The official kick-off event for the 48th Annual CMA Awards started with a special live stream hosted by Chris Young. The musician also chatted with celebs as they walked along the red carpet.
Stars that walked the red carpet included Chase Bryant, Danielle Bradbery, The Swon Brothers, Eli Young Band, Ashley Monroe, Scotty McCreery, RaeLynn, Kellie Pickler, Dan + Shay, Cassadee Pope, Dustin Lynch, Frankie Ballard, Katie Armiger, Jana Kramer, Meghan Trainor, Maddie & Tae, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Lucy Hale, Tim Tebow, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Rachel Holder, The Band Perry, Lily Aldridge, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Steven Tyler, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, Brett Eldredge, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Brantley Gilbert, Jennifer Nettles, Tim McGraw, Lee Brice, Jason Aldean, and more.
Performances throughout the night include Miranda Lambert with Meghan Trainor, Little Big Town with Ariana Grande, Doobie Brothers, Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles, Michael McDonald, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton with Ashley Monroe, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, George Strait, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.
Presenting trophies during the three-hour gala are supermodel Lilly Aldridge, Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, and CMA Awards nominees Lee Brice, Brandy Clark, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Connie Britton, Garth Brooks, Lucy Hale, Tim Tebow, Steven Tyler, and Trisha Yearwood.
Check out some photos from the red carpet below. Who are YOU most excited to see at the 48th Annual CMA Awards? Don’t forget to tune in TONIGHT @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC!
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