Friday, April 16, 2021
– The line up of entertainers and presenters at the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday will include everyone from Miranda Lambert to Dolly Parton.
Performances include Elle King and Lambert opening the show with "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)," Dierks 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" and "Dead Man's Curve"), 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)," 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 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," featuring a duet with CeCe Winans, and Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney performing together for "half of my hometown."
Performances previously announced include recently revealed New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen and New Female Artist of the Year Gabby Barrett, Lady A, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde and Keith Urban.
Presenters include Ingrid Andress, Blanco Brown, Amy Grant, Leslie Jordan, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Clay Walker and Parton.
The show will be broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. eastern and be hosted by Urban and Guyton. The how will take place across the city of Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, The Bluebird Cafe, Broadway, Riverfront and Station Inn.