Every Collaboration, World Premiere, And Special Performance Appearing In The 56th Academy Of Country Music Awards

Over 25 artists will perform more than 30 songs live from iconic country music venues and landmark locations in Nashville on Sunday, April 18 on CBS and Paramount+.
Posted on Apr 13, 2021 | 09:00am
Anticipation grows as CBS, The Academy of Country Music®, and dick clark productions announce the exciting collaborations and must-see moments that will take center stage at the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards™.

Hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, the 56th ACM Awards® will air live on Sunday, April 18 at 8/7c on CBS, and be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

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The 2021 ACM Awards will feature an unprecedented number of world television premiere performances including can't-miss collaborations between country music's biggest stars.

Must-see moments include:

- Elle King and Miranda Lambert opening the show with “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”
- Dierks Bentley performing U2’s poignant classic “Pride (In The Name of Love)” with husband and wife duo The War and Treaty
- Brothers Osborne performing “I’m Not For Everyone”
- Kenny Chesney performing “Knowing You”
- Eric Church performing “Bunch Of Nothing”
- Luke Combs performing “Forever After All”
- Dan + Shay performing “Glad You Exist”
- Mickey Guyton performing “Hold On”
- Alan Jackson with “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and a special mashup for “Drive (For Daddy Gene)”
- Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall performing “In His Arms”
- Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd performing “Chasing After You”
- Thomas Rhett premiering “What’s Your Country Song,” as well as performing “Country Again”
- Blake Shelton celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his first hit single “Austin,” as well as “Minimum Wage”
- Chris Stapleton performing “Maggie’s Song”
- Chris Young and Kane Brown performing “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.”

Even more exciting news is that Lady A will join the lineup with recently revealed New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen and New Female Artist of the Year Gabby Barrett, who will all perform on this year’s show.

READ: Jimmie Allen And Gabby Barrett Win The ACM Awards For New Male And New Female Artist Of The Year

Previously announced performers include Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, and Keith Urban. Additional details on these performances, this year’s presenters, and more will be announced in the coming days.

The unforgettable evening showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in country music will take place from three iconic country music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe. It will also feature performances at legendary locations across the city including the Station Inn, Bridge Building, and on Broadway.

READ: The Complete List Of Nominees For The 56th Academy Of Country Music Awards

Watch the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards™ live from Nashville on Sunday, April 18 at 8/7c on CBS, and stream it live and on-demand on the CBS App and Paramount+.