Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini and More to Perform on 2020 ACM Awards

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Written by Lauren Laffer
Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini and More to Perform on 2020 ACM Awards
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: Thomas Rhett performs onstage during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rich Fury/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM)

The 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will take place in just a few weeks and anticipation for the show continues to build as the ACM has announced the names of the first round of performers for the show.

Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi are among the artists scheduled to perform in three venues (Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry House, Bluebird Cafe) across Nashville on September 16.

The Ryman will host performances from Ballerini (“Hole in the Bottle), Barrett (“I Hope), Morris (“To Hell and Back”), Old Dominion (a medley of their No.1 hits) and Rhett with Pardi (“Beer Can’t Fix).” Allen (“Make Me Want To”), Combs (“Better Together”), Lambert featuring Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick (“Bluebird”) and McGraw (“I Called Mama”) will perform at the Bluebird Cafe.

Additional performs and presenters, including those performing at the Grand Ole Opry House, will be announced in the coming weeks.

News of these performers come just days after it was revealed that Tenille Townes and Riley Green won New Female Artist of the Year and New Male Artist of the Year, respectively. Each will take the stage during the live broadcast as well.

This year’s 2020 ACM Awards, hosted by Keith Urban, will broadcast live for the first time from Nashville, TN on Wednesday, September 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT. The show was previously scheduled to take place from Las Vegas in April but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

See the full list of nominations here.