Everything to know about the CMA Awards 2019: Hosts, nominees, performers, presenters and more

Yeehaw! The best of the best in country music will be honored at the 2019 CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, November 13.

The 53rd annual ceremony marks the first time in history that women are nominated in every category — except Male Vocalist of the Year, of course. In addition, it will be hosted by three legendary female artists: Carrie UnderwoodReba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

“It’s an incredible honor to welcome Carrie, Reba and Dolly to the CMA Awards stage this year,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said in a press release. “In addition to awarding the year’s best and brightest in the genre, the 53rd annual CMA Awards will celebrate the legacy of women within country music, and we couldn’t think of a more dynamic group of women to host the show.”

Ahead of the big night, Us Weekly rounded up everything you need to know about the hosts, nominees, performers, presenters and much more!

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CMA Awards 2018: Red carpet arrivals
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CMA Awards 2018: Red carpet arrivals
Maren Morris attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Carrie Underwood attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Carrie Underwood attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Garth Brooks and singer Trisha Yearwood attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic)
Kacey Musgraves attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Kelsea Ballerini attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic)
Lauren Akins and Thomas Rhett attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Gretchen Wilson attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Martina McBride attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic)
Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Jennifer Nettles attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles of musical duo Sugarland attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Scotty McCreery attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Lauren Alaina attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Luke Bryan attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Olivia Culpo attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Brittney Marie Kelley, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of musical duo Florida Georiga Line and Hayley Hubbard attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Cassidy Black and singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Dennis Quaid attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Bebe Rexha attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic)
Kane Brown attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Kimberly Williams-Paisley attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
Rita Wilson attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Lionel Richie attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic)
Kellie Pickler attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
RaeLynn attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Cassadee Pope attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Jess Carson (2nd from L), Mark Wystrach (3rd from L) and Cameron Duddy (R) of Midland pose with Camille Carson, Tyler Haney and Harper Smith attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Dustin Lynch attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Danielle Bradbery attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Eric Steedly, Tripp Howell, Jared Hampton, Brandon Lancaster and Chandler Baldwin of LANCO attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Carly Pearce attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Caleb Lee Hutchinson attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Hayley Hubbard attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Walker Hayes attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
CMT hosts Cody Alan and Katie Cook attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Singer-songwriter Justin Moore attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Lauren Alaina (R) and Alex Hopkins attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Brantley Gilbert and Amber Cochran attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic)
Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye of musical duo Maddie and Tae attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Christina Murphy and singer-songwriter Frankie Ballard attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Ben Aaron and Kellie Pickler of tv show Pickler & Ben attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Hillary Scott of musical group Lady Antebellum attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Luke Bryan (R) and Caroline Boyer attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Mason Ramsey attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Alicia Witt attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Katie Stevens attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
Lauren Akins attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Katelyn Jae and singer-songwriter Kane Brown attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Mackenzie Foy attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Meghan Linsey attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Chris Lucas and Preston Brust of LOCASH attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Devin Dawson and Leah Sykes attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Sharna Burgess attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Morgan Evans attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Jordan Davis attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Aaron Watson attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Mitchell Tenpenny attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Cole Swindell attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/FilmMagic)
Sharon White and singer Ricky Skaggs attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Nicolle Galyon attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Brett Young and Taylor Mills attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Kristian Bush of musical duo Sugarland attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Christina Murphy (L) and Frankie Ballard attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
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What Time and Channel Is It On?
The CMAs air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

Who Is Hosting?
Underwood will be the official host of the evening, while McEntire and Parton are her special guest hosts. The trio have a combined 124 career CMA nominations and 22 wins. Underwood has cohosted the CMAs with Brad Paisley since 2008, making this her first year without him by her side.

Who Is Nominated?
Maren Morris leads the pack with six nominations, including Female Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year (“Girl”). Brothers Osborne are close behind with four nods, including Vocal Duo of the Year. Dierks BentleyEric ChurchLuke CombsKacey MusgravesBlake SheltonChris Stapleton and Underwood each have three nominations.

Keith UrbanGarth Brooks, Church, Stapleton and Underwood are up for Entertainer of the Year. The nominees for Album of the Year are Thomas Rhett (Center Point Road), Underwood (Cry Pretty), Dan + Shay (Dan + Shay), Church (Desperate Man) and Morris (Girl).

Who Is Performing?
The historic opening performance is set to include Underwood, McEntire and Parton alongside The HighwomenSara EvansGretchen WilsonMartina McBride and more female artists. Later in the show, Kelsea BalleriniLindsay EllAshley McBrydeCarly Pearce, Little Big Town, Maddie & Tae and Runaway June will team up for a special performance. Meanwhile, Bentley, Joe WalshJohn OsborneSheryl Crow and Chris Janson are gearing up for a performance honoring Kris Kristofferson.

Other artists who are expected to take the stage include Dan + Shay, Church, Miranda Lambert, Morris, Lady Antebellum with Halsey, Musgraves with Willie Nelson, Rhett, Urban, Shelton, and Pink with Stapleton.

Who Is Presenting?
The coveted trophies will be handed out by stars including Bobby BonesHannah BrownKristin Chenoweth, McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Trisha Yearwood.

Who Is Being Honored?
Kristofferson will become the fifth person to receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, joining Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), Johnny Cash (2015) and Parton (2016).

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Dolly Parton at the CMAs through the years
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Dolly Parton at the CMAs through the years
(Original Caption) Dolly Parton radiantly accepts the award as "Female Vocalist of the Year" during this Country Music Association's televised awards show 10/13 night.
NASHVILLE - OCTOBER 10: Country singer and songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, and Dolly Parton backstage before the CMA Award Show Backstage October 10, 1988 in Nashville, Tennessee. (photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE - OCTOBER 10: Country singer and songwriter Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Clint Black, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Lyle Lovett backstage before the CMA Award Show Backstage October 10, 1988 in Nashville, Tennessee. (photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 5: Singers Norah Jones and Dolly Parton perform onstage the '37th Annual CMA Awards' at the Grand Ole Opry House November 5, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 5: Singers Norah Jones and Dolly Parton perform onstage the '37th Annual CMA Awards' at the Grand Ole Opry House November 5, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 9: Singer Dolly Parton poses backstage at the 38th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House November 9, 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 9: Singer Dolly Parton poses with her award for Musical Event of the Year backstage at the 38th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House November 9, 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 9: Musician Dolly Parton appears on stage at the 38th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House November 9, 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Dolly Parton performs at the 39th Annual Country Music Association Awards at Madison Square Garden November 15, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Sir Elton John and Dolly Parton perform at the 39th Annual Country Music Association Awards at Madison Square Garden November 15, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
Dolly Parton performs "Turn the Lights Out When Your Leave" and "Imagine" (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Dolly Parton poses with award backstage during the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Dolly Parton accepts the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Dolly Parton speaks to the press backstage during the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Singer Dolly Parton attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/FilmMagic)
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