ACM Awards to characteristic (most of) nation music’s prime stars

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday’s Academy of Nation Music Awards will characteristic a few of the style’s largest stars, although chart-toppers like Morgan Wallen and Luke Bryan will not be within the constructing.

Wallen, whose newest album and singles have discovered main success on each the nation and pop charts, was declared ineligible by the ACMs after he was caught on digital camera utilizing a racial slur earlier this yr. Bryan backed out of the occasion, airing on CBS at 8 p.m. Japanese, as a result of he lately examined constructive for the coronavirus.

Bryan is nominated for the highest prize — entertainer of the yr — the place his competitors consists of Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and Thomas Rhett, who received the consideration final yr in a tie with Carrie Underwood.

All the entertainer of the yr nominees however Bryan will carry out — most of them pre-taped at numerous venues in Nashville, Tennessee, together with the Grand Ole Opry Home, the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. The viewers can be small and made up of medical and healthcare staff.

“Coming in and discovering out that you just profitable entertainer of the yr together with Carrie Underwood, that’s simply — that’s simply adrenaline to final you the entire yr just about,” Rhett mentioned in an interview Saturday. “So it’s an honor to be again on the ACMs, nominated in that very same class is simply tremendous particular. And one thing that I’ll by no means in 1,000,000 years take with no consideration and simply really feel tremendous honored to be right here.”

Some performers will be part of forces onstage: Underwood will sing with gospel legend CeCe Winans; Maren Morris will carry out along with her hubby Ryan Hurd; Dierks Bentley will sing U2’s “Pleasure (Within the Title of Love)” with husband and spouse duo The Warfare and Treaty; and Miranda Lambert and pop-rock singer Elle King are set to kick off the present with their new duet “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go House).”

Different performers embrace Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Dan + Shay, Woman A, Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde. The foursome Little Large City will even carry out although band member Phillip Candy will not take part since he lately examined constructive for COVID-19.

Keith City and Mickey Guyton are internet hosting for the primary time, and they’ll additionally sing onstage.

Stapleton and Morris are the highest nominees with six every. Stapleton’s nominations embrace album, music and male artist of the yr. Morris’ nominations embrace single and feminine artist of the yr. She additionally landed a gaggle of the yr nod as a member of the Highwomen, the supergroup additionally that includes Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby.

A few of the ACM winners had been pre-announced, together with Gabby Barrett (new feminine artist), Jimmie Allen (new male artist) and Kane Brown (video of the yr). Carly Pearce and Lee Brice’s platinum hit “I Hope You’re Completely satisfied Now,” co-written by Combs, received music occasion of the yr.

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