The 2021 ACM Awards are just days away and the Academy of Country Music is sharing a bit more of what fans can expect. On Sunday, April 18, the show will kick off with a high-energy performance from Miranda Lambert and Elle King of their song “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).”
Additionally, viewers will see Dierks Bentley performing U2’s poignant classic “Pride (In The Name of Love)” with husband and wife duo The War and Treaty, Brothers Osborne (“I’m Not For Everyone”), Kenny Chesney (“Knowing You”), Eric Church (“Bunch Of Nothing”), Luke Combs (“Forever After All”), Dan + Shay (“Glad You Exist”), Mickey Guyton (“Hold On”), Alan Jackson with “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and a special mashup for “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall (“In His Arms”), Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd (“Chasing After You”), Thomas Rhett premiering “What’s Your Country Song” and “Country Again,” Blake Shelton celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his first hit single “Austin” as well as “Minimum Wage,” Chris Stapleton (“Maggie’s Song”), Chris Young and Kane Brown (“Famous Friends”), Carly Pearce and Lee Brice (“I Hope You’re Happy Now”), Carrie Underwood performing a medley from her new album of gospel hymns, My Savior, which will also feature a duet with CeCe Winans, and Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney performing together for “half of my hometown.”
In other news, Lady A has been added to the performance lineup along with New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen and New Female Artist of the Year Gabby Barrett. Other performers include Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, and Keith Urban. Luke Bryan recently had to drop out of his performance slot after testing positive for COVID-19, a rep for the singer confirmed to Sounds Like Nashville.
This year’s musical celebration will take place across three of Nashville’s most iconic venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Bluebird Cafe and the Ryman Auditorium. Additional performance venues include Station Inn, Bridge Building and on Broadway. The show will be sticking to strict social distancing guidelines due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
When and Where: The 2021 ACM Awards, hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, broadcast live on Sunday, April 18 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
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