ACM Awards 2021: Everything You Need to Know About the Ceremony Returning to Nashville
The 2021 ACM Awards, hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, are set to air this Sunday featuring performances by Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney and more
The ACMs are here!
The Academy of Country Music Awards are returning to Nashville and are set to honor the biggest stars in country music this Sunday.
Here's everything you need to know about the big night:
Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton will host
Urban returns for a second consecutive year to host the awards show alongside new female artist of the year nominee Guyton.
"I'm beyond thrilled to be co-hosting with my friend Mickey," said Urban in a statement. "I love that finally everyone will get to see her infectious energy and uber-creative spirit in full light."
As for Guyton, she said that she has "long admired" Urban and looks forward to becoming the "first-ever Black woman to host the show."
"This is a moment of great significance for me and I am so thrilled to share it with all the fans," she said.
Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead in nominations — and the nod list is quite historic
Falling just behind is Miranda Lambert with five nominations and Ashley McBryde and Thomas Rhett with four nods each. As for the coveted entertainer of the year category, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Stapleton are nominated.
Making history this year, four Black artists are nominated for awards: Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Mickey Guyton and John Legend, who's a first-time nominee. Also for the first time, every nominated song for single of the year features a woman.
"I don't really know what to say — this is unbelievable," the American Idol alum said accepting her award. "Thank you so much; this is such an honor. Ever since I came into the country-music community, everybody's been absolutely wonderful to me."
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"When everything started coming out in the media, we felt like it was time to release it," Brown explained, referring to the racially-driven social unrest currently plaguing the nation. "Our fans were asking for it. I couldn't ask for it to come out any better than it did."
Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church and more will perform
Expect a performance-filled awards show Sunday night!
Opening the show will be Lambert and Elle King singing their duet "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)." Also during the show, Carrie Underwood will hit the stage for a medley from her recent My Savior album, while Kenny Chesney will play "Knowing You."
The night will also feature onstage collabs and several premieres: Morris will play "Chasing After You" with Ryan Hurd, Chris Young will join Kane Brown for "Famous Friends" while Dierks Bentley will play U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)" with The War and Treaty.
A mix of presenters are scheduled
Ingrid Andress, Blanco Brown, Amy Grant, Leslie Jordan, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker and Clay Walker are expected to present the awards.
Watch on CBS and Paramount+
The 2021 ACM Awards will air live from Nashville on April 18 from 8-11 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount+.