Ballerini will take the stage with Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce to sing “YOU’RE DRUNK, GO HOME”, as well as a duet between HARDY and Lainey Wilson singing “wait in the truck”. The Zac Brown Band will team up with Jimmie Allen and Marcus King for “Out In the Middle.”

Other artists who will take the stage that night include Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood and Morgan Wallen, who will sing her hit “You Proof.”

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When it comes to hosting the show, Bryan and Peyton Manning are happy to have fun together on stage and aren’t the least bit nervous about show night.

Bryan, who hosted the show in 2021, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to poke some fun at his co-host this year by pointing out the increase in Manning’s participation in commercials and various other television appearances.

“I’m definitely not nervous about Peyton and him messing up because he’s got this TV stuff down,” Bryan explained. “Just watch the Super Bowl, he’s 83% of all the commercials on the Super Bowl. The fun thing about the night is there’s always the beauty of hosting. It’s going to be fun for Peyton and I at the moment.”

One element of the night Bryan can’t get enough of is the energy he feels while hosting the stage. He compared the energy he feels while hosting to the energy professional athletes might feel when they walk out onto the basketball court or football field, in the sense that there is a crowd cheering him on.

“You get amped up. Not to make dumb analogies, but to me it’s like going into a big football game and the energy comes out and starts the show, delivers some funny jokes, toasts some of the entertainers out there,” Bryan explained . “The room is a magical thing to be in and it’s up to us to just be natural and have fun and for people at home to really see that we don’t really take ourselves too seriously, but we do take the night very seriously. “

Manning and Bryan, who have been friends for a while, have no problem cracking jokes at each other’s expense.

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“Luke and I played golf together years ago in Indianapolis before he played a fundraiser for this children’s hospital that I’m very involved with,” Manning said. “A lot of golf courses, sometimes you’ll show up in shorts and they’ll say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to wear long pants,’ but it was different because you could wear shorts at this club, but Luke showed up in pants , but they were very tight pants. I’m like, ‘Luke, you can’t wear those tight pants here.’ We cut them off and they became very tight shorts.”

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Added Bryan, “A good memory is when I actually played Mile High Stadium and Peyton comes out and Brandon Stokley and him who played together for years got a football backstage in the locker room and Peyton just wanted to beam Stokley in the head with it when he wasn’t looking and it was fun watching the two of them torture each other.”

Manning and Bryan, who have been friends for a while, have no problem cracking jokes at each other's expense.

Manning and Bryan, who have been friends for a while, have no problem cracking jokes at each other’s expense.
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The CMAs are due on Wednesday, November 9th.

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