Dierks Bentley kicks off the CMA Awards excitement Wednesday morning on "GMA"

ABC/Image Group LA The 52nd Annual CMA Awards won’t officially begin until 8 p.m. ET next Wednesday on ABC, but we’ll find out who wins two of country music’s most prestigious trophies about twelve hours earlier.

The CMA excitement starts Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. on ABC, as Dierks Bentley performs two songs on ABC's Good Morning America from his Whiskey Row honky tonk in downtown Nashville. The winners of both Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year will be revealed on GMA as well.

Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron, hosts of the syndicated Nashville-based show Pickler & Ben, will also appear on both GMA and GMA Day before they host the CMA Awards pre-show later in the day.

You can watch the CMA Awards: All Access red carpet livestream starting at 6:30 p.m. ET on both the ABC YouTube channel and at CMAAwards.com. It’ll last until 8 p.m. ET, when the main show airs live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.  

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"For my version of country music to be recognized is really meaningful to me because I love where the genre came from," Kacey tells ABC Radio. "And to be able to be someone that's recognized in modern country, I mean, that's a goal for me. Y'know, I love country music. So it's really cool."

Kacey says that Golden Hour is different from her other releases because it's her "most personal record yet."

"I don't think I've really let people in on an emotional scale this way very much," she explains. "I've never really talked much about my feelings, and falling in love, and meeting the right person, and talking about my flaws, and being lonely, coming off the road and missing my mom...I've never had songs like that. And it was really nice."

As for the Female Vocalist category, Kacey hates to think that that she's competing with Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini to find out who's "better."

"Awards shows are silly because no one's 'better' than the other," she says. "That's not what music is about. Art is very subjective...everyone's different and that's what's cool about it...everyone's obviously winning and doing her own thing!"

That being said, Kacey admits that she doesn't actually consider herself to be "much of a vocalist" -- so, she says, "To be in a category with some really great singers is a big compliment."

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