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How to watch CMA Awards 2021

CMA Awards 2021 promotional poster
(Image credit: CMA)

The one of the biggest nights in country music, the 55th CMA Awards, is taking place on Nov. 10. The CMAs honor the best in country music from the last year (specifically July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021), and in addition to handing out trophies will feature a number of musical performances from some big names.

The CMAs will be hosted this year by Luke Bryan (he’ll also give a performance), though he is just one of the big names that will grace the stage in Nashville.

The awards show will feature special collaborations including:

  • Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood
  • Dierks Bentley, with Breland and Hardy
  • Mickey Guyton featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards
  • Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
  • Chris Young and Kane Brown

Other performers, we're looking forward to, are Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, The Voice’s Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band.

Want to tune into the CMAs? Read on to find out how you can watch the CMA Awards from anywhere and who's up for the big prizes.

How to watch the CMA Awards in the US

Since 2006 the CMA Awards have been airing on ABC, which is where U.S. viewers will find the CMAs once again this year. 

The 55th CMAs is airing live for viewers in Eastern and Central time zones —starting at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT but they'll be time-shifted across the rest of the country. In the Mountain time zone, Alaska and Hawai’i, the show begins at 7 p.m. local time, while viewers in the Pacific time zone get to watch from 8 p.m. local time.

The good news is that ABC is one of the four major networks in the U.S., which it's carried by all traditional cable/satellite pay-TV providers (you can check local stations here) and can also be received by a TV antenna. ABC is also carried on many live TV streaming services, including FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV

Viewers with either a traditional or live TV streaming subscription can also watch the CMAs via ABC.com or the ABC app, on a computer or mobile device, logging in with their subscription info.

The CMAs broadcast is also expected to be available for next-day viewing on Hulu and ABC.com.

How to watch the CMAs from anywhere in the world

The CMAs will also be available to watch for international country music fans, however, some viewers may have to wait a bit. Here are the details on where the CMAs will be available in other countries:

UK: Nov. 19 at 10 p.m. GMT on BBC4
Canada: Live on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on CTV2
Australia: Live on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. ADET on 9Gem; will reair on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. ADET on Nine
Mexico: Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. CST on Multimedios
Latin America: Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. ARG on DirecTV
Germany, Switzerland, Austria: TBD on RTLup
Norway: TBD on NRK
Brazil: TBD

Another option for international viewers if they want to watch the ABC broadcast live is to use a VPN service. VPNs allow you to change your IP address so, no matter your location, you can access the same streaming services that you've already paid for and watch your favorite TV. We've long been fans of ExpressVPNwhich boasts a 30-day money-back guarantee, should you need to cancel your service.

CMA Awards 2021 nominees

Eric Church

Eric Church performs during America Salutes You Presents: A Tribute To Billy Gibbons, A Live Benefit Concert at The Grand Ole Opry on May 16, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Image credit: Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for America Salutes You)

The CMAs will hand out 12 awards during the show, honoring individual performers (both vocalists and musicians) and the best songs of the years. Eric Church and Chris Stapleton led nominations in 2021 with five a piece. Here is the full slate of nominees for CMA Awards 2021: 

Entertainer of the Year
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Christ Stapleton
Carrie Underwood

Female Vocalist of the Year
Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Caryl Pearce

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year
Jimmie Allen
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Mickey Guyton
Hardy

Album of the Year
29 - Carly Pearce
Dangerous: The Double Album - Morgan Wallen
Heart - Eric Church
Skeletons - Brothers Osborne
Starting Over - Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year
“Famous Friends” - Chris Young with Kane Brown
“Hell of a View” - Eric Church
“One Night Standards” - Ashley McBryde
“Starting Over” - Chris Stapleton
“The Good Ones” - Gabby Barrett

Song of the Year
“Forever After All” - Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Robert Williford
“Hell of a View” - Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Monty Criswell
“One Night Standards” - Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde
“Starting Over” - Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton
“The Good Ones” - Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick

Musical Event of the Year
“Buy Dirt” - Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan
“Chasing After You” - Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris
“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home” - Elle King & Miranda Lambert
“Famous Friends” - Chris Young with Kane Brown
“Half of My Hometown” - Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)

Musical Video of the Year
“Chasing After You” - Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris
“Famous Friends” - Chris Young with Kane Brown
“Gone”  - Dierks Bentley
“Half of My Hometown” - Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)
“Younger Me” - Brothers Osborne

Musician of the Year
Jenee Fleenor
Paul Franklin
Aaron Sterling
Ilya Toshinskiy
Derek Wells

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a D.C.-based entertainment writer and content producer for What to Watch. He previously has written for TV Technology and Awards Circuit.