Praise for Johnny Cash flows on CMA Awards

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Vince Gill hosts the 37th annual Country Music Assn. Awards (7 p.m., CBS). While the winners are yet to be announced, the emotional highlight of the evening is hardly in doubt: A stage full of singers will perform a special song in honor of Johnny Cash. The Man in Black, who died at age 71 on Sept. 12, is nominated for four CMA awards. Singers Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt and Hank Williams Jr. lead the tribute to Cash.

Other highlights include Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett performing their song "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," which is nominated for Vocal Event of the Year. Dolly Parton and Norah Jones team up to sing "The Grass is Blue," a Parton song recorded by Jones for the upcoming tribute album "Just Because I'm a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton." Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney and Patty Loveless are among the other scheduled performers.

Tonight's other highlights

Late night

Will Ferrell and Lyle Lovett appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno greets Matt LeBlanc on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).