ACM Awards to feature (most of) country music’s top stars

NEW YORK – Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards will feature some of the genre’s most significant stars, although chart-toppers like Morgan Wallen and Luke Bryan will not likely be in the creating.

Wallen, whose latest album and singles have located big good results on both equally the nation and pop charts, was declared ineligible by the ACMs just after he was caught on camera applying a racial slur before this year. Bryan backed out of the party, airing on CBS at 8 p.m. Jap, mainly because he recently examined constructive for the coronavirus.

Bryan is nominated for the best prize — entertainer of the year — where his competition features Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and Thomas Rhett, who received the honor last yr in a tie with Carrie Underwood.


All of the entertainer of the calendar year nominees but Bryan will conduct — most of them pre-taped at numerous venues in Nashville, Tennessee, which include the Grand Ole Opry Household, the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. The audience will be smaller and made up of clinical and healthcare staff.

“Coming in and obtaining out that you winning entertainer of the calendar year alongside with Carrie Underwood, which is just — that is just adrenaline to past you the entire calendar year quite a lot,” Rhett explained in an interview Saturday. “So it is an honor to be again at the ACMs, nominated in that similar classification is just tremendous special. And one thing that I will hardly ever in a million many years just take for granted and just experience super honored to be here.”

Some performers will be a part of forces onstage: Underwood will sing with gospel legend CeCe Winans Maren Morris will complete with her hubby Ryan Hurd Dierks Bentley will sing U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Like)” with partner and spouse duo The War and Treaty and Miranda Lambert and pop-rock singer Elle King are established to kick off the demonstrate with their new duet “Drunk (And I Do not Wanna Go Home).”


Other performers incorporate Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Dan + Shay, Woman A, Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde. The foursome Minimal Significant Town will also accomplish nevertheless band member Phillip Sweet would not take part considering that he not too long ago tested constructive for COVID-19.

Keith City and Mickey Guyton are web hosting for the initially time, and they will also sing onstage.

Stapleton and Morris are the top nominees with six just about every. Stapleton’s nominations include album, music and male artist of the calendar year. Morris’ nominations consist of solitary and feminine artist of the calendar year. She also landed a group of the 12 months nod as a member of the Highwomen, the supergroup also that includes Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby.


Some of the ACM winners have been pre-introduced, which include Gabby Barrett (new feminine artist), Jimmie Allen (new male artist) and Kane Brown (online video of the year). Carly Pearce and Lee Brice’s platinum strike “I Hope You are Content Now,” co-penned by Combs, won tunes event of the 12 months.

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