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Reba McEntire Is Hosting the ACM Awards—Here's Everything Else You Need to Know

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From Oprah Magazine

If you own leather chaps and a cowboy hat and can’t help but break into dance when any Garth Brooks song comes on, this one’s for you.

The 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards are set for April, and so far it appears that “country music’s party of the year” is gearing up to be the rowdiest yet. So what can we anticipate from a night that's expected to be memorable? We’ve got you covered with all the details you need.

When are the ACM Awards?

The 2019 ACM Awards will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 7 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Who’s hosting the ACM Awards?

No surprise here: Three-time Grammy winner Reba McEntire will once again return to her post as host for the-get this-16th time. In February, she shared the news with a video clip of her in action, taking to Twitter to write, “I guess they finally figured out it only takes one woman to do the job of two men.”



How can I watch the ACM Awards?

Tune in to the show at 8 p.m. ET on your local CBS station. If you don’t have a TV, no worries: You can use the CBS All Access stream-free for the first week-to watch live. So far, details about the red carpet have not been revealed.

Who’s performing at the ACM Awards?

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It’s a pretty star-studded selection: Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osbourne, Kane Brown, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, George Straight-and, yes, the one, the only, Reba McEntire.

Who’s presenting?

The lineup has yet to be announced, but it’s sure to be special. Last year’s lineup included Cam, Dustin Lynch, Kiefer Sutherland, Lindsey Vonn, Sam Elliott, and Ashton Kutcher, among others.

Who are the 2019 ACM Awards Nominees?

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Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the pack with six nominees each, while recent Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves racked in a total of five.

Earlier this year, McEntire said she wasn’t pleased with the Entertainer of the Year category, which only gave nods to men. “It doesn’t make me very happy, because we’ve got some very talented women who are out there working their butts off,” she told our editor at large Gayle King on CBS This Morning. “I’m missing my girlfriends on this list.”

In addition, the ACM Artist of the Decade honor is returning, and a winner will be announced in the weeks ahead. See the nominations highlights below-plus the full list here.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

Female Artist of the Year

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Moris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

Male Artist of the Year

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

Album of the Year

  • Dan + Shay - Dan + Shay
  • Desperate Man - Eric Church
  • From a Room: Volume 2 - Chris Stapleton
  • Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves
  • The Mountain - Dierks Bentley

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