CBS has confirmed the details for its annual pre-CMA awards special that will air prior to the CMA Awards in November; the event will get fans thinking all-things Country Music as it celebrates some of the most ground-breaking Country Music songs of all-time. This will be the sixth annual pre-CMA Awards Special, “Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs that Changed Country Music with Robin Roberts,” will air MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 (10:01–11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
Following months of research and input from country music insiders, veteran experts and numerous country music artists, “Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs that Changed Country Music with Robin Roberts” showcases 15 iconic songs that changed the country music world forever. The Top 15 songs showcased aren’t necessarily the best-selling songs of all time, nor are they just the revered classics. They are the 15 iconic songs, old and new, which helped transform country music through their musical significance, cultural influence, and ability to reach new audiences. The special also chronicles the history of country music and the interesting and unique stories behind the creation of these celebrated songs.
From Hank Williams’ vinyl hits to Taylor Swift’s record breaking digital downloads, “Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs that Changed Country Music with Robin Roberts” shines a light on decades of great American music and the monumental changes that have affected how music is produced, distributed, and consumed in this digital age. The special also includes appearances by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line and Darius Rucker and special musical tributes by Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes and Kacey Musgraves, who honor the county legends who have shaped their careers.
The 48th Annual CMA Awards airs live, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 (8:00–11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.