Travis sings at CMAs
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
– Randy Travis will sing at the 50th annual Country Music Awards next month, the Country Music Association announced today.
Travis has suffered from health problems in recent years, including a massive stroke in 2013. He had to relearn how to sing and play guitar. Travis attended his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 16 where he performed "Amazing Grace."
2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Charlie Daniels; former Entertainer of the Year winners Ricky Skaggs and Roy Clark; former CMA Awards host Clint Black; CMA Awards winners Jason Aldean, Jennifer Nettles, and Martina McBride; Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam and Thomas Rhett, Elle King and Pentatonix, also will sing. Kind presumably will sing with Dierks Bentley with whom she has a current hit,"Different for Girls."
"This is a celebration of country music - both contemporary and the classics - that is certain to resonate with music fans," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "'The 50th Annual CMA Awards' will certainly reflect our history, but it is equally important to recognize our current nominees and the hits of today."
The CMAs will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 2.
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