ACM Awards 2021: Full Lineup Announced

by Jacklyn Krol

The 2021 ACM Awards announced its full performer lineup. This years award show features nominees and some of the biggest names in country music.

ACM Awards co-hosts Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton will both be performing during the show. This year’s performers include Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Ryan Hurd, Jack Ingram, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Carly Pearce, Jon Randall, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood,  and Chris Young.

Additionally, non-country artists The War and Treaty, Elle King, and CeCe Winans will also be hitting the stage. Winans recently performed with Underwood during her Easter live stream special at The Ryman Auditorium. Meanwhile, King duetted with Lambert on “Drunk (And I Don’t Want to Go Home).”

2021 ACM Awards Details

Similar to the 2020 ACM Awards, the awards show will feature performances from iconic and historic music venues in Tennessee. The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe will host this year’s performances.

“The health and safety of the artists, fans, industry, staff and partners involved in the ACM Awards is the number one priority,” the ACM Awards said in a statement. “All guidelines set forth by national, state and local health officials will be closely followed and implemented during the production.”

The 2021 ACM Awards air live on Sunday, April 18. Fans can tune in to CBS or Paramount+ to watch the show live at 8 PM ET. Paramount+ will also have the show on-demand after its original airing.

Meet Your Co-Hosts

Urban is returning for his second year to host the show and has 15 ACM Awards under his belt. This year he is nominated twice in the Music Event of the Year category. He is recognized for his “One Too Many” duet with Pink and “Be A Light” featuring Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, and Chris Tomlin.

Meanwhile, Mickey Guyton will be hosting an awards show for the very first time. She will become the first Black woman to host the ACMs. This year she is nominated for New Female Artist of the Year. Last year, Guyton performed “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” with Urban accompanying her on piano.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be co-hosting with my friend Mickey,” Urban said in a press release. “I love that finally, everyone will get to see her infectious energy and uber-creative spirit in full light.” 
“Last year I had the opportunity to perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards with someone I long admired, Keith Urban, and this year I am incredibly excited to share hosting duties with him,” said Guyton. Guyton added that it is “such an honor” and that this will be a “moment of great significance” for her personally.