Wednesday, April 11, 2018
– The Academy of Country Music will stage throwback Thursdays of a sort on Sunday at the awards show as three sets of collaborations reprising hits from 1993.
The "ACM Flashbacks" idea is to honor classic country music hits and/or the artists whose music continues to influence musicians and fans alike. Toby Keith and Blake Shelton will sing Keith's number one debut single "Should've Been a Cowboy," Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson's "Chattahoochee," and Reba McEntire and daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson performing Reba's "Does He Love You."
Additional collaborations include Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina performing the multi-platinum, number one hit "What Ifs," Keith Urban and Julia Michaels performing Urban's new single "Coming Home," plus previously announced Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line performing mega hit "Meant to Be."
Dan + Shay, Darius Rucker and Chris Young also will now be performing.
Carrie Underwood will world television premiere of her new single, "Cry Pretty," on Sunday at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Underwood, who released the single on Tuesday, is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year as well as Vocal Event of the Year for "The Fighter" with Urban.
Previously named performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Brett Young. Presenters include David Boreanaz, Drew Brees, AJ Buckley, Cam, Sam Elliot, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Nancy O'Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Max Thieriot and Lindsey Vonn.
The awards are being held in Las Vegas with Reba McEntire hosting. The show will be broadcast at 8 p.m. eastern/Pacific on CBS.