The ACM Awards will air live on Sunday, April 15, from the Garden Arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT on CBS (delayed on the west coast). The 53rd annual edition of the ACMs will be hosted by Reba McEntire, who is a Best Female Vocalist nominee and will also be performing.
Notably, tonight’s telecast marks the first country music awards gathering to take place in Las Vegas since the city was devastated last year by the deadliest mass shooting in American history—so expect lots of tributes. It’s also the first TV appearance for music star Carrie Underwood since she suffered serious injuries to her face and wrist in a fall outside her home earlier this year.
Besides McEntire, other stars set to take to the stage as musical performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Brett Young. Who are you looking forward to seeing the most?
Chris Stapleton has a leading eight nominations across five categories. Among these is a bid for the big prize: Entertainer of the Year. His four rivals for this award are reigning champ Jason Aldean, past winners Garth Brooks and Luke Bryan, and perennial also-ran Keith Urban.
We are forecasting that Stapleton will win Best Male Vocalist and twice for the Album of the Year “From A Room: Volume 1” as both artist and producer. However, we expect him to lose Entertainer of the Year to Aldean. if you disagree with our predictions there’s still time to make or update your own right here before awards are handed out.
The ACM Awards will air tonight, April 15, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, in a live broadcast from the Garden Arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Country superstar Reba McEntire returns as the host for the 15th time.
If you’re a cord-cutter looking to watch the awards online, your options are limited. As usual, the live-stream is only available as part of a pay-TV package or through a subscription-based streaming service. Fortunately, CBS is really trying to attract new converts to its CBS All Access service, so it’s letting new subscribers try it out for a free week.