The This Is Us star will perform a song from her upcoming movie Breakthrough

By Helen Murphy
April 05, 2019 12:45 PM
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Surprise! Chrissy Metz is performing at the 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards, marking her first time singing on live television.

The Academy announced that the This Is Us star, 38, will sing the song “I’m Standing with You” from her upcoming movie Breakthrough.

Metz will be joined onstage by country stars Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, Mickey Guyton and Maddie & Tae, who are all featured on the film’s soundtrack. The performance will highlight ACM Lifting Lives, the Academy’s philanthropy branch.

“As an actress, you’re not always taken seriously as a singer. You can’t always cross over, whether it’s drama to comedy or an actress to musician,” Metz told The Tennessean. “I can’t even believe it’s happening. I really, really can’t. It’s been a gift on top of a gift. It’s one of those bucket list moments you didn’t think would actually happen. Standing on stage with five incredible women who are brilliant vocalists and artists is beyond thrilling.”

Chrissy Metz
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On This Is Us, Metz portrays aspiring singer Kate Pearson. During the second season, Metz showcased her real singing voice when she sang Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 classic “Landslide” in episode two.

Metz, who earned an Emmy nomination for her role, previously told PEOPLE how much she loves combining acting and singing on the show.

“[Creator] Dan [Fogelman] is writing my dream life. I enjoy singing very much,” she said in September 2017.

Metz joins an already star-studded list of ACM performers that includes Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Khalid, LANCO, Ashley McBryde, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan and Old Dominion.

As previously announced, ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award honoree Jason Aldean will also perform at the ceremony, in addition to accepting his award. The night will be hosted by country music legend Reba McEntire.

This year marks McEntire’s 16th time hosting the ceremony in total, and the few years she took off between 2013 and 2017 saw stars like Bryan, Shelton and Bentley fill her shoes. Over the years, McEntire has hosted on her own and with co-hosts including Shelton, Strait, Alan Jackson and Hank Williams Jr., among others.

The 2019 ACM Awards will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

To catch country’s biggest stars hitting the red carpet, tune in to Red Carpet Live: 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. EST and streaming live on PEOPLE.com,Facebook, Twitter, PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite device.