Kelsea Ballerini, Walker Hayes Among Just-Announced ACM Awards Performers

The first round of performers for the upcoming 2022 ACM Awards has been revealed. Taking the stage during the Prime…


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February 15, 2022

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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo via CBS for ACM Awards, Walker Hayes; Photo by Getty Images for CMT

The first round of performers for the upcoming 2022 ACM Awards has been revealed.

Taking the stage during the Prime Video live stream will be Kelsea Ballerini, Walker Hayes, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Parmalee and Blanco Brown featuring Brooke Eden, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde. Breakthrough Artist for Amazon Music, BRELAND, will also perform at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. 


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According to a press release, Parmalee and Blanco Brown will be joined by Brooke Eden, a version of their platinum No. 1 smash hit “Just the Way.” McBryde and Pearce will take the stage for a performance of their Music Event and Video of the Year nominated hit “Never Wanted To Be That Girl.” BRELAND will perform his new song, “Praise The Lord.” 

Performance details for Ballerini, Hayes, Morris, Rhett, and Stapleton will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Hosted by Dolly Parton with co-hosts reigning ACM New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen and reigning ACM New Female Artist of the Year Gabby Barrett, the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will air live on Prime Video on Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST. 

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Additional performers for the two-hour show will be revealed in the coming weeks. 

The 2022 ACM Awards will make history as the first major awards show to live stream exclusively, streaming live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.