ACM Awards 2021 Set List Revealed: Here are the Songs Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Others Will Perform

by Emily Morgan

Soon, country stars will be tuning their guitars and running mic checks to get ready for the 56th annual ACM Awards. On Sunday, the ACMs are back in Nashville, Tenn., and will be broadcast live from three of the city’s most famous venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe.

Over two dozen country artists will take the stage at the 2021 ACM Awards for various solo performances and stunning duets. Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, and Dan + Shay will kick things off for the evening, followed by jaw-dropping performances from some of country music’s best. On Tuesday, CBS announced the setlist for the night’s event, and it does not disappoint. 

2021 ACM Awards Setlist:

  • Jimmie Allen – “Freedom was a Highway”
  • Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney – “Half of My Hometown”
  • Gabby Barrett – “The Good Ones” 
  • Dierks Bentley with the War and Treaty – “Pride (in the Name of Love)”
  • Brothers Osborne – “I’m Not for Everyone”
  • Kenny Chesney – “Knowing You”
  • Eric Church – “Bunch of Nothing”
  • Luke Combs – “Forever After All”
  • Dan + Shay – “Glad You Exist”
  • Mickey Guyton – “Hold On”
  • Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris – “Chasing After You”
  • Alan Jackson – “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and “Drive (For Daddy Gene)”
  • Lady A – “Like A Lady” 
  • Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, and Jon Randall – “In His Arms”
  • Miranda Lambert and Elle King – “Drunk (and I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”
  • Little Big Town- “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” on Lower Broadway
  • Ashley McBryde – “Martha Divine” at the Bridge Building
  • Carly Pearce and Lee Brice – “I Hope You’re Happy Now”
  • Thomas Rhett – “What’s Your Country Song” and “Country Again”
  • Blake Shelton – “Austin” and “Minimum Wage”
  • Chris Stapleton – “Maggie’s Song”
  • Carrie Underwood – “My Savior” medley featuring CeCe Winans
  • Keith Urban – “Tumbleweed” 
  • Chris Young and Kane Brown- “Famous Friends”

Luke Bryan, initially set to perform, will be unable to play after the “American Idol” co-host recently received a positive COVID-19 test.  After relocating from Las Vegas, Nev., to Nashville in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show is back in Nashville for this year’s show as well. 

As for the night’s frontrunners, Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead all 2021 ACM Awards nominees with six each. Miranda Lambert has five, including “Female Artist of the Year.” Thomas Rhett and Ashley McBryde will also be up for four ACM Awards. Click here to see the complete list of nominees. 

The 2021 ACM Awards will air on CBS on April 18, beginning at 8 P.M. The show will also be available to stream on Paramount+.