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CMA Awards musical pairings include Reba McEntire and Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris and Niall Horan


BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

When the 51st annual CMA Awards air on Nov. 8, a quartet (at least) of interesting musical pairings will highlight the show.

Reba McEntire will duet with Kelsea Ballerini; Dierks Bentley with Rascal Flatts; Maren Morris with Niall Horan; and Brad Paisley with Kane Brown, who will perform Paisley's “Heaven South.” Paisley is hosting with Carrie Underwood for the 10th consecutive year.

Ballerini and McEntire – the most-nominated female in CMA Awards history – will vie for Female Vocalist of the Year, while Bentley is up for Male Vocalist of the Year and Rascal Flatts for Vocal Group of the Year.

The show will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.