The Academy of Country Music has added even more star power to its roster of performers for the 2020 ACM Awards. Country fans can look forward to sets from Mickey Guyton, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, and Dan + Shay, among many others. Hosted by Keith Urban, the 55th annual ACM Awards airs live on Wednesday, September 16 on CBS.
For the first time in ACM’s history, the awards will take place in Nashville – broadcasting from three of the city’s most iconic venues: the venerable Grand Ole Opry House, the historic Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe.
The artists noted above will join Morgan Wallen, Kane Brown, and Florida Georgia Line for performances at the Grand Ole Opry House Stage. Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Riley Green, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, and Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi and Tenille Townes will broadcast their sets from the Ryman. Artists at The Bluebird Cafe include Tim McGraw, Jimmie Allen, Luke Combs, and Miranda Lambert featuring songwriters Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick.
Luke Bryan is anticipated to perform his 25th No.1 country hit “One Margarita” off his latest album, Born Here Live Here Die Here. Eric Church will share his new single, “Stick That in Your Country Song,” while Morgan Wallen is expected to offer up his chart-topping hit “Whiskey Glasses.”
Rising star Mickey Guyton, meanwhile, will perform “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?,” which Variety described as “a searing ballad that may be one of the most powerful songs anyone has ever written about systemic sexism.” The powerful track is featured on Guyton’s forthcoming EP, Bridges, out September 11 via Capitol Nashville.
Guyton recently spoke to Variety about the single, as well as “Black Like Me” – a poignant, autobiographical song that details life as a Black woman in country music.
She said that she hoped her latest work “encourages everybody else to really start singing their truth. To be frank, I was inspired by pop music and how honest they have been (recently) in their music. I had forgotten that feeling, because that’s what made me love country music – because they sang real songs – and was why I wanted to be a part of this genre. Then something happened where everybody only wanted light and fluffy party songs, and it was really difficult for me to find my footing in that. So I just made my own footing.”