The ACM Awards will air live on Sunday, April 2, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT on CBS (delayed on the west coast). The 52nd annual edition of this ceremony will be hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, who are both nominees at the event and will both be performing.
The ACM Awards will be available to subscribers on CBS All Access (requires at least a trial membership). Behind-the-scenes content will be available on the official ACM Awards website and YouTube channel. And the pre-show, which is set to take viewers onto the red carpet, starts at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT on the ACMs Twitter page.
Keith Urban leads these awards with seven nominations including Entertainer of the Year, which he’s hoping to win for the very first time. Following close behind with six bids apiece are Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris. The good news for Morris is that she’s already a winner, having been announced as the recipient of New Female Vocalist of the Year a few weeks before the ceremony.
Among those slated to present prizes are Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones, Kane Brown, Savannah Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, Kacey Musgraves, Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Elliott Sadler, Miss America Savvy Shields and Bubba Wallace.
Other stars set to take to the stage as musical performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Lauren Daigle, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Faith Hill, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. The Backstreet Boys will also make a special appearance during a collaborative performance with Florida Georgia Line.
We are predicting the winners in 10 ACMs races. Our official odds are derived from the predictions of Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s ACM Awards, the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine ACM predictions from the last two years, and hundreds of total Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.
Luke Bryan will win Entertainer of the Year for the third time according to our predictions, with most of our in-house Editors and most of our readers backing him. He gets even odds, which puts him ahead of his competitors Carrie Underwood (10/3 odds), Keith Urban (9/2 odds), Jason Aldean (9/2 odds) and Florida Georgia Line (15/2 odds).
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