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Kelsea + Reba, Brad + Kane and More Unexpected CMA Awards Collaborations

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Specific 2017 CMA Awards performances are coming into view with the announcement of four high-powered collaborations, including one with a famous pop star.

One Direction’s Niall Horan will join Maren Morris at the 2017 CMA Awards on Nov. 8. While the song they’ll be performing together has not been announced, it’s fair to guess they’ll take on his “Seeing Blind,” a song that features Morris prominently. The two are also set to tour together in 2018.

Additionally Brad Paisley has been announced as a performer, set to sing his new single “Heaven South” with country newcomer and Sony labelmate Kane Brown. Neither are nominated for a CMA Award, although Paisley is returning to host for a 10th straight year.

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Additional collaborations include Kelsea Ballerini with Reba McEntire and Dierks Bentley with Rascal Flatts. The song or songs each will sing were not revealed during a Tuesday morning announcement. Ballerini and McEntire are both up for Female Vocalist of the Year while Bentley is up for Male Vocalist and Rascal Flatts are vying for Vocal Group of the Year.

Previously Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Garth Brooks led a list of 12 performers announced for the 51st annual CMAs. A special performance from Alan Jackson may be a highlight. The legend was just inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and is preparing new music. More country, pop and/or rock stars are expected to be announced as collaborators in the coming weeks.

*Update: Kelsea Ballerini told Taste of Country she’ll be performing “Legends” with Reba McEntire.  

Remember: The best way to watch the CMAs is on ABC, with ToC on your phone!

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