Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year George Strait has just been added to performance on the “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” – It's his 24th time hitting the stage. More than any other artist in CMA Awards history – Who else is performing and what surprises await us on Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC? Find out here.

According to, George Strait is also in the field of "Entertainer of the Year" nominees again in 2014 and retains his status as the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 83. Strait has a total of 19 nominations and three trophies just for Entertainer of the Year (1989, 1990, 2013). Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, which is determined by CMA’s Panel of Electors. Earlier this year, Strait retired from touring, but not from making music that touches millions of fans. Wow. That's all I have to say to those numbers.

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Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ will also feature superstar performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Underwood, and Keith Urban.

The CMA Awards has a long history of presenting cross-genre duets and 2014 is no exception with Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor performing with Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert respectively.

Presenting trophies during the three-hour gala are “Nashville” star Connie Britton; four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks; “Good Morning America” correspondent Tim Tebow; rock ‘n’ roll royalty Steven Tyler; and two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Trisha Yearwood. Lucy Hale, “Pretty Little Liars” actress and DMG Nashville recording artist, was previously announced as a presenter.

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Now you know why they call it 'country music's biggest night'. If you are not available to watch it on TV, Q98.5 will have you covered. We will be airing the awards show live as it happens. So if you're in your car, working second shift, or away from the tube, it's all right here at your CMA Station, Rockford's New Country Q98.5.