The CMA Awards Turns 50 – Your Guide for Country Music’s Biggest Night!

Everything You Need to Know for the 50th Annual CMA Awards


The CMA Awards are just around the corner and TicketCity has put together all the info needed for the best experience as you celebrate the top country artists and bands of the year! We’ve got all the answers to your questions for the CMA Awards, from top nominations and performers, best places to park, eat and stay in Nashville and Bridgestone Arena policies.

Country music’s biggest night comes to Nashville, TN for the annual CMA Awards on November 2nd to award winning 2016 nominees as well as more than a dozen one-of-a-kind performances to entertain fans. If you haven’t bought CMA Awards tickets yet, don’t miss out the best seats in the house, of all price ranges, from TicketCity here.

CMA Awards FAQ

– Who will be hosting the CMA Awards?

The 2016 50th Annual CMA Awards will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the 9th year in a row.

– Who will be performing at the CMA Awards?

The CMA Awards typically have two dozen performances throughout the show. Some of the top country artists that have been announced to perform at the 2016 CMA Awards are Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris and much more!

– Who is nominated for the top awards at the CMA Awards?

  • Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood & Keith Urban
  • Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts & Zac Brown Band
  • New Artist of the Year: Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Old Dominion & Cole Swindell
  • Song of the Year: Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett, Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw, My Church – Maren Morris, Nobody to Blame – Chris Stapleton & Record Year – Eric Church

– What is the child policy for the CMA Awards?

Children under the age of 2 years old may enter the CMA Awards event free of charge. If your child is admitted without a ticket, they must sit on a parent or guardians lap for the duration of the award show. It is best practice to have proof of your child’s age with you as you come up to the Bridgestone Arena, to avoid any last minute hassles or hiccups at the gate.

– Where to park for the CMA Awards?

  • Parking Garage at Bridgestone Arena: The attached parking garage on the corner of 6th Avenue South and Demonbreun is available for purchase on a first come first serve basis.
  • Pinnacle at Symphony Place Garage: Two blocks from Bridgestone Arena at 3rd Avenue South and Demonbreun St., pre-paid parking is available for purchase. For $12 you can purchase a Pinnacle Parking pass through Ticketmaster from the on-line site.
  • Visit the on-line site, Park It! Downtown, to pre-purchase available parking locations around the arena for the night of the CMA Awards.
  • Located around Bridgestone Arena, privately owned parking lots will be available to purchase for $5.00-$10.00 on arrival for the CMA Awards.

– Where are the best places to eat around Bridgestone Arena?

  • Tavern ’96 – Pub style menu with 16 draft beer options and over 45 choices of bottled beers
  • Palm Restaurant – Upscale steakhouse, seafood and wine menu
  • Demos’ Restaurant – Traditional American and classic Italian dishes within a homey atmosphere

– What hotels are near the Bridgestone Arena?

  • Omni Nashville Hotel:
    • 0.2 mile away from Bridgestone Arena
    • Starting price around $440 per night
  • Renaissance Nashville Hotel:
    • 0.3 mile away from Bridgestone Arena
    • Starting price around $300 per night
  • Hyatt Place Nashville:
    • 0.3 mile away from Bridgestone Arena
    • Starting price around $130 per night
  • Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown:
    • 0.4 mile away from Bridgestone Arena
    • Starting price around $330 per night

– What times do doors open at the Bridgestone Arena for the CMA Awards?

Doors open at Bridgestone Arena at least 60 minutes before the start of the event. The CMA Awards begin at 7:00 PM; doors will open no later than 6:00 PM.

– What items are not permitted in Bridgestone Arena?

  • Large bags or backpack (smaller bags/purses are subject to be searched)
  • Outside drinks or food
  • Bottles or cans (1 empty water bottle is allowed in)
  • Selfie sticks & GoPro cameras
  • Noise making devices
  • Laser pointers

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