Miranda Lambert is Performing TWICE on the ACM Awards This Weekend—Here's How to Watch

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Miranda Lambert is Performing TWICE on the ACM Awards This Weekend—Here's How to Watch
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  • The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards are scheduled for Sunday, April 18.

  • Much like the 2020 show, the event will be broadcast from three different Nashville locations to ensure compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Here's everything you need to know, from hosts, performances, nominations, special guests, and more.

Live concerts may still be on the back burner at the moment, but don’t fret—a night of music is on its way!

The 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which showcases the most notable rising singers and honors country music’s greatest stars, are set for Sunday, April 18. The star-studded event will take place in Nashville and broadcast from three different locations throughout Music City, including the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe, plus special performances at Station Inn and along Nashville's famous Broadway strip.

"We're thrilled to return to Music City's most iconic venues as we come together on April 18th to celebrate the best in Country Music, back in our normal awards cycle," Damon Whiteside, the CEO of the Academy of Country Music, said in a press release. "A huge thank you to the city of Nashville, Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, and Bluebird Cafe for welcoming us back to Nashville, where we can look out for the safety of our artists while shining a spotlight on this vibrant city after a tough 2020."

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2019 - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/ACMA2019 - Getty Images

While we wait for the day to arrive, we've rounded up all the info you need to know before the show starts.

How to Watch the 2021 ACMs

The 2021 ACM Awards will air live at 8:00 PM ET on Sunday, April 18 on CBS. Additionally, viewers will be able to stream the show live and on-demand on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ new global streaming service, which debuted on March 4.

Who is hosting the 2021 ACMs?

Last year's host, superstar Keith Urban, will be returning to host the awards this year alongside Mickey Guyton. They'll be leading viewers through a night of show-stopping performances and award presentations.

Who is Performing at the 2021 ACMs?

From Miranda Lambert to Kenny Chesney, so many fan-favorites are making their way to the many stages of this year's ACMs. In a press release, the Academy of Country Music stated that Miranda Lambert and Elle King will open the show with a performance of "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)," and Miranda will later return to the stage with her close collaborators Jon Randall and Jack Ingram for a special performance from their new album The Marfa Tapes.

Thomas Rhett will be performing "What's Your Country Song" and "Country Again" for the first time on TV, and Blake Shelton will be reprising his classic song "Austin" in honor of its 20th anniversary.

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See the full list of performers below:

Miranda Lambert & Elle King
Dierks Bentley & The War and Treaty
Brothers Osborne
Kenny Chesney
Luke Combs
Dan + Shay
Mickey Guyton
Alan Jackson
Jack Ingram
Jon Randall
Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd
Thomas Rhett
Blake Shelton
Chris Stapleton
Chris Young & Kane Brown
Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
Carrie Underwood & CeCe Winans
Lady A
Jimmie Allen
Gabby Barrett
Little Big Town
Ashley McBryde
Keith Urban

Who are the nominees?

So many talented acts are nominated for awards this year, and we can't wait to see who takes home the trophies! From past winners like Luke Combs and Luke Bryan to newcomers like Carly Pearce, Ingrid Andress, and Ashley McBryde, the Academy voters had their work cut out for them this year.

Photo credit: Aaron J. Thornton - Getty Images
Photo credit: Aaron J. Thornton - Getty Images

See the full list of nominees below:

Entertainer of the Year:

Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Female Artist of the Year:

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Carly Pearce

Male Artist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
The Cadillac Three
The Highwomen

New Female Artist of the Year

Ingrid Andress
Tenille Arts
Gabby Barrett
Mickey Guyton
Caylee Hammack

New Male Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen
Travis Denning
Hardy
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum

Album of the Year

Born Here, Live Here, Die Here, Luke Bryan (Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens)
Mixtape Vol. 1, Kane Brown (Producers: Andrew Goldstein, Charlie Handsome, Dann Huff, Lindsay Rimes)
Never Will, Ashley McBryde (Producer: Jay Joyce)
Skeletons, Brothers Osborne (Producer: Jay Joyce)
Starting Over, Chris Stapleton (Producers: Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb)

Single of the Year

"Bluebird," Miranda Lambert (Producer: Jay Joyce)
"I Hope," Gabby Barrett (Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale)
"I Hope You’re Happy Now," Carly Pearce and Lee Brice (Producer: Busbee)
"More Hearts Than Mine," Ingrid Andress (Producers: Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis)
"The Bones," Maren Morris (Producer: Greg Kurstin)

Song of the Year

"Bluebird," Miranda Lambert (Songwriters: Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby)
"One Night Standards," Ashley McBryde (Songwriter: Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally)
"Some People Do," Old Dominion (Songwriter: Jesse Frasure, Matt Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Shane McAnally)
"Starting Over," Chris Stapleton (Songwriter: Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson)
"The Bones," Maren Morris (Songwriter: Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris, Laura Veltz)

Video of the Year

"Better Than We Found It," Maren Morris (Director: Gabrielle Woodland. Producers: Sarah Kunin, Jennifer Pepke)
"Bluebird," Miranda Lambert (Director: Trey Fanjoy. Producer: Heather Levenstone)
"Gone," Dierks Bentley (Directors: Wes Edwards, Ed Pryor, Travis Nicholson, Running Bear and Sam Siske, with animation by Skylar Wilson. Producer: David Garcia)
"Hallelujah," Carrie Underwood and John Legend (Director: Randee St. Nicholas. Producer: Greg Wells)
"Worldwide Beautiful," Kane Brown (Director: Alex Alvga. Producer: Christen Pinkston)

Music Event of the Year

"Be a Light," Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
"Does to Me," Luke Combs feat. Eric Church
"I Hope You’re Happy Now," Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
"Nobody But You," Blake Shelton feat. Gwen Stefani
"One Beer," Hardy feat. Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson
"One Too Many," Keith Urban and Pink

See all the info about the awards on the ACM website!

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