Some of country's biggest names will be bringing down the house at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards

By Stephanie Petit
March 07, 2018 12:00 PM

Some of country’s biggest names will be bringing down the house at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

Nominees Jason AldeanDierks BentleyLuke BryanMiranda LambertMaren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, and Thomas Rhett are the first group of performers who will be taking the stage at this year’s awards show.

Florida Georgia Line, who are up for vocal duo of the year, will be joined by Bebe Rexha to sing their hit collaboration “Meant to Be.”

More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Miranda Lambert
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Chris Stapleton leads the pack this with eight nominations, including his first nod for entertainer of the year. He was also nominated for male vocalist of the year, and twice for both album of the year and single record of the year.

Following closely behind is Thomas Rhett with six nominations including his second in male vocalist of the year category. He also earned a nomination for vocal event of the year for “Craving You” which features Maren Morris.

Reba McEntire
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The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 15 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.