Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 ACM Awards
The 2019 ACM Awards will take place in Las Vegas, and as the country music world gets ready for one of the biggest nights in the industry, The Boot will be on hand to make sure fans have all of the details, from nominees, performers and presenters to broadcast details.
At the 2018 ACM Awards, country's biggest stars returned to Las Vegas, many for the first time since the tragic Oct. 1, 2017, shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. It was a touching moment for the community to rally and support each other and their fans after such a great loss. The 2019 ACM Awards promise more of that strong community spirit after a year packed full of epic musical collaborations and exciting new artists emerging on the scene.
Read on for everything you need to know about the 2019 ACM Awards.
When and Where Are the the 2019 ACM Awards?
The 2019 ACM Awards will take place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7. The ceremony will begin at 8PM ET.
Where Can I Watch the 2019 ACM Awards and the 2019 ACM Awards Red Carpet?
The 2019 ACM Awards will air live on CBS. Official 2019 ACM Awards red carpet coverage will be available at 6:30PM ET via People.com and EW.com, on People’s YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter pages, and via the PeopleTV app. The Boot's partner site, Taste of Country, will be hosting a pre-show Tailgate Party as well.
Who’s Hosting the 2019 ACM Awards and 2018 ACM Awards Red Carpet?
Last year, Reba McEntire was host for the 2018 ACM Awards. During the 2019 Grammy Awards, she revealed that she'll be back to host for a second year in a row.
McEntire hosted the ACM Awards in a number of past years: She first hosted the show in 1986, with Mac Davis and John Schneider, and then returned in 1988, that time with Hank Williams Jr. as her co-host. In 1993, McEntire co-hosted the ACM Awards with Randy Owen and George Strait, and she and Alan Jackson co-hosted the ceremony in 1995.
McEntire finally hosted the ACM Awards solo for the first time in 1999, and then every year from 2001 through 2010. She and Blake Shelton co-hosted the ceremony in 2011 and 2012, before McEntire bowed out to make room for Luke Bryan as Shelton's co-host.
Bryan and Shelton co-hosted the ACM Awards until 2016, when Shelton departed and Dierks Bentley signed on. Bentley revealed during the 2018 Country Radio Seminar that he and Bryan would not be co-hosting again in 2018, and that's when McEntire stepped back up to the plate.
As for the 2019 ACM Awards red carpet, People personalities and country singer Michael Ray will be hosting that coverage.
Who’s Nominated at the 2019 ACM Awards?
Dan + Shay and Chris Stapleton lead this year's list of ACM Awards nominees, with six nods each; Dan Smyers earns an additional four nominations as a songwriter and producer. Behind Dan + Shay and Stapleton are Kacey Musgraves (five nominations) and Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha, each with four nominations.
Who's Going to Win at the 2019 ACM Awards?
As always, predicting the winners for the ACMs is a tough job, with so many talented voices and musicians populating the nominations. Country music has a lot of fresh faces making big power plays this year, and some seasoned vets who have made big waves in the last few months as well. We'll have to wait until the night of the show to find out who wins, but click here to see our readers and staff members' predictions.
We do know, though, that Jason Aldean will be walking away with at least one trophy at the 2019 ACM Awards: He's been named the Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award winner. Additionally, Luke Combs, Lanco and Ashley McBryde were announced as New Male Artist of the Year, New Female Artist of the Year and New Duo or Group of the Year, respectively, on March 25.
A complete list of winners will be available here, updated as the night goes on.
How Does Voting Work for the 2019 ACM Awards?
Click here for a complete explanation of the ACM Awards voting process.
Who’s Performing at the 2019 ACM Awards?
Here's the full list of who is performing at the 2019 ACM Awards, along with some guesses about what they'll sing:
- Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson: Aldean's 2019 ACM Awards performance will be a medley of hits. As Clarkson is performing with him, he'll presumably be including their 2010 duet "Don't You Wanna Stay" within the medley.
- Dierks Bentley and Brandi Carlile: Bentley and Carlile will share a collaboration, "Travelin' Light," from his 2018 album The Mountain. The project is nominated for Album of the Year.
- Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs: Brooks & Dunn's just-released Reboot album features Combs on a remake of their early-'90s hit "Brand New Man," which is the song they'll be performing together. These two acts' performance is part of the ACM Flashbacks series, which honors classic country songs and artists, but Combs will also be performing separately.
- Kane Brown and Khalid: While Brown and Khalid haven't shared exact details of their performance, the two did release a remix of Khalid's song "Saturday Nights" earlier this year.
- Luke Bryan: Bryan has confirmed that he will debut his brand-new single, "Knockin' Boots," at the 2019 ACM Awards.
- Eric Church and Ashley McBryde: Church and McBryde share both a label and a management company, and Church has long been a supporter of the up-and-coming artist. According to a tweet from the Academy of Country Music, they'll be singing "The Snake," a song from Church's most recent (and ACM-nominated album Desperate Man).
- Dan + Shay and Kelly Clarkson: Clarkson will make another appearance on the ACM Awards stage with Dan + Shay. They'll be singing a song from Dan + Shay's self-titled 2018 album that features Clarkson, "Keeping Score."
- Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean: FGL's newest album, Can't Say I Ain't Country, features Aldean on the song "Can't Hide Red." The duo has confirmed that they'll bring Aldean out at the 2019 ACM Awards for that song.
- Lanco: New Duo or Group of the Year Lanco recently released a new single, "Rival." That song or one of their previous singles is a likely choice for their performance.
- Little Big Town: On Friday (April 5), Little Big Town dropped "The Daughters" as the first single from their forthcoming new album, which has yet to be announced. The country quartet will officially premiere the song during the 2019 ACM Awards.
- Ashley McBryde: New Female Artist of the Year winner McBryde will sing her current single, "Girl Goin' Nowhere."
- Reba McEntire: McEntire will be singing "Freedom." The song is her current single, and comes from her just-released album Stronger Than the Truth.
- Chrissy Metz, Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, Maddie & Tae and Mickey Guyton: This Is Us star Chrissy Metz will team up with Underwood, Alaina, Maddie & Tae and Guyton to perform "I'm Standing With You," which Metz sings on the Breakthrough movie soundtrack. The four country acts also contribute songs to that compilation.
- Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne: Morris' recently released sophomore album Girl includes the song "All My Favorite People," a collaboration with John and TJ Osborne. That's the song they'll be performing on Sunday night.
- Old Dominion: Old Dominion are working on new music, and their current single is "Make It Sweet." The band has confirmed that they'll perform that song during the 2019 ACM Awards.
- Thomas Rhett: Rhett will be performing his recently released new single, "Look What God Gave Her."
- Blake Shelton: Shelton dropped a new single, "God's Country," on March 29. He's confirmed that he'll debut the track on Sunday night.
- Chris Stapleton: Stapleton, according to the Tennessean, will be performing his song "A Simple Song."
- George Strait and Miranda Lambert: Strait and Lambert's performance is part of the ACM Flashbacks series. Further details have not been shared, though we do know that Lambert will also be performing a medley of her own hits.
- Carrie Underwood: Underwood's 2019 ACM Awards performance will be her first major event since giving birth to her second child in January. According to a a tweet, she'll be performing "Southbound," a song from her newest album, Cry Pretty.
- Keith Urban: Urban will be performing a song called "Burden" at the 2019 ACM Awards. The song, the country superstar says, isn't a single, but rather something he heard recently that spoke to him.
Who’s Presenting at the 2019 ACM Awards?
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 will all present trophies and introduce performances during the 2019 ACM Awards.
Who Will be Attending the 2019 ACM Awards?
Expect to see all of this year's performers and presenters at the 2019 ACM Awards ceremony, not to mention most of, if not all of, the nominees! Fans can attend the show, too.
What About the Rest of the 2019 ACM Awards-Related Events?
The Academy of Country Music's 2019 Party for a Cause will once again take over Las Vegas, Nev., ahead of the ACM Awards. Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery and more are set to take part in a number of events throughout the city on April 5-7, the weekend of the 2019 ACMs.
Dubbed "The Week Vegas Goes Country," the 2019 ACM Party for a Cause will feature some of country music's biggest names at charity events including the ACM Stories, Songs & Stars songwriters' round; the ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off charity golfing event; and the ACM Awards Official After-Party. Also among the events taking place this year is the ACM Decades concert.
In addition to Alaina and McCreery, the seventh annual ACM Party for a Cause will feature Rhett Akins, Rodney Atkins, Ross Copperman, Easton Corbin, Morgan Evans, Walker Hayes, Chris Lane, Maddie & Tae, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde, Lori McKenna, Michael Ray, Runaway June, Darius Rucker, Dylan Scott, Mitchell Tenpenny, Brett Young and many more at various events.
The ACM Party for a Cause benefits ACM Lifting Lives, the charity arm of the Academy of Country Music. Fans can visit PartyForACause.com to learn more about each of the PfaC events and get tickets.
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