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The Road to the CMAs Goes through Brookings

Fourteen of the 2021 CMA Award nominees have performed at the Swiftel Center

Brookings, S.D. (12/10/2021) – Fourteen of the 2021 Country Music Association (CMA) Award nominees have performed at the Swiftel Center, with some of the nominees performing multiple times at the Brookings arena. The Swiftel Center has made a name for itself as being a stop on the road to country music fame.

Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan were the earliest Swiftel Center performers nominated for a 2021 CMA Award. In 2010, Eric Church opened for Miranda Lambert on Lambert’s arena headlining tour “Revolution.” Church was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for “Heart” as well as Single of the Year and Song of the Year both for “Hell of A View. In 2017, Lambert returned and sold out the Swiftel Center on her arena headlining tour “Highway Vagabond.” She was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Musical Event of the Year for “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).”

In 2010, Luke Bryan opened for Jason Aldean on Aldean’s sold out arena headlining tour, “Wide Open.” In 2011, Bryan returned to Swiftel Center on his arena tour “Tailgate & Tanlines” for CMT On Tour. Bryan was nominated for Musical Event of the Year for “Buy Dirt,” featuring Jordan Davis.

In 2013, Florida Georgia Line kicked-off their first ever arena headlining tour at the Swiftel Center – “Here’s to the Good Times” – which sold out in less than 2.5 minutes. The duo was nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year.

In 2014, Dierks Bentley sold out the Swiftel Center on his arena headlining tour “Riser.” Bentley was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year as well as Music Video of the Year for “Gone.”

In 2015, two of the 2021 CMA Award nominees hit the stage at the Swiftel Center for one epic night of country music. Little Big Town sold out the Swiftel Center on their arena headlining tour “The Pain Killer,” bringing along special guest Maren Morris. Little Big Town was nominated for Vocal Group of the Year. Morris was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year, both for “Chasing After You.”

In 2016, two more of the 2021 CMA Award nominees performed on stage together at the Swiftel Center. Chris Young came on over to Brookings with his arena headlining tour “I’m Comin’ Over,” bringing along Dan + Shay. Young was nominated for Single of the Year, Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year, all for “Famous Friends” featuring Kane Brown. Dan + Shay were nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year.

In 2017, Swiftel Center hosted several sold out concerts which featured three of the 2021 CMA Award nominees. In March of 2017, Miranda Lambert rocked the Swiftel Center with over 4,900 in attendance. In December of 2017, Thomas Rhett set the sold-out record for most concert attendees in Swiftel Center history with over 5,600. This was Rhett’s second time performing at the Swiftel Center; he opened for Jake Owen in 2014 on Owen’s first ever arena headlining tour “Days of Gold.” Rhett was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year. Both Lambert and Rhett’s concerts were opened by Old Dominion who returned in 2019 on their own arena headlining tour “Make It Sweet,” bringing along special guest Jordan Davis. Old Dominion was nominated and won the award for 2021 Vocal Group of the Year. Davis was nominated for Musical Event of the Year for “Buy Dirt,” featuring Luke Bryan.

In 2019, Kane Brown sold out the Swiftel Center on his arena headlining tour “Live Forever,” bringing along special guest Jimmie Allen. Brown was nominated for Single of the Year, Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year, all for “Famous Friends” featuring Chris Young. Allen was nominated and won the award for 2021 New Artist of the Year.

To learn more about the 2021 CMA Award Nominees who have performed at the Swiftel Center, visit www.swiftelcenter.com/cma.

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