The 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be handed out on Wednesday night, September 16, during a live ceremony hosted by 15-time ACM winner Keith Urban. These awards have been in flux due to 2020’s unprecedented circumstances. Originally scheduled for April 5 in Las Vegas, the telecast had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the show must go on, albeit a few months later than usual. So which country music stars are performing at the prestigious event? Scroll down to see the complete list of artists taking the stage, updating as they’re announced. Keep coming back for the latest names.
These prizes will no longer be handed out in Vegas. Instead, the awards will broadcast from three different venues in Nashville, Tennessee: the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe. The first artists who were announced as performers were also announced as early winners: Riley Green was named New Male Artist of the Year, while Tenille Townes was honored as New Female Artist of the Year. They’ll both appear at the Ryman Auditorium to celebrate their victories.
Among this year’s leading ACM contenders are Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Maren Morris with five nominations 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?