Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Alan Jackson, and Little Big Town are all part of the expansive bill of country stars who will perform at the 2021 ACM Awards. The full line-up, announced this morning (5), features 29 performing artists in total, including show hosts Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton.
Also on the bill are Miranda Lambert, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Lee Brice, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Ryan Hurd, Jack Ingram, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Carly Pearce, Jon Randall, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, the War and Treaty, CeCe Winans, and Chris Young.
The 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will take place on April 18, this year at three celebrated Nashville locations: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Café. The awards, to be broadcast on CBS, will follow national, state and local guidelines related to the pandemic, as well as additional, self-imposed safety measures.
The press release for the ACM Awards does not go into detail about song performances or artist combinations, but promises “unprecedented collaborations and surprising moments.” It also notes that “more than 30” songs will feature. Commentators are speculating that Underwood may sing with Winans, since the latter gospel star guests on Underwood’s new My Savior album.
Morris and Stapleton have the most ACM Award nominations for 2021 with six each. Lambert has five, and Rhett and Ashley McBryde four each. The highly-prized Entertainer of the Year title will be contested by Stapleton, Church, Bryan, Combs, and Rhett.
Urban will be co-hosting the event for the second year in a row, while Guyton is making her debut as an ACM host. The show will be available in the US to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
The 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards air Sunday, April 18 on CBS. Visit the official website.