Tuesday, April 13, 2021
– Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church Luke Combs and Brothers Osborne will be among the artists performing at the 56th ACM Awards.
Many world television premiere performances are slated including Elle King and Lambert opening the show with "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)," Bentley performing U2's classic "Pride (In The Name of Love)" with husband and wife duo The War and Treaty, Brothers Osborne ("I'm Not For Everyone"), Chesney ("Knowing You"), Church ("Bunch Of Nothing"), 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)," 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"), and Chris Young and Kane Brown ("Famous Friends").
Additional powerful collaborations include Carly Pearce and Lee Brice duetting on "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."
Lady A will join the lineup in addition to recently revealed New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen and New Female Artist of the Year Gabby Barrett Previously announced performers include, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde and Keith Urban.
Guyton and Urban are hosting the event. The show will be held at three Nashville venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe, as well as performances at locations across the city including the Station Inn, Bridge Building and on Broadway.