The 56th yearly Down home Music Affiliation Grants started off Wednesday night at Bridgestone Field, with Luke Bryan and Peyton Monitoring taking on facilitating obligations.

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Standing out for designations this year is first-time candidate Lainey Wilson, whose 2021 collection Sayin' What I'm Thinkin' procured her a sum of six selections

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Behind her, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton and songwriter and producer Shane McAnally each have five nominations, while Cody Johnson and songwriter and producer Josh Osborne notched four each.

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Country music's best and brightest are all on hand for a series of star-studded performances, including Luke Combs, Cody Johnson, Reba McEntire, Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan, Carly Pearce, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Morgan Wallen.

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There will be a progression of coordinated efforts too; Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry will sing their hit "Where We Began" together, while Elle Lord and The Dark Keys will respect the late Jerry Lee Lewis with "Fantastic

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Actors Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon, who will soon star as Tammy Wynette and George Jones in the Paramount+ series George & Tammy will also present,

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Ashley McBryde; Cody Johnson, Carly Pearce. Terry Wyatt/Getty, Dave Pedley/Getty Images for iHeartRadio, Jason Kempin

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as will HGTV stars Ben and Erin Napier, Yellowstone star Cole Hauser, Amber Brown actress and Grey's Anatomy alum Sarah Drew, Big Sky actor Rex Linn and Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts.

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Brothers Osborne and The War and Treaty will also perform together, as will Chris Stapleton and Patty Loveless. Ashley McBryde is also set to cover Linda Ronstadt's 

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