Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Tim McGraw will take part in an ABC special about the most influential songs in country music. “Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music”
will not necessarily be about the best-selling country songs, but songs across the decades that influenced country music.
Other acts who will appear on the special are Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line and Darius Rucker.
Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes and Kacey Musgraves will perform musical tributes.
The 47th annual CMA Awards will air live Nov. 6 from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on ABC. Known as country music's biggest night, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will serve as hosts of the star-studded event for the sixth consecutive year. Nominees and winners of the CMA Awards are determined by their peers -- more than 7,100 industry professional members of the Country Music Association. The eligibility period for the event ran from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013.