“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, a country music enthusiast, will host “Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music with Robin Roberts,” airing Monday, Nov. 3 at 10 p.m. on ABC.
The network stated that following months of research and input from country music insiders, veteran experts and numerous country music artists, “Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs that Changed Country Music with Robin Roberts” showcases 15 iconic songs that changed the country music world forever. The Top 15 songs showcased aren’t necessarily the best-selling songs of all time, nor are they just the revered classics. They are the 15 iconic songs, old and new, which helped transform country music through their musical significance, cultural influence, and ability to reach new audiences. The special also chronicles the history of country music and the interesting and unique stories behind the creation of these celebrated songs.
“From Hank Williams’ vinyl hits to Taylor Swift’s record breaking digital downloads,” “Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs that Changed Country Music with Robin Roberts” shines a light on decades of great American music and the monumental changes that have affected how music is produced, distributed and consumed in this digital age.
The special also includes appearances by Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line, and well as special musical tributes by Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes and Kacey Musgraves, who honor the country legends who have shaped their careers. The network also promises a “must-see, personal and revealing interview” with “country super-rocker,” Jason Aldean.
The 48th Annual CMA Awards airs live at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5 on ABC.