The 43-year-old singer opened the show by performing in a tribute to late singer Charlie Daniels, who died back in July.
Jimmie was joined on the carpet by his fiancee Alexis Gale. He was nominated for New Artist of the Year and he performed a tribute to legendary singer Charley Pride, who was presented with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dierks performed in the opening number with Jason.
Jon and his fiancee Summer Duncan walked the carpet together ahead of his tribute to the late Joe Diffie, who died in March from complications related to COVID-19.
Little Big Town performed a tribute to the late Kenny Rogers.
Jake and his girlfriend Erica Hartlein walked the carpet together. He hosted the red carpet show and then presented during the main event.
FYI: Chris is wearing a Todd Snyder suit, an Eton shirt, and Paul Smith shoes.