ACM Awards Announce Planned Collaborations & More

The 56th Annual ACM Awards are just days away, and it sure sounds like fans can expect to see a whole host of great performances on the show, including exciting collaborations and world premieres. 

ACM announced Miranda Lambert and Ell King will open the show with the world television premiere of “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” But that’s far from the night’s only collaboration.

Other pairings include Dierks Bentley and The War and Treaty, who’ll perform a cover of U2’s “Pride (In The Name of Love),” Miranda will team with her “Marfa Tapes” partners Jack Ingram and Jon Randall on “In His Arms,” Chris Young and Kane Brown will perform “Famous Friends,” Maren Morris and hubby Ryan Hurd will perform “Chasing After You,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice will sing “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney will perform “half of my home town,” and Carrie Underwood will sing a “My Savior” medley with guest CeCe Winans. 

Blake Shelton is also set for a special performance, performing his first hit single “Austin,” in honor of its 20th anniversary, along with his latest track “Minimum Wave.”

And that’s just a few of the performances fans can expect. Others include 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” and “Drive (For Daddy Gene),”) Thomas Rhett (“What’s Your Country Song” and “Country Again”), Chris Stapleton (“Maggie’s Song”), and Chris Young and Kane Brown (“Famous Friends”). Also performing on the show are host Keith Urban, Ashley McBryde, Little Big Town, the newly added Lady A, and New Artist of the Year winners Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen.

One person who’s no longer set to perform is Luke Bryan, who was pulled out of the show after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

  • The 56th Annual ACM Awards, hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, airs live from Nashville Sunday on CBS (8 pm). The performances will take place in three iconic Music City venues - the Grand Ole Opry House, the historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Café. 

Source: ACM

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