The 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be presented on Wednesday, September 16, during a ceremony on CBS hosted by reigning Entertainer of the Year champ Keith Urban. These awards have been up in the air for a while now; originally planned for April 5 in Las Vegas, the telecast had to be delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But the show must go on, even if a few months later than usual. So which singers are performing at the long-awaited event? Click above to see the complete list of artists, which we’ll be updating as they’re announced.
The awards will no longer be doled out in Vegas. Instead, the show will broadcast from three venues in Nashville, Tennessee: the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe. Among this year’s top nominees are Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Maren Morris with five bids apiece. Rhett is up for Entertainer of the Year for the very first time, where he’s facing off against two-time past champs Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood, two-time nominee Eric Church, and fellow first-time contender Luke Combs.
Who are you rooting for? And whose performances are you most looking forward to seeing?
August 20: The first artists who were revealed as performers are also early winners: Riley Green was named New Male Artist of the Year in advance of the ceremony, while Tenille Townes was honored as New Female Artist of the Year. They’ll both appear at the Ryman Auditorium to celebrate their victories.
August 26: The academy announced 10 more artists who will appear during the telecast. Showing up at the Ryman will be Kelsea Ballerini performing “Hole in the Bottle,” Gabby Barrett singing “I Hope,” Maren Morris going “To Hell and Back,” Old Dominion doing a medley of their hits, and Thomas Rhett and Jon Pardi performing their collaboration “Beer Can’t Fix.”
The Bluebird Cafe will feature Jimmie Allen singing “Make Me Want To,” Luke Combs doing “Better Together,” Miranda Lambert alongside with songwriters Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick for “Bluebird,” and Tim McGraw with his new single “I Called Mama.”
September 2: Joining the lineup of performers at the Grand Ole Opry House are Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dan and Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton and Morgan Wallen.
Past ACM nominee Brown is performing “Worldwide Beautiful.” Two-time Entertainer of the Year champ and current nominee Bryan will sing “One Margarita.” Fellow Entertainer of the Year nominee Church will do a rendition of his latest single “Stick That in Your Country Song.” Defending Duo of the Year winners Dan and Shay will perform “I Should Probably Go to Bed.”
Past Duo of the Year victors Florida Georgia Line are singing “I Love My Country.” Previous ACM nominee Guyton will perform “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” And 2020 New Male Artist of the Year nominee Wallen will take the stage for his chart-topping country hit “Whiskey Glasses.”
September 9: ACM winner and current nominee Blake Shelton will perform “Happy Anywhere” with his musical partner and life partner Gwen Stefani.
Two-time Entertainer of the Year winner and current nominee Carrie Underwood will pay tribute to female Grand Ole Opry members by singing a medley of songs by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.
And legendary ACM-winning singer Trisha Yearwood will perform “I’ll Carry You Home” for an “In Memoriam” segment paying tribute to the country music artists and professionals who have died in the past year.
September 13: Taylor Swift hasn’t been an ACM Awards contender for a while — she officially crossed over to pop a few years ago — but she’ll be returning to the academy stage for the first time in seven years to perform “Betty,” a song featured on her critically acclaimed surprise album “Folklore.” Throughout her career she has won nine ACM Awards, including Entertainer of the Year twice (2011, 2012).
September 14: Keith Urban won’t just be hosting the awards, he’ll be performing at the event too. He’ll duet with Grammy-winning pop star Pink for the television premiere of their new collaboration “One Too Many.”
In addition, the ACM Awards have revealed that the five nominees for Entertainer of the Year — Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood — who had already been announced individually as performers, will actually be opening the show together with a medley of each of their hits.
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