The Academy of Country Music has announced additional performers who will take the stage for the 52nd Annual ACM Awards on April 2: Lauren Daigle, Faith Hill, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.
Urban and Underwood are nominated for Entertainer of the Year, and Urban is also the most nominated artist at these awards with seven total bids. He also contends for Album of the Year (“Ripcord”), Single Record and Song of the Year (“Blue Ain’t Your Color”) and Male Vocalist of the Year. Underwood is additionally up for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Stapleton is in the running for Male Vocalist, Song of the Year (“Tennessee Whiskey”) and Video of the Year (“Fire Away”). Last year he tied an ACM Awards record with a whopping six victories, so he’s undoubtedly one to watch in this year’s races. Rhett is also nominated for Male Vocalist and Song of the Year (“Die a Happy Man”); last year he won Single Record of the Year for “Die a Happy Man.”
These artists join previously announced performers Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Maren Morris, all of whom are nominees this year (save the Backstreet Boys). Of those, Aldean and Bryan will face off against Florida Georgia Line in the Entertainer of the Year contest. Bryan and Bentley will also be doing double-duty as hosts of the ACM Awards, as they’ve done for the last two years.
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