Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney Are Early Winners at 55th Annual CMA Awards

The news broke on “Good Morning America” just hours before the show airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney can call themselves CMA Award-winning artists a little earlier than everyone else this year.

Before the 55th Annual CMA Awards air later this evening on ABC, the Country Music Association revealed its winners in two categories — “CMA Musical Event of the Year” and “CMA Music Video of the Year — on Good Morning America, both of which were awarded to Ballerini and Chesney for their collaboration on “half of my hometown.”

The big win marks is Chesney’s eleventh and twelfth time CMA Award, while the two wins are Ballerini’s first and second. 

“Growing up in East TN, it’s a deeper kind of home. That’s what makes being apart of #halfofmyhometown so special,” Chesney tweeted after the news broke on GMA. “I’m thrilled for Kelsea to have won Musical Event & Music Video of the Year! She couldn’t deserve it more & I’m honored to be a part of it. #cmaawards.”

The night is only the beginning for Kelsea, as she’s expected to present during the show, which kicks off at 8/7c on ABC. Jason Aldean and Carrie UnderwoodJimmie AllenGabby BarrettDierks Bentley feat. BRELAND and HARDYBrothers OsborneLuke BryanEric ChurchLuke CombsDan + ShayMickey Guyton feat. Brittney Spencer and Madeline EdwardsJennifer HudsonMiranda LambertOld DominionCarly Pearce and Ashley McBrydeThomas RhettBlake SheltonChris StapletonKeith UrbanChris Young and Kane Brown, and Zac Brown Band are all confirmed to take the stage during the three hour ceremony; while Trace Adkins, Ingrid AndressDeana CarterLauren DaigleRussell DickersonFaith FennidyFlorida Georgia LineFreddie FreemanAmy GrantDulé HillAlan JacksonElle KingLady AZachary LeviScotty McCreeryHayley OrrantiaKaty PerryLionel RichieDarius RuckerSusan SarandonSaycon SengblohKurt WarnerLainey Wilson and Trisha Yearwood will present awards to tonight’s big winners.

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You can watch the full CMA Awards preview from GMA below:

Written by Gracie Lowes

Gracie is an intern at Celeb Secrets who attends St Clair College. When she’s not reporting on the latest news, she enjoys watching tv shows and movies, reading, going to concerts and traveling.

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