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2021 CMA Awards Will Require Attendees to Be Vaccinated

The Country Music Association’s 55th annual CMA Awards will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 10, following last year’s run at Nashville’s Music City Center.

A limited number of tickets will go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster on Monday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. CT. Ticketed audience members will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear appropriate face coverings.

“We are so excited to return to Bridgestone Arena for this year’s CMA Awards ceremony,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO. “We have a truly fantastic show in the works that we will share more about in the coming weeks. As we plan our return, it goes without saying that the health and safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. Due to TV production protocols and venue and local rules, we will require all ticketed audience members to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks unless actively eating or drinking. Both the house and backstage will comply with all applicable local health and safety regulations, as well as requirements from the television unions. We look forward to bringing our fans a night to remember!”

Though a host for the upcoming awards show has yet to be revealed, Billboard has learned that Reba McEntire, who co-hosted last year’s awards show alongside Darius Rucker, is not slated to return to host this year’s awards show.

Eric Church and Chris Stapleton are this year’s most-nominated artists heading into the Nov. 10 CMA Awards ceremony, with each artist earning five nominations.

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