Here’s Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the 2018 ACM Awards
The 2018 ACM Awards are just days away, and Taste of Country has got you set! Here are all of the details you need to know about the 2018 ACM Awards, all in one spot.
The ACM Awards are returning to Las Vegas in 2018. The show has some big changes this year, not the least of which is a new (but not entirely new!) host. There have also been some changes to the voting process, and we've got the scoop about the show, the hosts, the nominees, the performers and more.
When & Where:
The 2018 ACM Awards are set to take place on Sunday, April 15, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The awards show will begin at 8PM ET.
Where to Watch:
The 2018 ACM Awards will air live on CBS. Details about the 2018 ACM Awards red carpet coverage have not yet been revealed. Taste of Country will be online to cover the red carpet arrivals in full, and we'll provide minute-by-minute coverage of every aspect of the show, from red carpet arrivals to performances, awards and show highlights.
Reba McEntire is returning to host the ACM Awards this year, replacing outgoing hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley. She first co-hosted the ACMs in 1986 with Mac Davis and John Schneider, and hosted solo for the first time in 1999. McEntire hosted the ACM Awards every year from 2001-2010, then co-hosted with Blake Shelton in 2011 and 2012. 2018 is her first time hosting since 2012.
Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean are among the country artists with multiple nominations. Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Stapleton and Urban will compete in the biggest category, Entertainer of the Year.
Stapleton leads the 2018 ACM Awards nominees with a total of eight, while Thomas Rhett scored six nods. Urban has five nominations in this year's ACMs, and Lambert is tied with Maren Morris with four ACM Awards nominations in 2018. Sam Hunt and Midland were both up for three ACM Awards in 2018, and the other nominees include many of the hottest younger talent and country music veterans. Take a look at our complete list of the 2018 ACM Awards nominees for more information.
The performers at the 2018 ACM Awards include a cross-section of the biggest names not only in country music, but across genres. Florida Georgia Line will team up with Bebe Rexha for a special performance of "Meant to Be" in Rexha's debut appearance at the ACM Awards. Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett are also among the country artists set to hit the stage during the 2018 ACMs, as well as Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney, both of whom will be performing brand-new songs. Visit our complete list of 2018 ACM Awards performers for more information.
How Does ACM Awards Voting Work?
Taste of Country has a comprehensive breakdown of who votes for the ACM Awards, and by what process.
Cam, Dustin Lynch and actor-singer Kiefer Sutherland are among the country artists who are slated to present awards at the 2018 ACM Awards. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell, actor Rebecca Romijn, skier Lindsey Vonn, The Talk host and musician Eve and actors Sam Elliott, Ashton Kutcher, David Boreanaz, AJ Buckley and Max Thieriot will also present awards, with more 2018 ACM Awards presenters likely to still be announced.
Other ACM Awards Events:
There are other events that surround the week of the ACM Awards every year, in addition to the actual ceremony. The most important events are part of ACM's annual Party for a Cause, which runs from April 12-15 in 2018. Events in Vegas this year include a guitar pull, the first-ever ACM Topgolf Tee-Off, the Pool Party for a Cause, the Tailgate Party and Bash at the Beach and an ACM Awards afterparty.
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