2019 ACM AWARDS: THE PERFORMERS LIST
At Sunday night’s (April 7) 2019 ACM Awards, nearly two dozen country stars will take the stage to perform. Big hits, new tracks and collaborations are all on the docket for the annual awards show this year.
Reba McEntire is hosting the 2019 ACM Awards, and she’ll also performing during the big show. Other stars set to take the stage include Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson, Eric Church, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, George Strait and Jason Aldean.ACM Awards 2019 Live STream TV Channel
Readers can see a full list of 2019 ACM Awards performers below. The Boot will update this story with more details as the show progresses. The 2019 ACM Awards are set to begin at 8PM ET, and the ceremony will be broadcast on CBS live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
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2019 Academy of Country Music Awards Performers
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.
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 press release, her performance will be of a song from her 2018 album Cry Pretty, but no word yet on which song exactly it’ll be.
Keith Urban: No news yet on what Urban will perform at the 2019 ACM Awards.
Here’s What Surprised Us About the 2019 ACM Awards Nominees
Hooray for … Dan + Shay! It’s been a good year to be Dan + Shay. With their self-titled third album, the duo’s career has risen to a new high: Grammy Awards nominations and wins, a string of No. 1 singles and a pack-leading six 2019 ACM Awards nominations. For those keeping score at home, they’re tied with perennial favorite Chris Stapleton for the most nods this year. Should they win all six, they’ll tie the record for most ACM Awards wins in a single night, which Stapleton shares with Faith Hill and Garth Brooks. (If that happens, Dan Smyers himself could actually break that record — more on that below.)
WTF?! Why Are New Female Artist and New Duo or Group So Short on Nominees?
It’s frustrating to see skimpy nominees lists in these categories when the New Male Artist of the Year category is fully rounded out with five nominees — but here’s why it happens: The nominated artists, in addition to having not been nominated more than twice in a three-year period and having released no more than two albums, needs to have landed a Top 40 single. Unfortunately, that’s getting tougher and tougher for both women and duos, trios and groups.
Additionally, in a first round of voting, the ACM’s professional members can each submit one nominee in each category. Those with a minimum of 2 percent of the votes within their respective category, up to 20 acts, will be advanced to a second round of voting to determine those final five. That means that either voters all aligned behind the nominated acts — or that the others nominated during that first round were so varied, they didn’t get the required percentage of votes (or some combination of those two options).
Hooray for … Ashley McBryde’s Female Artist of the Year Nod! Some awards show categories don’t change much year to year; the Female and Male Artist of the Year nominees are often easy to predict. That’s why Ashley McBryde’s Female Artist of the Year nod is a surprise — though it shouldn’t be, given her track record so far. Girl Going Nowhere, her debut album, is one of 2018’s finest projects, and her live show is top-notch, too. It’s time to end the Miranda Lambert dynasty; we’d be thrilled to see McBryde, Kacey Musgraves or Maren Morris take this one home.
Hooray for … Artists Getting Recognized for Their Other Talents! In addition to Dan + Shay’s six 2019 ACM Awards nods, Dan Smyers earned an additional four nominations of his own, thanks to his work as a producer on the duo’s self-titled album. Midland’s Cameron Duddy, meanwhile, received a directorial Video of the Year nod, for co-directing his trio’s “Burn Out” video with TK McKamy. How cool see their other artistic endeavors rewarded!
Hooray for … Jake Owen’s First ACM Awards Nomination in a Decade! Jake Owen’s gone through peaks and valleys of success in his career, but even in his highest moments, he’s been largely ignored by both the ACMs and the CMAs. Owen’s last ACM Awards nominations came at the 2009 ACM Awards: That year, he took home Top New Male Vocalist, and was nominated for Top New Artist and Vocal Event of the Year. Ten years later, he’s finally back in the running, and his inclusion in the Single of the Year category is a welcome surprise.
Hooray for … Unexpected Song of the Year Nominees! When awards nominees are announced, there’s often grumbling about how the same artists earn nominations year after year. It’s why seeing Ashley McBryde up for Female Artist of the Year and Jake Owen in the Single of the Year category is so exciting, and why seeing Cole Swindell and Russell Dickerson get Song of the Year nods is equally thrilling. Swindell has often spoken about how “Break Up in the End” means to him, even though he didn’t write it, and “Yours” launched Dickerson’s career and shows his skills as a songwriter. It’s nice to see both rewarded.
WTF? No Women Entertainer of the Year Nominees Again?!
Forget that the last woman to win Entertainer of the Year was Taylor Swift, in 2011 and 2012 — it’s been two years since a woman was even nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards (Carrie Underwood in 2017). How long’s it been since two women were in the category at the same time? Five years (Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift were both nominated in 2014).
Entertainer of the Year is just one category, but women are scarce throughout the list of nominees as a whole. It’s getting hard to argue that the lack of women on country radio isn’t leading to a loss of opportunities and recognition elsewhere.