Details are starting to come out about the 51st ACM Awards Show set for Sunday night. Reigning Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert will perform a concert favorite, the ZZ Top classic “Tush,” along with the band’s Billy Gibbons. Keith Urban will sit in for the number as well. Roughly half a dozen artists will debut new music and co-host Dierks Bentley is likely to be one of them. Garth Brooks will be busy doing a show in Ottawa, but producers confirm he’ll be part of the night, even though they wouldn’t reveal how. Tom Hiddleston, who is currently portraying Hank Williams in the new movie I Saw the Light, has been booked as well. The Academy also plans to remember the late Joey Feek, who’s nominated for Vocal Duo, along with her husband Rory. Look for the awards for Vocal Event, Video, and Duo of the Year to be announced on the red carpet prior to the show. The three-hour event kicks off Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Pop star Nick Jonas will join ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year Kelsea Ballerini for a performance on Sunday night’s awards. So far, there’s no word on what exactly what Nick and Kelsea may sing. You can find out for yourself when the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards air live from Las Vegas Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
This year’s inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame were announced this morning in Nashville, and they are Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels and Fred Foster. Randy Travis is credited with revitalizing country music in the mid-’80s. He’s sold over 25 million records, won six Grammys, six CMA Awards, nine ACM awards, 10 American Music Awards and more. He’s also appeared in more than 40 movies and TV shows as an actor. Charlie Daniels is a pioneer of country, Southern rock and bluegrass. He is also famous for the ongoing series of concerts known as the Volunteer Jam. Fred Foster is best known as a producer and founder of Monument Records. He produced Roy Orbison as well as Kris Kristofferson, Larry Gatlin, Ray Stevens and more and he signed a one-time Nashville newcomer named Dolly Parton in 1964 and produced her early recordings.