ACM Awards: From Nominees and Performers to How You Can Watch

The ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7 beginning at 8 p.m. ET

Keep calm and country on because the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards are back!

The annual awards show, which hold the honor of being the first country-related awards ever held by a major organization, will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Whether seated in the stands or on a couch in front of the television, this year’s star-studded lineup of performers, exciting collaborations and nominees are sure to keep country fans rocking all night long.

Here’s everything you need to know about the ceremony, before it gets underway this weekend.

Be sure to check out PEOPLE’s full ACM Awards coverage to get the latest news on country’s big night.

Who’s Hosting?
Reba McEntire will once again return as host and executive producer of the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards after hosting the show last year.

This year marks McEntire’s 16th time hosting the ceremony in total, and the few years she took off between 2013 and 2017 saw stars like Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley fill her shoes. Over the years, McEntire has hosted on her own and with co-hosts including Shelton, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Hank Williams Jr., among others.

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McEntire, herself, has won 16 ACM Awards throughout her career, with her last being the Mae Boren Axton Service Award in 2017.

What About the Nominees?
It’s been a big year for country music, and this year’s nominees are a mix of talented artists hot off their Grammy wins and nominations.

Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay garnered six nominations apiece, with the duo’s Dan Smyers picking up an additional four as a producer and writer. Grammy darling Kacey Musgraves, who swept all four of her categories at the ceremony in February, is nominated five times at the ACM Awards.

Fresh off their No. 1 hit collaboration “Burning Man,” Bentley and Brothers Osborne racked up four and three nominations, respectively.

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Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha also received four nominations, most for their cross-format hit “Meant to Be.”

Who’s Performing?
The ACM Awards performance lineup never disappoints.

The broadcast will also feature a star-studded list of performance collaborations, including Khalid with Kane Brown; Jason Aldean (ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award honoree) with Kelly Clarkson; Dierks Bentley, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, and Ashley McBryde; Dan + Shay with Clarkson; Florida Georgia Line with Aldean; and Maren Morris with Brothers Osborne.

In addition, This Is Us star Chrissy Metz will sing the song “I’m Standing with You” from her upcoming movie Breakthrough.

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In addition to the collaborations, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, LANCO, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and host of the night Reba McEntire will take to the stage to perform.

How can you watch?
The show broadcasts live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7 at 8 p.m. ET/delayed PT on CBS. You can also live stream the telecast using CBS All Access.

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54th ACM Awards: Live stream online or watch on HD_TV

The 54th ACM Awards will air live Sunday evening 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Country music legend and 16-time ACM Award winner Reba McEntire will be hosting the event in Las Vegas for a 16th time. She hosted the ACM Awards for the first time in 1986.

Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban lead in the top categories with nominations for both Male Artist Of The Year and Entertainer of the Year — a category notably lacking any female nominees.

“It doesn’t make me very happy because we’ve got some very talented women out there who are working their butts off,” McEntire McEntire said in February when she revealed this year’s nominees on “CBS This Morning.”

Last year’s nominees for Entertainer of the Year were also all male. From 2015 to 2017, only one woman, Miranda Lambert in 2015, made it into the category. The last woman to win Entertainer of the Year was Taylor Swift in 2011.

How to watch the ACM Awards
Date: Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019
Start time: 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT
End time: 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, 10 p.m. CT
Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Watch on TV: Find your local CBS station here
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Who’s hosting the ACM Awards?
This will be Reba McEntire’s 16th time hosting the ceremony, an all-time record. She first hosted the show in 1986 with Mac Davis and John Schneider McEntire.

McEntire announced Feb. 10 that she’d be hosting the show in a video posted to her YouTube channel. The video shows her walking down a highway towards Las Vegas with 131 miles to go. At the end, the clip switches to a wide shot of McEntire walking on a treadmill in a studio in front of a highway backdrop.

“You didn’t think I was really walking, did you?” she says.

Two days later, McEntire also shared the news with a video clip of her in action, taking to Twitter to write, “I guess they finally figured out it only takes one woman to do the job of two men.”

McEntire, who holds the record for most ACM nominations for a female artist with 47 (winning 16 ACM Awards), said Friday she would perform “Freedom,” the first single off her new album “Stronger Than the Truth,” on Sunday night’s show.

McEntire also promised the ceremonies would be politics-free.

“We’ve got to keep it light. We’ve got to keep it fun. No politics. This is fun. This is entertainment. We are in the entertainment business, and that’s what we’re going to be doing,” she said on “CBS This Morning.”

Who’s nominated for ACM Awards this year?

Dan + Shay are among this year’s top nominees, tying Chris Stapleton with six nods. Additionally, the duo’s Dan Smyers earned four solo nominations for his work as a producer and songwriter.

Kacey Musgraves received five nominations, followed by Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha, each with four nods. You can see the complete list of nominees here.

Jason Aldean, a three-time Entertainer of the Year winner, will become the sixth artist receive the ACM Artist of the Decade Honor.

2019 ACM Awards performers, presenters
Chrissy Metz, star of the upcoming movie “Breakthrough,” will make her live television performance debut at the ACM Awards. She will be joined on stage by Lauren Alaina, Mickey Guyton, Maddie & Tae and Carrie Underwood, who are each featured on the film’s soundtrack.

They join previously announced performers: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Khalid, Miranda Lambert, LANCO, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Old Dominion, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Keith Urban and, of course, Reba McEntire.

This year’s presenters include Lauren Alaina, Beth Behrs, Clint Black, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jessie James Decker, Hunter Hayes, Jay Hernandez, Lady Antebellum, Midland, Nancy O’Dell, Danica Patrick, Carly Pearce, Dennis Quaid, Michael Ray, Cole Swindell and Wilmer Valderrama.

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