NEW YORK — Sunday’s Academy of Nation Music Awards will function a number of the style’s largest stars, although chart-toppers like Morgan Wallen and Luke Bryan gained’t 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 12 months. Bryan backed out of the occasion, airing on CBS at 8 p.m. Jap, as a result of he not too long ago examined constructive for the coronavirus.
Bryan is nominated for the highest prize — entertainer of the 12 months — the place his competitors contains Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and Thomas Rhett, who gained the honour final 12 months in a tie with Carrie Underwood.
All the entertainer of the 12 months nominees however Bryan will carry out — most of them pre-taped at varied 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 employees.
“Coming in and discovering out that you simply profitable entertainer of the 12 months together with Carrie Underwood, that’s simply — that’s simply adrenaline to final you the entire 12 months just about,” Rhett stated in an interview Saturday. “So it’s an honour 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 one million years take without any consideration and simply really feel tremendous honoured to be right here.”
Some performers will be a part of forces onstage: Underwood will sing with gospel legend CeCe Winans; Maren Morris will carry out together with her hubby Ryan Hurd; Dierks Bentley will sing U2’s “Satisfaction (Within the Title of Love)” with husband and spouse duo The Battle 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 Residence).”
Different performers embody Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Dan + Shay, Woman A, Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde. The foursome Little Massive City may also carry out although band member Phillip Candy gained’t take part since he not too long ago examined constructive for COVID-19.
Keith City and Mickey Guyton are internet hosting for the primary time, and they’re going to additionally sing onstage.
Stapleton and Morris are the highest nominees with six every. Stapleton’s nominations embody album, tune and male artist of the 12 months. Morris’ nominations embody single and feminine artist of the 12 months. She additionally landed a gaggle of the 12 months 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 have been pre-announced, together with Gabby Barrett (new feminine artist), Jimmie Allen (new male artist) and Kane Brown (video of the 12 months). Carly Pearce and Lee Brice’s platinum hit “I Hope You’re Glad Now,” co-written by Combs, gained music occasion of the 12 months.
Mesfin Fekadu, The Related Press