Your Guide to the 2013 CMA Awards!

It’s finally here! Tonight is the 2013 CMA Awards LIVE on ABC at 8/7c, and we’ve got your complete guide to the broadcast! Below you will find ALL of the nominees, performers, and viewing options. We’ll be live-tweeting through the broadcast. so you can follow along here, or tweet @CMNBlog with the hashtag #CMAawards to join in on the celebration!

Without further ado, let’s get down to business starting with tonight’s nominees!

Lee Brice
Brett Eldredge
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves

MUSIC VIDEO * This award was announced this morning off-camera *
Blown Away, Carrie Underwood (directed by Randee St. Nicholas)
Boys ‘Round Here, Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies
Downtown, Lady Antebellum
WINNER Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Mama’s Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert
Tornado, Little Big Town

Sam Bush (mandolin)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
Dann Huff (guitar)
Brent Mason (guitar)
Mac McAnally (guitar)

MUSICAL EVENT * This award was announced this morning off-camera *
Boys ‘Round Here, Blake Shelton (featuring Pistol Annies)
Cruise, Florida Georgia Line (with Nelly)
Don’t Rush, Kelly Clarkson (featuring Vince Gill)
WINNER Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
The Only Way I Know, Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church

Big & Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

SONG (award goes to songwriters)

I Drive Your Truck, Lee Brice (Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary)
Mama’s Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves)
Merry Go ‘Round, Kacey Musgraves (Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally)
Pontoon, Little Big Town (Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Barry Dean)
Wagon Wheel, Darius Rucker (Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor)

Based On a True Story …, Blake Shelton
Blown Away, Carrie Underwood
Red, Taylor Swift
Same Trailer, Different Park, Kacey Musgraves
Tornado, Little Big Town

Cruise, Florida Georgia Line
Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Mama’s Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert
Merry Go ‘Round, Kacey Musgraves
Wagon Wheel, Darius Rucker

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Taylor Swift

For fans watching online, there are two developments this year that will thrill you!

First, the 2013 CMA Awards Unveils New Digital User Experience: For the first time in Country Music history, “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” will offer an immersive, all-access, second-screen camera experience placed directly in the fans’ hands on

Dubbed CMA Awards 360, the virtual CMA Awards backstage pass is the first integration of its kind on a Country Music awards show. Before and during the Wednesday, Nov. 6 CMA Awards on ABC, fans will have access to 11 different camera views only on

  • Red Carpet –The hottest stars show off the latest fashions with multiple camera positions to catch every second of the building excitement towards the show.
  • Backstage – Only CMA has eyes on what really goes on behind-the-scenes, with three hosts covering all of the backstage action. You never know what big star will stop by for a chat!
  • Director’s View – What’s it like being in the control room during an intense live network show? Sit in the virtual director’s chair with CMA Awards director Paul Miller.
  • Audience Cam – When the commercials come on, the show doesn’t end. Fans can now find out what their favorite celebrities are doing during those two-minute breaks!
  • Press Room – After the big CMA Awards winners give their acceptance speeches, they come to the Press Room to talk to the media and fans at home get a front row seat! for all the Q&As.

For those tuning in from OUTSIDE the US, you’ve got a few options!
In Canada:
In Australia:
Everywhere Else: You will have to sign up here, but it is completely free!

Now for the performers in tonight’s CMA broadcast!
Jason Aldean; Bryan; Eric Church; Florida Georgia Line; Hunter Hayes with Jason Mraz; Lady Antebellum; Little Big Town; Tim McGraw; Kacey Musgraves; Brad Paisley; Blake Shelton; Taylor Swift with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss; The Band Perry; Carrie Underwood; and Zac Brown Band with Dave Grohl. CMA Awards nominees Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will perform together; Alan Jackson and George Strait will perform together in a tribute to the legendary George Jones; and Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker will pay homage to recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Rogers. Just added, Lennon & Maisy Stella. The sisters are best known for their roles on the ABC television series “Nashville.”

About Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena

Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena is a freelance writer for both Country Music News and Country Music On Tour. Want to collab on some content? Email me. Want my rates for commercial promo work? Get them right here.