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The Academy of Country Music is lining up the performers for its 55th annual ACM Awards, taking place on Sept. 16. The show will air from Nashville for the first time, from three iconic locations.
Artists performing at the historic Ryman Auditorium include Kelsea Ballerini (“Hole in the Bottle”), Gabby Barrett (“I Hope”), Maren Morris (“To Hell & Back”), Old Dominion (hit medley) and Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi (“Beer Can’t Fix”). Morris is this year’s most nominated female artist; Old Dominion, this year’s most nominated group; Rhett, this year’s most nominated male artist.
Also performing at the Ryman are Riley Green and Tenille Townes, ACM’s newly crowned new male and female artist of the year winners, respectively.
Artists performing at The Bluebird Cafe include Jimmie Allen (“Make Me Want To”), Luke Combs (“Better Together”), Tim McGraw (“I Called Mama”) and Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby & Luke Dick (“Bluebird”). Hemby and Dick co-wrote “Bluebird” with Lambert.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift will return to the ACM Awards stage for the first time in seven years with a world premiere performance off her new album, Folklore. Swift will perform “betty” at the Grand Ole Opry House.
In addition, ACM Awards host Keith Urban and Pink will perform the world television premiere of their new single, “One Too Many.”
Other performers include Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, who will perform their latest single, “Happy Anywhere.”
In celebration of the 95th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry, Carrie Underwood will honor trailblazing female Opry members by performing a medley of songs by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.
Trisha Yearwood will perform “I’ll Carry You Home,” from her album Every Girl, for the “In Memoriam” segment.
Additionally, ACM Entertainer of the Year nominees Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Rhett and Underwood will kick off the show with a performance featuring a medley of each of their greatest hits.
Urban, the ACM’s reigning entertainer of the year, is hosting the three-hour show, which will air live on the East Coast, and three hours later on the West Coast. The ACM promises “a night of heart and hits.”
R.A. Clark, Amy Thurlow, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Linda Gierahn are executive producers of the 55th annual ACM Awards. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
CBS, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions — which is owned by MRC Entertainment, the parent company of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter — announced the initial bookings on Wednesday.
6:55 a.m. Monday, Sept 14: Updated with the names of several more performers.
A version of this story first appeared on Billboard.com
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