Thomas Rhett, Lee Brice, Ashley Gorley & More Slated for ACM's Stories, Songs & Stars

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Thomas Rhett performs onstage at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcast live on Turner's TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, Calif.

Two days prior to the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, the ACMs will host Stories, Songs & Stars on April 13 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as part of the sixth annual ACM Party for a Cause.

Lee Brice, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna and Thomas Rhett are the initial performers slated for the event, which will feature the participants in a  songwriter-in-the round format, as they tell the stories behind some of country’s biggest hits.

Additional acts, including ACM songwriter of the year nominees, will be announced in the coming weeks. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, which works to improve lives by funding music-related therapy and education programs that aid students, those with disabilities, veterans and wounded warriors. 

This year’s ACM Awards nominees will be announced in March. The ACMs are also set to announce new hosts as Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley are stepping down after hosting together for two years. 

The ACMs will air April 15 on CBS live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.