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More than 25 artists will perform over 30 songs at the 2021 ACM Awards on April 18

By Georgia Slater
April 05, 2021 09:15 AM
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The star-studded slate of performers for the 56th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards has been announced!

On Monday, the Academy of Country Music, Dick Clark Productions, and CBS announced the full lineup for the annual awards ceremony.

Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, and Kenny Chesney are set to take the stage at this year's awards.

In addition, Carly Pearce, Jon Randall, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, The War and Treaty, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, CeCe Winans and Chris Young round out the performer list.

Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert
From left: Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert
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kelsea ballerina, maren morris, thomas rhett and luke bryan
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The 2021 ACM Awards, which honors the best in country music, will take place in Nashville on Sunday, April 18.

Like last year, the event will once again be broadcast from three different locations in Nashville: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe. Additional details about the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Last month, Urban and Guyton were revealed as co-hosts for the awards show. Urban, 53, previously served as host at the 2020 ACM Awards.

Confirming the news in a social media post, Urban wrote, "Thrilled to be back hosting the @acmawards for a second year!!! And you know I love a good collaboration ... @mickeyguyton, what do you say? Tune in April 18th," alongside a video of himself asking Guyton, 37, to co-host the show with him.

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Guyton — who welcomed her first child, son Grayson, in February — also shared the same video to her own Instagram account.

"What is my life right now?! Thank you @keithurban and I cannot wait to join you as co-host of the @acmawards on April 18th," she wrote alongside the video.

Leading the nominations at this year's awards are Morris and Stapleton with six nominations each. Trailing closely behind is Lambert with five nominations and McBryde and Rhett with four nods each.

Making history this year, four Black artists are nominated for awards: Jimmie Allen, Brown, 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.

Up for the most-coveted entertainer of the year award are standouts Stapleton, Rhett, Bryan, Church and Combs. (Underwood and Rhett shared the 2020 title.)

Notably absent from the nominations list is Morgan Wallen, whose eligibility was halted earlier this year after he was caught using a racial slur.

The 2021 ACM Awards will air live on April 18 from 8-11 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount+.