ABC has announced that this year's ceremony will honour the best in country music from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
The CMA Awards will be shifting to a Thursday airing following several years of being broadcast on Wednesdays.
Taylor Swift was named the Country Music Association's 'Artist of the Year' at the 2011 ceremony, with husband-and-wife stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert taking the male and female 'Vocalist of the Year' honours.
Lionel Richie also debuted several tracks from his chart-topping Tuskegee album at last year's show in a performance with Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town.
This year's Country Music Association Awards air Thursday, November 1 on ABC.
Watch Lionel Richie perform on the 2011 CMA Awards below: