For the fifty-third time in the show’s history, the Academy of Country Music Awards will be held this Sunday, April the fifteenth on CBS. The show will boast several performances from high profile Country stars like Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood, among big names. Reba McEntire will host, her 15th time at the helm.
On top of hosting duties, McEntire is nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category, along with Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood. In the Male Vocalist of the Year category, the five nominees are Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and Chris Young. Lambert and Rhett look to repeat in those categories, having won last year.
Urban, Lambert, Stapleton and Sam Hunt are nominated in the Song of the Year category. Overall, Stapleton leads all with eight nominations. Also, Lambert can become the winning-est performer in ACM history with just one award Sunday night.
The most anticipated event of the night will be Carrie Underwood’s performance. The American Idol winner suffered a nasty fall back in November down the stairs in her home in Nashville, Tennessee. She will sing her latest single “Cry Pretty” in what is her first television appearance since the scare. Another performance that has generated buzz is the duet that will be taken place between McEntire and another former American Idol winner in Kelly Clarkson. They will be singing “Does He Love You,” a 1993 single by McEntire and Linda Davis.