On Wednesday (Sept. 2), one day after the Country Music Association announced the nominees for the 54th annual CMA Awards, the rival Academy of Country Music announced more performers for the 55th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, set for Sept. 16 at three Nashville venues — the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe.
All of the newly announced artists will perform at the fabled Grand Ole Opry House.
Two of the newly announced performers, Eric Church and Luke Bryan, are ACM entertainer of the year nominees. Church will perform his latest single, “Stick That in Your Country Song.” Bryan will perform “One Margarita,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart last month.
Other newly announced performances are Kane Brown’s “Worldwide Beautiful,” Dan + Shay’s “I Should Probably Go to Bed,” Florida Georgia Line’s “I Love My Country,” Mickey Guyton’s “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and Morgan Wallen’s “Whiskey Glasses.” Wallen’s song topped Country Airplay for three weeks in June 2019.
As previously announced, artists performing at the Ryman include Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Riley Green, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Tenille Townes and Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi. Artists at the Bluebird Cafe include Jimmie Allen, Luke Combs, Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert in tandem with songwriters Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick.
Like Church and Bryan, Rhett and Combs are ACM entertainer of the year nominees. The only ACM entertainer of the year nominee who hasn’t been announced as a performer on the show is Carrie Underwood.
Keith Urban, a 15-time ACM Award winner, will host the show, which will be broadcast live on Sept. 16 from 8 to 11 p.m. ET, and will air three hours later PT.
The 2020 ACM Awards will air just 15 days before the CMA emails its final ballot to its more than 7,200 professional members. CMA balloting runs from Oct. 1 to Oct. 27. As a result, performances, speeches and overall impressions on the ACM Awards may well impact who wins at the CMA Awards.
The ACM lineup includes performances of two hits that are nominated for single of the year at the CMAs — Lambert’s “Bluebird” and Barrett’s “I Hope.”
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