2021 ACM Awards: Everything You Need To Know

The 56th ACM Awards are upon us! The highly-anticipated awards show will air live on Sunday, April 18 from three iconic…


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April 14, 2021


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The 56th ACM Awards are upon us! The highly-anticipated awards show will air live on Sunday, April 18 from three iconic country music venues including Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe at 8 p.m. EST on CBS Television Network and will stream live and on-demand on CBS All Access.

Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about the 2021 ACM Awards, including how to watch, who’s hosting, performing and more.


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How To Watch:

The 56th Annual ACM Awards will air live on Sunday, April 18 from 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network and will also stream live, on-demand and on CBS All Access.

Who Is Hosting:

15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban and New Female Artist Of The Year nominee Mickey Guyton are confirmed to host the star-studded event.

Who Is Nominated:

Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and Ashley McBryde lead 2021 ACM Awards nominees.

Morris and Stapleton each received six nominations, tying for the most-nominated artists for this year’s awards ceremony. Lambert raked in five nominations, continuing her streak as the most nominated female artist in Academy history with 68 lifetime nominations. Rhett and Ashley McBryde each earned four nods.

Additionally, for the first time in ACM Awards history, four Black artists are nominated for awards in a single year including Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Mickey Guyton and John Legend. In addition to that, every Single of the Year nomination features a female artist, and this was the first nomination in this category for three of the six nominees: Carly Pearce, Ingrid Andress, and Gabby Barrett.

The Academy recently revealed New Male Artist Of The Year, Jimmie Allen, and New Female Artist of The Year, Gabby Barrett as well as Video Of The Year, Kane Brown’s “Worldwide Beautiful.”

Who Is Performing:

Over 25 artists will perform more than 30 songs, including Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and Luke Combs will take the stage at the ACM Awards. In addition to Chesney, Lambert and Combs, confirmed to perform are Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Ryan Hurd, Jack Ingram, Alan Jackson, Elle King, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Carly Pearce, Jon Randall, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, The War and Treaty, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, CeCe Winans, and Chris Young.

Lambert and King will open the show with their “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” collaboration.

See the full song list below.

Elle King feat. Miranda Lambert – “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”
Dierks Bentley feat. The War And Treaty – “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”  at the Station Inn
Brothers Osborne – “I’m Not For Everyone”
Kenny Chesney – “Knowing You”
Eric Church – “Bunch Of Nothing”
Luke Combs – “Forever After All”
Dan + Shay – “Glad You Exist”
Mickey Guyton – “Hold On”
Alan Jackson – “You’ll Always Be My Baby” & Mashup Of “Drive (For Daddy Gene)”
Miranda Lambert feat. Jack Ingram and Jon Randall – “In His Arms”
Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd – “Chasing After You”
Thomas Rhett – “What’s Your Country Song” & “Country Again”
Blake Shelton – “Minimum Wage” and “Austin”
Chris Stapleton – “Maggie’s Song”
Chris Young and Kane Brown – “Famous Friends”
Carly Pearce feat. Lee Brice – “I Hope You’re Happy Now”
Carrie Underwood feat. CeCe Winans – My Savior Medley
Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney – “Half Of My Hometown”
Lady A – “Like A Lady”
Ashley McBryde – “Martha Divine” at the Bridge Building
Keith Urban – “Tumbleweed”
Gabby Barrett – “The Good Ones”
Jimmie Allen – “Freedom Was a Highway”
Little Big Town – “Wine, Beer and Whiskey” on Broadway


2021 ACM Awards presenters have not yet been announced.

Bonus Performance:

Brothers Osborne will be giving the exclusive premiere of their new song “Younger Me” following the ACM Awards, presented by Xfinity.

Be sure to follow Country Now on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest ACM Awards updates. For additional information, visit ACMcountry.com.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a self-taught entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.