More Stars than Ever Before: CMA Delivers on Its Promise for a Blockbuster 50th Anniversary

Country Music Association There’s more secrecy than ever before surrounding CMA Awards this Wednesday in Nashville, as the ceremony celebrates a historic half-century anniversary. Rehearsals at Bridgestone Arena remain closed, while the stars involved largely have been sworn to secrecy.

The Country Music Association has revealed an updated list of celebrities who’ll be taking the stage, however, boasting an impressive array of Hollywood A-listers, ABC actors, sports figures and country music royalty.

Hall of Famers Bill AndersonBrenda LeeBarbara Mandrell, and The Oak Ridge Boys are set to appear, plus past winner Lee Greenwood and 1974 Female Vocalist of the Year Olivia Newton-John. Current nominees Cam and Cole Swindell join the roster, with Dan+Shay booked to pass out the pre-televised awards.

Jennifer GarnerMatthew McConaugheySharon Stone, and Lily Tomlin will represent Tinseltown, with Once Upon a Time’s Josh Dallas and The Goldbergs’ Wendi McLendon-Covey and Hayley Orrantia pulling teleprompter duty as well.  

From the sports world comes NFL legend Peyton Manning, Olympic gymnasts Simone BilesGabby DouglasLaurie HernandezMadison Kocian, and Aly Raisman, as well as ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and Samantha Ponder.

They join the already-confirmed list of AlabamaJason AldeanKelsea BalleriniDierks BentleyClint BlackGarth BrooksTrisha YearwoodBrooks & DunnLuke BryanEric ChurchRoy ClarkCharlie DanielsRandy TravisFlorida Georgia LineVince GillAlan JacksonElle KingMiranda LambertLittle Big TownMartina McBrideTim McGrawMaren MorrisKacey MusgravesJennifer NettlesBrad PaisleyPentatonixCharley PrideThomas RhettRebaRicky SkaggsGeorge StraitChris StapletonCarrie UnderwoodKeith Urban and Dwight Yoakam.

Tune in to see how that many stars can fit into a three-hour show starting at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, as The 50th Annual CMA Awards air live on ABC.

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